For 1st time #UCLA is offering FB recruits the ability to sign LOIs electronically via computer or mobile device.— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) February 4, 2014
Have we reached a recruiting milestone this Signing Day?
It could be the end of the fax machine as we know it, and hello to quicker, more accurate, more errorproof collegiate football signings.
As reported by CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman, UCLA is offering football recruits the ability to sign Letters of Intent electronically via computer or mobile device. It wasn't specified if UCLA is the first football program to ever give the option of an electronic John Hancock, but most schools are still in the stone age when it comes to football signing days. Other sports are well into the digital phase of signings.
According to AL.com, the NCAA actually allows National LOIs to be scanned and sent electronically. The NCAA even permits electronic signatures if it's a replica of a signature.
"I think a lot of times people get confused and think we mandate it, and that's not the case at all. It's their choice," said Susan Peal, director of the National Letter of Intent to AL.com.
Maybe it's a choice that will go fully electronic in the future.