Forget about an early siging period in football recruiting. It's time coaches take responsibility for the situation they created.
By Brian Dohn
Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark safety Delonte Thompson committed to Alabama nearly 16 months ago, and it is nearly eight months until he will sign his national letter of intent.
Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian five-star Kevin Toliver, the No.1 cornerback in the Scout.com 2015 class, committed to LSU coach Les Miles in November 2012, and will withstand 27 months of other coaches coming at him in order to sign an NLI with the Tigers.
Why does it matter?
Because for all the talk of making an early signing day to help curtail the craziness of recruiting, there really is no way to curtail it because the coaches are the ones who control the environment.
Twenty years ago, when a player committed to a school, his recruitment was over. Coaches used to respect the decision of the player, and move to their next prospect. Over time, coaches pushed and pushed committed recruits to look at other schools, and now it is commonplace.
Even if an early signing period is implemented, coaches will push and pressure and persuade kids to make early decisions. An Aug. 1 early signing period would do nothing to change the craziness of today. It is nearly two months before that date, and plenty of schools already have double digit commitments.
The situation will not change until coaches change, and in the high-pressure, low-ethics climate of college football recruiting, showing more patience and restraint in recruiting is not the trend. Instead, coaches offer kids to get them just to visit campus, or to pressure other prospects to commit before someone else beats them to it.
Coaches want 90 percent of their recruiting class filled by the staring of August training camp, and the push being made for decisions coming a year before a prospect can sign now, all an early signing day may do is change the months of havoc and mayhem to the spring and summer rather than fall and winter.