The Regular Signing Period for the high school class of 2017 opened day at 7:00 am, wherever a “prospective student athlete” resides. As we explained back in November, the Regular Signing Period for the high school class of 2017 stretches from April 12, 2017 to August 1, 2017. Beginning today, athletes in many NCAA sports –among them swimming and diving– are invited to sign the National Letter of Intent (NLI), the agreement between the college and the prospective student-athlete whereby the institution promises an athletic scholarship and the athlete promises to attend the school.
At SwimSwam, we get just as excited about “our” athletes signing their NLIs as you do. We love to see how many different schools provide opportunities for swimmers and divers of all levels. As of 4:00 p.m., we had nearly 2000 names of swimmers and divers on our list, most of whom we have written commitment articles on (we have about 40 or so in the works!). Our articles, when viewed in aggregate, tell the story of swimming at the collegiate level in the United States. They tell where the athletes are coming from, where they’re going, where they’re needed, and whose footsteps they’re following.
We’ve written about some really big hitters (https://swimswam.com/see-swimswams-top-20-hs-girls-recruits-2017-committed/ and https://swimswam.com/see-swimswams-top-20-hs-boys-recruits-2017-committed/) as well as swimmers joining brand-new programs (e.g., Oklahoma Christian University). In the spreadsheet below, you can follow along by sorting by conference, by college, by state, by high school, by LSC… however you would like to view the trends. We’ll update this list as we continue to wrap up more recruits, so bookmark this page, and keep refreshing it over the next week.
Hint: Click on “View full-size workbook in the lower right-hand corner to see all columns at once. Click the button at the top of each column to filter or sort.
If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected]