Count Hugh Freeze among those who feel that a late June signing day for potential recruits is way too early. The proposal would also add another early signing period midway through December.
Currently, recruits commit to their intended universities in a signing period that runs from the beginning of February until the the end of April, so this would be a huge change.
“There are so many unknowns, they’ve only completed six semesters. I just don’t see how you’ve had time to get the know kid or for them to get to know you,” Freeze said. “I think it’s important to get to know if we are the right fit for people and they are the right fit for each university.”
Alabama head coach Nick Saban expressed similar sentiments.
Both coaches feel that June is far too early to make a decision on a player, with academic eligibility often being a chief concern at that time. Freeze conceded that the idea of the December commit date “makes more sense,” but was far from giving it a resounding endorsement.
If the proposal were to be enacted, it would go into effect for the 2017-2018 recruiting cycle.