Are you ready for some football? We hope so, because February 7 is National Signing Day! Where do you see yourself in five years? Does this simple question lead you into a malaise of existential dread? Then being try a high school recruit deciding on a college on the first Wednesday in February every year. On February 7, National Signing Day, a whole group of high school football players are eligible to commit to the college of their choice. Some of the most talented players announce their decisions in front of television cameras and their entire school. So don’t sweat your next five years—at least you don’t have to make your decisions in front of an audience.
National Signing Day - History
Early Signing Reinstated
The NCAA reinstates early signing in football.
Early Signing Days Prohibited
The NCAA decided to hold one official day when recruits commit to colleges.
NCAA Manages Letter of Intent
The NCAA started the management and administration of National Letters of Intent.
November 6, 1869
Rutgers vs. Princeton
Rutgers University and Princeton University faced off in the first-ever game of intercollegiate football.
National Signing Day Activities
1. Play a game of football
Grab a couple of friends and head to the local park. Catch, run, and throw your way to glory. This is your chance to do your best impersonations of your favorite players. And while you might not be signing a letter of intent on National Signing Day, you can still do your best dance in the end zone after scoring a touch down.
2. Relive your favorite plays
The college football season and the NFL season might have ended but there are plenty of historic replays to rewatch. What was your favorite catch? Do you remember where you were when your favorite team got that season-changing victory? Commemorate those moments by rewatching them again and again and again.
3. Play video games
Yeah, it's not the same thing as actually playing football, but not everyone can run a 40 yard dash in just under five seconds. Load your favorite game and pretend you're the mega athlete you always wanted to be. People might not look at you like a conquering hero outside the confines of your living room, but hey, you don't chase greatness for the accolades.
Facts About NCAA College Football Stadiums
1. Most Sellouts
The Nebraska Cornhuskers' Memorial Stadium has the longest streak of sellouts of any stadium in the country
2. East to West
Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium is the only stadium that goes east to west (as opposed to north to south. The reason? Strong winds!
3. Biggest Stadium
Michigan Stadium is the largest football stadium in the country with a capacity of 109,901 seats.
4. First Bowl-shaped Stadium
Yale's Yale Bowl was the first stadium to be built in the shape of a bowl.
5. Highest Altitude
The University of Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium stands at 7,220 feet.
Why We Love National Signing Day
A. A new start for our favorite teams
No matter how your favorite college football team finished last year, National Signing Day means an opportunity for restored hope. A new quarterback or linebacker could mean the difference between a heartbreaking loss and a triumphant victory. National Signing Day means the the opportunity for fans to dream big once again.
B. It gives us new heroes to root for
Every year our favorite colleges players filter into the NFL, CFL, AFL, or into a job that has nothing to do with football at all. As players that you've become a fan of get ready to graduate, it's fun to choose new players that you'll root for over the course of the next four years. National Signing Day is where it begins for all of them.
C. The announcement is a huge celebration
Some of the most talented players often throw big press conferences with tons of showmanship to announce their intent. There are often crowds, cameras, and emotionally-spent family members in attendance. When the player finally makes his decision, look for the smile that crosses the player's face when the people in attendance start cheering.