Early signing day is upon us Wednesday, December 19th and the recruiting class will inch closer to completion as some prospects in the class will put pen to paper.
Kirby Smart offered his thoughts on what the event has to offer in only year two and whether or not there should be changes made in the future.
“I don’t know that I have a perfect solution, because just as soon as I say what I’m about to say, there will be somebody that has an argument against that, as we all know. But I do think that the gap between the two signing days is too small, it’s actually only, what, a month and a half at the most, just six weeks. To be able to say that you would have an August signing date and they’re going to say, ‘Well, that’s just speeding it up more and you’re already complaining about that. That’s moving it up too early.’ A lot of the kids that we’ve had committed have been committed since August. And you wouldn’t have this dynamic of everything jumping on top of you. And you still don’t know who’s coming out. You look at the year they’re going to have, there’s a lot of question marks in that, and I don’t think we knew the ramifications when we moved it up of dealing with the juniors,” Smart commented. “The other argument is move the junior declare date up earlier because they have to decide before the bowl game whether they’re going to play or not anyway, and a lot of them aren’t. So make them declare and you have a more definitive number going into your early signing date. But there’s debates about both and there will be issues with both. The biggest thing is the whole process has been sped up to give these guys a chance to do official visits in the spring and that pushed us all probably too far forward.”