For the first time, UCLA football recruits will now be able to sign their National Letters of Intent (NLI) electronically during the 2014 National Signing Day period. One of the first universities to take advantage of this new platform, UCLA is offering football recruits the electronic signature option through SignNow by Barracuda. SignNow allows users to sign and fill out documents via computer or mobile device.
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.
“Once the NCAA approved electronic signatures for NLIs, it was an easy decision to partner with SignNow on this project,” explained UCLA Associate Athletic Director for Compliance Matt Elliott. “The technology provides accurate time stamps and ensures that we receive the signed contracts as soon as they are executed.”
Various sports-related uses of the SignNow platform include Pepsi notarizing more than 500 signatures for photos submitted from around the country to be used as part of the 2013 Superbowl Halftime Show and Brooklyn Nets’ All-Star point guard Deron Williams signing a $98M contract on his iPad using the electronic signature app.
“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.”
SignNow is an innovative eSigning platform, part of Barracuda (NYSE: CUDA). Top-ranked on mobile devices, SignNow is used to collect signatures and automate workflows to drive business efficiency and reduce costs. Barracuda provides cloud-connected security and storage solutions that simplify IT. The SignNow application is available free of charge for both iOS and Android devices.