What’s that? Bah Gawd, that’s Signing Day’s music!
That’s right, college football recruiting’s biggest holiday of the year is coming up on Feb. 7. Well, it used to be the biggest holiday, but a drama-filled early National Signing Day on Dec. 22 stole a bit of its thunder. Not to fear, February’s National Signing Day will still be host to loads of intrigue, as the top unsigned players make their final choice on where to spend a major portion of their football careers.
Will Georgia stay on top of the recruiting rankings? (Probably.) Can Penn State or Oklahoma sneak into the top three? (Probably not.)
Feb. 7 will answer those questions and more.
Top Uncommitted Players
The 5-star cornerback will be making some school very happy on Wednesday. He has had a top-6 out since August, leaving a few people surprised that he is waiting until the second Signing Day to make his decision. Technically, he’s still picking between six teams, but realistically, his choice is between LSU and Alabama.
Where will the best offensive lineman in the class go? Petit-Frere will likely end up at Florida, but don’t be surprised to see him pick a historically great school in Notre Dame or a modern dynasty in Alabama. The smart money’s still on Petit-Frere becoming a Gator, though.
Another top uncommitted cornerback, another SEC favorite. Campbell is likely to head to Georgia, but Alabama is still very much in play for the talented defensive back.
The No. 3 corner in the nation will have to make up his mind between staying home at USC or heading off to the SEC to play for Tennessee or Alabama. If Griffin goes against the grain and leaves home, Tennessee is the favorite to bring him in. Alabama did have the last visit with Griffin, though.
2018 may go down as the class of the cornerback. Taylor-Stewart also has USC and Alabama in his top choices. It’s possible that Griffin and Taylor-Stewart may end up as a package deal, instantly solidifying the future of the cornerback position at whichever school they go to.
When I used to cover the Big 12 exclusively, almost every team wanted Waddle, and it felt like each one had a chance at some point. The wide receiver is still wanted in the Big 12, but it will be hard to pull him away from the SEC, whether it’s Texas A&M or Alabama.
Williams is a Pac-12 wide receiver through and through. The only question left is whether he will pledge to Oregon or USC.
Will Ross’s decision go the same way as the National Championship Semi-Finals? The Iron Bowl? Last year’s National Championship? We’ll find out on the Feb. 7, but Ross will be attending either Alabama, Clemson or Auburn.
McKee is the top uncommitted quarterback in the class. He’s all-but-certain to join Stanford, but he won’t be playing for whichever team he chooses for two years, though. McKee will take a mission trip before moving on with his football career.
Potential Top-10 Teams
Honestly, the top six teams are likely safe. There will certainly be some shifting, but Georgia, Ohio State, Texas, Penn State, Oklahoma and Clemson are all basically locks for their 2018 classes to end inside the top 10. After that, some combination of Alabama, Miami, USC, LSU, Notre Dame, Auburn or Washington will fill out the rest. Surprisingly, both Florida State and Oregon are dark horse candidates to fall into the top 10, even with Willie Taggart jumping between the two.
Yes, most of this season’s drama took place around the Dec. 20 signing day, but there will still be plenty of potential. Any player who committed after Dec. 20 has yet to sign, so there could be some flips. One of these flips could include the package of Mater Dei’s quarterback and wide receiver. JT Daniels and Amon-Ra St. Brown are both committed to USC. They also just finished their last official visit on USC’s campus, so a flip is unlikely, but keep an eye on Stanford, just in case.
Linebacker Quay Walker is also a prime flip candidate. While he’s committed to Alabama, both Georgia and Tennessee have made in-home visits this week in an attempt to get Walker to choose one of the former students over their master.
When the dust settles, all of the questions we’ve been sitting on will be answered. Well, all except the most important one — “Who really won Signing Day?”. That one will be solved in the fall and the years to come.