Sammy Batten Staff writer @FO_SammyBatten

The College Commissioners Association approved an early signing period in December for the Football Bowl Subdivision two weeks ago, starting this year.

Prospects can now sign a national letter of intent with the school of their choice during a 72-hour time frame between Dec. 20-22, which is just over a month from the main signing day on the first Wednesday in February.

Anyone who has read this column on occasion knows I have always favored a late July/early August signing period, and that I consider the December option a waste of time because it’s so close to the February date.

Although I haven’t change my mind completely on the subject, Jason Tudryn did give me some food for thought on the issue during his recent visit to Lumberton. Tudryn is the director of high school relations for the North Carolina Tar Heels and a former prep coach himself.

“It could help with the idea that we’ve got kids who will be committed and will be able to seal those up,” Tudryn said about the early period. “Then, we’d be able to focus our efforts on future classes or kids who may not have committed for that stretch run for the official signing day in February.

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