The recruiting trail reached one of its last stops last week as the Shippensburg University football team released its first list of committed recruits during National Signing Day on Wednesday.
The list included 18 high school seniors who signed a national letter of intent or an institutional letter to solidify their spot on the Red Raiders’ roster.
National Signing Day is the first day that teams can officially add players to their respective rosters. It also marks a turning point in the offseason, as teams can devote more attention to the upcoming 2017 campaign.
Last year, the Red Raiders finished 7–4, with a 4–3 record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division. The team had lofty goals of winning the PSAC title in both 2015 and 2016, but ultimately fell short in both years.
In 2015, the Red Raiders controlled the PSAC East Division heading into their final game versus Kutztown University, but lost it on the road.
In 2016, SU finished in third place in the PSAC East after losing close games to rivals Bloomsburg University, Kutztown and West Chester University.
With a new class in place, the Red Raider coaches can now breathe a little easier and assess who is going to help get them over the hump in 2017 to capture a PSAC title.