Wednesday marks the start of the early signing period, with top high school soccer players across the nation signing with colleges to play at the next level.
For college programs, this is the first opportunity to showcase those who have signed with their fan base, as once players are signed, teams can officially promote surname. And that, they certainly do.
College football Twitter accounts churn out elaborate videos and graphics as they welcome the next wave of talent to the team.
Sporting News looks at some of the most complex early-day signings from universities across the country.
Crimson Tide subscribers receive a two-part intro. First, Alabama posted an image with their name, title, and high school.
Next, each player will receive their own video with some added photos, all wearing their Alabama gear.
The tigers actually launched all the stops to introduce their newcomers. It started with a photo of the recruiter with Clemson alma mater.
Next, each player has a video showcasing their name and high school and some of their high school highlights. It starts with them in their letter coats. It ends with them turning into a Clemson uniform.
Finally, each player was given a speech about what it meant to be part of the program.
State of Florida
*Record scratches* you may wonder how Seminoles got here . Florida State videos begin with a platinum record showing information and pictures of those who have signed.
Bulldogs keep it simple with their introduction. Each Georgia member has unique graphic designs that show them posing in Bulldog costumes with their name, along with the state they come from.
These players have a long way to go until they’re in Madden, but the Hoosiers already have their subscribers making that jump. The first video is short, introducing the signer with their information along with 99 overall reviews.
If fans wait a few more minutes, they’ll get a longer version of the video, where the intro is followed by high school highlights.
Information such as location and high school has been made available to the public. But what about their favorite musical artists? Best dinner guests? The Hawkeyes reveal their next star talent with a roster of icebreakers to help fans get to know their players better.
Already sold goods? That’s what the Tigers are aiming for their rookies. Each player is featured in an image featuring a “limited edition” copy of the rookie cards with recruits wearing LSU uniforms.
Instead of rookie cards, how about the figurines? Michigan revealed the signers of their names in a video in the form of a figurine before they were seen wearing their full Michigan attire.
Tar Heels first introduced their rookies in a video with their jumpman shoes as the background.
Next, fans might get a chance to watch their high school’s newest UNC player to see the talent they have at their disposal.
Did fans react to Notre Dame’s signing? That’s what Fighting Irish shows in their video. Learn everything there is to know about each hire from a variety of people in each video.
Sometimes even priests participate in the introduction.
The Buckeyes started their post with the latest student-athlete graphic to join their ranks.
Then a former Buckeye, like quarterback Joe Germaine, appeared in a video to talk about the newest signer.
The Sooners have a long football tradition and they show it in every video of their new subscribers. Get ready to see some of Oklahoma’s highlights with each hiring.
The Cowboys are taking the shoebox business to the next level. Each shoebox includes registrant information on the side, and inside the box, is Boone Pickens Stadium with highlights from the recruiter’s high school days.
The Nittany Lions also took several steps to introduce their new recruits. The first is a short video showing the signer wearing their new Penn State outfit.
This is followed by a tweet with a few key things to know about each subscriber, including their high school and some stats from gridiron.
Throughout the day, Penn State alumni discuss what it means to be a Nittany Lion.
New Cardinal players receive their own soccer card, and each card is considered a rare card. It’s a short video that has a few quick facts about each player.
Then listen to the player introduce himself to the world of Stanford football, along with photos and videos from his high school playing days.
Juice box? Yes, a juice box. Each player will find themselves in front of a juice box, which has the ingredients to create the newest member of the Aggies.
Texas A&M then added a second tweet with information about its new subscriber, including a link to the player’s new team profile page.
The Trojans travel around Hollywood to introduce their new people. USC skimmed through Los Angeles and posted a photo of their new player in a palm tree and showed them walking through the stadium and the streets of LA with a USC flag.