I’ve been skeptical that the NCAA would ever adopt an early signing period for football. But after reading Rodney Garner’s comments on the subject, I’m not so sure about that anymore.
“I think the NCAA is going to have to look at doing some things differently to put some sanity back into it, possibly an early signing day,” Garner said. “I am thinking if you could do something like have an early signing day on August 1 for those guys that are committed. At least you could get those guys locked in and you could focus on them. Because now really a commitment means nothing, it means absolutely nothing. We can say what we want to, ‘We have x number of players committed.’ But how many of them are actually committed? ‘I am committed but I am taking all five of my visits.’ Is that really committed?”
Garner’s certainly been around the recruiting block more than a few times, so I think we can agree that if he thinks things have changed, they probably have. But let’s get real about this. He’s not concerned about the kids.
“It is insane,” Garner said. “Just from a coaching standpoint — trying to plan some family time in the summer — you can plan on being out of town and then we have a kid coming in this weekend so you have to change your vacation. So there has to be something to put some sanity back into it. I think the NCAA will look at doing some things differently because of the calendar and the attention that is paid to recruiting. It will be interesting to see what transpires.”
I’m sure whatever that may be, it won’t be to favor the student-athlete.
And I’m still convinced that Andy Staples has the best suggestion for early signing.