On3 had Signing Day covered with the biggest news items, analysis of commitments, shocking flips and classes making moves up and down the team rankings throughout the day. This blog was updated throughout the day to include news as it came in from all across the country from On3 recruiting analysts and Fan Site reporters.
Texas A&M officially lands best recruiting class ever
7:30 p.m. Wednesday — Texas A&M’s already historic 2022 football recruiting class can officially add another title to its list of accolades. It’s now the best recruiting class ever, according to the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Ranking.
The Aggies entered the day with six five-star signees. That number grew by two after A&M added Five-Star Plus+ defensive lineman Shemar Stewart, the On3 Consensus No. 3 player in the country, and five-star safety Jacoby Mathews, the nation’s second-best safety and top player in Louisiana.
A&M locks in 5-star Louisiana safety Jacoby Mathews
7:10 p.m. Wednesday — Texas A&M capped National Signing Day by securing its biggest remaining target on the board. Five-star Ponchatoula (La.) safety Jacoby Mathews inked with the Aggies over Florida and LSU.
The Aggies garnered some momentum after Mathews reopened his recruitment last fall and again had to gain ground in the final hours of his recruitment, according to sources close to his recruitment.
Texas A&M ultimately edged out the in-state Tigers with a full-fledged push from the entire staff.
Jacoby Mathews Commitment Ceremony
6:40 p.m. Wednesday — Ponchatoula (La.) safety Jacoby Mathews is the top uncommitted defensive back in the country. After a long recruitment, the five-star is ready to make his decision.
4-star OL Dave Iuli commits to Oregon
Iuli is the No. 342 overall recruit in the 2022 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
4-star Kevonte Henry flips to OU from Michigan
The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder is the No. 263 prospect in the 2022 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranks as the nation’s No. 28 EDGE and the No. 21 senior prospect in California.
On3’s own rankings are quite a bit higher on Henry, labeling him as the No. 175 prospect nationally. No. 13 EDGE and No. 9 prospect in California. The Sooners have the No. 8 class in the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank.
TCU scores in-state 3-star DL
5:28 p.m. Wednesday — Coming into Wednesday most projections had Vanderbilt and Purdue as the teams to beat for three-star defensive lineman Connor Lingren. However, when it came time to sign his letter of intent, he decided to stay home and play for the TCU Horned Frogs.
Lingren ranks as the No. 88 defensive lineman in the country and the No. 113 player in the Lone Star State, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
Sooners continue big day with 4-star DL Gracen Halton
5:20 p.m. Wednesday — San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine defensive lineman Gracen Halton has committed to Oklahoma, he announced Wednesday on National Signing Day.
Halton is the No. 251 prospect in the 2022 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranks as the nation’s No. 29 defensive lineman and the No. 19 senior prospect in California.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder had previously been committed to Oregon for almost a year, but recently decommitted from the Ducks after taking an official visit to Oklahoma.
3-star RB Terrance Gibbs commits to Georgia Southern
5:15 p.m. Wednesday — Winter Park (Fla.) three-star running back Terrance Gibbs has committed to Georgia Southern.
Gibbs is the No. 739 overall recruit in the 2022 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He is also the 56th-best running back in the class and 101st-best player in the state of Florida.
Gibbs was previously committed to Florida but decommitted after Billy Napier was hired.
4-star LB T.J. Dudley opens up about Clemson commitment
5:08 p.m. Wednesday — This was a long journey for T.J. Dudley, the four-star linebacker, known as “Bull”, by many. Like all recruits in the 2022 class, they went through the COVID-19 pandemic, taking over a year away from their time on the road to evaluate schools.
Not long after the NCAA lifted the ban on visits to college campuses, the No. 278 prospect in the On3 Consensus hit the road for his first visit on June 4. That was to Oregon, and within the month, Dudley committed to the Ducks.
All was well with the Pac 12 program in Eugene until the flurry of coaching moves started in early December. On the day Mario Cristobal left Oregon for Miami, Dudley decommitted from the Ducks.
He took his time, communicated with numerous schools, and in the middle of January, decided he wanted to be a Clemson Tiger.
5-star OL Devon Campbell is ‘program-changer’ for Texas
Campbell, a five-star offensive lineman, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average, signed with the Longhorns on Wednesday. Oklahoma was the other finalist for the mauler from the Dallas Metroplex.
The Longhorns remained at No. 5 in the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank after Cambpell’s commitment.
