Early signing for college football recruits started Wed Dec 16th and will continue through Fri Dec 18th. There will be updates as more recruits commit through early 2021.
The sports world is challenged but it is doing a good job at navigating new territory. Both college coaches and potential recruits are adjusting during this unprecedented situation and more changes will emerge. Yet, the spirit of college sports keeps pushing through and moving forward.
Recruiting college players for 2021 has presented new strategies. Due to travel and safety restrictions, recruits have not stepped foot on the fields they will be playing on in 2021. Commitment announcements are being made virtually. Coaches have gotten creative about scouting potential recruits. Engaging with recruits and their families is a challenge coaches have worked to overcome during the recruiting process.
- Virtual campus tours for families and recruits
- Live streaming high school games to seek recruits
- Relationship-building by phone, etc. with potential recruits’ high school coaches
- Zoom has been an essential tool
“I drove to campus and gave a tour while the family was in the car behind me and we communicated through the Bluetooth in the car. He committed, so I may have to try that more often. You have to get creative. You have to go above and beyond.” - B.J. Dunne, head men’s basketball coach at Gettysburg College SOURCE: NCSASports.org
1. Alabama Crimson Tide - No. of Players Signed: 23
- Top Commits:OT JC Latham, OT Tommy Brockermeyer, DE Dallas Turner
The Crimson Tide signed 6 five-star prospects in the 2021 cycle, including three players ranked inside the national top 10. Alabama signed players from 10 different states, including 6 from Florida. Nick Saban signed only 5 from Alabama. Five-star defensive tackle Damon Payne signed late in the day.
2. Ohio State Buckeyes - No. of Players Signed: 21
- Top Commits: DE Jack Sawyer, WR Emeka Egbuka, OL Donovan Jackson
Ohio State signed 5 five-star talents. Sawyer was Ohio’s best recruit, and the fourth-ranked recruit in the entire class, according to the 247 Sports rankings. The other four five-star prospects signed to play offense. Egbuka is the nation’s best wide receiver. Jackson was the best offensive lineman in Texas the last two seasons.
3. LSU Tigers - No. of Players Signed: 18
- Top Commits: DT Maason Smith, DB Sage Ryan, DB Derrick Davis Jr.
LSU weathered a difficult season on the field to sign a class-worthy national champion. Smith, a Louisiana native, is the nation’s top defensive tackle prospect.
4. Georgia Bulldogs - No. of Players Signed: 20
- Top Commits:OT Amarius Mims, QB Brock Vandagriff, LB Smael Mondon
The only programs that signed more five-star commitments than Georgia (4) were Alabama (6) and Ohio State (5). Mims was a national top-10 recruit and the best prospect out of the state of Georgia. Vandagriff was the second-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Xavian Sorey and Mondon are five-star outside linebacker prospects.
5. Clemson Tigers - No. of Players Signed: 18
- Top Commits: RB Will Shipley, LB Barrett Carter, LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr.
Clemson is among the top recruiting classes alongside the SEC powers and Ohio State. The Tigers checked in at fifth nationally heading into another ACC championship appearance. Shipley was the nation’s top-rated all-purpose running back. Carter is ranked third among outside linebacker prospects. Trotter, the son of a former NFL linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, is ranked as the second-best middle linebacker.