In case you didn't realize it, January is now the new spring.
At least from a college football recruiting standpoint, January has become a time where several college coaches are getting an early start on the Class of 2015 and beyond. The Class of 2014 won't make their verbal commitments official until Signing Day on February 5th, yet once the coaches have secured verbal commitments, they are already moving into the next recruiting class and the one after that in some instances.
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College coaches are making in-school visits this month, extending scholarship offers and working the underclassmen group harder than ever. While high school coaches understand the process and the need for earlier information, it doesn't mean they have to like it.
"I have three really good seniors still looking for a college," said one high school head coach who wished to not be named. "And I have college coaches coming in asking me about a kid who hasn't played a down of varsity football yet."
"If I tell my parents that college coaches have been done with it's senior recruiting for over a year, I'm accused of not helping the kids. I also understand that the bigger schools are looking further ahead, but it's getting to the point where the mid level colleges are looking ahead now."
While several smaller-level colleges are still out recruiting its Class of 2014 prospects, it's becoming clearer that the recruiting clock keeps getting pushed back earlier and earlier.
Good luck telling that to the many senior players and the parents still waiting for a call.