It’s been talked about for many years and it looks like it’s close to finally happening: An Early signing period for college football.
Sources tell Pittsburgh Sports Now that an early signing day is coming. I’m told that this could be coming as early as next year or in two years.
Indications are that recruits will be able to sign with a school in August and those kids could make official visits in March and April.
So why is this being done and what are the positive and negatives for college programs? I asked a college football insider this very question.
“This is being done so that schools can lock up kids that have been committed for close to a year sooner so that other schools can move on to other prospects on their recruiting board instead of trying to flip kids.”
“Having a kid signed going into their senior season is a huge relief off coaches backs so they don’t have to worry about keeping their prized recruits as they’re game planning for a conference title. It will defiantly ease the mind of a lot of coaches.
“In reality, the negative to it is it benefits the Power 5 schools immensely. They can lock up kids and the schools in the G5 conference can’t do anything to out recruit the P5 schools. Very few players will sign to a G5 conference school.”