H.S. FOOTBALL | Signing Day is Back... And Likely Bigger Than Ever

01/31/2017 09:30 PM

Go back ten years ago. Do you remember paying any attention to National Signing Day?

If you do, good for you! I bet a lot of you did not though.

Honestly, I didn’t pay too much attention to it.

Let’s fast forward to now. National Signing Day is tomorrow. How many of you are paying attention to it now?

I bet a lot more of you are.

I know I am.

It’s amazing how much a difference ten years has made when it comes to this “unofficial” sports holiday.

Now, college football fans from across the country are glued to their Twitter feeds throughout the entire day. There are television programs on various channels dedicated solely to Signing Day.

Fans want constant updates throughout the day. How is my school doing? Where is this five-star athlete going? And now, those fans are able to get those constant updates.

Clearly, social media has been a big reason why Signing Day is as big as it is today, and it’s not just because of what comes out on social media on the day itself. It’s a build up from the previous year.

The recruits continuously update everyone throughout the season which coaches they have talked to, where they have visited, where they have committed.

Recruiting has essentially turned a year-long drama for each student-athlete who plans to play in college the next year. Whether that’s good or bad can be debated.

Believe me, I’m the first one to say, sometimes we, as fans, pay too much attention to recruiting, putting too much pressure on these high school kids to go to the school WE want them to attend.

This year’s drama finally comes to an end tomorrow. And then we’re right back at it again for next year’s drama.

As crazy as a day like tomorrow is for sports reporters around the country, it is one of the most fun days of the year because every student-athlete we talk to is wearing a smile.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

Whether he is working sporting events or not, he always loves talking sports. He is a prolific tweeter, so if you want to stay “in the know” about sports in the Bluegrass, follow Andrew on Twitter @ADChernoff. If you have a story idea for our sports team, send it to Andrew at Andrew.Chernoff@charter.com.


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