National Signing Day in football is where hundreds of young men make their decision on where to play at the next level. For LaGrange College Football the recruiting process is far from over.
Matt Mumme will be starting his third full season as the Panthers' head coach in 2016. He is extremely optimistic of how the 2016 class is shaping up.
"My coaches have done a tremendous job thus far and this year's class is full of not only talent on the field but also young men that have excelled in the classroom" Mumme pointed out.
The Panthers have 84 returning players for the upcoming spring practices, the largest returning group in the history of the program. Mumme and his coaching staff are looking to add 50 or more freshman and transfers into this mix for the fall.
"We currently have 33 commitments after signing day and we had 24 young men coming in for the Presidential Weekend last week," said Mumme. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks we will be close to completing our next class."
The program has not seen large classes of seniors and this is something that has been a focus for Mumme and his staff.
"We have to provide our players with a great environment in which to receive an education and enjoy playing the college game," Mumme said. "When you look at the top teams in our conference, their success has come from growing guys up. This is something we have to do at LaGrange."
The 2016 Panther team will have a different look from those in the past. The Panthers will have upcoming 19 seniors, 16 juniors and 49 sophomores.
"This is extremely exciting because we have a lot of hard working upper classman that have a wealth of experience," said Mumme. "This is what makes any college team better."
Mumme and his staff are hard at work finding the right mix of incoming players to add to a talented group coming back.