Why College Football Needs to Have an Early-Signing Period

As I was listening to my local sports talk radio station (960TheRef in Athens) this morning, the subject of an early signing period was kicked about and it got me to thinking: why don’t we have one yet?

In this years class of 19, the Georgia Bulldogs had 17 players to commit before Christmas. The season prior, 16 of the 20 signed prospects offered their commitment before January. In most cases, the prospects didn’t waver and were content to wait until National Signing Day (NSD) to make it official-with players like Aaron Murray enrolling early.

That said, why not allow players to end their recruitment early by signing in late December? That would give coaches the option of re-focusing their efforts on guys who may not be so sure where they want to play.

The idea, at least, has the support of most coaches in college football. In 2009, nine of 12 coaches in the SEC voted for an early signing period. Even more, in January of 2009, 73 percent of FBS coaches, and 82 percent of BCS coaches, were in favor of the proposal presented by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The issues seemed to rest more with the conference commissioner who felt there were deeper problems that were being overlooked by the head coaches.

I have no idea what a conference commissioner might be thinking but the positives outweigh the negatives in my opinion and if the head coaches are, for the most part, on board-what’s the  ทางเข้าเว็บตรง ufabet มือถือ  matter? After all there are plenty of athletes that could benefit from such an option.

Christian Conley, a recent wide receiver commit for Georgia has stated that he has no intention of taking any other visits nor does he want coaches to contact him. He’s gone so far as to say any inquiries sent by other schools about him should be given to other players on his team-by all accounts his recruitment is closed. He wants to concentrate on his senior year and he would be allowed to if coaches respected his intention, which they won’t because he isn’t signed yet.

Of course, the flip side of the argument is what happens to the kids who sign and then find that the coaches and system they signed up to play in are now gone? I say a provision could be placed within the language of the early intent letter that stipulates for such situations. At that point, a recruit would be allowed to opt out of his contract and re-open his recruitment if he liked.

The follow-up question then has to be, what if the recruit has missed out on a school