More Isn’t Better
In the case of Elliot Porter, more isn’t necessarily better. Porter is a lineman that had committed to LSU the summer before his senior year. He then signed his letter-of-intent with LSU in February. Then he went to LSU to move in and get ready to compete for playing time. All of a sudden, he is summoned to Les Miles’ office. And then he is hit with some absolutely blind-siding news. Les Miles informs Porter that they do not have a scholarship available for him and he will have to pay his way this upcoming semester until a scholarship frees up in the spring.
This practice is called “grayshirting”. The reason that this happens is that college football teams have 25 scholarships available each year. Most colleges over-sign that amount. The reason colleges do this is because they fear that some players may not qualify and have to go to prep school or junior college. But, what happens when all qualify?
In the case of Elliot Porter, he was considered the low man on the totem pole and LSU left the decision in his hands as to whether he would like to “greyshirt” or go to another school. In my opinion, they shouldn’t of signed him if they didn’t think they would have the scholarships available.
LSU may be the newest case of this “grayshirting” issue, but they are certainly not the first and will not be the last. I think that the schools that do this should be on the hook to pay for these kids to go to school. Either they do that or these schools should get a scholarship lost for every scholarship they over-sign. But, this has to stop. This is a terrible practice and the kids that are trying to go to college to better themselves are getting hurt in the process.