Coaches talk about im­pact of new early sign­ing pe­riod

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Ben­jamin Arthur

COLORADO SPRINGS» Re­cruit­ing changes are set to al­ter the land­scape of col­lege foot­ball.

The new rules, ap­proved in April by the Divi­sion I Coun­cil and set to go into ef­fect Aug. 1, al­low for an early sign­ing pe­riod in De­cem­ber — two months ahead of Na­tional Sign­ing Day.

The head coaches of three of Colorado’s ma­jor uni­ver­si­ties — Mike Bobo (Colorado State), Troy Cal­houn (Air Force) and Earnest Collins Jr. (North­ern Colorado) — voiced their opin­ions on the early sign­ing pe­riod and what it means for their pro­grams mov­ing for­ward at the col­lege foot­ball kick off lun­cheon Wed­nes­day: Mike Bobo, Colorado State:

“It’s go­ing to make (play­ers and re­cruits) show their hand: ‘are you re­ally of­fer­ing this guy or are you re­ally ready to sign?’ That’s both sides; us and The Power 5 (schools). A lot of times, (play­ers) will have of­fers from this, this, this and this school and in re­al­ity, they might not have these of­fers. So peo­ple are go­ing to have to show their hand a lit­tle bit.”

Bobo added: “It’s some­thing we’re all go­ing to have to fig­ure out … (The play­ers you sign are) go­ing to be guys that you’re re­ally sure about, guys that are sound aca­dem­i­cally, that have very good grades be­cause you’re still miss­ing their fall se­mes­ter grades and their spring se­mes­ter grades … The guys we sign, we have to be real con­fi­dent that they’re go­ing to make the grades and qual­ify (for CSU).”

Troy Cal­houn, Air Force: “The real short­com­ing ends up be­ing for the young per­son, just they aren’t able to ex­plore all the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are out there. I think many make a ma­jor change and play their best foot­ball dur­ing their se­nior year of high school… an aw­ful lot of that eval­u­a­tion has now been sac­ri­ficed.”

Earnest Collins Jr., North­ern Colorado: “I like (the new rules), just sim­ply be­cause those last four weeks of re­cruit­ing be­tween De­cem­ber and Fe­bru­ary, those kids that are be­liev­ing they’re go­ing to get an FBS of­fer … if CU or CSU around them, Air Force, have al­ready signed 24 dudes, they only have one (spot) left. Or if they’ve signed all 25 al­ready, they’re not go­ing to get that schol­ar­ship, so now it makes it eas­ier for us to go out and let that kid know, ‘Hey, come on over to our place and have some fun.”

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