With the recent advances in recruiting, football recruiting has accelerated. With that said, the NCAA announced this week that they are considering moving up the signing day for Football. 

So how does it benefit the student athlete and their families?  Well, top prospects commit early.   If they are allowed to sign early it will save money for colleges and make things easier for the student athlete and the high school coach overall.  It reduces the stress on these kids during the end of football season and into playoffs. Currently Signing Day is the first Wednesday of February-April 1st, unlike basketball which has a week in November and then April to mid May. 

A trend they are seeing in sports recruiting is the rise in decommitments and committed prospects taking late official visits.  This in of itself causes the other problem associated with verbal commitments-remember if it is not on paper ladies…it doesn’t count! 

One step was taken last fall to move in that direction, a recruit who enrolls early are able to sign a financial aid agreement at that point, guaranteeing a commitment for the school and the prospect who will attend and receive their scholarship. 

Of course not all will be on board, as there is always some story or another of a coach flipping a recruit who has committed to another school. 

While it is under consideration, it is good for you moms of football players to note.  Remember that we want the same consideration when we have received an offer that our kids feel pretty good about.  We want the commitment in writing for both parties sake.


Mary Beth


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