NCAA Division I Council Votes to Approve December College Football Signing Period

An early signing period could be coming to college football in December...

On Friday morning, the NCAA voted to approve the creation of an early signing period for high school prospects to sign their National Letter of Intent in December. This new signing period will coincide with the current 72-hour Junior College signing period. Prospects will still be able to sign a Letter of Intent in the current February signing period.

In January, the NCAA DI Football Oversight Committee gave the approval for the December signing period to go to a vote, though they did not approve a proposed June signing window. 

Although the NCAA has approved the December signing period, the Conference Commissioners Association, who manages the National Letter of Intent program, still needs to approve the measure. 

When asked for comment, Scout's National Director of Recruiting, Brandon Huffman noted that the new rules will have a big impact on both the players and coaches. 
Coaches: "For coaches that have early commitments from players, it gives them a much better chance of holding on to them, rather than seeing them poached in January and in the run-up to Signing Day.  Of course, the flip side to that is that coaches who are better closers and do a better job flipping players down the stretch, now have to hope those targets don't sign in December."
Players: "Certainty and stability.  No more January drops when a new position coach comes in or a new head coach comes in.  They can sign in December instead of being told in late January, when they're still a verbal, that they'll have to either greyshirt or look somewhere else." 

Additionally, the NCAA DI council has voted to add multiple new changes to College Football recruiting over the next year:

-Prospects will now be able to take official visits during their Junior year. The visit must occur between April and June, while the prospect is not visiting the school for a camp or clinic.
- Similar to Basketball, FBS programs can not hire people close to a prospect for two years, before and after the arrival of the prospect.
- FBS programs are now limited to 25 first-time scholarships to eliminate oversigning.
- FBS coaches will now have a 10 day window in June and July to participate in camps and clinics, provided the camps take place in facilities used by their team.
- FBS programs are allowed to add a 10th assistant coach, effective 1/9/18

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