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Six more days.
On Wednesday, the new early signing period for college football will begin. Our final recruiting mailbag before the big day focuses on this addition to the recruiting world, what it means and how it will work for Michigan State.
1. Who benefits from and who suffers from the early signing period?
As you’ll often see with NCAA rules, the coaches seem to benefit more than the players. They can lock verbal commitments in to letters of intent a month and a half earlier. They can pressure those who might not be ready to sign. The only coaches suffering are those at major programs who like to sweep in late and nab commits from other schools.
Some players benefit, also. Those who feel 100 percent ready to sign and don’t want to deal with calls from outside coaches can wrap things up sooner. But it hurts those rushed into making a decision, particularly those who might have received more desirable offers later on. Allowing recruits to take official visits in the spring should help out some, but it won’t make up for problems caused by coach firings after the early signing period.
2. What new rule would you like to see in college football recruiting?
We have more than enough rules that benefit coaches, so how about some more that help out the recruits? The rule allowing prospects to take official visits in spring, which takes effect after this cycle, is a step in the right direction. Forcing kids to find time in the fall to take long trips, while they also deal with school and high school football, is not in their best interest.
I also would propose that we let recruits take more official visits. What’s with the arbitrary limit of five? A lot of these kids don’t have the means to take expensive trips, and when the NCAA tells them how many they can take before they have to pay for it themselves, it certainly doesn’t help.
3. Will Michigan State get any new commitments before the early signing period?
Six days away from the start of the early period, it’s weird to say it might be too early to tell. But recruiting is such a fluid process that what seems unlikely today could become probable tomorrow. That said, I predict when the early period comes around, Michigan State will remain with 20 commitments.
Nothing wrong with that. Many top recruits, such as 4-star wide receiver Tommy Bush, don’t plan to sign until the regular period in February, so the Spartans should be just fine. The final month and a half will allow the coaches to focus on finishing out the class with the best possible fits.
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