National Signing Day

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Christmas came a second time for the University of West Florida football program, through college football’s National Signing Day on Wednesday. 

Working in the Argonauts “war room” inside the football offices on campus, Head Coach Pete Shinnick and his staff are staring intently at laptop screens — determining which high school prospects are going where — and who’s coming to West Florida.

The coaches are working to replace 30 players from last year’s squad who are graduating. The 15 players committing to UWF could help.

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

Wednesday was Signing Day for high schoolers seeking to continue their football careers at the next level. WUWF’s Dave Dunwoody reports on the University of West Florida’s recruiting class of 2018.

Fifteen players, 14 from Florida and one from Alabama, signed with the Argonauts as early as 7:00 Wednesday morning. While it remains to be seen how they’ll perform on the field, Head Coach Pete Shinnick says the group is already competing in the classroom.


The University of West Florida Wednesday announced its second recruiting class, seven months to the day before the first-ever football game.

Beginning at six o’clock Wednesday morning, 16 high school seniors declared to Head Coach Pete Shinnick their intention to suit up for the Argonauts,

“We wanted to be able to add depth at certain positions,” said Shinnick, “While also continuing to build a roster that we feel can be competitive next year in the Gulf South Conference.”