The original goal of the early signing period was to give recruits a chance to end the recruiting process early, which for some began in middle school.
The Collegiate Commissioners Association announced on Monday that beginning this year, high school football prospects can sign their National Letters of Intent during an early 72-hour window.
The signing period will run from Dec 20-22 of 2017. However, only the Collegiate Commissioners Association can create new national letter of intent signing periods.
The signing period will last 72 hours, beginning December 20 and running through December 22.
An early signing period has officially arrived to college football. To me, the biggest benefit of signing early, but not enrolling early, is to live the final stages of the recruiting process in peace if one has found a school they love regardless of any future events with the football program. December is also a time of significant coaching turnover, both at the head coach and assistant coaching levels. I'm not sure the last six weeks make all that much of a difference, but to be fair, I've never been a college football recruit.
For mid-major programs, signing athletes early could be seen as a major benefit to prevent Power 5 Conference programs from poaching recruits during the last month of the recruiting season. That start date is expected to be moved up to April to accommodate the new early signing window. "For the guys who want to play both sides of it - who are committed but want to play it out and wait until signing day and do the whole hat thing - for them, it's going to be a lot more pressure".
National Director of Recruiting, Brandon Huffman noted how the new rules will impact coaches and recruits.