A December Signing Period is Coming to College Football

College football prospects in the class of 2018 will be able to sign a National Letter of Intent starting December 20th, 2017...

On Monday, the collegiate commissioners association approved the creation of an early signing period for high school prospects to sign their National Letter of Intent in December. This signing period was previously approved by the NCAA in mid-April to 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.

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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.

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." 

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