BY CHRIS HUMMER
May 9, 2017
College football’s early signing period, which was officially approved Monday, is expected to occur on the third Wednesday of each December to align with the mid-year junior college transfer window, according to Susan Peal, Director of Governance for the National Letter of Intent program.
“It is anticipated that the football early signing period will align with the football mid-year (junior college) transfer signing period each year,” Peal wrote 247Sports in an email. “So that would start the third Wednesday of December.”
The 72-hour early signing period for high school seniors will start Dec. 20, 2017.
This early signing period is in addition to college football’s standard National Signing Day, which occurs the first Wednesday of February each year. In essence, college football now has two National Signing Days with recruits having the option to sign in December or February.
The early signing period is one of a number of prominent pieces of legislation the Division I Council approved earlier this year. Others included a 10th full-time assistant, a change in the official visit schedule with an additional window from April to June, which goes into effect April 1, 2018, and changes to the way off-season recruiting-related camps are conducted.