Decision Day is here. After a infancy of a category of 2018’s tip prospects hermetic their college choices in late Dec during college football’s new early signing period, tip teams were left to strive for a services of a final few blue-chip talents accessible opposite a republic in rounding out their recruiting classes. Now as a normal National Signing Day arrives, those holdout high propagandize stars will write a initial section of their college careers.
Which schools will land signing day’s biggest fish? Is Ohio State’s place atop a category rankings safe? And are there any large surprises in store? We’re tracking all a high-profile commitments, news and rumors of Wednesday’s transformation below. Unless differently specified, all star depends and position rankings are around a 247Sports Composite.
2:30 p.m. ET: Jacob Copeland picks a Gators
• Escambia (Fla.) High School WR Jacob Copeland, a top-ranked receiver in a Sunshine State, picked Florida over Alabama and Tennessee in a fascinating signing day scene, surrounded by family members and supporters wearing Volunteers and Crimson Tide gear. But his mom walked off a set as shortly as a proclamation was made.
— Emory Jones (@eXjones6) February 7, 2018
Happily, Mom returned to a stage to give Copeland a cuddle and pointer his National Letter of Intent.
• Let’s check in on Herm Edwards’s initial category during Arizona State:
Arizona State landed 29 four-star recruits in Todd Graham’s 6 recruiting classes per @247Sports.
Arizona State now has 0 four-star recruits in Herm Edwards’ initial recruiting class.
Arizona State gave Todd Graham a $12 million buyout to sinecure Herm Edwards.
— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) February 7, 2018
• Cedar Hill (Texas) RB Maurice Washington signs on with Nebraska and new conduct manager Scott Frost on ESPN2. “Maybe we could be a face of a program, and we go take this and go get a natty.”
2 p.m.: Devon Williams picks USC
• The Trojans are heating up, alighting one of a tip downfield threats in a category of 2018 in Antelope Valley (Calif.) WR Devon Williams. They have roared past Washington as a Pac-12’s top-ranked class.
• Ole Miss adds a former USC DT around a youth college route.
• Alabama seems to be shifting behind after melancholy a tip 3 progressing this morning. The Crimson Tide are down to No. 8 in a 247Sports Composite rankings.
1:30 p.m.: USC lands a five-star son of a swat star
• Yes, Olaijah Griffin is a son of West Coast rapper Warren G. But the Mission Viejo (Calif.) cornerback is creation a name for himself in his possess right. Griffin, today’s final five-star accessible according to a 247Sports Composite rankings, committed to USC with a balloon popped by his father, divulgence bullion confetti.
• Willie Taggart isn’t going a doom-and-gloom lane with Florida State’s quarterback situation. The Seminoles missed out on Emory Jones (who picked Florida) in Dec and James Wilson (who picked Texas AM) on Wednesday.
• Is assistance on a approach for a Sooners’ much-maligned defense? Four-star DT Michael Thompson, a St. Louis product who was a No. 4 actor during his position, has selected Oklahoma.
1 p.m. ET: Welcome to a tip 10, FSU
• Clemson adds a intensity big-time receiver in Phenix City, Ala., product Justyn Ross, a 6’4″, 201-pound aim who was a tip awaiting in a state of Alabama this year (No. 45 overall). Ross also had Alabama and Auburn hats on a table. The Tigers don’t have a perfect numbers to contest for a nation’s tip recruiting class, though this is an insane fact:
• Alabama’s tip receiver is withdrawal a state, though Louisiana’s tip receiver is staying home.
• USC lands four-star linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu, one of a Trojans’ tip signing day targets. As SI’s Chris Johnson forked out in his preview of what’s on a line in L.A. today, USC’s medium place in a recruiting rankings was an emanate of quantity, not quality, and newly extended manager Clay Helton has several some-more targets set to confirm in a late afternoon.
• Florida State has entered a tip 10 of a category rankings with a large pull today. The Seminoles only combined Heritage (Ga.) far-reaching receiver Jordan Young, a former Tennessee dedicate whose fast arise was recently chronicled by SB Nation’s FSU blog Tomahawk Nation.
Noon ET: Georgia is (still) not messing around
• Kirby Smart will never stop going in. The Bulldogs have flipped Alabama dedicate Quay Walker, a four-star out of Crisp County (Ga.) High School ranked No. 2 among a nation’s outward linebacker prospects and No. 31 overall.
• Another D.C.-area cornerback being fought over by Notre Dame and Virginia heads to South Bend: four-star Noah Boykin, a No. 34 dilemma in a country, has selected a Irish after D.J. Brown done a same preference progressing this morning.
• The 10th-highest-ranked uncommitted partisan in a republic is off to Chapel Hill. Apopka (Fla.) descent lineman William Barnes (No. 53 overall) has selected North Carolina.
