National Signing Day : What’s All The Hype About?

National Signing Day : What’s All The Hype About?

The 1st Wednesday in February each year is becoming a more holiday-esque type day than ever before — aka National Signing Day in the College Recruiting world. However, thanks to ESPN, social media, and other media outlets in the recruiting industry — this day is portrayed as something it is not — which is only a single day to sign your National Letter of Intent (NLI) with the college you chose to commit to.

What you need to know about signing your National Letter of Intent

In fact, National Signing Day is the first day of a two month period to sign your NLI. Also, it seems to be for just football recruits….well, soccer, track & field, cross country, men’s water polo, and field hockey recruits can sign on this day too. All of the prospective student-athletes in these 5 sports have between that 1st Wednesday in February and April 1st to sign a NLI w/ D1 and D2 programs. Other sports — such as basketball, baseball, and softball have a regular signing period beginning on April 12th this year for D1 and D2 programs.

All other division levels (D3, NAIA, and JUCO) can sign any other day from now until August 1st. Did you know that?

Full list of signing dates for all college sports

Be careful what you see, hear, and read on TV, social media, and the internet alone. Do your research. Don’t rush to commit, just so you can sign with the others on National Signing Day. The student-athletes signing on this day each year on ESPN are elite student-athletes who are very fortunate to be in the position they are in for their college careers. This isn’t a race… This is your future.

This is about YOUR recruiting process. Don’t let all the media outlets and pressure from the sidelines cloud your judgement on where you want to spend the next 4-years of your life.

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  1. Jim. I agree with many of your statements. I think we should change this to the NPD- National Participation Day. We have kids driving up in limos hats being exchanged back and forth and sadly kids who are not even signing a NLI as Walk Ons and PWOs sit around faking signing a blank form. When i signed mine (which seemed like a 100 years ago) I signed two copies put one on our dining room table to be mailed- then went to school then after school went to the pizza joint I worked at and came home around midnight. It’s a shame it’s gotten to this point. Finally I am the nations longest kicking coach and yes I have been proud to see kids I have worked with sign their NLI but I tell them to stay humble and don’t buy into the hype.

    • Mike Enright

      Well said, Marc! Things have definitely changed!
      We get a lot of calls from parents that are hitting the panic button because their son isn’t on ESPN signing a letter. They don’t realize there are is still plenty of time, and the athletes they see on ESPN are in the 1%. These top recruits have coaches coming to them every single day — parents need to realize it is the recruiting PROCESS.

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