“In other words, an early signing period has been approved.”

If this marks doom for college football, as Saban and Meyer have argued, why do I have the sneaky suspicion that those two are already prepared for the changes and won’t miss a beat?

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22 responses to ““In other words, an early signing period has been approved.”

  1. It probably won’t hurt them a great deal, but you know that there are going to be some former alabama commits come available after the early signing period so Saban has some left for a few uncommitted five stars.

    Some players are going to play this system. They are going to announce that they will sign on the early signing period and then wait to see who sends a LOI and who doesn’t. This will be interesting.

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  2. JCDAWG83

    Should be interesting to watch, coaches will have to really think about who they want to make early offers to. Blue chips will always be fine but the 3 and 4 stars that get lots of offers because the coaches know they can always pull them if a better player commits will now be able to lock the scholarship down.

    I think an “opt out” clause due to coaching change would be a better change to the LOI rules than an early signing period but they didn’t ask me.

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    • Macallanlover

      As an early adopter of the early signing period, I am very happy to see this happen. As you say, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I had thought their would be a “cap percentage” that could be signed in the early period, with the balance signed in February, I still think that would work better for both players, and the school. I also feel an “opt out” for the early signees should be added, at least for HC changes, which would allow those players to go back into the pool eligible for February signing.

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  3. Go Dawgs!

    I still need someone to explain to me how this benefits student athletes, besides possibly helping their cell phone batteries stay charged better in January? I guess if a kid gets hurt after the early signing date he won’t have to worry about losing his shot… but that scholarship is only guaranteed for this freshman year anyway, and anyone who wasn’t going to honor the offer probably is willing to yank the scholarship as soon as they can. So how does this help an athlete? All this does is lock them in sooner so they’re stuck when the coaching carousel starts to spin again, and it limits their chances to pursue opportunities that may arise closer to the traditional signing day.

    Now, people like Paul Johnson who have a weak hand in recruiting and fear losing players to decommitments? I can see how it benefits them for sure.

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    • Otto

      The length of the scholarship depends on the school. It would also possible guarantee a slot if the school over signs.

      If I were a highly rated recruited I’d want to wait as long as possible to sign. Herschel had the idea sign late.

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    • I still need someone to explain to me how this benefits student athletes…

      The short answer is that it doesn’t.

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      • DawgPhan

        all this does is shift a little more of the risk towards a high school student that is not allowed to have representation and is forced to make a prediction about what coaches, specifically position coaches. will be employed once he gets on campus.

        Dont think for a second that coaches wont be using this new hammer.

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    • I think the benefit is for someone like Darius philon. He shows up to signing day expectinga LOI from Alabama, he’d been a commit for many months, and none shows up because some player alabama wanted more commits that morning. Under the old rules, he was scrambling to find a team.

      If that happens now, a kid has nearly two months to figure it out. In short, an early signing period means that the schools are going to have to be as committed to the kid as the kid is to them, and if they’re not, the kids going to find out in time to do something about it.

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  4. HVL Dawg

    I like it. The truly committed guys can lock up their scholarship. The coaches can see who is a flip flopper and plan accordingly.

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  5. The Dawg abides

    Every player committed to Bama who is less than a five star should inform them that they intend to sign early. That way Saban will have to put his cards on the table. If he tells them they can’t sign at that time, then they know they don’t have a solid offer. Even then, some kids will believe what ever line of crap Saban is selling them. I can understand Saban not being a fan of the change. It will disrupt his current model of keeping kids committed as long as possible until he finds a better option, then cutting them loose a few days before signing day. Or worse yet, informing them on signing day that they will have to greyshirt if they want to come to Bama.

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    • HVL Dawg

      Don’t just accuse Saban of this behavior. Didn’t Kirby abandon a 4 star running back this year just before enrollment?

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      • Macallanlover

        I still think (hope) that was over when he could enroll, not if we could take him in the class. Would be crazy to run off a Top 10 RB, Toe Nail looked to be very good. But I hope he does well at Texas, seemed like a good kid that got caught up in a numbers game due to KS not knowing what his two junior superstars were going to do. I thought Michel might return but though Nick Chubb was gone due to the injury from 2015.

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      • …..After Sony and Michel announce they’re coming back…..tough luck for the kid, I wish him well

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  6. Bright Idea

    The coaches who can their recruits to sign in December will love it, the ones who can’t will hate it. Coaches on the hot seat aren’t likely to get any early signees of significance and may have already been fired by that date. Recruits will have to take into account whether a coach is in heavy demand and might move. I just don’t see this making much difference in the long run as the early date will mostly affect when official visits occur.

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  7. Squatch

    Help me understand why this is bad as it seems it gives a “borderline” kid the chance to go ahead and commit vs.hoping he doesn’t get supplanted by better talent becoming available late in the cycle. This would also prevent coaches from offering 150% of the kids they can realistically sign as they won’t know who may actually commit early….right?

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    • DawgPhan

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      • Wonder where Toneil Carter would be today if this rule were in effect last year…

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        • Macallanlover

          Good point about the timing of the draft eligible juniors’ announcements. I think he would have still come, not sure Swift will see much action this year either but he signed in February knowing Chubb and Sony would be back. Carter was rated pretty closely with Swift, think he was rated the #9 RB.

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    • Gaskilldawg

      Because signing the LOI does not commit the school to the kid. The school is not required to give a scholarship to a kid just because he signed a LOI. An Alabama minded coach could sign a borderline kid in December as an insurance policy, then refuse to offer a scholarship if a better prospect signs in February. The December kid is out of luck because he cannot sign with anyone else.

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  8. Hogboby Spradlin

    This change sounds like a double edged sword. It can be worked either way. Let’s see a few victories and embarrassments to evaluate the macro effect.
    I might be wrong, but the griping coaches are griping because they’re gonna have to devote more time to recruiting right at the end of the season.

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