While recruits in the class of 2016 are not eligible to sign their national Letters of Intent until April, they can go ahead and get a jump on the mounds of other forms they have to sign in order to get enrolled into college. One Ohio State commit has done just that, so it’s pretty clear where he stands with the school.
According to College Football Talk, 2016 linebacker Tuf Borland has already signed a financial aid agreement with the university. This more than likely means that Borland will be enrolling into school in Columbus even before he signs his scholarship offer. Head coach Urban Meyer even took to Twitter to officially welcome Borland to the team for next season.
For those who think that what Meyer did is against NCAA regulations, it’s actually not. Because Borland has signed his financial aid agreement, he is guaranteed a scholarship. This recruiting method has been used by schools before Ohio State and there will surely be more schools to do this.
Because Borland is officially guaranteed a scholarship, Meyer and other coaches are legally allowed to discuss the athlete in public. This includes social media sites like Twitter.
Borland is currently ranked as the twentieth best outside linebacker in the nation and the fifth best overall player in the state of Illinois.
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