National Signing Day Proves to Be Important For All High School Athletes


November 9 was a significant day for college recruits throughout the country. Known as one of several National Signing Days throughout the year, the day was mostly meant for those Division I and II athletes signing a letter of intent in sports other than basketball and football. However, some signing to Division III, NAIA, and NJCAA schools and basketball players signing early also took part. 

Drew Becker ‘23 and Elliot Simpson ‘23 each signed letters of intent to play baseball at Maple Woods Community College and Beloit College, respectively. In his recent summer campaign with the Nebraska Prospects, Becker ‘23 batted with an average of .403 along  with 22 runs and three home runs, earning him an offer for Maple Woods. Simpson ‘23 earned an offer from Beloit College after batting .253 with 24 hits.

These were the first of what Mount Michael hopes are many signings this year, throughout all sports. While football and basketball capture the largest audiences regarding signings, there are many sports where seniors hope to continue their athletic careers into college.

However, these Knights weren’t the only ones in the spotlight. College basketball’s early signing period also began on Wednesday and athletes throughout the country plan to make their decisions soon. Ranked among the Top 25 recruits, D.J. Wagner (No. 1), Isaiah Collier (No. 6), Cody Williams (No. 14), Baye Fall (No. 20), and A.J. Johnson (No. 25) are all set to make their announcements soon. Mikey Williams (No. 30), known nationally for his media presence and popularity, recently announced his long-awaited commitment to the University of Memphis. However, he is an example of a player that has announced commitment but has not yet signed with the school to which they have committed. “Blue Bloods” such as Duke, Kentucky, and Kansas are examples of schools that have already signed a very talented recruiting class with many signings yet to come.

Although the NCAA has multiple National Signing Days throughout the year, college football’s signing days typically receive the most attention from sports media. The more widely known National Signing Day takes place on February 1, 2023. This is considered the “regular signing period” for high school football players signing to Division I and II schools.

National Signings Days are important and influential for both athletes and schools involved. Athletes’ decisions impact the decisions of other players and allow schools to assess the talent of their team prior to the beginning of the season.