How the Coaching Carousel's Key Moves Might Affect Recruiting's Early Signing Period – Sports Illustrated
There is no precedent for this year’s coaching carousel. The significance of the moves, the number that took place, and the weirdness that attended them made for an engrossing drama with more ridiculous details than the press release Arizona State put out to announce it had hired Herm Edwards after firing Todd Graham.
We won’t know until next fall what sort of on-field effect the new coaches will have on the programs they’re taking over, but in the shorter-term the changes are expected to shake up the recruiting landscape. For the first time this year, high school seniors will be free to sign National Letters of Intent in an early window that begins Dec. 20 and runs 72 hours. It’s not clear how many of these prospects will opt to use the early period; some will elect to wait until the traditional signing date on the first Wednesday of February. Still, the head coach swaps, and the assistant movement that came with them, could have an outsize impact on the 2018 cycle. Here are seven carousel-related recruiting questions to consider as the early period approaches.
Will Scott Frost land his first starting quarterback at Nebraska?
Frost didn’t waste any time addressing the most important position for Nebraska, the one he played for the Cornhuskers in the 1990s. The same day Nebraska officially announced Frost’s hire earlier this month, Adrian Martinez, a four-star dual-threat quarterback out of Clovis West (Calif.) High, revealed on Twitter that he had received a scholarship offer from the Cornhuskers. Martinez is verbally committed to Tennessee, but it’s not certain he’ll stick with the Volunteers after they just completed their own coaching transition by bringing in Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to replace Butch Jones. Martinez took an official visit to Lincoln over the weekend, telling the Lincoln