The reasons for the trend of early commitments can vary.
For Oklahoma class of 2010 signee Blake Bell of Wichita, Kan. it was simple: When the Sooners, one of his childhood favorites, offered him a full scholarship, there wasn’t much more to think about.
"I was an OU fan growing up,” said Bell, who committed to the Sooners in April 2009. "And when I got that offer, I knew. I was going to check some other places out, but after that visit I knew it was the place for me.”
Said his father, Mark Bell: "When you get the chance to make a dream reality, it’s pretty big time for you.”
For Oklahoma State class of 2011 commitment J.W. Walsh of Denton, Texas, his verbal commitment was a combination of location and the strong interest the Cowboys showed in his talents, especially when new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen made visiting Walsh one of his top priorities shortly after getting the job.
"It made me feel like I was a guy he really wanted,” Walsh said shortly after he committed in early February. "That was another reason I made the decision. They pulled the trigger pretty quickly and (Holgorsen) was really excited about me, which made me really excited about him as well.”