Jimbo Fisher calls out media, fellow SEC coaches over NIL accusations
4:50 p.m. Wednesday — Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher fired shots back at his fellow SEC coaches who have claimed his program is benefitting unfairly from NIL deals.
Fisher and the Aggies have been the subject of criticism after an internet posting claimed that Aggie boosters had spent between $25 and $30 million to recruit the nation’s top recruiting class. But Fisher insists none of that is true.
LSU moves to No. 12
But with the addition of the five-star linebacker, the Tigers now have the No. 12 class in the country.
Here’s how the top 15 looks as of 4:40 p.m. ET. Check out the complete On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank here at this link.
- Texas A&M
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- North Carolina
5-star LB Harold Perkins: ‘I’m going back home, baby’
Perkins, the nation’s top uncommitted player, signed with LSU as first-year Tigers coach Brian Kelly edged out Florida for the one-time Texas A&M pledge, who reopened his recruitment days after announcing in favor of the Aggies at the Under Armour All-America Game last month.
3-star OL Matthew McCoy signs with Miami
4:20 p.m. Wednesday — Matthew McCoy is staying in the Sunshine State. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound three-star offensive tackle from Saint Augustine (Fla.) Creekside has signed with the Miami Hurricanes, the school announced on Wednesday.
He’s ranked as the No. 29 offensive tackle in the country, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
4-star QB Cameron Edge reclassifies, signs with Maryland
Edge is one of the top quarterbacks in the country and expected to be ranked in the top-20 range once his ranking adjusts to the 2022 class. He also had scholarship offers from Penn State, LSU, Kentucky, Boston College, Tennessee, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon and others.
Jamarrien Burt breaks down his OU commitment
4 p.m. Wednesday — Ocala (Fla.) Forest cornerback Jamarrien Burt has committed and signed with Oklahoma. The 6-foot, 178-pound three-star committed to Florida early in the process and he thought about committing to Utah, but that was before the official visit to Norman.
Jimbo Fisher scoffs at NIL impacting A&M’s top-ranked class
3:33 p.m. Wednesday — Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher appeared on 247Sports’ National Signing Day live stream, and the longtime head coach took exception to the idea that Name, Image and Likeness had an effect on the Aggies’ recruiting class, which ranks No. 1 overall in the On3 Consensus Team Rankings.
“It didn’t affect recruiting at all,” Fisher said. “This $30 million thing is a joke.”
Read all of Fisher’s quotes about the impact of NIL in this story from On3.
Get Harold Perkins commitment ceremony updates
3:15 p.m. Wednesday — Cypress (Texas) Cy Park linebacker Harold Perkins is the top uncommitted linebacker in the country. After a winding recruitment and recent commitment — and decommitment from Texas A&M — the five-star is ready to make his decision.
Updated top 10 of On3 Consensus Team Rank
3 p.m. Wednesday — There’s some big names set to come off the board in the next few hours that could shift the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank top 1o somewhat. But it appears we’ve got a pretty good handle on where things will play out by the end of the day.
As of 3 p.m. ET, Texas A&M has strengthened its lead for the No. 1 class in the country and is just 0.097 behind Alabama‘s 2021 recruiting class for the all-time best ever. The only big flip in the last few hours came when Oklahoma climbed to No. 8. However, Miami is knocking on the door with the No. 11 class.
Check out the complete On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank here at this link.
Florida edges LSU for 4-star WR Caleb Douglas
After a whirlwind of coaching changes, the SEC came calling. Douglas, a four-star wide receiver from Fort Bend (Texas) Hightower, answered by signing with Florida on Wednesday.Sam Spiegelman talks with Douglas about his decision to sign with the Gators.
Emar’rion Winston comes full circle with Ducks
After backing away from a commitment during the coaching change in Eugene and looking hard at Florida, Winston announced on Wednesday that he was staying home.
Winston ranks as the No. 45 EDGE in the country and No. 5 player in Oregon, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
Right now, the Ducks have the No. 20 recruiting class in the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank.
Lincoln Riley details how USC can keep top West Coast talent home
2:40 p.m. Wednesday — New USC coach Lincoln Riley has done well early in his tenure to restock the roster with talent, but his ability to keep west coast players home could prove the difference in his long-term success.
As it has with all recent USC coaches, in-state recruiting and home-grown talent has often become a talking point about the success or lack thereof each season.
