What Michigan fans need to know about the early signing period

College football fans won’t have to wait as long to find out how their favorite team is doing in recruiting as a new early signing period goes into effect for 72 hours beginning Wednesday, Dec. 20. The traditional National Signing Day is still the first Wednesday of every February — Feb. 7, 2018, for this cycle — but college commissioners and an NCAA council approved this new period, something other sports like basketball already have.

What is the early signing period?

The early signing period is a 72-hour window in players can sign their national letter of intent with a college football program, thus ending their recruitment by other schools. For many players it will take away the burden of having to answer calls from other coaches when Jan. 12 comes around and the current dead period, a time when coaches are not allowed to have any contact with players, ends. There will be 27 days left before National Signing Day when the dead period expires. For coaches it means they won’t have to worry about losing these players to other schools, allowing them to concentrate efforts on filling out their respective recruiting classes.

When is the early signing period?

Dec. 20-22.

Which Michigan commitments are signing during the early signing period?

The Wolverines currently have 16 players committed to the Class of 2018. Of them, 13 are expected to sign during the early signing period.

Which Michigan recruits are announcing during the early signing period?

There is one big name recruit Michigan fans should pay attention to who is expected to announce his school choice this week. Defensive end Eyabi Anoma of Baltimore St. Frances Academy is scheduled to make his announcement on Friday. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Anoma is rated a 5-star prospect by the 247Sports composite and ranked as the No. 7 overall player in the 2018 class. He visited Michigan on Nov. 25 and was coached at St. Frances by former Michigan staff member Biff Poggi, who is the father of Wolverines fifth-year senior fullback Henry Poggi. Most recruiting analysts have Anoma leaning toward Alabama but don’t count out the Wolverines.

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

The three who are not expected to sign this week are linebacker Otis Reese of Leesburg, Ga., tight end Mustapha Muhammad of Missouri City, Texas, and quarterback Kevin Doyle of Washington, D.C.

Which Michigan commitments are enrolling early?

There are three players who plan on enrolling early: Myles Sims, Joe Milton and Taylor Upshaw. That is far fewer than the Class of 2017, when 11 players out of the 30 who eventually signed with Michigan enrolled for classes last January.

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