What Iowa fans need to know about the early signing period

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Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz long has been a proponent of an early signing day, and this year, the dean of Big Ten coaches gets his wish.

Committed football players who want to sign early this year have their chance. A new early signing period — similar to what college basketball has — begins Wednesday and lasts through Friday. The traditional National Signing Day remains in place for the first Wednesday in February (Feb. 7, 2018), and most teams still will sign several players on that date, too.

What is the early signing period?

For players who have known their preferred destination for weeks, months, even years, this is their chance to sign a letter of intent before the holiday break. It also keeps the players from having to field phone calls from corporate raiders (er, other programs) when the dead period expires on Jan. 12. For coaching staffs, the early signing period gives them some security with their committed players. For those who choose to sign, their recruitments are secure. For those who don’t, it means there’s wavering. That could amount to more attention from coaches or possibly moving on to another program that has a chance to find another uncommitted player. Programs aren’t left at the altar with few options as in past seasons.

After the dead period ends on Jan. 12, nearly four weeks remain until the Feb. 7 signing date.

When is the early signing period?

Wednesday, Dec. 20, through Friday, Dec. 22

Which Iowa commits will sign during the early signing period?

Iowa has 16 players committed to its 2018 class and expect all of them to sign on Wednesday. They are:

QB Spencer Petras (Marin, Calif.)

DE John Waggoner (West Des Moines, Iowa)

OT Jack Plumb (Green Bay, Wis.)

OL Jeff Jenkins (Crystal Lake, Ill.)

CB D.J. Johnson (Indianapolis)

CB Julius Brents (Indianapolis)

DT Daviyon Nixon (Iowa Western C.C.)

WR Calvin Lockett (Largo, Fla.)

WR/RB Samson Evans (Crystal Lake, Ill.)

OT Cody Ince (Balsam Lake, Wis.)

RB Henry Geil (Green Bay, Wis.)

DT Noah Shannon (Oswego, Ill.)

CB Terry Roberts (Erie, Pa.)

DT Tyler Linderbaum (Solon, Iowa)

WR Tyrone Tracy (Indianapolis)

LB Dillon Doyle (Iowa City West)

Which Iowa recruits are announcing during the early signing period?

There is one name to watch this week. Butler County (Kan.) Community College linebacker Will Honas is debating between Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas State. He’ll be available in January and he plans to commit this week. Honas had 84 tackles, including 8 for loss, this fall.

Which Iowa commits aren’t signing during the early signing period?

All of Iowa’s commits plan to sign on Wednesday. Otherwise, to Ferentz, they’re not commits.

“The first signing date, at least with the guys we have committed right now, prospects we have committed, seems like we’ve all had a really good mutual relationship and we’re all on the same page,” Ferentz said. “So if they choose not to sign in December, then that just tells us maybe that there’s a little pause in their thinking and in turn it will cause a pause in our thinking.”

Which Iowa commits are enrolling early?

Unless Honas signs, it’s just two. That’s quarterback Spencer Petras and linebacker Dillon Doyle, the son of Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle.

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