Ohio State has made it clear it’s against the NCAA-approved early signing period, from football coach Urban Meyer to AD Gene Smith.
But it’s happening. The Division I council voted and approved an early signing period for Dec. 20, starting a 72-hour window where prospects can sign.
On Monday, Smith spoke Monday at the Big Ten meetings about why he’s against the new early signing period.
“Obviously, we were not supportive of that legislation at Ohio State,” Smith said. “But since it’s passed, we’ll embrace it and deal with it. Obviously most people felt that there’s a significant number of young people who are pretty firm in their decisions and needed that opportunity to sign early, make their commitments. If that’s the case, it’ll play out over time. So we’ll just accept it and move on.”
Smith said he thinks young people today are pressured into making decisions too soon. He thinks, the more experience a person has, the better equipped a person is to make the right decision. But, Smith, said, this change will mean players get pressured even earlier into making a decision so they can sign in December.
The Buckeyes AD also said the move hurts players who burst onto the scene during their senior years. Some teams may no longer have scholarships available for late breakers. The moved date for possible signings also limits players on taking visits to schools — and potentially limit recruits from flipping commitments.
“It bothers me that we keep moving this back,” Smith said.