Proposal for an early signing period is a step in the right direction

The American Football Coaches Association has forwarded a proposal for an early signing period to conference commissioners, who are expected to review the plan Thursday. Given the overwhelming support for a December signing day from coaches — 73 percent of Bowl Subdivision head coaches and 82 percent of Championship Subdivision head coaches back the plan, according to a USA Today story — it seems likely the commissioners will seriously consider implementing the proposal for a three-year trial period that would begin this year.
Coaches who support the early signing period contend their staffs waste time and money playing defense with committed players getting bombarded by other schools. The coaches who oppose the plan — and they have dwindled in the past two or three years — believe they already have too little opportunity to build a relationship with players before offering a scholarship. An early signing period, they argue, would only further accelerate the process.