Well, National Signing Day came and went. If you were hiding under a rock on Feb. 7, you missed the vast majority of prospects signing, including some incredible drama. Good thing you’re here to get cauhgt up.
While National Signing Day itself is over, the actual signing period is open until Apr. 1. In other words, if a player didn’t find a home during December’s early signing period or on National Signing Day, they still have a chance to latch on somewhere.
Obviously, most 2018 prospects have signed. Only three of our top 300 players did not sign a Letter of Intent and are not committed to a program. Those three players are Gabriel Douglas, Tyrone Sampson and Salua Masina.
He holds offers from Indiana and Texas Tech, although the most likely path forward for Douglas is to accept a Preferred Walk-On offer at some other school.
Center Tyrone Sampson decommitted from Syracuse on Dec. 20, the day the early signing period opened. Sampson took an official visit to Arizona State in January, and he visited Western Michigan on Jan. 19.
Where the Michigan Prep star ends up is still up in the air, but he is talented enough to secure a scholarship offer from a Power 5 school, as long as he wants to go to a school with scholarships remaining.
Linebacker Salua Masina is a bit of a loner on this list. He has yet to commit to a school for any length of time. In November he tweeted out a list of his top four schools, but has yet to narrow that list down to one. He will have to at some point in the next two months if he wants to play college football.
Top 4‼️(in no specific order). Utah🔴⚪️ Vanderbilt #AnchorDown Cal Berkeley 🐻 UCLA 🐻🔵
I want to give a thanks to all of the other colleges that has been recruiting me❤️
— salua masina (@salua_afakasi) November 17, 2017
While much of the annual signing day drama took place on Dec. 20, the more recent signing day was a spectacle in its own right. Georgia’s day was filled with last-minute flips and excitement, but the USC Trojans had the day to remember.
USC signed 5-star cornerback Olaijah Griffin ahead of Tennessee. They also locked down cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart, wide receiver Devon Williams and linebackers Solomon Tuliaupupu and Eli’jah Winston. USC loaded up on California talent and claimed the day.
🚨 SIGNED 🚨
🚨 SIGNED 🚨
Yeah, but overall?
Well, things have definitely changed a bit since the last leaderboard. Signing day provided some shake-ups, and, ah… screw it. I know you all just want to see the list.
Georgia had a fantastic signing day to add to their already stellar recruiting class. Out of 26 total recruits, 15 of them are ranked in the top five of their position. Seven of them are 5-star recruits. One of the 4-stars, Quay Walker, should be a 5-star. No one came even close to unseating the Bulldogs.
USC got dinged pretty hard for their low number of commitments the last time around, but they added five talented players on National Signing Day. Every prospect that signed to the Trojans on Wednesday had either four or five stars. USC added the cornerback pairing of Olaijah Griffin and Isaac Taylor-Stuart to go with the 5-star Mater Dei wide receiver/quarterback pairing of Amon-Ra St. Brown and JT Daniels. Safe to say they have a good class.
The Longhorns signed the best defensive back class in a long time. Anthony Cook should also still be a 5-star cornerback. Signing Day wasn’t a huge success for Texas in terms of pure star value, but they plugged necessary holes. The Longhorns added three total linemen, which helps round out their class.
The Buckeyes were really close to overtaking the Longhorns. They have eight linemen signed who have at least four stars. Ohio State landed tons of great players at other positions, as well. There’s an argument to be made that they should be swapped with the Longhorns, but they just didn’t get enough done to jump ahead of Texas.
The Tigers still don’t have a lot of signees. Clemson has the smallest class out of the top ten, even after adding two 4-star prospects on Feb. 7. Their rise above Penn State and Oklahoma is more due to those two schools’ lack of aggression on National Signing Day, the closeness of their previous rankings and the standout quality of Clemson’s overall class.
The Crimson Tide added some elite prospects to their class on National Signing Day. Cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. and wide receiver Jaylen Waddle help move this class up the list. The two talented recruits add some of the top-end talent that Alabama is used to seeing on their final recruit lists.
Penn State’s class didn’t get worse, it just didn’t grow by much. They signed offensive tackle Rasheed Walker, who is a talented player, but USC, Alabama and Clemson all did more. Penn State still has a top-ten class, and the talent involved should help elevate Penn State to the next level.
The Sooners are in the exact same boat as Penn State. Oklahoma didn’t get worse, and defensive tackle Michael Thompson is a great player, but his signing was not enough to keep the program at its former ranking.
I sound like a broken record, but Miami didn’t slip, so much as USC and Alabama just did more to increase their rankings.
Movement: Previously unranked
Florida State had an unreal week before National Signing Day. They had 11 players commit in the seven days leading up to Feb. 7. Granted, the Seminoles didn’t add any top-end talent to the class, but they did enough to surpass LSU for the tenth spot on this list.