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Recruiting Radar: Early Signing Period approved

This was recommended a bit ago, but has been fully enacted today.

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday afternoon, the College Commissioner’s Association voted to enact an early signing period for Football recruiting.

This is something that had previously been recommended at the NCAA spring meetings, which I recapped and opined about at that time

Now, with the early signing period on the books, teams can have prospective recruits sign National Letters of Intent (NLI’s) during the 72 hour window. Slated for December 20-22, this brings up an interesting point:

As Fischer states, the December 20-22 window for early signing has its drawbacks. Campuses are closed (for the most part). Schools are definitely out (both HS and College). It’s Bowl Prep season. The Christmas Holiday season. There’s a lot going on, so it’s going to be challenging for players to actually sign and fax the NLI’s. This is something that the NCAA may have intended.

So yeah, if a player really wants to sign — and early enrollee, a recruit who is just 120% locked in with (school X) and wants to get things over with — they’re going to have to work to find a way to make it happen. Oh, and they’re going to have to communicate with their desired college to make sure that somebody is in the office to receive and file the NLI with the NCAA.

In all, I think it’s a good thing that the Early Signing period has been passed and scheduled. But, there will be logistics that need to be worked out — and players who will need to actually sign the NLIs early — for this to have a major impact for Miami, or any NCAA school.

We’ll talk about this more in the coming days and weeks, believe me.

Do you like the Early Signing Period? Hate it? Vote in the poll and leave a comment below to keep the conversation going.


How do you feel about the new Early Signing Period for Football Recruiting?

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  • 64%
    It’s awesome!! I love it!!
    (425 votes)
  • 31%
    Ehh....I’m not really sure. Kind of indifferent.
    (206 votes)
  • 4%
    (30 votes)
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