Conferences to review AFCA proposal on Thursday

Updated: January 11, 2009, 5:35 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN.com

The American Football Coaches Association has forwarded a proposal for an early signing day for college football recruits and it wil be reviewed by conference commissioners this Thursday.

"We're looking for an early signing day in the third week of December," Rob Ianello, Notre Dame assistant and head of the AFCA FBS Assistant Coaches Committee, said at the coaches convention in Nashville. "There are more than 1,000 verbal committments right now, and about 15 per school. Why not sign them? Is it a reservation or a committment? What we're seeing is oversigning and late switches. An earlier signing day would also be cost effective."

Ianello said the large majority of coaches are in favor of a signing day before the traditional one in February.

Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.

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