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Football stars to commit to colleges this week as new early signing period clears up process

Football stars to commit to colleges this week as new early signing period clears up process

Nearly two dozen local high school football players are expected to take advantage of the new NCAA early signing period and make their college commitments official beginning Wednesday, but some coaches still have reservations about moving the signing day six weeks earlier.

The signing period for high school football had been in early February until April when the NCAA adopted a Dec. 20-22 window for signing national letters of intent. Players can still sign during the later date beginning Feb. 7.

Most of the top players had committed long before December, so having them sign letters of intent in December cleans up what many believe has been a messy, strung-out process. Coaches...

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