In recent seasons, Southern California natives Bryce Young, DJ Uiagalelei and Kayvon Thibodeaux have earned five-star ratings before escaping the grasp of the Trojans in favor of options all across the country. Lincoln Riley addressed the need to change that trend quickly, keeping west coast players home during a Wednesday interview on ESPN2.
“I think the number one thing is, we give them a program on all levels that makes it so good that they don’t feel like they have to leave the state of California to go get what these guys want to have as players,” said Riley. “You’ve got history, tradition, you’ve got the city of L.A., you’ve got one of the elite academic institutions in the country, one of the great college football programs of all time. So there’s a lot of great things in place, but players want to see momentum. They want to see that you’re being progressive as a university, you’re being progressive as a football program and athletic department.
DL Noah Matthews Commits to Kentucky
Bama beats LSU for Louisiana TE Danny Lewis
2:17 p.m. Wednesday — Danny Lewis is known as “The Dinosaur” where he resides in New Iberia, La. It’s all about the unique blend of size and athleticism that’s opened the door for Lewis to thrive on the court, on the diamond and the football field.
On Wednesday, the three-star tight end inked with Alabama over LSU. The Crimson Tide offered Lewis a month ago, which instantly led the recent state championship-winning recruit to reshuffle his official visit plans.
The Alabama visit blew Lewis’ mind, one source told On3. Nick Saban took a lead role in recruiting the Louisiana native while defensive coordinator Pete Golding, a Bayou State native, was critical in closing.
EJ Lightsey stays home, commits to UGA
The 6-foot-1, 206-pound three-star got to Athens, took his visit, and he knew he wanted to call Athens home. He’s now committed to the Dawgs and excited about his decision, according to a story from On3’s Chad Simmons.
Oklahoma moves to No. 8
2:05 p.m. Wednesday –- With the addition of four-star DL R Mason Thomas, the Oklahoma Sooners have moved up to the No. 8 spot in the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank. They bypassed Michigan with Thomas’ decision.
Check out the updated On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank at this link.
Oklahoma flips 4-star EDGE R Mason Thomas from Iowa State
2 p.m. Wednesday — Matt Campbell and Iowa State knew they were in for a fight when R Mason Thomas did not sign early. The four-star EDGE out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons committed to the Cyclones in July but chose to go another route on Signing Day.
4-star Ahmad Moten to Miami
1:58 p.m. Wednesday — On Tuesday morning, just over 24 hours before Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons Ahmad Moten signed with the school of his choice, he was having a conversation with Mario Cristobal.
The two were chopping it up, talking a little about life and football, then Cristobal got down to business. He knows how to recruit and he let the 6-foot-3, 290-pound four-star defensive lineman know he is important to Miami’s recruiting class.
And that one last push was all it took.
Five-Star Plus+ DL Shemar Stewart picks Aggies
1:35 p.m. Wednesday — Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies finished the drill. The staff in College Station started recruiting Five-Star Plus+ defensive lineman Shemar Stewart three years ago, and it paid off.
It’s another big boost to Texas A&M’s No. 1 ranked recruiting class. The decision certainly can help A&M be in consideration for the nation’s best recruiting class ever. The A&M class currently sits 0.097 behind Alabama’s 2021 recruiting class and more good news could be on the way tonight.
3-star OL Anez Cooper commits to Miami
Read more about what the Canes are getting in Cooper in this On3 story.
With the additions of TreVonte’ Citizen and Anez Cooper on Wednesday, Miami has climbed from No. 18 to No. 11 in the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank.
Get Shemar Stewart commitment ceremony updates
1:10 p.m. Wednesday — Opa Locka (Fla.) Monsignor Pace defensive lineman Shemar Stewart is the top uncommitted prospect in the country in the 2022 class. After a lengthy recruitment, the Five-Star Plus+ prospect is down to three schools and will announce his commitment to one of them this afternoon. Follow this link to get the latest from Chad Simmons, who is on the ground in Miami.
Andrew Paul brings blue-collar work ethic to UGA
1:02 p.m. Wednesday — History repeated itself at Dallas Parish for the second time in as many years: Another late-bloomer provides some drama on National Signing Day.
Following in Austin Uke’s (Stanford) blueprint from a year ago, three-star running back Andrew Paul signed with Georgia on Wednesday. Bulldogs assistant Dell McGee offered Paul last month and edged out Clemson and Michigan following a convincing official visit last weekend.
