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Badger Nation: The possibility of pushing for an early signing day came up again in Alvarez' press conference this year. Do you think it's possible? And also do you have mixed feelings about de-commits because you lost a couple but you also gained one [Allen Langford] this year because of it?
Jeremy Sinz: The great majority of the NCAA's decisions are financially based. You want to try to get something passed explain to them how it saves money. The one reason an early signing date has validity to them is you can prove to them it is going to save money.
If a kid is very sure this is where he wants to go to school and he knows that by the second week in December and you could have an early signing date and that way even if you went back to see that kid each week up until whenever recruiting was done—if you went to see him but if it kept 30 other schools from going to see him or even if it kept us from going to see kids that had committed to other schools—that would save money. That's what the NCAA wants to hear. I think it has a chance.
Going back to your second question. The fact that we did get a gentleman that was committed to another school I think I would still rather see it. Make sure the kids understand: 'Do not sign on this date if you do not know for sure.' The 'soft commitment' is the word that just about makes me want to throw up when I hear it. That has to be taken as no commitment. That is what soft commitment means: no commitment.
But take a kid in this state that has grown up and been to every Badger game from the time he was seven years old—he knows he wants to be a Wisconsin Badger—then why not let that kid put his name on that sheet of paper. If it is the first week in December, the second week in December, as opposed to dragging the process out until the first week in February.
The other thing it would do is it would allow colleges to spend their money more intelligently because they would know, 'hey we've got eight spots taken care of, we have eight more on our board, here is where we are at.' Instead of flying all over the place it would give a lot more structure and organization in recruiting and why not do that?
BN: You found some players you are pretty excited about in Wisconsin this year. Do you expect about the same level of talent from within the state next year?
Sinz: If our state can produce 5-10, somewhere in that range, each year, Division I, Big Ten, Rose Bowl Championship type players, we are thrilled. We can't expect to have too much more than that from our state and that is kind of the way the trend has been going. Obviously the most important thing is those kids that we have assessed and believe are of that caliber then we need to get them here.
The one good thing for the kids in the state and for us is we are back into the market of signing some offensive linemen and going after some defensive linemen and we have had a good history of having some big boys running around in the state.
We are trying to promote football in this state too. I think the one thing that we have had in recent years is in an influx of Division I-A players particularly in the MAC conference with Northern Illinois taking a bunch of kids and Western Michigan and Ball State taking some kids. I think we have more people swinging into this state understanding that even if a Big Ten school is not going to scholarship a kid there are some very good high school football players in the state. I don't have any problem with that. Obviously it makes it a little harder for my walk-on program but if a kid has an opportunity to go to a Division I school on a full scholarship than great for him.