The conference commissioners will discuss and debate whether or not to add an early signing period to college football’s recruiting calendar later this year. Georgia head coach Mark Richt seems to feel concerned about the idea.
“I always say ‘Be careful what we ask for’ because I don’t know what that will do to our recruiting calendar,” Richt said to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I think there’s some sanity to it right now. I think if everybody plays by the same rules, then it’s good as it is.”
There are many details to sort out with regards to a potential early signing period. Right now it is purely in the discussion phase, with no concrete plans to implement. Whether or not it would even be possible to add it to the recruiting calendar for the Class of 2015 is unknown, although it may be more likely to become a reality for the next recruiting cycle if there is support from the Conference Commissioners Association in June, when they are scheduled to meet and review the concept in more detail.
“I’d be afraid to change it,” Richt said. “I don’t want to turn the regular season into such a recruiting frenzy that you can’t even coach your team on a weekly basis. I enjoy coaching football, too.”
Richt’s concerns about pushing key recruiting to the middle of the football season is a shared opinion of those opposing the idea. While we do not yet know when the early signing period would take place, placing it somewhere that overlaps with the football season is the most likely scenario. If that is the case, Richt’s concerns are legitimate because it would take away from preparing for games on a week-to-week basis by head coaches and assistant coaches who now must prepare for a game that week and focus on recruiting pushes a little more than they may typically do under the current model.