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College football recruiting: Committing early is the new trend

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, Published: May 23, 2010
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Schools also have time to shoot for the stars by chasing an elite prospect they may not have had the time and resources to pursue in previous years.

An early signing day could help ease the process and lessen the need for coaches to continue recruiting committed recruits. And for the recruits, it would allow them to make it official and not have to continue turning down other schools, who often continue recruiting committed prospects.

"It keeps everyone else from trying to nitpick at you and it eliminates the need for coaches to baby-sit kids,” Crabtree said. "I’ve been in favor of an early-signing period for quite some time now.”

Some recruits take road trips during the spring and summer of their junior year, making unofficial visits to multiple schools before making a decision heading into their senior years. Unofficial visits are paid for by the recruit, while official visits are paid for by the school.

As of now, prospects can only take official visits during their senior year, but the authorization of official visits during a prospect’s junior year could go a long way toward making the recruiting process easier on the college programs as well as the recruits, their high school coaches and their families.

"That would be great,” said Millwood offensive coordinator Kevin Cox, who has been involved in the recruiting process with several former Falcons, including Gerald Jones, Josh Turner and Tramain Swindall. "If they had two or three (visits), and those were subtracted from their total visits. That’s a problem, some guys can’t afford to get to places.”


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