ESPN is reporting that the NCAA is seriously considering an early signing period for college football.
College football is taking steps toward establishing an early signing period, according to the NCAA official who manages the national letter of intent program.
Susan Peal, NCAA associate director of operations, said the continued acceleration of recruiting has led the Conference Commissioners Association to consider an earlier date to supplement the long-existing date in February, similar to the structure for basketball and other sports.
“I think everyone wants an early signing period,” Peal said this week. “It’s just trying to nail down what’s the appropriate date for that.”
Can’t say I’m surprised, given the way the whole process has noticeably accelerated over the past few years. I used to be unsure as to whom an early period would favor, but it seems clear to me now with the way the power programs are adding advisory staff to beef up contacts with the high schools that they would be the victors to whom the spoils would flow. Which is probably why the NCAA is taking this up now.