Those who follow college sports around the country refer to it as National Signing Day.
Many HS seniors will sign a letter-of-intent with the college of their choice on Wednesday, making their commitment to a program binding and official (for at least one year.)
Western Kentucky and new head football coach Bobby Petrino could sign as many as 25 recruits on Wednesday. Here's our subscriber-only primer on what you can expect for WKU on Feb. 6.
1) At WKUInsider, most of our NSD coverage will be free, simply because most of it will leak out on the Internet in a matter of minutes anyway. I'll be updating a single front-page story throughout the day, providing any updates as they happen. I'll include timestamps with each update, so fans can simply refresh the story while at work, home, etc., and easily catchup on what they've missed. If anything big happens that we have a scoop on, it'll be posted on our subscriber-only board first.
2) With 25 recruits verbally committed to WKU (not counting the mid-year enrollee's), expect there to be some 'casualities', or commits that sign with another school. Also expect to lose a few verbal commitments because they don't have the grades to qualify academically. And yes, 25 is the maximum (by my count) they can sign, not counting the commitments already enrolled at WKU.
3) Speaking of academics, I still haven't been able to confirm that nationally ranked lineman Joe Fennell is signing with WKU, in response to other media outlets reporting his commitment. It's very questionable at this point because of his grades. One story to stay tuned in for on NSD.
4) With some 'casualties' sure to come, there should also be some bright spots for WKU. Several targets are making Signing Day commitment announcements, including Pleasure Ridge Park (Ky.) wide receiver Taywan Taylor, among others. We'll keep you updated as best we can throughout the day.
5) There will be a press conference at 3:00pm in Diddle Arena for media to ask questions about the signing class. Video and quotes will be posted after.
6) Overall, this is shaping up to be a nice class for the coaching staff, especially considering much of it had to be pieced together at the last minute. Unlike Willie Taggart leaving WKU for South Florida, Bobby Petrino was unemployed before taking the WKU job, meaning he had no recruits in the fold to follow him to his new school. Much of the class consists of very athletic prospects that are simply a bit raw, and Petrino and his staff should have little issue in "coaching up" those type of athletes. In fact, player development is arguably Petrino's strongest asset as a coach.
Stay tuned with us starting bright and early Wednesday morning as we follow all the breaking WKU news that could (or couldn't) come on Signing Day.