December has always been an exciting month in college football with conference championships, bowl games galore, and playoff games.
But this year, the NCAA made December even better.
Instead of waiting until the first Wednesday of February, college football recruits are now able to sign their national letters of intent between December 20 and 22. Recruits may also choose to put off signing their NLI’s until February.
With the ability to sign early, college football programs have been in full force recruiting mode to secure the undecided high schoolers before the first signing period.
Contact period, the time in which coaches can have face-to-face contact with student athletes off campus, began November 26. The Michigan football coaching staff has already made several in-home visits trying to lock down some wish-list recruits.
One in-home visit was made to J’Marr Chase in Louisiana on November 29. Passing game coordinator Pep Hamilton traveled to the deep South to check in with Chase. The four-star wide receiver took an official visit to Michigan on November 24 for the Ohio State game and seemed to enjoy his time as he posted pictures to his twitter (@10jayy_) of him sporting the Wolverines’ maize and blue uniform.
Chase’s athleticism is uncanny. At The Opening, Chase grabbed every ball thrown his way and celebrated touchdowns with an impressive tumbling routine including a backflip. Though smaller than most of the wide receivers of the 2017 recruiting class, Chase only being 6-foot-1 compared to Donovan People-Jones, Tarik Black, and Nico Collins who are all 6-foot-2 or taller, Chase’s hands and athletic ability will take him far.
Another in-home visit was paid to the undecided three-star tight end Tommy Tremble from Georgia. Head coach Jim Harbaugh and tackles and tight ends coach Greg Frey spent some time with Tremble and his family back on November 29. The 6-foot-4 225 pound prospect had an official visit to Michigan for the Ohio State and took to twitter (@TommyTrem) about his experience.
Tremble tweeted: “Had a great Official visit to the University of Michigan, it felt like home.”
#Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh playing ping pong with Norcross (Ga.) Wesleyan 2018 tight end Tommy Tremble (@TommyTrem) during his in-home visit last night. Tremble won this point, but Harbaugh won the match 😂 pic.twitter.com/u3Gfiudkra— Brice Marich (@BriceMarich) November 30, 2017
To secure Tremble, Michigan will surely have to capitalize on their hominess because Notre Dame is also heavily targeting Tremble. Just two days before Harbaugh visited Tremble, the Fighting Irish’s offensive coordinator, Chip Long, had an in-home visit with the recruit.
Additionally, there will be three 2018 early enrollees joining the team in January. Quarterback Joe Milton, cornerback Myles Sims, and defensive end Taylor Upshaw are all set to enroll in class and be in Ann Arbor at the beginning of the winter semester. This is a huge difference in numbers compared to last year when the 2017 Michigan recruiting class had eleven early enrollees.
Though it may seem like Michigan is in a frenzy fighting for the verbal commits of undecided recruits, the majority of the 2018 Michigan recruits will be signing during the early signing period and enrolling in June 2018. After December 22, it will be a little easier for the Michigan football program to breathe and Harbaugh will be able to focus his efforts on last minute recruiting pushes in the seven weeks between the two signing periods.
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