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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Alexanderall-region safety Aaron Casey talks with Cougars coach Matt Combs and his mother, Dawn Casey, before Wednesday signing ceremony.

Aaron Casey, Tyre Shelton and Braelen Oliver ended their recruiting on Wednesday morning.

The three took advantage of the new early National Signing Day period to finalize their recruiting.

All three signed at their homes.

Several other players are expected to sign during the traditional National Signing Day in February.

After signing his letter-of-intent to Indiana, Casey held a signing ceremony that was attended by his Alexander coaches and several teammates and students.

“It’s finally over,” Casey said. “It was a long process and I’m glad to have this early signing period to make it official. I’m glad that I’m finally an Indiana Hoosier.”

The three-day early signing period ends today.

“The early signing period has some pros and cons, but it can be a good thing for the prospects,” said Scout.com football staff writer Matthew Weaver. For colleges, they are hoping to get everybody signed and start focusing on next year’s class. Outside of picking your spouse, this is the biggest decision most will make in their life. Most schools have been trying to hold on to their recruits for the last seven to eight months.”

Unlike some prospects, the recruiting process wasn’t as intense or pressure-filled for Casey. Indiana was pretty much the only school hot on his trail once he committed to the Big Ten Conference school in July.

On the flip side, several schools began to recruit Oliver after a spectacular season season. He finished with 164 tackles and was named the Region 5-AAAAAA Player of the Year by the region coaches.

He had been committed to Minnesota since visiting this summer.

With a lot of schools starting to make a move, Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck visited on last week.

Despite all the new offers, Oliver stayed to his word and signed with Minnesota, which has been recruiting heavily in Georgia.

According to 247Sports, the Gophers’ class rank No. 22 in the country, which gives them the highest ranked class in the Big Ten West division for the first time in program history during the Internet era.

Now that the majority of the NCAA Div. I FBS schools have signed their 2018 class, they will start to concentrate on next season.

“Coaches really want to wrap it up and start looking towards next year,” said Kyle Goblirsch, a recruiting analyst for 247Sports.com. “For a school like Minnesota, it helps them to be able to hold on to their recruits.”

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