While December’s Early Signing Period has taken some of the shine off of the annual National Letter of Intent Signing Day, it doesn’t diminish the fact that the first Wednesday in February is a very special day for student-athletes achieving their dreams on goals.
According to ESPN, 265 of its ESPN 300 signed on the dotted line in December. However, there was still plenty of talent out there to make it exciting for the signers and fans of the schools getting the commitments.
The nation’s highest-ranked college football recruit, Zach Evans of North Shore (Texas) remains uncommitted. The 5-star running back has hurt his recruiting with violating team rules several times during the season, which saw North Shore win its second straight Texas high school football state championship.
During the Early Signing Period, Evans actually signed his LOI with Georgia, but the Bulldogs released him from his commitment. Several of the recruiting websites still say Georgia head coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs are still hunt Evans, since he still has one more official visit left and could use that to head to Athens.
Evans’ official visits have been to LSU, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas A&M. There’s no word on when Evans will sign, but it definitely be today.
Don’t feel sorry for Smart and Georgia. According to 247Sports.com, Georgia has locked-up the No. 1 recruiting class for this year. It’s the second time in three years that the Dawgs have finished on top.
Wednesday, Georgia signed 5-star offensive tackle Broderick Jones of Lithonia (Georgia) and and 4-star lineman Sedrick Van Pran of Warren Easton (Louisiana).
Alabama finishes No. 2 in the recruiting race, but lost an in-state 4-star recruit to Oregon. Defensive tackle Jayson Jones of Calera High left his verbal commitment to the Tide to sign with the Ducks Thursday.
Following Georgia and Alabama is Clemson at No. 3. LSU finished No. 4, followed by Ohio State at No. 5.
Here’s where the Top 50 in the 247Sports.com composite rankings have signed.
No. 1 Bryan Bresee, DT – Damascus (Maryland) – Clemson
No. 2 Bryce Young, QB – Mater Dei (California) – Alabama
No. 3 Julian Fleming, WR – Southern Columbia (Pennsylvania) – Ohio St.
No. 4 Kelee Ringo, CB – Saguaro (Arizona) – Georgia
No. 5 Arik Gilbert, TE – Marietta (Georgia) – LSU
No. 6 Justin Flowe, LB – Upland (California) – Oregon
No. 7 Myles Murphy, DE – Hillgrove (Georgia) – Clemson
No. 8 Jordan Burch, DT – Hammond (South Carolina) – South Carolina
No. 9 Paris Johnson, Jr., OT – Princeton (Ohio) – Ohio St.
No. 10 DJ Uiagalelei, QB – St. John Bosco (California) – Clemson
No. 11 Brockerick Jones, OT – Lithonia (Georgia) – Georgia
No. 12 Gervon Dexter, DT – Lake Wales (Florida) – Florida
No. 13 Noah Sewell, LB – Orem (Utah) – Oregon
No. 14 Elias Ricks, CB – IMG Academy (Florida) – LSU
No. 15 Bijan Robinson, RB – Salpointe Catholic (Arizona) – Texas
No. 16 Zachary Evans, RB – North Shore (Texas) – Uncommitted
No. 17 Will Anderson, DE – Dutchtown (Georgia) – Alabama
No. 18 Jalen Carter, DT – Apopka (Florida) – Georgia
No. 19 Chris Braswell, DE – St. Frances Academy (Maryland) – Alabama
No. 20 Demarkcus Bowman, RB – Lakeland (Florida) – Clemson
No. 21 Jaylon Jones, S – Cibolo Steele (Texas) – Texas A&M
No. 22 Drew Sanders, ATH – Denton Ryan (Texas) – Alabama
No. 23 Darnell Washington, ATH – Desert Pines (Nevada) – Georgia
No. 24 Kayson Boutte, WR – Westgate (Louisiana) – LSU
No. 25 Demond Demas, WR – Tomball (Texas) – Texas A&M
No. 26 Trenton Simpson, LB – Mallard Creek (North Carolina) – Clemson
No. 27 Rakim Jarrett, WR – St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC) – Maryland
No. 28 Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR – Rockwall (Texas) – Ohio St.
No. 29 Sav’ell Smalls, DE – Kennedy Catholic (Washington) – Washington
No. 30 Dontae Manning, CB – Raytown (Missouri) – Oregon
No. 31 Michael Mayer, TE – Covington Catholic (Kentucky) – Notre Dame
No. 32 Mekhail Sherman, LB – St. John’s College HS (Washington, DC) – Georgia
No. 33 Demonte Capehart, DT – IMG Academy (Florida) – Clemson
No. 34 Demorie Tate, CB – Freedom (Florida) – Florida St.
No. 35 Curtis Jacobs, LB – McDonogh (Maryland) – Penn St.
No. 36 Jordan Johnson, WR – De Smet (Missouri) – Notre Dame
No. 37 Tate Ratledge, OT – Darlington School (Georgia) – Georgia
No. 38 Demouy Kennedy, LB – Theodore (Alabama) – Alabama
No. 39 Tank Bigsby, RB – Callaway (Georgia) – Auburn
No. 40 Jaquelin Roy, DT – University Lab (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) – LSU
No. 41 CJ Stroiud, QB – Rancho Cucamonga (California) – Ohio St.
No. 42 MarShawn Lloyd RB – DeMatha (Maryland) – South Carolina
No. 43 Desmond Evans, DE – Lee County (North Carolina) – North Carolina
No. 44 Avantae Williams, S – Deland (Florida) – Miami (Florida)
No. 45 Gary Bryant, Jr., WR – Corona Centennial (California) – USC
No. 46 Jase McClellan, RB – Aledo (Texas) – Alabama
No. 47 Turner Corcoran, OT – Lawrence Free State (Kansas) – Nebraska
No. 48 Donell Harris, DE – Gulliver Prep (Florida) – Texas A&M
No. 49 Walker Parks, OT – Frederick Douglass (Kentucky) – Clemson
No. 50 Clark Phillips III, CB – La Habra (California) – Utah
Clemson signed seven players in the Top 50, followed by Alabama and Georgia with six players each in the Top 50.
On the high school side of things, Florida leads the way with eight players in the Top 50. California, Georgia and Texas have six players in the Top 50.