College coaches aren’t the only guys in the business that recruit. At a school of 270 students, Camp Point Central (Ill.) High School coach Brad Dixon is always worrying about numbers. In an effort to attract rising 8th graders to his team, Dixon started his own National Signing Day.
“They had to personally hand the letters to me, and then we announced our 2015 Recruiting Class. I told them that hopefully in 4 years they will be signing their own National Letter of Intent to play college football.”
Two years since launching the Signing Day program, Dixon has more than doubled the size of his freshman class – from 10 in 2013 to 22 this year. In a program that typically averages 50 players, a 22-man freshman class is a serious youth infusion.