Last week there were a handful of college football programs preparing for conference championships, and now there are many currently trying to get ready for bowl games. Yet back in the spring the NCAA Division I Council thought it was wise to pass the Early Signing Period that is now — as of Sunday —  just 10 days away. 

That’s a heck of a balancing act for staffs still coaching their football team while trying to close their 2018 recruiting class.

“Very tough,” said one college staff member. “Exhausting.”

Beginning on Dec. 20, senior high school players have a three-day window to send in their college letter-of-intents. Said window closes after Dec. 22, just in time for the Christmas weekend and the ensuing stretch of big-time bowl games and College Football Playoff semifinals. That’s a tough grind for so many staffs, but for us in college sports it should present the most exciting time of the year.

Ten days away from the big day, here’s 10 things we’ll be watching.

1. What percentage of classes will be locked up? I’m guessing 90 percent of all commits will be ready to sign and 75 to 80 percent of total prospects total will be off the board. Hence the stress it put on college coaches to balance recruiting with the end of their season, even if for some were playing for a conference title. To see which commits in your favorite school’s class plan on signing early, look out for that sunrise icon next to their name. And then keep your fingers crossed!

UGA commit Justin Fields. (Photo: Greg Oyster, 247Sports)

2. Will highly-touted quarterbacks Justin Fields and Emory Jones sign? Fields, the No. 2 player in the 247Sports Composite, gave Georgia his verbal back in early October. However, a few things are going

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