The powers that be have changed the face of college football recruiting in a massive way starting with the 2018 class. Starting on Dec. 20 and going through Dec. 22, college recruits will be able to sign National Letters of Intent with schools well before the traditional Feb. 7 National Signing Day. At least 75% percent of Big 12 recruiting commits plan to sign during the early period.
As a result, the next three days will be jam-packed with most of the committed players in the Big 12 recruiting field announcing their binding signings to the world. Here at Armchair, we love it.
In addition to many of the current commits signing their Letter of Intent, a handful of players will be making their college decision public for the first time.
Parsons is the top rated player yet to commit on the Armchair Top 300. The defensive end was once committed to Penn State, but he reopened his commitment to see what else was out there. Parsons is expected to commit to and sign with Penn State on Dec. 20, but Oklahoma has been doing their best to bring the talented player to the Sooners.
Anthony Cook had a bit of a roller coaster recruiting period. The top-tier cornerback will be making his college decision after at least two prior delays. Cook is cutting it a little close, seeing as he plans to enroll early in the school he chooses. It looks like Texas is the favorite here, but LSU is a dark horse to land the talented player.
Allen is the second defensive end whose signing day decision will have a big impact on the Big 12. He is a JUCO product who was once committed to TCU. Allen has since looked around a little bit, but it looks like he may end up with the Frogs.
Other than the expected commitments, quite a few players will be putting their names on the dotted line. These players have already made their commitments, but there will likely be a few surprises.
After all, recruiting is weird. Expect to see some decommitments instead of signatures. Expect to see some last-second flips. Still, expect recruiting classes to weather the storm and be alright.
We already saw one surprise in Rondale Moore decommitting from Texas, opting to look around before officially signing with a team on the traditional February signing date.
While we cannot tell you who will cause the biggest stir or make the biggest wave before they do it, be sure to follow our Twitter account for all of your Big 12 recruiting news. We’ll also tell you when players have signed their names on the line so you can take a big sigh of relief.
No matter what Big 12 school you are a fan of at heart, tomorrow should bring loads of excitement as your team locks down the players they will need to dethrone Oklahoma.