Signing Day for high school football players is Wednesday February 7th.
That is the day prospective collegiate players sign national letters of
intent that will bind them to their future university in exchange for a
Signing Day has taken on a life of its own. I remember when it used to
be the day you found out where kids were going to school. But ever
since Al Gore invented the internet, those days are long gone. Now
National Signing Day is when college coaches find out which recruits
were telling the truth, and which ones were wooed by another school and
fell hook, line, and sinker.
It's become a holiday for college football junkies who try and monitor
every signing, then await to hear the coaches'
evaluation of those prospects. East Carolina started having a fan fest
a few years ago to celebrate the day. And Pirate fans have taken it
even further; a group headed up by well known ECU backer
Pirate Al will be tailgating in the Dowdy-Ficklen parking lot all
afternoon. If you have purple and gold running through your veins (and
some warm clothes), you will be more than welcomed into the festivities
which start at noon.
And there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. Skip Holtz and his staff
have 25 commitments (the most allowed in one year by the NCAA), 19 of
which are from the state of North Carolina. Several national
publications have ECU's recruiting class ranked in the top 40 in the
nation, the highest such rating in school history. Holtz and his staff
took advantage of turmoil in the triangle and beat out UNC and NC State
for several high profile kids.
My biggest problem with National Signing Day is that all the excitement
generated goes to waste. Most of the kids who sign the LOI's won't see
the field for a couple of years. That is not a bad thing. Many
student-athletes need the time to adjust to school and get bigger and
stronger, which would be the ideal situation for any school. Ask any
coach and he will tell you he would love to redshirt every recruit he
But Signing Day is a day to dream. To think about how every recruit
will be an All-American, how they will lead their school to the
national championship, how football season is one day closer.
So enjoy National Signing Day, because spring football is just around