ESPN embarks upon its ninth consecutive year of total coverage of National Signing Day. This is the day in which collegiate recruiting classes are solidified, and the few remaining uncommitted players finally narrow their choice down to one after years of recruitment.
Beginning on ESPNU at 8 a.m. ET on Feb 5, the television marathon continues for 11 hours – on ESPNU for the entire day, available on WatchESPN and simulcast on ESPN2 from 5-5:30 p.m. ET. Broadcasting from ESPN studios in Charlotte, Rece Davis, Dari Nowkhah and a cavalcade of analysts like Tom Luginbill, David Pollack and Danny Kannell will wade through the day, providing analysis and projections, while also airing live school announcements and look-ins with the nation’s top programs. ESPNU has 13 on-air player commitments scheduled throughout the day.
Every aspect of the day must be planned and accounted for, so producers like ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer Shawn Murphy have to prepare for this one day for months.
“In some forms [the preparation] starts the day after,” Murphy said. “But it really gets ramped up in January as we get closer to it.”