The addition of an early signing day in 2017 had a major effect on both college football recruiting and the way it is covered. Most of the top prospects from the class of 2018 signed in December. The class of 2019 has done mostly the same.
Still, with potential future stars still waiting till Wednesday to choose where they will play college football and sign their letter of intent, ESPN is planning a full day of coverage across multiple networks.
ESPN2, ESPNU, The Longhorn Network, and the SEC Network will all devote significant chunks of their programming schedule to National Signing Day. The Deuce will start the coverage at noon with two hours of coverage anchored by Matt Schick. At 2 pm that coverage will shift to ESPNU.
Schick will be joined by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill during the entirety of the broadcast. Former college football coaches Jim Mora Jr and Mark Right, college football analyst Trevor Matich, and recruiting analyst Tom VanHaaren will join the duo throughout the day as well.
During the broadcasts five of ESPN’s top 60 high school football players will announce their college plans.
National Signing Day on ESPN is presented by Nissan and will end with a special hour-long edition of College Football Live at 4pm Eastern on ESPN2.