Pros and cons of the NCAA's new early signing period

Derby's Kenyon Tabor signs with Kansas football on National Signing Day 2017

Derby's Kenyon Tabor signs with Kansas football on National Signing Day 2017

It coincides with the first three days of the midyear junior college transfer national letter of intent period.

There will be pressure on kids to sign: An early signing period will inevitably move up the recruiting process even further and consequentially put even more pressure on undecided prospects.

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.

The Collegiate Commissioners Association voted to approve the measure Monday in a surprise vote.

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An early-signing period for football was approved Monday when the Collegiate Commissioners Association, a group comprised of league commissioners, agreed to a three-day signing period starting December 20 of each year.

"There is a definite benefit for Group of 5 teams because they do not have to worry about their guys getting poached in January, when the Power 5 schools waiting on certain prospects learn they aren't landing the kid", one Group of 5 coach said. However, only the Collegiate Commissioners Association can create new national letter of intent signing periods. In 2017, the period will start December 20th and close December 22nd. "So once I make that decision, I'll be ready to sign right then and there, and I think it's a good opportunity to do so".

Last season, eventual five-star linebacker Jacob Phillips committed to Oklahoma in October but was courted hard by LSU in the weeks before February's signing day and eventually flipped to the Tigers. "Players don't have to do it".

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