The inaugural early signing period kicks off this week, providing the opportunity for Nebraska commits and prospects to sign their letters of intent. Here are some things every Huskers fans should now about the early signing period.
What is the early signing period?
The early signing period is a newly instituted set of dates by the NCAA, during which Football Bowl Subdivision recruits can sign letters of intent. This signing period allows prospects to sign with the schools of their choice before the traditional National Signing Day in February. That way, a recruit can simply finish the process. It also helps early enrollees, who are now able to sign before actually getting to campus, which was not previously the case. The period used to be reserved for junior college transfers, but now pertains to high school prospects, too.
When is the early signing period?
The early signing period begins on Dec. 20 and lasts until Dec. 22. If a prospect chooses not to sign during this three-day window, he must wait until Feb. 7.
Which Nebraska commits are signing during the early signing period?
At least seven Nebraska commits will be signing with the Huskers during the early signing period. They are:
4-star quarterback Adrian Martinez
Martinez flipped from Tennessee to Nebraska last Wednesday and plans to sign this Wednesday.
4-star defensive end Tate Wildeman
Wildeman originally was going to wait until February to sign, but his official visit over the weekend convinced him to put pen to paper early.
3-star defensive back Deontai Williams
Williams took his official visit this past weekend and committed before leaving Lincoln. As a junior college commit, Williams will have to sign early if he wants to enroll mid-year.
3-star wide receiver Jaron Woodyard
Woodyard committed following his official visit the weekend of Dec. 9. Another JUCO product, he will obviously be signing early in order to enroll mid-year.
3-star wide receiver Justin McGriff
McGriff flipped from UCF to Nebraska on Dec. 10 following an official visit. At first, he was going to wait to sign, but decided to sign early.
3-star offensive lineman Will Farniok
Farniok has been a solid Nebraska commit since April. His brother, redshirt sophomore-to-be Matt Farniok, has already earned playing time on the Nebraska offensive line.
3-star kicker Barret Pickering
Pickering is another longtime Nebraska commit who will officially become a member of the 2018 class this week.
Which Nebraska recruits are announcing during the early signing period?
Cameron Brown is still committed to Nebraska, although it’s almost a given that he will de-commit at some point this week. He will sign Wednesday, but the odds he signs with the Huskers are slim. Ohio State is the front-runner for the 4-star receiver, and he’ll make his decision public Wednesday.
Katerian LeGrone is coming off an official visit this weekend, when he announced his de-commitment from UCF. The 3-star tight end is set to make his decision Wednesday, and the Huskers are in a solid position to receive his commitment.
Another three-star tight end, Messiah Swinson, was an official visitor last weekend. He is set to decide between Missouri, Arizona State and Nebraska, telling Land of 10 last week he would likely sign this this week.
Will Honas will also be signing on Wednesday. Following his official visit to Nebraska this weekend, he’s also considering Iowa and Kansas State. The 3-star junior college linebacker would enroll in January.
Louisville commit Marcus Riley, a 3-star athlete, is also coming off his official visit with the Huskers. When he signs Wednesday, he’ll be choosing between Nebraska and Louisville.
Which Nebraska commitments aren’t signing during the early signing period?
Masry Mapieu will not sign with the Huskers this week because the staff wants to be sure he can qualify academically before extending a letter of intent. The belief is that Mapieu, a 3-star defensive tackle from York, Neb., will be eligible by February and will sign then.
David Alston has been extremely quiet throughout his entire recruitment process. It has not yet been reported whether he will sign early, but until we hear otherwise we’ll assume he won’t sign until February. The same goes for 4-star safety C.J. Smith, who was the first recruit to Scott Frost and the new staff.
The biggest question mark among Nebraska commits is 4-star tight end Cameron Jurgens. The Beatrice, Neb. native has been quite mum lately, but it’s possible he signs Wednesday. For now, we will put him in this category, although that can be subject to change.
Which Nebraska commitments are enrolling early?
Of the seven commits signing early, six are expected to enroll early.
The junior college commits — Woodyard and Williams — will certainly enroll early since they are set to graduate from those schools this month.
Farniok and Martinez will also enroll early. Farniok wants to begin training under the new staff as soon as possible, and Martinez wants to be on campus in order to start learning the offense and ultimately compete for the quarterback job.
McGriff told Land of 10 he’ll be enrolling early. Pickering is also reportedly set to enroll early.
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