BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — For just about anyone who follows college football recruiting, Wednesday, Dec. 20 will look a little different this season.
This offseason, the NCAA added an early signing period, set to begin Wednesday, which allows for programs to begin signing future Hilltoppers to their national letter of intent earlier than the traditional period which occurs on the first Wednesday in February.
And, if the national rankings are any indicator, it has worked out quite well for the Red and White.
Under head coach Mike Sanford, the Hilltoppers currently have the top ranked recruiting class in Conference USA by both Rivals and 247Sports.com and a top-10 ranked class across all Group of Five schools, including the No. 4 ranked class by Rivals.com.
According to 247Sports, WKU currently has 18 three-star rated players committed. In last year’s class, with just a month to prepare, Sanford and company assembled a class which ranked No. 4 in the league with nine three-star signees. When the dust settles, WKU could sign double-digit three-star players for the first time in school history, and the 27 three-star signees over two seasons would be just two fewer in two classes than the previous six classes combined (29).
“The December 20 signing period has completely changed the dynamics of recruiting,” Sanford said last week. “I did somewhere between 20 and 22 home visits over seven days in seven states. There’s no rest for the weary this time of year. It’s a sprint until we get those last final national letters of intent.”
Though like in other sports, the Hilltoppers may not sign the entirety of their 2018 recruiting class during the three-day period from Dec. 20-22., as recruits will still be able to sign during the traditional period in February.
“We’re hoping to have a really good day on Dec. 20, but in all honestly, we don’t know exactly how this thing is going to work,” Sanford added. “It’s new for everybody. I think a majority of Division 1 football programs have the intent in signing a very, very good percent of their class in December. It won’t be the worst thing if you have some extra slots so you can go and do what we did last year: go and hustle to find some players in January and review senior film.”
WKUSports.com and WKU Football on Twitter will again be your home for up-to-the-minute coverage of National Signing Day 2018 as future Hilltoppers sign their letters of intent to join the program.
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