With NCAA legislation pending approval, some schools say that members of their incoming football recruiting classes will be the first to receive four-year scholarships.
Among the schools that confirmed on national signing day they would give out scholarships that no longer have to be renewed annually were Ohio State, Michigan and Nebraska.
During the NCAA convention last month, 82 schools asked the board to reconsider the rule, but it's unlikely to go away.
The board voted unanimously to back the original proposal, sending the legislation to the full membership for an up-or-down online vote in February.
Under the current legislation, athletes would not be in danger of losing their scholarships based solely on athletic performance.