Read about why Paul picked the Dawgs in this story from On3’s Sam Spiegelman.
Updated top 10 of On3 Consensus Team Rank
1 p.m. Wednesday — There hasn’t been a change at the top of the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings – yet.
As of 1 p.m. ET, Texas A&M remains on top and might be even trending toward the best class ever after new developments with five-star safety Jacoby Mathews and the possibility of also adding Five-Star Plus+ DL Shemar Stewart. Even with all the news from today, the top 10 has remained unchanged. But more news is coming that could shake things up.
Here’s a look at the top 10 team rank:
You can view the complete rankings here.
Grambling State makes splash landing Phaizon Wilson
12:49 p.m. Wednesday — It didn’t take long for Grambling State’s new head coach Hue Jackson to win over Lancaster (Texas) wide receiver Phaizon Wilson.
Read more on the big signing for Grambling from On3’s Jeremy Johnson.
Signing Day surprise for 5-star Jacoby Mathews?
12:40 p.m. Wednesday Coming into Signing Day, all indications were that five-star Jacoby Mathews was going to end up at LSU. However, that might not be the case after all. On3’s Billy Embody has all the latest details in this On3+ report.
4-star RB TreVonte’ Citizen commits to Miami
He chose the Hurricanes over Auburn, Florida and LSU. Citizen was considered a heavy Florida lean leading up to his announcement. He picked up hats off the table from each of his four finalists and put them on his head, only to take each off. Finally, he chose a second Miami hat.
Read more about the big commitment for Miami in this story from On3.
4-star RB Jordan James flips to Oregon from Georgia
12:16 p.m. Wednesday — Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland running back Jordan James has flipped his commitment to Oregon from Georgia, he announced Wednesday on National Signing Day.
James is the No. 238 prospect in the 2022 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranks as the nation’s No. 18 running back and the No. 6 senior prospect in the state of Tennessee.
With the addition, Oregon is now at No. 20 in the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank.
Christen Miller: ‘I had to go with my heart’
12:12 p.m. Wednesday — This race was much closer than many expected it to be. Ohio State was in this. Behind the scenes, the Buckeyes were viewed as the slight favorite not too long ago, but in the end, Christen Miller chose Georgia.
4-star WR Janiran Bonner flips to Nebraska
The 6-foot-1, 193-pound four-star held off from signing early to see if any new opportunities came along. He wanted to make sure he made the best decision.
3-star CB Anthony Davis to SMU
12:06 p.m. Wednesday — Dallas Skyline defensive back Anthony Davis announced his commitment to SMU on National Signing Day.
Anthony Davis ranks as the No. 102 cornerback in the nation and No. 159 prospect in Texas, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average. For On3Sports, he ranks as the No. 74 cornerback and No. 129 prospect in Texas.
Read more about his decision in this story from On3’s The Pony Express.
4-star OL Vega Ioane commits to Penn State
Ioane is the No. 536 prospect in the 2022 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranks as the nation’s No. 42 interior offensive lineman and the No. 10 senior prospect in Washington.
On3’s own rankings are a bit higher on Ioane, ranking him as a four-star prospect.
No worries with Gentry Williams
11:47 a.m. Wednesday – As expected one of the biggest pieces of Oklahoma’s 2022 class is signed and sealed.
Four-star cornerback Gentry Williams of Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington was announced as a part of the Sooners’ class on Wednesday.
Other schools made strong runs at him, including Jackson State, but he reaffirmed his pledge to the Sooners last week.
Notre Dame recruiting class report card
11:32 a.m. Wednesday — Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman will get credit for keeping the Fighting Irish recruiting class of 2022 together, and rightfully so.
It’s a good class, especially considering the head coach who oversaw the development of much of it bolted for another job two weeks before the early signing period opened up.
Former Texas pledge Ronald Lewis commits to TCU
Lewis had been the lone member of the Longhorns’ recruiting class not to sign his National Letter of Intent during the early signing period.
Read more about Lewis’ decision here in this story from On3’s Peter Warren.
Recruit fakes out Oregon before picking LSU
11:10 a.m. Wednesday — DeSoto (Texas) Waxahachie three-star cornerback and late riser Jaelyn Davis-Robinson faked out the crowd Wednesday during his Signing Day ceremony. It initially looked like he was going to Oregon, but in the end, he made it clear he was heading to LSU.
