College football recruiting has become, with lack of a better word, a circus. High school prospects are committing and de-committing, giving verbals to schools with little confidence they’ll actually attend said school, and coaches treat scholarship offers like candy, giving them out to anyone who will bite.
Nebraska’s Bo Pelini has a solution to the problem that is college football recruiting: Eliminate national signing day.
— ESPN Big Ten (@ESPN_BigTen) June 4, 2014
In an interview with ESPN.com, Pelini spoke to Adam Rittenberg about his idea.
“If somebody has offered a kid, let him sign, it’s over,” Pelini said. “That will stop some of the things that are happening — people just throwing out offers, some of them with really no intention of taking a kid.”
Pelini thinks coaches should be able to offer a scholarship to anyone in high school, but if the player commits, the scholarship should be binding.
“Make [the offer] mean something,” Pelini said. “People will be like, ‘Whoa, I’ve got to take this kid now.’ It will slow things down for the kids, for the institutions. There will be less mistakes.
“Why does there have to be one specific day? And it will get rid of some of the stuff that goes on, kids pulling the hats and so forth.”
Will it happen? Pelini doesn’t think so. The guidelines of recruiting have been in place too long for there to be a major change.
A change would help the process, though.
“Things would slow down dramatically,” Pelini said. “Some of these kids get 60 offers. Some of these people don’t even know who a kid is. The whole thing gets watered down. There’s no way some [team] can take that many guys.”