The UCLA Bruins are going to be using electronic National Letters of Intent on Wednesday during National Signing Day.
Teams have traditionally used fax machines to send and receive letters on signing day and broken or slow fax machines have added a lot of fun to the day causing drama and worry among fans and coaches alike.
UCLA will be the first ones to actually use electronic letters, something that all teams will probably adopt at some point in the near future.
The process is simple. UCLA will email recruits both NLI and scholarship contracts, which can be electronically signed beginning Wednesday, Feb. 5. Electronic signatures can be drawn by using a mouse or by hand on the screen of a mobile device. Once the form is filled out by both the recruit and parent, a final copy will be sent to the family and university via email, expediting the process of receiving and verifying the letter.
“UCLA Football is all about forward thinking and using new technologies to improve efficiency and effectiveness,” said UCLA Football Director of Player of Personnel Pat Girardi. “Signing a National Letter of Intent electronically will be cutting-edge, and we want this year’s recruits to be able to say they are the first to ever do such a thing. Our goal is to be on the forefront of exciting technology coming down the pipeline. This is just another advancement in the Bruin Revolution.”