Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says the new early signing period is affecting how his coaching staff handles recruiting.
The NCAA enacted an early signing period for football this year, which will last from Wednesday, Dec. 20, through Friday, Dec. 22. The traditional National Signing Day will still happen on Feb. 7, 2018, but programs are expecting to sign the most, if not all, of their commits in December this year.
Riley confirmed Thursday that Oklahoma also expects its commits to sign next week, according to the Norman Transcript’s Tyler Palmateer. The Oklahoma coach also said that recruits haven’t really pushed back against that.
Riley on Dec. signing day: We think if guys are committed, they do need to sign. This group's been great. There's been little resistance. They've been eager to get it done. (Also mentioned believes the February signing date will become the secondary date in the future). #Sooners
— Tyler Palmateer (@Tpalmateer83) December 14, 2017
Riley also said the early signing dates have accelerated the process for his assistants and for recruits with the primary signing day now coming more than a month earlier than usual.
“You can feel the difference. You can feel the sense of urgency,” Riley said, according to DieHards’ John Shinn. “It feels sped up for the coaches and the prospects.”
Oklahoma’s preparations for the College Football Playoff also complicate the process. The Sooners’ coaches have to be on the road recruiting, but they also have to be game-planning for a Rose Bowl matchup with Georgia on Jan. 1.
However, Riley said he likes the multitasking that comes with that.
“I enjoy balancing the different parts of it,” Riley said. “You go to high schools during the day and visit some homes and night. When you get on the plane or in the hotel, you start watching film.”
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