Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Early Signing Period Set To Start

College football's new "early signing period" kicks off tomorrow and runs for three days. It's yet to be seen what that will mean for Ivy League (which doesn't recognize signing day), Patriot and other FCS schools. From a STATS story by FCS guru Craig Haley:
The early signing period is expected to have a bigger impact with FBS programs than on the FCS level, especially because FCS programs often have to wait out players who are pursuing options with other schools. But many FCS programs will begin their Class of 2018 signings this week.
"I do think that you'll see as the years go on," James Madison coach Mike Houston said, "people will become a little more comfortable and kind of figure out a little bit what their strategy needs to be."
Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports has a column headlined, 5 things to know for college football's new early signing period that includes this:
The biggest question coaches still have is what percentage of players will sign this week? No one is sure, but all signs point to a high percentage. Ohio State expects to sign all of its recruits on Wednesday. So does Boston College.
And this:
One veteran coach pointed out there’s really only two types of kids who won’t sign in the early period. It’s either a recruit who’s holding out for a better offer or a five-star who wants more attention.
While we weren't watching STATS updated its Top 25 at season's end. Yale managed to sneak into the rankings at No. 24. Columbia is among "others" receiving votes and comes in at 32. Dartmouth did not receive any votes.

New Hampshire closed out at No. 21. Central Connecticut was No. 35 and old friend Colgate tied for No. 40.

1James Madison (14-0)3825 (153)1
2Jacksonville State (10-2)35912
3Central Arkansas (10-2)34563
4North Dakota State (13-1)33594
5Sam Houston State (12-2)31865
6South Dakota State (11-3)31106
7North Carolina A&T (12-0)27068
8Wofford (10-3)26847
9Western Illinois (8-4)24439
10Stony Brook (10-3)228710
11Weber State (11-3)221812
12Southern Utah (9-3)204614
13Grambling State (11-2)184313
14Samford (8-4)178117
15Elon (8-4)171911
16South Dakota (8-5)133215
17Eastern Washington (7-4)131618
18Kennesaw State (12-2)122322
19McNeese (9-2)120319
20UNI (8-5)93124
21New Hampshire (9-5)65616
22Furman (8-5)61320
23Illinois State (6-5)41621
24YALE (9-1)364NR
25Northern Arizona (7-5)35423