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The Early Signing Period Is Now Official

College football recruiting just changed in a major way.

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On Monday, the Collegiate Commissioners Association officially approved a 72-hour early signing period. The NCAA approved the rule change last month with a host of other recruiting rules changes, but the early signing period still needed approval from the Collegiate Commissioners Association.

The approval, though expected, comes as somewhat of as a surprise as it wasn’t expected to be approved until June. However, the CCA fast-tracked the approval.

The early signing period will allow recruits to sign with Division I schools during a 72-hour window from December 20 to December 22 this year. The early signing period coincides with the first three days of the mid-year junior college signing period.

Other recruiting rule changes previously announced include an updated calendar for recruits to take official visits, allows schools to hire a 10th full-time assistant coach, prohibits schools from hiring a recruit’s family members unless it is for a full-time on-field coach, limits satellite camps, expanded recruiting dead periods, and addresses over signing. You can read more about those changes here.

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