College football early signing period officially adopted

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The College Commissioners Association announced Monday its approval of a new early signing period for high school football recruits beginning this year.

The early signing period will be a 72-hour window from Dec. 20-22 in which high school seniors can sign with a college program. It coincides with midyear junior college transfers signing period.

Previously, high school football recruits could not sign a national letter of intent until the first Wednesday of February, or National Signing Day, which will remain despite the new signing period.

The NCAA Division I Council voted in approval of the early signing period on April 14. The CAA was originally scheduled to vote on the early signing period in June.

Division II schools will decide in June whether to adopt the December early signing period.

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