All-Access: Are you a fan of college football’s early signing period? All-Access: Are you a fan of college football’s early signing period?

Big news this week happened in recruiting as the early signing period for high school prospects was made official.

From Dec. 20-22 of this year, class of 2018 prospects can sign with schools, even if they aren’t midyear transfers.

This takes away some drama of National Signing Day. Or does it? Maybe it just means that the 100 percent committed kids will have already signed and the only thing left for Signing Day is drama.

Last year, T.D. Moultry would have signed with Auburn at this time and Kendall Randolph would have signed with Alabama. Both had been committed for several months. That’s just to name a few.

Two years ago, though, would Joshua Jacobs have signed with Alabama and Daniel Thomas, who had two interceptions in the Iron Bowl, signed with Auburn early? A scholarship wasn’t there for Thomas and it’s believed that film on Jacobs didn’t circulate until January. Would Alabama and Auburn have held those spots, or signed others in December?¬†

Who does this help?

Kids who have been committed for months and are ready to get this over with.

College coaches who can convince the on-the-fence or uncommitted kid to sign early. And the ones who get longtime commitments to sign so more energy can be spent on uncommitted kids in January.

Group of 5 schools who can get a kid to sign before spots open up and a Power 5 offers late in the process.

Who does this hurt?

Kids who sign with a school and then coaches leave. They would have to get a waiver to get out of an NLI.

Kids who are pressured to sign early. Obviously this makes a coach a “winner” for getting the kid, but maybe it wasn’t yet in the kid’s best interest.

Coaches who normally take down time in the summer that now may have to help host recruits on official visits, since those can happen earlier.

What do you think?

This isn’t a complete list of who this helps or hurts. You have other ideas. Let’s chat on’s All-Access about this and more at 10 a.m. CT

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Published at Wed, 10 May 2017 14:58:31 +0000