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We’re one step closer to an early signing period for football


The NCAA’s D1 council made a pretty big vote today that could really impact college football recruiting. The council decided to accept a proposal for a new early signing period for college football, which is something Mark Stoops has advocated for in the past. Basketball has one and college football needs one to cut down on the early commits who flip at the last minute before National Signing Day in February.

The proposed early signing period will be voted on again this summer so it’s not a done deal just yet. Today’s vote does, however, get the ball rolling in the right direction for making the move happen.

In my biased and pretty uninformed opinion, it would be a great thing for Kentucky, especially when you consider how successful this staff has been at finding talent early in the process. It would cut down on the powerhouses swooping in and stealing UK’s hidden gems, while allowing Stoops & Co. to spend their time and resources on recruiting other prospects, rather than continuing to recruit the ones already on boards.

Let’s get this done. UK benefits.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for We’re one step closer to an early signing period for football

  1. AllBlueAllDay
    12:24 pm April 14, 2017 Permalink

    I know this isn’t football related but I have a quick question. ESPN has an article called, “Likely lottery pick Miles Bridges turns down draft, and returns to mich st.”, in that article they have listed Mark Smith as being committed to MSU. Is that a typo or did he commit and just no word has leaked yet?

    • BigBlueMeade
      1:00 pm April 14, 2017 Permalink

      That was probably a typo. He is heavily favored to go to MSU but I have not heard anything. And he still has his visit to UK coming up

  2. AllBlueAllDay
    12:27 pm April 14, 2017 Permalink

    On a football related note I would love this to be added. This staff is awesome at picking out studs that the big dogs haven’t found yet. So with an early signing period it would be nice for stoops and company to know exactly who they have on board. Will make for less fireworks on national signing day.

  3. Jayy
    12:36 pm April 14, 2017 Permalink

    I think it will help as long as other schools do not try to recruit the players that have signed. If the big schools still come after the guys that have committed early and the player wants to flip then the university can look bad if they wont let him out of his commitment.

    • kvltclassic
      12:54 pm April 14, 2017 Permalink

      The NLI recruiting ban will at least negate some of this. I mean people will still talk through back channels but right now there’s absolutely nothing wrong with talking to another school’s commitment so at least SOME coaches will be thwarted by the ban.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:48 pm April 14, 2017 Permalink

      kvltclassic is right. Although, I imagine that it will end up being like basketball and the top recruits would then (wisely) choose to not sign a LOI. But it definitely helps us with those diamond in the rough type players the UK staff is so good at finding.

  4. ThaCoachDr
    12:43 pm April 14, 2017 Permalink

    What is the status of the proposal to add an additional coach and who might UK have in mind for the slot

  5. blueblood23
    1:56 pm April 14, 2017 Permalink

    Is the spring game televised?