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College football: What to expect for national signing week's early period one month out

Offensive lineman Marcus Dumervil, the No. 65 prospect in the ESPN 300, is expected to announce his commitment during national signing week next month. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

We are nearly a month from the early signing period in college football recruiting for the 2020 class.

For those unfamiliar with the early signing period and what to expect, here is a look at what has happened in the past, what the early signing period entails and what could happen this year.

What is it?

College football prospects are allowed to sign a national letter of intent during two periods, the early signing period in December and the first Wednesday in February. This is only the third recruiting class that has had the option to sign early and it has become increasingly more popular for recruits to sign early and end their recruitments.