SMU snags 4-star local TE
11:04 a.m. Wednesday — Four-star Southlake (Texa) Carroll tight end R.J. Maryland announced his commitment to SMU on National Signing Day, live on Dave Campbell’s Texas Football’s live signing day show.
The Mustangs landed the 6-3, 196-pound prospect after hosting him for an official visit last weekend.
Penn State adds juco DB
10:37 a.m. Wednesday — Penn State hopes for more good news later today from 2022 offensive lineman Vega Ioane, but the first of two National Signing Day signings is now official, as junior college safety Tyrece Mills has signed his letter of intent.
Penn State announced him at 10:37 a.m. eastern time.
3-star CB Jaelyn Davis-Robinson picks LSU
He announced the news during a ceremony at his high school.
Read more about why this is a big pick up for LSU from On3’s The Bengal Tiger.
Duke lands 3-star Florida RB
10:38 a.m. Wednesday — As expected three-star running back Travis Bates has committed to the Duke Blue Devils. He announced his decision Wednesday in a social media post. Bates became a hot target down the stretch, visiting Kansas State and Duke before eventually signing with the Blue Devils.
4-star DL Caden Story commits to Clemson
The 6-foot-3, 282-pound four-star defensive lineman out of Lanett, Ala. took a late visit to Florida. He was a longtime Auburn commit, but Clemson is the school that prevailed.
Read more about his decision to commit to Clemson in this story from Simmons.
Junior OL commits to Michigan State
10:20 a.m. Wednesday — Detroit Martin Luther King three-star offensive tackle Johnathan Slack is just a junior, but he got into the Signing Day fun. The 6-foot-2, 276-pounder announced his commitment to Michigan State on Wednesday.
He ranks as the No. 8 junior in Michigan, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
Oklahoma State lands 4-star Metroplex WR
Johnson chose the Cowboys over offers from SMU, Oregon and others. He was previously committed to the Ducks until early January. He took an official visit to Stillwater two weekends ago and spent his final visit at SMU. But the Cowboys ultimately won out.
Read more about the four-star addition for Oklahoma State in this story from On3.
Huskers get big boost with 4-star RB
10:10 a.m. Wednesday — Four-star running back Ajay Allen Jr. is N.
The addition is a big boost to a Nebraska class that was ranked at No. 49 in the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rank coming into Signing Day.
According to the rankings, Allen is the highest-ranked Nebraska commitment since Ndamukong Suh. Allen ranks as the No. 108 player in the country.
Read more about the big pick-up for the Huskers in this story from On3.
Baylor lands 2023 WR Micah Gifford
9:55 a.m. Wednesday — Signing Day is normally reserved for senior recruits, but that didn’t stop Pflugerville (Texas) Weiss junior receiver Micah Gifford from making his decision.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Gifford announced his commitment to the Baylor Bears Wednesday morning. He picked the Bears over offers from UTSA and Pittsburgh. Texas and Cincinnati were also showing interest.
No drama: Omari Abor signs with Ohio State
9:45 a.m. Wednesday — Four-star defensive lineman Omari Abor of Duncanville, Texas, is signed and sealed with Ohio State. Despite talking about wanting to take other official visits and look at other schools, Abor stayed true to his word in January and inked with the Buckeyes on Wednesday.
Read more about his impact at Ohio State in this story from Lettermen Row.
Clemson signs 3-star RB Keith Adams Jr.
9:32 a.m. Wednesday — Three-star running back Keith Adams Jr. was announced Wednesday morning as a signee by Clemson. His other finalists in his recruitment were Air Force, Marshall and USF. Adams Jr. signing with Clemson comes just days after officially visiting the school.
Read more about the new Tiger running back in this story from Clemson Sports’ Matt Connolly.
4-star signs with Wyoming
Woods, who reportedly has some academic hurdles to clear that kept Mizzou away, announced that he was picking the Cowboys Wednesday morning. It was then confirmed by the school that he had inked with Wyoming.
Gators get Farmer
9:20 a.m. Wednesday — Three-star offensive lineman Jalen Farmer is staying true to his word and signing with the Florida Gators over Alabama, Kentucky, Auburn and others. He told On3’s Chad Simmons Wednesday morning that it was a tough decision.
“It’s been a tough process,” Farmer told Simmons. “I want to thank all the coaches that recruited me. It’s been a wild ride. But at the end of the day, I just felt like it was the best fit for me.”
