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SEC Coaches Disagree on Adding Early Signing Period

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - The Southeastern Conference opened its annual spring meeting Tuesday 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 high school.

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