It allows high school seniors a 72-hour window in December to sign a national letter of intent with the school of their choice.
The new window is created to allow players who wish to end the recruiting process to sign their binding National Letter of Intent about seven weeks in advance of the traditional period, which annually runs from the first Wednesday of February to April 1 (the upcoming cycle begins Feb. 7). The second (and original) date for National Signing Day is on February 7th, which means not every recruit has to make a decision this coming week.
Which Miami commitments are signing during the early signing period? How will the new change impact the way ACC coaches recruit, and how will it affect the players involved?
Syracuse has 18 verbal commitments in its 2018 recruiting, and the expectation is the majority of the class will sign this week.
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Whether they ask them to wait until later in the Early Signing Period (like on Friday, Dec. 22 instead of opening day on Wednesday) or all the way to the traditional National Signing Day, some prospects could be in limbo for a bit longer. And players will get to see who their competition will be. But it could be as much as three-quarters of the overall signing classes, if not more. Coaches and recruits will have to adapt to a new rhythm.
Players will have between December 20-22 to ink their LOIs before having to wait until traditional National Signing Day on February 1.
"I know for a fact that wherever you go in the country, there's no guarantee that the coach who is there when you get there is going to be there when you graduate in four years", said uncommitted Lee-Montgomery defensive back Kevontae Ruggs, the younger brother of Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs.
No Hurricanes targets have set an announcement date for the early signing period, although some up-in-the-air recruits could officially bring an end to their recruitments.
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When is the college football early signing period?
If a prospect doesn't sign, it should signal his recruitment is still open or there is some academic work to take care of before the school is comfortable adding him to the class. No matter what happens during the early period there will still be plenty of hat ceremonies and interesting stories come National Signing Day this year too.
The new process will reveal cases where academics are involved.
Players at last week's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic admitted that the early signing period was a major topic of conversation, but there was no clear consensus on the best way to handle it. "And other schools were giving conflict with [signing early]".
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