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AUDIO: Recruiting Analyst Tom Lemming Talks Early Signing Period in College Football

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An early signing period for college football became official on Monday afternoon when the Collegiate Commissioners Association passed the NCAA Division I Council’s recommended change.

Tom Lemming, who has scouted football prospects for close to 40 years, joined The Game to discuss the changes and what it means for recruiting.

“I’ve been an advocate for it the past 20 years so I’m glad they’ve finally done something,” Lemming told host Ryan Fowler. “Although it’s strange that it’s only about a month before the big signing period. I thought they’d do it around September 1st.”

The 72-hour period will begin on December 20, 2017 and coincide with the midyear junior college signing period.

“By that time, December 20, I would imagine three-fourths of the entire country is committed by then but I’ll bet less than half of them, or around half of them, will only sign.”

Lemming said he thinks many continues will continue to visit schools after the season and hold off on signing until February. He said he could actually see it becoming more exciting to follow recruiting the last few weeks as committed schools take a few extra visits before Signing Day.

Check out the full interview with Lemming in the video at the top of the page.

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