On Wednesday, the Collegiate Commissioners Association decided to hold of on a decision to add another signing period to the college football calendar. They will relook at the matter in a year.
Count me in as one who agrees with the decision to wait.
As someone who runs a recruiting website, of course I would like another day centered recruiting, but not the competitive expenses of so many football programs across the country.
The panel was looking at having a small window in December, where recruits could officially sign their letter of intent. I ask why December, just two months away from February’s signing period?
If having an early signing period is in anyway beneficial to the player, it needs to be done before the start of one’s senior year. September 1st at the latest. This way, the pressures of recruiting and college are off one’s plate, allowing the player to focus on his last season of high school football.
But, before any early signing period should pass, a separate rule regarding official visits needs to change with it. If seniors will be allowed to sign a letter of intent in August or September, they should also be allowed to take official visits to the school by at least the start of the summer heading into their senior year. Preferably in April of their junior year, which would allow player to attend spring games on the school’s dime.
I talked about the matter along with other things on 93.7 The Ticket yesterday with Mike Welch.