Farmer ranks as the No. 73 player in Georgia, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
Read more about Farmer’s decision here at this link.
Good news on way for Gators?
9:10 a.m. Wednesday — Three-star offensive lineman Jalen Farmer is set to announce any minute now, but it looks like some last-minute wrangling could keep him true to his original commitment to the Florida Gators.
Entering the day, the Gators were listed with a 60.7% chance of landing Farmer, according to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine.
Carson Hinzman officially ends Buckeyes, Badgers battle
9:05 a.m. Wednesday — It was a Buckeyes vs. Badgers battle for more than half a year for Carson Hinzman.
That fight has officially gone to the scorecard. And Ohio State won the belt. Hinzman has signed his National Letter of Intent as the Saint Croix Central (Wisc.) four-star offensive lineman has ended his recruitment.
What does this addition do for Ohio State? On3’s Lettermen Row breaks it down in their latest story.
Where Texas A&M’s No. 1 recruiting class ranks historically
Texas A&M has an elite group that already has six five-star signees. That number could grow, depending on what happens Wednesday with defensive lineman Shemar Stewart, the On3 Consensus No. 3 player in the country.
So, just how good is the Texas A&M class from a historical perspective? Check out the full review of A&M’s historic class compared to other top classes in the past in this story from On3.
Shemar Stewart ‘100% locked in’
8:50 a.m. Wednesday — Five-Star Plus+ defensive lineman Shemar Stewart of Opa Locka (Fla.) Monsignor Pace is set to announce his decision at 1:30 p.m. ET. He told On3’s Chad Simmons Wednesday morning that he knows where he’s going.
“I’m ready,” he told Simmons.
He also said his decision is “100% locked in.”
Top classes entering National Signing Day
8:45 a.m. Wednesday — Today is the big day: National Signing Day. While many of the top prospects committed and signed during the early signing period, there are many top names left on the board.
And these uncommitted players have the chance to rearrange the On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings. On3’s Peter Warren breaks down the top 25 classes and where they could end up when things are done today.
Read his story by following this link.
Marcus Freeman breaks down Notre Dame’s On3 five-star signees
8:35 a.m. Wednesday — Mike Singer of On3’s BlueandGold has a one-on-one exclusive interview with Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman. Freeman goes into details about the Fighting Irish’s top-10 class, including coveted linebacker Jaylen Sneed.
“The genetic make-up that he has is different; it’s special,” Freeman said.
Read more of the interview here at this link. (On3+)
Signing Day key times, updated RPMs
7:30 a.m. Wednesday — While the list of big-time announcements isn’t as big as with the Early Signing Period, there are some major recruits that will shape the news on Signing Day. Here’s a look at when some of the top unsigned targets are expected to announce their decisions. All time are listed are Eastern Time.
On3 Fan Sites Signing Day previews, predictions
12:30 a.m. Wednesday — The predictions are in, and so are the previews. The On3 Fan Site reporters have called their shots on where they think the top unsigned talent will end up with on Signing Day. Follow the links below to get their predictions and how they think things play out on Wednesday.
- Clemson Sports Signing Day predictions for Tiger targets (On3+)
- Gators Online Signing Day predictions (On3+)
- DawgsHQ Signing Day thoughts and picks (On3+)
- The Bengal Tiger: Everything about LSU recruiting for Signing Day
- Lettermen Row previews another top-five class for Buckeyes (On3+)
- OM Spirit: January was closing time for Ole Miss recruiting
- Scoop Duck: Oregon’s 2022 class has reached the finish line (On3+)
- BWI details latest with key OL recruit heading into Signing Day (On3+)
- The Pony Express: Where things stand for SMU (On3+)
- Inside Texas shares second Signing Day expectations for the Horns (On3+)
- WeAreSC: Caleb Williams’ impact on high school recruiting (On3+)
On3 RPM says Gators favored for TreVonte’ Citizen
The strong push for the Gators comes based on four new predictions from recruiting insiders Tuesday night. Citizen is expected to announce his decision at noon ET.
Latest recruit intel on top prospects
12:15 a.m. Wednesday — National Signing Day is here! The first Wednesday in February is the traditional signing day, and Feb. 2 is that day for the 2022 cycle.
Ahead of recruiting’s big day, On3 Director of Recruiting Chad Simmons shared the latest intel on five-star linebacker Harold Perkins, Five-Star Plus+ defensive lineman Shemar Stewart, five-star safety Jacoby Mathews and all of the other top unsigned recruits.
