Are you being nice or optimistic? At the risk of sounding cynical, looks like college coaches have found a “loop hole” to the Power 5 guarantee. If I were a Power 5 coach, I’d only offer money to the Macario types and everyone else would have to show and prove their worthiness. With the demand to play at a Power 5 school, why should a coach take the risk of giving money to a player at the outset instead of waiting a year or two to evaluate the player and minimize financial risk?If they offer little to no scholarship year 1, then the 4 year guarantee of offering little to nothing has little impact if a player doesn't contribute. That gives the coach the opportunity to offer more money years 2-4 to players making an impact. I read the the guarantee does not apply to kids offered no money year 1 with a promise of a backloaded deal. So it makes sense that coaches in the Power 5 to not always make a big first year offer.
Power 5 guarantee seems toothless except in the rarest of circumstances.