New normal: Most recruits choosing to sign in December

In this Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, file photo, Berkeley Prep high school football player Nicholas Petit-Frere, seated, celebrates with former teammates after committing to Ohio State during signing day in Tampa, Fla. The arrival of an early signing period last year enticed the vast majority of last year’s top seniors to finalize their college plans in late December rather than waiting until February. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

College football fans used to treat the first Wednesday of February like a virtual national holiday. Now that recruiting ritual and all the madness surrounding it has shifted to December.