I read the SEC Consitution and By-laws which says each school is allowed 25 scholarships for football each year in the SEC. The NCAA limits the roster size to 85 scholarship players in total. Twenty-five per year over four years is one hundred.
I guess there is a built-in assumption that there will always be attrition and injury-causing medical scholarships to keep the number at 85. If that is so, the 18 number mentioned could have everything to do with the 85 limit. The 85 limit is not mentioned in the SEC Constitution or By-laws, but there is mention of the NCAA regulations, so I assume that is the place to go for information on roster size.
By my count, we have 16 commitments, giving us nine to go. If the 18 number is correct, then we have two available. I can't imagine Stoops inviting all these recruits in this weekend and two more next weekend for only two openings. To be honest, I find this too confusing for my mind and will stick with the twenty-five total.
It did make me wonder, however, about what would happen if a school falls below the 85 limit? Would they be allowed to make up the difference or would they have to stick to the twenty-five rule and make up the difference over two or three years?
I am sure there are those on here that are more knowledgeable about this than I am. Perhaps you can share your knowledge. At my age, it is easy to get dazed and confused, especially if you have CRS disease.