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Even though the public buzz of decommitting is mostly non-existent, it's out there.
Kids have nothing to lose with giving a verbal.
Schools who make the verbal/gentleman's agreement may not have something to lose technically speaking....... but trust me, when coaches/schools start reneging on verbals, word gets around, and it can tarnish that coach's or school's reputation with other upcoming/future recruits, HS coaches, advisors, etc.
Your joking right? Coaches do it every day. And you think the kid he wants to bring in says no because his reputation is tarnished? Look at all the kids that get pushed out even after they are enrolled?
Coaches have all the leverage. It's supply and demand. High demand and limited supply puts the seller in control.