You can read the full scoop from Simmons here at this link.
Wild stories the norm on Signing Day
12 a.m. — Many of the stories college football coaches tell about the drama surrounding national Signing Day seem too good to be true. But when dealing with 17- and 18-year-old high school football players, they often are. It’s why Signing Day has become one of the biggest spectacles in college athletics. Fans love every second of it, but coaches have learned to expect the unexpected.
“You show up about 6 in the morning,” former Colorado and Northwestern head coach Gary Barnett said. “You’ll get a letter of intent, and everybody is hooting and hollering. But it’s the ones that don’t come through that make Signing Day one of the most difficult days ever to be a football coach. You just have to prepare yourself to know that anything that could go wrong often does.”
Nothing exemplifies that statement more than the Jonathan Colon recruiting saga that unfolded on Feb. 2, 2000. Before that, recruiting wasn’t as mainstream as it is today. There weren’t websites dedicated to the topic and limitless information on social media. But Colon’s story stoked national interest when he took Florida and Miami fans on a wild ride for two weeks.
The heralded 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle prospect from Miami Central had committed to Miami on two separate occasions. He also pledged to Florida twice prior to Signing Day. When it came time to sign his letter of intent, Colon signed with both the Hurricanes and the Gators.
The NCAA permits a prospect to sign just one LOI, and in the unique event two are signed, the earlier one is binding. Colon signed Miami’s first and then later signed Florida’s during a news conference.
So, he was a Hurricane, right? Case closed.
Things took a bizarre twist when Colon’s mother, Neida, told the Miami Herald that a woman who called herself “Coach Squeak” and who she assumed represented Miami came to their house the night before with scholarship papers.
Neida was nervous her son might lose his chance at a scholarship if she didn’t sign the papers, so she did, not realizing it was a letter of intent.
It was later revealed that Erica Baker, a coach at Miami Central, brought the papers to the Colon house and faxed them to Miami early on Signing Day. NCAA rules backed then stated a school can only deliver letters of intent by mail. After then-Florida coach Steve Spurrier appealed to the NCAA, the letter to Miami was voided and Colon officially joined the Gators’ 2000 class.
In another first, Alex Collins, then a star running back from South Plantation, Fla., turned Signing Day upside down in 2013 when his mother, Andrea McDonald, refused to sign his letter with Arkansas.
There have been countless situations in which parents or the players themselves have gotten cold feet on Signing Day and reversed course. But in Collins’ case, sources said McDonald ran away with her son’s letter of intent and went missing for hours.
Now retired Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, who was interviewed on ESPNU after the Collins news broke, snickered when asked if he’d ever experienced something like that before.
“I don’t know if I’ve heard of anyone running away with the papers,” Johnson said. “But certainly, there are some funny stories with recruiting and it’s getting nuttier and nuttier as we go each year.”
Nearly 24 hours later, Collins finally signed with Arkansas with his father, aunt and grandmother at his side. His mother wanted him to stay close to home and sign with Miami, a school he had made an earlier commitment to. But Collins wanted to do his own thing.
“She just wanted to make sure I was making the right decision,” said Collins, who went on to have an excellent career at Arkansas and is now with the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL. “She was concerned about me being so far away from home and how I could handle it.”
These situations serve as reminders to coaches to prepare for the unexpected. After all the letters, calls, talks with parents and visits to campus, you can never truly predict what might happen on Signing Day.
So, hold on to your hat, college football fans. It’s time to buckle up for a wild Wednesday.
Signing Day eve top 25 rankings
11 p.m. Tuesday — While most of the Class of 2022 is already signed and sealed there is expected to be some movement on Wednesday. That’s especially true if schools like Oklahoma, Clemson, Auburn, LSU, Miami and Oregon land some top targets as expected. Here’s a look at the On3 Consensus Top 25 heading into Signing Day.
- Texas A&M
- Ohio State
- Notre Dame
- Penn State
- North Carolina
- Florida State
- Ole Miss
- Mississippi State
- Michigan State
Where does Penn State stand with Vega Ioane ahead of Signing Day?
9:30 p.m. Tuesday — For James Franklin and his Penn State staff, a quiet National Signing Day is a good thing. That’s especially true this year, as the Nittany Lions inked 23 quality prospects back on Dec. 15. That included three five-star prospects in quarterback Drew Allar, running back Nick Singleton and defensive end Dani Dennis-Sutton.
