There are several top players still looking at Northwestern, Hopkins, Notre Dame and a few other schools.
If your daughter is a top tier player, she has committed already. The top schools have moved on to the girls second and third on their list for the position. That is if they are still even looking. Hopkins, NU and ND did not get the girls they really wanted which is why they are lagging a bit. There also is little to no scholarship money left at these schools. Not to say that they will not get talented players that will perform well, and maybe even better than their first choice. Stanford was interesting where they went from 0 to 5 in their first weekend of visits and had to cancel visits this weekend. Good news is that most top schools will take another girl or two if they really stand out this fall or next summer.
A bit pessimistic but definitely some elements of truth.
The coaches at the best programs (or any programs) do not wait to make offers to the players that they really want. Most of the top players receive offers from multiple programs and are extremely fortunate in that they are able to choose where they go. We are talking about the Top 50 or so players in the country, and we are talking about approximately 15 schools. It is very rare for that caliber of player to go to a non traditional Power. There are a ton of spots available at a lot of great schools/programs.
Some kids have had offers since early Sept, just because they haven’t committed yet doesn’t mean they aren’t tier 1. Some kids are doing their due diligence and nit jumping on the first or second offer. Why is nobody going to Maryland?
I agree with part of what you said. My daughter visited 5 schools and was offered at 4 of them. She said from the start that she wanted to see all the schools that were on her list that offered visits. All schools have had their top choices on campus by now and the girls have had sufficient time to decide even if they had multiple offers. We were very aware that the schools would not hold the spots for more than 2-3 weeks even though she was ranked one on their list for the position. I do believe that all of the first choices have committed by this point and the majority of the top schools are either done or have moved on to their second or third choice. There is point where you need to make a choice, and that point has passed for the top girls.