After working tirelessly through four years of high school football, it's the day many players have looked forward to since first putting on a helmet and shoulder pads. 

Wednesday marked the first day of the NCAA's early signing period for football players. Now in its second year, the early signing period allows recruits to sign a National Letter of Intent (NLI) and end their recruitment.

Players also have the option to sign on National Signing Day, which is the first Wednesday in February. The early signing period runs for three days through Friday, December 21. 

According to 247 Sports, about 80 percent of committed prospects signed during the inaugural early period last year. 

Charlotte-area prospects who have signed their NLI

Trey Bly, Defensive Back, Myers Park: Charlotte

Jaylen Coleman, Running Back, Porter Ridge: Duke

Fentrell Cypress, Defensive Back, Rock Hill-Northwestern: Virginia

Tony Davis, Defensive Back, Hunter Huss: Duke

Terrell Dawkins, Defensive End, Cox Mill: NC State

Obi Egbuna, Defensive Back, Charlotte Christian: North Carolina

Ikem Ekwonu, Offensive Guard, Providence Day: NC State

Osita Ekwonu, Linebacker, Providence Day: Notre Dame 

Tyus Fields, Defensive Back, Hough: Tennessee

Jalen Frazier, Defensive Back, Hough: NC State

Jeremiah Gray, Defensive Back, Charlotte Christian: Wake Forest 

Nolan Groulx, Wide Receiver, Hough: Wake Forest

Jourdan Heilig, Linebacker, Concord: Appalachian State

Sam Howell, Quarterback, Sun Valley: North Carolina

Gabriel Jeudy, Defensive Back, Ardrey Kell: Vanderbilt

Traevon Kenion, Tight End, Monroe: South Carolina

Keyon Lesane, Wide Receiver, Butler: NC State

Camden Lewis, Kicker, Hough: Oregon

Triston Miller, Offensive Tackle, Charlotte Country Day: North Carolina

Jaylen Nichols, Offensive Tackle, Myers Park: South Carolina

Justin Olson, Wide Receiver, North Meck: North Carolina

Gio Paez, Defensive Tackle, Hough: Wisconsin

Jaylon Scott, Linebacker, Shelby: NC State

Jaylon Sharpe, Linebacker, Rocky River: Charlotte

Garrett Shrader, Quarterback, Charlotte Christian: Mississippi State

Wyatt Tunall, Offensive Tackle, Chester: North Carolina

Jared Wheatley, Punter, Porter Ridge: Vanderbilt

Bryson Whitehead, Defensive Back, Hough: Charlotte

Garrett Williams, Defensive Back, Hickory Ridge: Syracuse

Lannden Zanders, Defensive Back, Crest: Clemson

Joe Ervin, Running Back, South Pointe: Kansas State

Jaylen Mahoney, Cornerback: Vanderbilt

Top unsigned Charlotte-area high school prospects

Quavaris Crouch, Athlete, Harding

Khafre Brown, Wide Receiver, West Meck: UNC commit