This is the May evaluation period for high school football, the most important time of the year for college recruiting. In fact, even with the rise in early commitments and the saturation of the Internet and the proliferation of camps and combines, it is more important than ever.
This is the month that coaches are allowed to go on the road, to see prospects face-to-face, to size them up, to evaluate film, to talk to their high school coaches. They can't talk to them at school but they are allowed to place only one phone call to each recruit during the month. But so much other work can be done. For example, the time affords coaches an opportunity to see kids they haven't seen.
By now, some schools have offered as many as 200 scholarships even though when it comes down to the February signing date they can only sign 25. But they know if they haven't offered a player by May, they will lose him to another school.