Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher is not a fan of college football’s new early signing period.
A new early signing period was officially approved in May and it allows recruits to sign a National Letter of Intent for a 72-hour period beginning on Dec. 20 and ending on Dec. 22. In the past, recruits could only sign an NLI between the first Wednesday in February and April 1.
Fisher voiced his frustration with the new signing period on Thursday.
“I’m not for the early signing period and where it’s at,” Fisher said. “I think it needs to be at the end of summer. It does make it tough on coaches, and in our state, you’ve got kids playing for a state championship and having a signing day that week.
“That’s a huge distraction. And to me, it’s not fair to those kids who are going through that experience, and it’s not fair to the high school coaches involved. I think it’s a bad scenario. Recruiting is one thing, but having a signing day is another. I think we’ve made a mistake with that in college football.”
Although Fisher doesn’t agree with the new signing period, the Aggies benefited a bit by the change as they had a total of 10 early signees. Of course, a lot of recruits of have now signed with other schools, and Fisher will only have five weeks until the next signing period to try and convince the remaining recruits on the board to join him at A&M.
Texas A&M’s 2018 class is currently ranked 23rd nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings.