– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
We are two weeks away from the first ever early signing day for college football. Every other sport has had an early signing period but football has always had to wait until the first Wednesday in February. That’s not the case anymore. On December 20th, football players across the country will be able to sign on the dotted line with their future school.
We’ve seen players sign with their schools in December before. However, those weren’t the National Letters Of Intent. Players who were enrolling early at that university would sign financial agreements in December before enrolling for the spring semester. They would then sign their letter of intent in February.
Now, players can sign in December but still attend their high school in the spring semester. This will be the first year of the early signing period and nobody is really sure what to expect. Including us. Before reaching out to players, we would have guessed that anywhere between five and ten players would be signing early. A decent amount, but the majority of future D1 players would wait to sign until February. That is not the case. The state of Oklahoma has 29 players that are currently committed to D1 programs in the 2018 class. Here’s how the numbers break down.
21: 21 players plan on signing with their future college on December 20th.
4: 4 players are undecided or haven’t commented on signing early.
4: 4 players have decided to wait until February to sign.
The number 18 surprised us a bit, but then again, this is a new frontier for football recruiting. You can throw expectations out the window. These numbers will more than likely change between now and December 20th. We could even see the number of commits go up between now and December 20th. Those new commits will have to make a quick decision on whether to sign or wait. Here’s a look at all 27 commitments.
Commits That Will Sign On December 20th
Brendan Mitchell – Wide Receiver – Edmond Memorial (Navy)
Brey Walker – Offensive Lineman – Westmoore (Oklahoma)
Brody Odom – Linebacker – Wynnewood (Air Force)
Casey Thompson – Quarterback – Newcastle (Texas)
CJ Moore – Wide Receiver – Union (Oklahoma State)
Dalton May – Tight End – Jones (Tulsa)
Gary Mossop Jr. – Safety – Broken Arrow (Air Force)
Hunter Anthony – Offensive Lineman – Tuttle (Oklahoma State)
Hunter Richard – Defensive Lineman – Edmond North (Army)
Jacob Farrell – Offensive Lineman – Sulphur (Oklahoma State)
Jalen Redmond – Defensive End – Midwest City (Oklahoma)
Jordan Kelley – Defensive Tackle – Union (Oklahoma)
Josh Proctor – Safety – Owasso (Ohio State)
Morgan Moore – Offensive Lineman – Midwest City (Texas State)
Owen Condon – Offensive Lineman – Bishop McGuinness (Georgia)
Patrick Fields – Safety – Union (Oklahoma)
Perry Olsen – Quarterback – Yukon (Navy)
Ron Tatum – Defensive End – Putnam City (Oklahoma)
Sean Shaw – Wide Receiver – Jones (Iowa State)
T.K. Wilkerson – Running Back – Skiatook (Tulsa)
Wayne Jones – Safety – Owasso (Kansas State)
Commits That Will Wait Until February
Anthony Goodlow – Defensive End – Del City (Tulsa)
Bryce Bray – Offensive Lineman – Bixby (Oklahoma State)
Damoriea Vick – Wide Receiver – Westmoore (Missouri State)
Devonte Lee – Running Back – John Marshall (Nevada)
Nigel Brannon – Offensive Lineman – John Marshall (Memphis)
Commits That Are Undecided Or Have Yet To Comment On Signing Early
Israel Antwine – Defensive Lineman – Millwood (Oklahoma State)
Jason Taylor II – Safety – Carl Albert (Oklahoma State)
Josh Owens – Offensive Lineman – Bixby (Tulsa)