- Scott Powers, ESPN Staff Writer
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Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was a traveling man in January. He and his assistants bounced from California to Florida checking on their recruits during the month.
Worn out by traveling when Wednesday's national signing day finally arrived, Fitzgerald stated during his news conference to announce the program's new class that he wished the NCAA would move forward the signing period. While some coaches have the luxury of traveling little to make sure their commitments are still secure as new staffs try to swoop in and steal players, Fitzgerald had 17 players in 10 states to keep tabs on.
"I believe we should have an early signing day," Fitzgerald said. "I believe it should be the same time as when the junior college signing day is in December. Twelve of our 17 recruits were committed verbally before that day. It sure would have saved our university a lot of money.