Now in its second year, the mid-year aid agreement is essentially a letter of intent for those who plan to enroll early at a school, though it is not as binding as the NLI from the player's point of view. Ohio State's staff is now allowed unlimited contact with Cornell leading up to his enrollment and must honor its scholarship offer to Cornell, though the agreement is not binding to the school from his end.
Ohio State's Curtis Samuel was one of the first to sign the agreement last year, and prospects can sign anytime after Aug. 1 of their senior year if they plan to enter the college of their choice at mid-year.
The NCAA announced over the offseason that it was slightly changing the rules to try to help prevent a prospect with signing agreements with multiple schools. A prospect can still do so but the schools who do not receive his pledge will face potential violations.
Cornell committed to Ohio State on July 2. The 6-3, 263-pound prospect from St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall is the No. 11 defensive end and No. 88 player in Scout's class of 2015 ratings.