Is it the early signing period that is crushing the coaches or the portal period. I think portals should have to wait.
Early signing was supposed to relieve pressure on coaches and recruits. It has done neither, and now you have the crunch of the portal. Since early signing didn’t achieve its goal, get rid of it. Or get rid of signing dates all together. Kids can sign whenever, but the school is on the hook if they do, so make sure you REALLY want the kid before you offer.
support growing for making it first Wednesday in December, so that it happens before portal opens. Makes sense and add a little calm and know your need benefit.
IF you are going to have an early signing period, it ought to before the season starts (like basketball does). Having it in December with the regular signing period in February is stupid to me. Not really “early.”