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Posted by on June 20th, 2012 in blog, CFF Features, Jeff Siverhus | 2 Comments

If you are a recruitnik like me and spend your spare time following your teams latest off season verbal commits, this will be right up your alley.

Below is the latest team recruiting rankings compiled by 247Sports. Now, if you read my previous article you will agree these rankings are subjective at best; however it is an indicator.

The point I want to make with the rankings is this. We are in mid June, eight months from signing day and many of these teams’ classes are two thirds full. This is a trend that has and is getting progressively more noticeable.

It is a phenomenon I don’t see changing anytime soon; in fact it will probably become more commonplace. This isn’t necessarily a problem; however it can lead to some unscrupulous behavior if some loopholes are not closed. How is that you might ask? Well, suppose Joe Tailback is a “5 Star” and decides to “verbally” commit to is STATE U, now he can’t sign his letter of intent until February, so this gives other teams and boosters or street agents eight months to get in Joe’s ear/pocket and change his mind. Remember, we are talking about 17-18 year old boys, many whom come from financially challenged homes.

 It is my belief that College Football needs to follow the path of College Basketball and allow for an early signing period. This would eliminate some of this from potentially happening. If the young man has already given his “verbal” then it should be a mere formality.  Basketball has already set the precedence.

1 Alabama Alabama 18 2 11 3 90.61 763.01
2 Michigan Michigan 21 0 17 3 90.95 754.05
3 Texas Texas 15 0 11 4 92.13 743.33
4 Florida Florida 18 1 8 9 89.89 739.28
5 Georgia Georgia 19 0 11 7 89.68 738.73
6 Texas A&M Texas A&M 20 0 6 13 88.05 736.12
7 LSU LSU 16 0 8 8 89.94 731.19
8 Notre Dame Notre Dame 14 1 9 4 91.36 730.81
9 South Carolina South Carolina 17 0 6 10 87.12 716.55
10 Ohio State Ohio State 12 1 7 3 91.17 713.03
11 Auburn Auburn 13 1 6 6 89.69 711.25
12 Florida State Florida State 12 0 5 7 89.08 688.04
13 Missouri Missouri 13 0 2 9 86.23 684.19
14 Vanderbilt Vanderbilt 13 0 2 11 86.69 679.82
15 Penn State Penn State 11 0 5 6 89.27 674.01
16 Clemson Clemson 11 1 3 5 88.09 673.42
17 Virginia Tech Virginia Tech 12 0 3 9 86.67 673.23
18 Baylor Baylor 12 0 3 9 86.92 672.40
19 Mississippi Mississippi 12 0 1 11 86.42 667.76
20 North Carolina North Carolina 12 0 2 8 84.83 664.68
21 Tennessee Tennessee 12 0 2 9 85.33 661.90
22 USC USC 9 3 6 0 95.33 656.90
23 Oklahoma Oklahoma 10 0 5 5 90.30 655.47
24 Nebraska Nebraska 11 0 3 7 86.00 650.24
25 Virginia Virginia 11 0 2 8 86.09 649.37

 

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  1. Kevin says:

    I could not agree more. There is no reason not to have an early signing period. I heard some coaches against it a few years back. Mainly because it would mean year round recruiting. Well guess what, we are there now, so we might as well get a signature early so you don’t have to keep “working” the recruits that you have verbally committed. they would be signed and left alone by other schools. My own team (South Carolina) already has 18 verbals. We are just 2-3 short of full for next year and it is not even July.

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