I think more likely they are waiting for him to submit for the College Scholar. If you look back on last year’s EA thread, most of the kids heard around Thanksgiving. Then there were another few kids that heard right before xmas… those kids were given the College Scholar. I think it’s b/c those kids go thru a second round, which takes longer obviously.
Granted, this is a good bit of assumption & guessing. However, I know Admissions, as well as the COW admins as a whole, to be genuine & forthcoming. They wouldn’t call for no reason, or to “blow smoke”.