In one of the more amusing (and benign) recruiting announcements in recent memory for Florida fans, Florida commit Tyrek Tisdale took to Twitter Wednesday morning to announce he was announcing something...
I Want To Thank God For Blessing Me In My Life/Family And The Decision That I Will Be Making Later Today , Tune In All Florida Fans ❗— Tyrek Tisdale ✊ (@TyrekTisdale) June 24, 2015
...and then announce that he plans on enrolling early at Florida.
I Have An PUBLIC ANNOUCEMENT For All Florida Fans That I Will Be Enrolling Early At The University Of Florida In January #ChompChomp— Tyrek Tisdale ✊ (@TyrekTisdale) June 24, 2015
Tisdale, a three-star athlete who could play running back or defensive back at the collegiate level, originally committed to Florida in late March.
Tisdale enrolling early should rightly be praised because it's an achievement for virtually any athlete to enroll early in college — it means that athlete completed a high school curriculum in time to be eligible for a college scholarship. It's also helpful for Florida, which will need depth up and down its roster for a year or two, as Jim McElwain shapes his Gators: An early enrollee has more time to pick up the playbook and adjust to both college life and the rigors of being a college athlete than a June enrollee.
And early enrollees permits some slick math — early enrollees' scholarships sometimes count toward the previous year's recruiting class — that enables a program to take more recruits in a given class than it typically would.
Of course, the latter effect is more pronounced with multiple early enrollees — and, of course, Tisdale may not be alone. This tweet from LaMical Perine, sent just minutes after Tisdale's, suggests he, too, may enroll early.
Thinking about enrolling early— SUPERMAN (@lilmike_perine3) June 24, 2015
The more, the better, I say.