Football Early Signing Period

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    NCAA officially passes an early signing period

    The NCAA finally instituted an early signing period for college football. Don’t expect Ohio State coach Urban Meyer to throw a party over it.

    The new rule allows recruits beginning with the class of 2018 this winter to sign with a school for a 72-hour period beginning Dec. 20. Meyer has railed against having an early signing period numerous times over the last few years. His most recent defense of the current system came last September, when he pointed out that de-commitments are still better than having a player end up at the wrong school and transfer.

    “We’re absolutely opposed to that,” he said. “I hear the reasoning is because there’s so many de-commitments. What the hell does that (mean)? So because 17-year-olds are de-committing, let’s give them a legal document so they can’t de-commit? That’s not very smart. Young people have a right to choose where they want to go to school. Period. Let them de-commit 100 times. They’re 17 years old.

    “So I don’t understand, whether it’s lazy, whether it’s… I don’t understand why there’s this big push. Now they want to have official visits in their junior year. There are some kids that don’t even have ACT scores. Their bodies are gaining 12 pounds. Why not move it back to their sophomore year? It’s bizarre. You’re going to see more transfers and more mistakes made in recruiting than ever if they keep pushing this thing up.”

    The support of the proposals came from smaller schools tired of having elite programs flip their players at the last minute.

    It’s a terrible rule for players who want to end up at a better program, though. In 2017, Ohio State flipped 3-star wide receiver Ellijah Gardiner from Missouri. Gardiner likely would have signed with Missouri had an early signing period in place. It’s at least possible that some players will continue to chase dream offers and delay signing, but the prevailing logic is that schools will leverage that against them by threatening to pull scholarships if they don’t sign early.

    That’s to say nothing of what will happen when a coach signs a player Dec. 20 and then gets a new job a week later.

    It shouldn’t impact Ohio State too much, however, since the Buckeyes have made fewer and fewer last-minute flips from smaller programs as their recruiting has improved even more. Still, Ohioans in situations similar to Brady Taylor, DaVon Hamilton and Robert Landers, who flipped to Ohio State late in the process, might not get the chance those players did to play for their home-state school going forward.
     
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