DESTIN, Fla. (AP) _ The Southeastern Conference opened its
annual spring meeting today with talk about adding an early signing
period to college football.
There was plenty of debate.
Some say an early signing period could reduce the number of high
school prospects committing to one school, then de-committing and
signing with another. The idea drew support from Kentucky's Rich
Brooks and Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson. But Florida's Urban Meyer
strongly disapproved, and others were somewhat skeptical.
College football currently has one signing period, which begins
in February. But with extra attention being paid to recruiting and
more and more students enrolling early, coaches have been forced to
recruit earlier than ever. Nowadays, it's common to get a
nonbinding verbal commitment before a prospect's senior year of
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