Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is against an early signing period for football. But it looks like it could happen.
According to the NCAA website, the Division I Council has proposed having two different 72-hour early signing periods. They would be on the last Wednesday in June and in mid-December. If approved, the plan would be effective starting with the 2017-18 signing year.
From the NCAA website:
“The working group did a deep dive on recruiting from beginning to end, and I think what we came up with as a proposal is both student-athlete-friendly and coach- and staff-friendly,” said Bob Bowlsby, chair of the Football Oversight Committee and commissioner of the Big 12 Conference. “We hit a sweet spot.”
DI Council proposes early signing periods and additional assistant coach for football: https://t.co/6sxJMlCLXD
— NCAA (@NCAA) October 5, 2016
Ohio State’s Meyer is against early signing periods. He wants recruits to have as much time as possible to make their decisions. He also said teenagers’ bodies can change so much in a small window of time — so an early signing period could hurry the recruiting process. Coaches would need to make quicker decisions about players who may not yet be as developed as they could be a few months later.
“So, we’re absolutely opposed to that. I hear the reasoning is because there’s so many decommitments. What the hell does that mean? So because 18-year-olds — excuse me, 17-year-olds — are decommitting, let’s give them a legal document so they can’t decommit? That’s not very smart. Young people have a right to choose where they want to go to school. Period. Let them decommit a hundred times. That’s why they’re called 17-year-olds.”