The NCAA officially changed one of their signing rules today, making it official that there will be an “early signing period” that will go into effect this up coming class:
Early football signing period is officially approved; from Dec. 20-22, 2017 for a 72-hour period for the 2018-19 classes— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 8, 2017
There is some interesting things to consider with this move. One, this right around bowl season and for teams like Boston College, the bowls the Eagles usually end up at happen a week or so after this block of time. Will Addazio and coaches that come after him be able to secure recruits to sign this early, all while preparing for a bowl. I don’t think it will be that hard, but it’s worth considering.
Secondly, I think the caliber of recruits work in BC’s favor. Most of BC’s recruits are “locks”, guys who make up their mind relatively early and will most likely be game for signing in December. I am interested to see those recruits who are still at 75% BC, or maybe still listening to other offers, will this help BC as Addazio can get them on campus earlier before another team swoops in late (teams like Michigan), or will it hurt BC as maybe being too forceful may scare some recruits away?
All in all it’ll be nice for a school like Boston College to be able to get commits to sign a little earlier. Getting those locked in recruits in, will give the coaches the free time to maybe go after a recruit that has an offer but may be more of a reach. It should be interesting to see how this plays out the first go around.