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Choosing the Right College

How to Make the Right Decision...And When

November marks the early signing period for NCAA college sports programs, the seven-day window for high school student athletes to sign a binding National Letter of Intent to accept college athletic scholarships for the following fall. Sports covered in the early signing period include boys’ and girls’ basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball. 
 
The benefits are simple: recruits have their college plans set early in their senior year, and college programs obtain written, rather than just verbal, commitments from them. 
 
But is early signing TOO early? Two-time NPF All-Star Catcher Selena Collins—now an assistant softball coach at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas—is amazed at how soon prep players are being coaxed into committing to college programs, sometimes before they’re ready. 
 
Read more in her latest Softball Notebook article Early Decision: Are High School Players Committing to Colleges Too Soon? And learn how to put your best foot forward—and ask the right kind of questions—during the D3 recruiting process in the companion article Pick Me! College Recruiting in Division III.