Some athletes are driven to make a commitment as early as freshman or sophomore year. In a previous newsletter, I included a chart that highlighted the typical time frame for a verbal commitment. It holds true, that the majority of athletes are committing during their senior year, in large part because official visits cannot occur until that point.
There is no set time frame for a verbal commitment. As a family, you will have to decide, after all the factors have been considered, when an athlete should make a commitment. Some internal data from the NCAA may be helpful: