Injuries are an unfortunate part of any college football season and usually take a toll on every FBS team by the end of the year. Several key players were hit by the injury bug in 2016, including a handful of big names from the SEC.
College football's National Signing Day is in the books and the focus for all 130 programs can officially turn to offseason workouts and practices and the pursuit of a championship. While a chunk of the focus every year is what happens on the field, the National Signing Day and recruiting efforts for every team is just as important.
With National Signing Day in the books, the focus for the 2017 college football season shifts to spring practices and upcoming offseason workouts. While most freshmen won’t arrive until the summer, a handful of incoming recruits already hit campus prior to spring ball.
Team recruiting rankings are not a definitive sign that a given college football team will rise or fall on the gridiron in the immediate future but certainly does help paint a picture about potential success.
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program looks for the upcoming season. With spring practice just around the corner, the focus around the nation now shifts to the 2017 season.
Recruiting is the basic blueprint for any college football program. Building a winner starts on the recruiting trail, and the data is there to back up just how important Signing Day is to all 130 teams.
College football’s 2017 National Signing Day ended with a familiar face at the top of the team recruiting rankings: Alabama. The Crimson Tide claimed the recruiting national championship for the seventh consecutive season with a clean sweep at the top of the four scouting services.
Despite all the time, money and energy put into scouting high school football players across the nation, the art of picking the best of the best is less science and more theory, leading to some misses here and there. Recruiting analysts can be influenced by scholarship offers, size and speed, and camp performances without factoring in determination and love for the game.
National Signing Day is always a busy time in the SEC, but the first wave of early enrollees from the freshmen and junior college ranks have already hit campus in preparation for the 2017 season. Even though coaches plan out their recruiting board in advance, some positions thin out or don’t develop as expected.