2014 College Football recruits are now permitted to sign with schools under a new NCAA rule that is the football version of the early signing period.
Recruits who are on track to graduate in December and enroll early are now allowed to sign a financial-aid agreement that the school will provide a scholarship to the athlete. The agreement is different from a national letter of intent that binds the player to a university. According to the AJC, this new agreement would allow the player to still sign a NLI in February with another school if they haven’t already enrolled early at the school the player signed the financial-aid agreement with.
The player is not required to enroll early by signing the agreement either. The bonus for schools is that once a prospect signs the agreement with a school, the recruit no longer falls under the NCAA rules of limited communication. Meaning the school can have as much contact with the player as it wants.
Schools are also allowed to publicize the signing of the player, like they would once receiving a NLI. Both LSU and Ohio State did this on Thursday once the Tigers signed four-star QB Brandon Harris (pictured above) and the Buckeyes landed four-star wideout Curtis Samuel.
— LSU Football (@LSUfball) November 8, 2013
— B Harris (@bharrisqb1) November 7, 2013
I expect more schools to jump on the early signing period in the next few weeks, but what I’m really anxious to see is what the fallout will be once a kid who has signed a financial-aid agreement decides to not enroll early and ultimately ends up at another school.