What LSU fans need to know about the early signing period

The inaugural early signing period gets underway on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and lasts through Friday, Dec. 22.

Expect the majority of the commitments embedded in LSU’s 2018 recruiting class to put the pen to paper and sign their letters of intent on Wednesday, or sometime in that timeframe. It should leave Ed Orgeron and Co. recruiting just a handful of prospects over the final five weeks of the calendar for limited spots.

SEC Country projects 20 signatures for LSU by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, leaving five spots up for grabs for National Signing Day, scheduled for Feb. 7.

Until then, here’s everything you need to know about the early signing period:

What is the early signing period?

The NCAA implemented the early signing period back in May. It is a 72-hour window in which recruits have an opportunity to sign their letters of intent two months earlier than the usual event on the first Wednesday in February.

Other sports such as basketball have multiple signing periods, but this is the first time for football. Early enrollees have been able to sign their letters of intent and financial aid paperwork in December for years.

When is the early signing period?

The early signing period begins on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and runs through Friday, Dec. 22. Expect the majority of LSU’s 2018 commitments to sign their letters of intent on that first day of the signing period. Only a handful will wait it out on Dec. 22.

Which LSU commitments are signing during the early signing period?

The majority of the Tigers’ 2018 verbal commitments are set to become signees on Dec. 20. Here’s the list of confirmed early signees:

  • Jarell Cherry, 4-star DE (Dallas)
  • Micah Baskerville, 4-star LB (Shreveport, La.)
  • Badara Traore, 4-star OT (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Chasen Hines, 4-star DT (Marshall, Texas)
  • Davin Cotton, 4-star DL (Shreveport, La.)
  • Kenan Jones, 4-star WR (Berwick, La.)
  • Chris Curry, 4-star RB (Lehigh Acres, Fla.)
  • Damone Clark, 4-star LB (Baton Rouge, La.)
  • Jaray Jenkins, 4-star WR (Jena, La.)
  • Travez Moore, 3-star DE (Wesson, Miss.)
  • Dare Rosenthal, 3-star DL (Ferriday, La.)
  • Cameron Wire, 3-star OT (Gonzales, La.)
  • Cole Smith, 3-star OL (Pontotoc, Miss.)
  • Dominic Livingston, 3-star DT (Houston)
  • Zach Sheffer, 3-star H-back (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
  • Nelson Jenkins, 3-star DL (Plaquemine, La.)
  • Tae Provens, 3-star RB (Gurley, Ala.)
  • Dantrieze Scott, 3-star DE (Ferriday, La.)
  • Damien Lewis, 3-star OL (Senatobia, Miss.)

Which LSU commitments aren’t signing during the early signing period?

One one current LSU commitment has informed SEC Country of his plans not sign his letter of intent during the early signing period.

  • Ar’Darius Washington, 3-star DB (Shreveport, La.)

Which LSU commitments are enrolling early?

LSU is set for its biggest haul of early enrollees in this class. That number could be greater if 4-star cornerback Anthony Cook, 5-star wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. or 4-star wide receiver Devonta Jason commit to LSU during the early signing period.

Cook and Jason will announce their decisions on Dec. 20, while Marshall’s decision will be nationally televised on Dec. 22.

  • Micah Baskerville, 4-star LB (Shreveport, La.)
  • Badara Traore, 4-star OT (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Davin Cotton, 4-star DL (Shreveport, La.)
  • Travez Moore, 3-star DE (Wesson, Miss.)
  • Cole Smith, 3-star OL (Pontotoc, Miss.)
  • Tae Provens, 3-star RB (Gurley, Ala.)
  • Damien Lewis, 3-star OL (Senatobia, Miss.)

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