CHICAGO – Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz predicted Thursday that college football will have an early signing period sooner than later.
“There will be one,” Ferentz said. “There has to be. I still don’t understand the resistance.”
Unlike basketball, which has a signing period in November and May, football has just one in February. More than a few players have changed their minds and flipped verbal commitments down the stretch.
That means coaching staffs must continue to recruit positions where one or more players have verbally committed.
“Those are questions you ask every day,” Ferentz said. “But you’ve got to keep a bullpen open. You’ve got to keep looking.”
Iowa currently has 12 commitments in its 2014 class. One of them, highly touted offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher of Cedar Falls, committed on Jan. 12. But he is still going to take visits to Alabama and Stanford.
Another, Washington, D.C., athlete Omar Truitt,who committed on June 3, is now going to visit Pittsburgh.
The benefit of an early signing period – Ferentz would like to see it in December – is that “it lets everybody lay their cards on the table. ‘Hey, I’m 100 percent now,’ or ‘I’m still not quite there.’
“I think that would be great for both parties.”
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