• A few mins after Walker picks a Dawgs, Tommy Bush, a four-star far-reaching receiver from Schertz, Texas, donned a red and black as good (as did his niece, who had her coupler unzipped to exhibit a Georgia rigging that signaled his decision). With streamer receiver Javon Wims headed to a NFL draft, UGA can’t have too many weapons around Jake Fromm—or Justin Fields, or whoever’s using a offense in Athens.
11:30 a.m. ET: Quarterbacks make their calls
• Lanier (Ala.) four-star QB James Foster only picked Texas AM over Alabama, LSU and Florida State, giving Jimbo Fisher another recruiting win over his new SEC West foes (and his former employer,
• Four-star QB Tanner McKee is streamer to Palo Alto … after completing his two-year Mormon mission. Read some-more about one of this class’s many engaging passers here.
11:15 a.m. ET: Georgia behind during No. 1 … for now
• Thanks in partial to a signing of No. 12 altogether awaiting Tyson Campbell, a Bulldogs are behind on tip of a 247Sports Composite leaderboard, with a whopping 7 5 stars in a overlay this recruiting cycle. Other large movers in Wednesday’s early going embody some of a common suspects: Alabama has climbed all a approach adult to No. 4, while Florida State is sneaking outward a tip 10 during No. 12. There should be copiousness some-more transformation ahead.
• Virginia Tech had a flattering good thought it was losing star linebacker Tremaine Edmunds to a NFL, though reinforcements are on a approach for Bud Foster’s perennially punishing unit. Shelby (N.C.) linebacker Dax Hollifield, No. 7 during his position in a republic and No. 151 altogether according to 247, picked a Hokies over Stanford, North Carolina and Clemson on Wednesday morning. Virginia Tech now binds a ACC’s fourth highest-ranked class.
10:30 a.m. ET: Ohio State gets a tip OL available
• Five-star Nick Petit-Frere has sealed with a Buckeyes after a recruitment hidden in poser that was also headlined by Alabama, Florida, Michigan and Notre Dame. That means that all 3 schools with an inside lane on a No. 1 category (Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State) have landed five-stars this hour.
• More good news for a Buckeyes: Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano isn’t going to a Patriots after all.
10 a.m. ET: The American Heritage Four make their calls
• First adult from a Florida state champions in Plantation, that have left 27–0 a past dual years with assistance from a nation’s tip dual DBs: DE Andrew Chatfield picks a Gators (with a shawl feign to poke Miami fans in a heart). Then five-star CB Tyson Campbell picks Georgia. Then tip awaiting Patrick Surtain Jr. pulls off a relations stunner, picking Alabama after many projections pegged him for LSU in a lead-up to Signing Day.
• High regard for five-star Xavier Thomas, who sealed with Clemson in December:
• Four-star corner defender Caleb Tannor incited some heads by selecting Nebraska over Florida and Auburn progressing this morning. The Miller Grove (Ga.) High School product told Rivals that Scott Frost’s Huskers staff wants to use him a approach they used Shaquem Griffin during UCF.
9:30 a.m. ET: Here come a large fish
• Three five-star recruits are set to announce in a flurry in a 10 a.m. hour, once ESPN starts a day-long coverage: Patrick Surtain Jr., Tyson Campbell and Nicholas Petit-Frere. Surtain and Campbell are dual of 4 teammates during American Heritage High School set to announce during a tip of a show. Surtain, a tip uncommitted prospect, was “torn” as recently as final night, according to ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren.
The latest refurbish from American Heritage, with four-star DT Nesta Silvera (set to select between Miami and Florida) creation things interesting:
• Last night’s Josh McDaniels saga could disaster with Baylor’s signing day—the Bears are/were shutting in on a top-25 class.
Adam Schefter only pronounced on SportsCenter that a Colts could again demeanour during Baylor HC Matt Rhule, who formerly interviewed for a job.
— Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) February 7, 2018
• Four-star Stockbridge (Ga.) athlete Marquez Ezzard, a top-40 awaiting in one of a country’s many talent-rich states, is headed to Miami. Ezzard decommitted from Florida State in a fall.
• Another Swinney son joins Clemson, fasten Will Swinney, a Tigers’ hilt final fall. Probably not Dabo’s many formidable recruiting pitch.
• Meanwhile in Tallahassee:
9 a.m. ET: SEC West intrigue!
• Jimbo Fisher is creation use of now to gloss adult his initial Texas AM class, and things are off to a feeling start in College Station, as four-star Lamar (Texas) DT Bobby Brown has flipped from Alabama to a Aggies. Brown is No. 17 tackle in a country, according to a 247Sports Composite.
