One of the oldest traditions in sports remains National Signing Day, where high school seniors can sign a binding National Letter of Intent to play college football at a particular university. For college football fans, the first Wednesday of February is the equivalent of draft day in the NFL, and this year is no different as all eyes will be on which colleges land the top recruits in the country to lead the future of their teams.
Traditionally, the fax machine has been the most common way for seniors to send their signed letters to colleges, even though by today’s technology standards this could be outdone from an efficiency standpoint by currier pigeons or your delivery animal of choice.
But if there’s one thing we’ve learned by watching the way tech notoriously disrupts ancient processes, it’s that there is no such thing as a sacred cow. So it should be no surprise that National Signing Day and its lingering affection for the fax could be headed for divorce.
Over the past couple of seasons one of the trends we’ve been honed in on is universities taking the initiative to seek out other technology solutions to retrieve signatures from recruits. In fact, the SignNow team has been working with a few schools to help implement a better signing process on National Signing Day.
For a few years now UCLA has provided recruits with the option to submit their letters by using the SignNow app, which is available on their device of choice — computer, smartphone or tablet.
The process is simple. Recruits receive an email from the school with a link that takes them to their NLI (National Letter of Intent). Once they open up the letter, they’ll see highlighted areas that need a signature, which they’ll be able to do right there. When finished, the letter is instantly sent back to the school with a detailed audit log. SignNow also sends an update to the school that lets them know that the letter was properly received or when any progress is made.
And UCLA isn’t the only university on board with SignNow for National Signing Day. Last year Notre Dame also ditched the fax machine in favor of SignNow, and will be taking that route again this February. A number of other colleges are moving in this direction as well — including Boston College, Arizona State University, Oregon State and the University of Massachusetts.
It was only a matter of time before technology found a way disrupt yet another archaic process, however, all signs point to the new way of signing as a much more efficient operation. In the case of National Signing Day, students are now able to leverage a familiar tool to complete a simple task, while colleges, coaches and parents can easily follow along during the process so no one is left waiting in the dark with fingers crossed for a barely legible letter to maybe come through.
For more information on how you can improve your workflows with eSignatures, visit SignNow online at www.signnow.com.