Last week, the NCAA approved an early signing period for football, which will run from December 20-22, allowing players who want to go ahead and shut down their recruitments the chance to do so. The early signing period was a popular topic on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, and when asked, Mark Stoops said the staff will definitely use it to lock in players who are ready to sign in December.
“I think yes, definitely. If we feel very comfortable with the player and we have a good feel for them personally, for their character and their families and we can get it knocked out, I definitely think we would use it to try and get them locked up.”
While the early signing period is generally seen as a win for programs like Kentucky, Stoops was careful to point out that it could have drawbacks, such as the effect it will have on the recruiting calendar.
“I think, like I said, there’s good and bad. If you look through the years, it certainly could have benefitted us in certain ways. I think it’s good as far as having the early signing period, having that ability. As far as changing the calendar and all those things, when you package it together I don’t think I was total in favor of that, but you have to make due with the rules that were given to you.”
“So, a player that we have committed that I know very well that we’ve had a relationship with for a year, year and a half or so, if you want to clean that up and get him signed in December, I see no harm in that. With the change and bringing in the visits so early and all that, that’s something that’s going to take some thought and we’ll work our way through that.”
In Stoops and Marrow we trust.