8:45 a.m. ET: Goodrich picks Clemson, Texas secures Coburn
• Clemson nabs Lee’s Summitt West (Mo.) contestant Mario Goodrich, a four-star receiver-DB-return male who could be asked to reinstate some of a explosiveness mislaid when Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud left for a NFL draft. LSU and Georgia were also in on Goodrich.
• Four-star defensive tackle Keondre Coburn, a No. 13 partisan in a state of Texas, had committed to a Longhorns final year though didn’t close things down during a early signing period. Now Tom Herman and association can rest easy, as a Cypress Ranch product has sent in his National Letter of Intent.
Texas has 11 of a state’s tip 15 prospects in a fold.
8 a.m. ET: Here Come a Irish
• Notre Dame cumulative a joining of defensive behind D.J. Brown, a three-star out of D.C. who had been committed to Virginia. As of right now, Brian Kelly’s 2018 transport (the largest in Notre Dame history) sits nearby a bottom of a inhabitant tip 10—if a Irish are somehow means to obstacle highly-touted tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere after this morning, they could start climbing.
• Javontae Jean-Baptiste will select from Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Texas AM and Ohio State … eventually. A source told Rivals.com’s Adam Friedman that Jean-Baptiste “has legitimately altered his mind 4 times.”
7:15 a.m. ET: Off and running
• Buford (Ga.) High three-star using behind Anthony Grant has flipped from Tennessee to Florida State, an early-morning win for few manager Willie Taggart in his bid to deliver a Seminoles category that mislaid a lot of bodies when Jimbo Fisher took his time streamer out a door. Grant had committed to a Volunteers final Jun though kept his options open in December. Virginia Tech was a final organisation in his revisited final three.
• Notre Dame lands three-star RB C’Bo Flemister, another Georgia behind (Pike County) important in that he was respected on a 2018 National Signing Day All-Name Team. Flemister had been committed to Georgia Tech before to Wednesday.
• Interesting story from ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren: Utah was indeed means to get a head-start on signing day by creation things central with parsimonious finish Thomas Yassmin during 4:54 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Yassmin faxed his NLI in to Salt Lake City from Sydney, where it was already Wednesday morning.
“I’ve never played football in my life,” Yassmin told Fox Sports Australia. “I’ve watched it. I’ve played Madden, though I’ve never played it.” Good start.
Who’s Still Available?
Need to set some alarms for a day’s biggest decisions? These are a tip 11 uncommitted recruits remaining (all with a 247 Composite rating of over .9700) and when they’re scheduled to dedicate (all times Eastern):
1. CB Patrick Surtain Jr., American Heritage (Fla.) — 6th altogether (10 a.m., ESPNU)
2. OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Berkeley Prep (Fla.) — 7th altogether (10 a.m., ESPNU)
3. CB Tyson Campbell, American Heritage (Fla.) — 12th overall (10 a.m., ESPNU
4. CB Olaijah Griffin, Mission Viejo (Calif.) — 28th altogether (1 p.m., ESPN2)
5. CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart, Helix (Calif.) — 32nd altogether (5:15 p.m.)
6. WR Jaylen Waddle, Episcopal (Texas) — 39th altogether (4:30 p.m.)
7. WR Devon Williams, Antelope Valley (Calif.) — 40th overall (2 p.m. ESPN2)
8. WR Justyn Ross, Central (Ala.) — 45th altogether (1 p.m., ESPN2)
9. QB Tanner McKee, Centennial (Calif.) — 46th altogether (11 a.m., ESPNU)
10. OT William Barnes, Apopka (Fla.) — 53rd overall
11. G Penei Sewell, Desert Hills (Utah) — 57th altogether (5 p.m., Twitter)
What’s Going to Happen?
A lot reduction than routinely transpires on a initial Wednesday of February. With some-more than 70% of a category of 2018 already sealed up, a past 6 weeks have been a small lighter on a idiocy typically compared with rise recruiting season, as all sides can take batch of their options a small some-more deliberately. While many contenders’ classes are scarcely complete, a final one or dual additions could yield an additional boost of module movement streamer into open use (and a early stages of a 2019 recruiting cycle)—or during slightest pitch a inhabitant category rankings for a plume in a school’s cap.
Georgia was dubbed a large leader of a early signing period, though January’s recalculation of tip prospects’ star ratings helped Ohio State recover a slight corner streamer into signing day. There’s a slight opening to a subsequent organisation of teams in a rankings, creation it doubtful that someone other than a Bulldogs or Buckeyes will reason bragging rights by a finish of a day.
For a some-more in-depth demeanour during what’s on a line today, check out Chris Johnson’s preview of 7 pivotal signing day storylines.
TV Guide to National Signing Day 2018
ESPN’s live coverage starts on ESPNU during 10 a.m. ET and moves over during noon to ESPN2, where it will run until 3 p.m. The SEC Network, Pac-12 Networks and Longhorn Network will all reason wrap-up coverage after in a afternoon.