College football’s early signing period has come and gone, and many are still trying to interpret the period’s effect on the sport. It turns out, one of those effects could have an extremely negative impact, as FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman brings word that many teams fear recruiting violations from recruits that have signed, but not announced their decision.
Odd twist w/ the new early signing period. There are recruits who’ve actually signed papers but didn’t want schools to announce them til Feb. One coach said the tricky part is you could end up committing a violation recruiting a kid you don’t know that’s signed someplace else.
Coaches are not allowed to make contact with another team’s players, and recruits that have already signed a Letter of Intent would fall into that category.
It’s unclear how many recruits that will actually end up applying to; the vast majority of the 2018 class — such as five-star Jackson Carman pictured here — publicly signed their Letters of Intent during the period, and only a few hundred prospects are left between now and February. For those that silently signed, hopefully they did their due diligence and informed opposing coaches prior to their decision.