Wednesday marks the start of the early signing period, with the best high school soccer players from across the country signing with colleges to play at the next level.
For college programs, this is the first opportunity to introduce your fans to your fan bases, as once players are signed, teams can officially promote them. And that, they certainly do.
College football Twitter accounts display elaborate graphics and videos to welcome the team’s next wave of talent.
Sporting News takes a look at some of the more complex social media posts from the early signing day period from colleges across the country.
Crimson Tide signers receive a two-part introduction. First, Alabama publishes a graphic with your name, title, and high school.
Each player then gets their own video with some added photos, all of them wearing their Alabama gear.
The Tigers really go out of their way to introduce their new signers. It begins with a photo of the recruit with Clemson’s alma mater.
Below each player has a video with their name and high school and some highlights from their high school days. It starts with them in their letterman jacket. It ends with them transforming into a Clemson uniform.
Lastly, each player receives a statement on what it means to join the program.
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* Record scratch * you’re probably wondering how the seminoles got here . Florida State videos begin with a platinum disc displaying information and photos of its signers.
Bulldogs keep it simple with their introduction. Each of the Georgia signers has unique graphic designs showing them posing in Bulldog outfits with their name on it, along with the state they hail from.
These players have a long way to go until they are in Madden, but the Hoosiers already have their signatories making that leap. The first video is short, it presents the signer with their information along with an overall rating of 99.
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 position and high school is now available for everyone to know. But what about your favorite musical artists? The best dinner guests? The Hawkeyes reveal their upcoming stellar talents with a roster of icebreakers to help fans get to know their players better.
Do you already sell merchandise? That’s what the Tigers have available for their recruits. Each player is presented on a graphic with a “limited edition” copy of rookie cards with the recruits posing in LSU uniforms.
Instead of rookie cards, how about miniature statues? Michigan reveals its signers in a video as a figure before they are seen wearing their full Michigan garb.
The Tar Heels feature their recruits for the first time in a video with their jumping shoes in the background.
Fans can then get a chance to see the latest high school UNC football player to see what talent in the player they are getting.
Are fans already reacting to a Notre Dame signing? That’s what the Fighting Irish show in their videos. Learn everything there is to know about each recruit from a variety of different people in each video.
Sometimes even the priests will join the presentations.
The Buckeyes begin their posts with graphics of the latest student-athlete to join their ranks.
Then a former Buckeye, like quarterback Joe Germaine, appears in a video to talk about the latest signer.
The Sooners have a great soccer tradition and show it in every video of their new signings. Get ready to see some Oklahoma highlights with each recruit.
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The Cowboys are taking shoebox dioramas to a new level. Each shoe box includes signer information on the side, and inside the box, is Boone Pickens Stadium with highlights from the recruit’s high school days.
The Nittany Lions also take several steps to introduce their new recruits. First there is a short video showing the signer wearing his new Penn State outfit.
The following is a tweet with some key things to know about each signer, including their high school and some statistics from the grid.
Throughout the day, Penn State alumni discuss what it means to be a Nittany Lion.
New Cardinal players get their own soccer cards, and each one is designed as a rare card. It is a short video that presents a few bits of quick information 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 stands in front of a juice box, with the ingredients needed to make the last member of the Aggies.
Texas A&M then adds a second tweet with information about its new signer, including the link to the player’s new team bio page.
Trojans are going all over Hollywood to launch their new signers. USC tours Los Angeles and posts a photo of their new player on a palm tree and shows them walking through the stadium and the streets of Los Angeles with a USC flag.