Nope, the Portland, Oregon star didn’t sign by yesterday’s signing period deadline. Once again, the Franklin High School athletic director declined to return my call for comment today. But an NCAA spokesman confirmed that Schimmel will have to wait for the next signing period, this November, to sign a national letter of intent.
ESPN has something on Schimmel’s situation and story:
A major prospect ignoring the signing deadline is not without precedent. It happens with some regularity among men’s basketball recruits, but is extremely rare among women’s basketball prospects. In recent years, players like Ta’Shia Philllips, who committed to Xavier in 2007, have discussed the possibility of extending their recruitment past the signing deadline, but did not follow through.
If grades aren’t the hold up, what is?