The ACC has recently suggested a change to recruiting rules, allowing for an early signing day of August 1st. The SEC has countered saying they'd like to keep the same signing day in February.
BUT, if the NCAA does decide to add an early signing day, the SEC HAS A PLAN!!
Excuse me for a moment....
Under the SEC suggestion, the early signing day would be the Monday after Thanksgiving and recruits "would only be eligible for the early signing date if they haven't taken any official visits."
"If we can clean up some of the things around the edges, meaning there's a lot of kids that know where they want to go and don't want to go through the process of wasting all those trips, the time and expense that it takes to take five official visits," Mississippi athletic director Ross Bjork said."
I don't necessarily subscribe to the same belief that there's as many kids who know exactly where they want to go as some believe there are. I think this would result in more instability in the recruiting picture than there already is, especially for the type of kids Michigan and other top programs are targeting. Considering how some kids have changed their commitments recently having taken a visit, asking a kid to decide having not taken any visits I think is asking for trouble.
In theory, focusing on kids who don't yet know where they want to go and not worrying about the ones who already know will save time, money and effort. But I think Michigan for example thrives on getting kids on campus for official visits. Even they get a lot of kids on unofficial visits, getting the higher ranked kids who may not be from the area has been a strong selling point for recruits lately.
But I'm open to other opinions.... Link: http://msn.foxsports.com/college-football/story/sec-prepares-for-recruiting-reform-creates-model1-052814