Saturday, March 01, 2008

Schmitz De-Commits

US NTDP U17 defenseman Beau Schmitz committed to Ferris State nearly two years ago, but yesterday, he decommitted, choosing instead to re-open his recruitment.

There have been rumors about Schmitz eventually signing with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL, but for now, it sounds like Schmitz is still looking at the college route. Michigan and Michigan State are two schools that he's been rumored to be talking to.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let the domino's at the NTDP begin...

Anonymous said...

It has started, will it be a trickle, or flow of players leaving the NTDP?

Why would they want to leave? Would it be the great communication skills of the NTDP staff, the threats, or the strongarm tactics that are used?

Anonymous said...

I don't like the trend of these "de-commits." Don't these kids and their parents realize they are creating a situation that will hurt further recruits. Who's to stop schools from starting to "de-commit" to unsigned players that don't perform to expectations? Up to now, schools stick to their verbal commitments, but why should they do so, when families teach their kids that their words means nothing.

Shirtless Guy said...

because kids do this once, teams have a reputation to deal with...if they start de-committing recruits, they have issues getting anyone to commit before they can sign.

Anonymous said...

Schools have been using the old "defer" for a year for years, after a player has graduated, are 18/19, then they want them toi wait a year.

Anonymous said...

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A native of Bradford, Ontario, Riley graduated from Bradford District High School as an Ontario Scholar where he obtained honours each year and was awarded The Sue Wright award for academic excellence.

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Anonymous said...

USA Hockey asked him to de-commit to Ferris St and go to another higher-profile school...(Mich,Mich St). They did that because they where worried he'd leave to go to the OHL with only a commitment to FSU.

Anonymous said...

if your family's word is no good your a nothing in my books. Send him packing to wear ever.If he does this now he will do it all his life.

Arnold said...

ferris state committed to him when he was a freshman; it's too bad he doesn't appreciate either the magnitude of a free education or the honor of a commitment; if Mich or Mich St make him an offer, that will not be well received in ccha; it's more likely that he's going up north to try major junior route to the pros, which is an extreme long shot as a 5' 8" blue liner who takes too many penalties. He could be a great college hockey player, but a quarter horse has never won the kentucky derby.

Anonymous said...

If you want to recruit underage kids (ie freshman in high school), you reap what you sew. To me, Ferris State is just as responsible as the recruit. Asking a kid to make a commitment at the age of 14-15 and than putting stock in that commitment is just plain short-sighted.

Anonymous said...

I hope none of you are foolish enough to believe that Schmitz ever intended to play for FSU or even college hockey period.

He will be wearing a Whaler's uniform next season.

Anonymous said...

Agreed he'll be in Plymouth. I wouldn't be suprised if the other two Plymouth picks go also. Vellucci was very cozy with them all when he was there a few weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone commit to a 5-9 dman? Take out insurance on him big time, if he goes to the OHL.
Just another confused kid blowing in the wind. consult with Reddin, before you go CHL.

Anonymous said...

5-10 and 190 and the toughest dman at NTDP. That's why the O is interested.

Anonymous said...

Ryan Ellis- Smaller D-Man is doing fine in the OHL, made the U17 All-Star Team with Cam Fowler. That was the Tournament that one province(Ontario) beat the USA wide U17 3-0.

Anonymous said...

"Just another confused kid blowing in the wind. consult with Reddin, before you go CHL."

FYI, Reddin is good friends with Colin Long, CJ Streth, Ryan Letts, etc who all play in the WHL so I'm pretty sure he knew what he was getting into, in terms of the pro's and con's.

Anonymous said...

Please don't talk about commitments at the age of 14-15. That is way to far down the road, these colleges understand the risk and they have no choice. That's Business.

Why keep a commitment when you find out you made a mistake at such a young age? I know it sounds bad but if you have the control to changes things then do it. Because down the road you will have very little to no control. Then you make the best of it...

He will get his education paid for if he chooses to report to Plymouth. He probably should have gone last year.

His style of play is that of a PRO and the OHL will increase his chances of going to the show.

CM

Anonymous said...

Beau Schmitz is one of the best players to play the game in a very long time. Yes, he comitted to FSU at a very yound age, but what would you do if you were his parents? He is getting offers from every school in the country as well as the OHL. I give him a lot of credit giving FSU the notice way ahead of time instead of calling the week before and letting them know then. FSU has plenty of time to find another defensemen.