NCAA Passes New Early Signing Period

NCAA Passes New Early Signing Period

After years of debate, the NCAA Division I council announced the adoption of several new college football rules on Friday, most relating to recruiting, with the door open for an early signing period. Dates have yet to be established, but it's expected to be a three-day period just before Christmas, mirroring the junior college window. We're having situations, unfortunately, where that doesn't happen in recruiting.

So how will it impact Mike Leach and Washington State?

Arkansas wide receivers coach and ace recruiter Michael Smith was also in favor of the early signing period. I think it's cutting a lifeline out of our program base.

The goal of the mid-December window is to give recruits that are committed to a school the change to sign their letter of intent and conclude the never-ending recruitment from college coaches around the country.

Other rules approved Friday include the elimination of two-a-day practices, allowing high school recruits to take official visits between April and June of their junior year and preventing FBS schools from hiring people close to recruits for a two-year period before and after the recruit's enrollment.

Hiring restrictions: An FBS school will not be allowed to hire a coach or individual associated with prospective student-athlete to an off-field or strength/conditioning position for a two year period before a prospect enrolls and a two-year period after.

Prior to today, recruits weren't allowed visits before September of their senior season. Nebraska can officially add that position on January 9.

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If you're reading this, you already know how tough it's always been to recruit to Pullman given the variables involved.

There had also been debate about adding an early signing period in June prior to a player's senior year, but that proposal was voted down. "Nobody is making them sign on that date". Do they wait it out?

The early visits are created to work in tandem with an early signing period, which was not part of the agenda this week in Indianapolis. If you want to get it out of the way and knock it out of the way in December, so be it. ... Plus, some coaches do end up leaving later in the cycle - for National Football League jobs, for example - after the new signing date. As a result, it will be interesting to see how these alterations change the college recruiting landscape in the future. The ones who visit Evanston for football practice will soak in views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. As of now, early enrollees don't actually "sign". "If it is in December, a good number of the kids are going to still want to visit other schools so the guys that may not have committed may want to visit other schools closer to the other signing day".

As a result, WSU can take more academic risks. Before, rules limited to 25 the number of prospects allowed to sign from December 1 through May 31.

Personally, I think there should be a signing period from April to February.

FBS programs will be limited to signing 25 prospective and current student-athletes to financial-aid agreements and National Letters of Intent.

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