Stephenville quarterback Jarrett Stidham signed his financial aid agreement with Texas Tech:
.@Jarrett_Stidham has signed a financial aid agreement with Texas Tech & plans to enroll in the Spring. He's A Red Raider.— Blayne Beal (@BlayneBeal) August 14, 2014
Couldn't be more excited to coach @Jarrett_Stidham !! Straight up baller and an even better leader and person! #BuildingAMonster— Eric Morris (@TTUCoachMorris) August 14, 2014
What this means is that Texas Tech and the coaches can talk about Stidham and communicate with him without fear of any sort of NCAA violation. And there is a distinction between a financial aid agreement and a national letter of intent, the idea being that the financial aid agreement is binding by the school to honor the scholarship oft he student-athlete, while a student can sign multiple letters of intent, which are non-binding.
This also means that I don't feel creepy for including Stidham's tweet:
Dreams really do come true... Officially part of Red Raider nation. #blessed #GunsUp @TTU_WreckEm @TechAthletics pic.twitter.com/OG7RKQjMMa— Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) August 14, 2014
Stidham is still recruitable by other universities, but this does mean a fairly high level of commitment by Stidham. I should also mention that Chris Level also tweeted that DT Breiden Fehoko could do the same thing very soon:
Don't be surprised at all if commit @Bfehoko1 inks a financial aid agreement with #TexasTech at some point very soon.— Chris Level (@ChrisLevel) August 14, 2014