Brendan Maloney, USA Today

NCAA Approves Early Signing Period Beginning December 2017

An early signing period is coming to College Football, as Collegiate Commissioners Association approves a 72-hour signing window beginning December 2017.

High school students will now be able to sign and submit National Letters of Intent during a 72-hour window in December. The Collegiate Commissioners Association approved an early signing period Monday, which goes into effect beginning with the 2018 recruiting class. 

The official approval comes a few weeks after the NCAA voted and approved the proposed early signing period in mid-April. 

2018 prospects will be able to submit their NLI's between December 20 and December 22, 2017, which coincides with the current JUCO 72-hour early signing period. Recruits who do not take advantage of the early-signing window will stick with the current February signing period, and submit NLI's the first Wednesday in February on National Signing Day.

https://twitter.com/NLIinsider/status/861696201607053312

Scout's National Director of Recruiting, Brandon Huffman notes how the new rules will impact coaches and recruits moving forward.

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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