Road to BCS paved with letters of intent
Unfortunately, college football programs must wait at least two to three years to learn the results of their work.
There are individual exceptions, of course. Vince Dooley surely knew what he had when Herschel Walker stepped onto the Georgia campus in 1980. Same with former Pittsburgh coach John Majors, who snagged Tony Dorsett in 1973.
But by and large, it takes time to judge the depth of a recruiting class.
The first athlete to make big news when he announced his college decision was Wilt Chamberlain, who picked Kansas in 1955.
The letter-of-intent, initiated in 1964 by Texas Tech faculty representative Dr. William Davis, has made life bearable for coaches.
Joe Paterno wishes there had been a letter-of-intent in 1957, because Mike Ditka would have signed it after originally committing to Penn State. To this day, almost 50 years later, Paterno considers Ditka his most disappointing recruiting loss.
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