Of those three, Allar and Singleton have already enrolled.
But that doesn’t mean tomorrow will be completely quiet. Penn State still has to sign Lackawanna College safety Tyrece Mills. Franklin and his staff held off on signing Mills in December. Due to the initial counter rule, Penn State had to clarify his academic standing or risk losing a scholarship. All indications suggest that he did what he needed to do in the fall, as Mills is expected to officially become a Penn State player tomorrow morning.
Nittany Lion fans will also be waiting to hear from offensive lineman Vega Ioane.
The Washington native just took an official visit to Penn State this past weekend. After backing out of his commitment to Washington in December, Ioane took an official visit with new head coach Kalen DeBoer and his staff the week before traveling to State College.
His decision will come down to Penn State, Washington and Minnesota. He’s expected to announce around 11:45 a.m ET.
How Jim Harbaugh’s departure impacts recruiting
In this week’s edition of the Wolverine TV, The Wolverine’s EJ Holland, Tim Verghese and Clayton Sayfie break down what Harbaugh leaving Michigan would mean for recruiting. The three discuss what the fallout could be, touch on key staffers to retain, lost momentum form the 2021 Big Ten Championship winning season and more.
Click the link to watch Wolverine TV and get the reaction to the potential coaching change in Ann Arbor. Holland also has an On3+ story going further into details how the NFL talk hurt Wolverine recruiting down the stretch.
Tim Tebow narrates Florida’s Signing Day hype video
7:30 p.m. Tuesday — No Florida Gators player in the past two decades — and maybe ever — is more recognizable than Tim Tebow. So it’s no surprise that new head coach Billy Napier asked the former Heisman winner and two-time national champion to narrate the Gators’ National Signing Day hype video.
“When someone signs their name on the dotted line, it solidifies a commitment to something larger than themselves,” Tebow says. “One small action closes the door on the past, enabling a new future to take shape. What lies beyond this moment? 90,000 strong. And an introduction unlike any other. A place where legends are born, and only Gators get out alive. Simply put, a gateway to greatness that leads to a stage reserved for the few. People say you can’t predict the future; we don’t need to. Florida is the future.”
4-star 2023 CB Daeh McCullough reaffirms Indiana pledge
6:30 p.m. Tuesday — Daeh McCullough isn’t going anywhere.
A day after his father, Deland, was announced as Notre Dame’s new running backs coach, the four-star prospect tweeted that he is still fully committed to Indiana. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder committed to the Hoosiers in April when his dad was on staff.
Read more about the good news for Indiana here in this story from On3.
New school trending for 4-star Janiran Bonner
According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, it’s Nebraska that has a 91.7% chance of landing Bonner out of Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove.
Georgia Tech is still listed at 5.7%. However, the Yellowjackets have apparently already moved on and recently received a commitment from three-star Jullian Lewis out of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Western.
Read more about the potential good news for Nebraska here at this link.
Tristan Dunn flips pledge to Washington from Arizona State
Dunn is the No. 463 prospect in the 2022 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranks as the nation’s No. 49 safety and the No. 7 prospect in Washington.
Read more about his his flip to Washington here in this story from On3.
NFL comparisons for On3 5-stars
4 p.m. Tuesday — On3 Director of Scouting and Rankings Charles Power has a great look at how the five-star prospects in the 2022 class compare to NFL stars.
For example, Power says No.1 quarterback and Ohio State signee Devin Brown reminds him of Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. Another comparison example is how five-star defensive lineman Mykel Williams and Georgia signee reminds Power of Kansas City Chiefs star Chris Jones.
Take some time to read some of the other comparisons by following this link.
Florida pulls ahead, lands Jack Pyburn
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound three-star took an official visit to Florida, picked up an offer from the Gators during the visit, and he has committed to the in-state school.
Read more about why Pyburn is a Gator here at this link.
Arlis Boardingham not ready
2:25 p.m. Tuesday — It seemed like everything was on track for Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham three-star athlete Arlis Boardingham to announce his commitment and sign his letter of intent on Wednesday.
But there appears to be a change in his plans.
Read more about the three-star’s decision at this link. (On3+)
Signing Day teams to watch
2:15 p.m. Tuesday — National Signing Day is less than 24 hours away. While a good portion of the Class of 2022 is already signed, there’s a crop of talented uncommitted prospects that has schools all across the country sitting on pins and needles waiting for decisions. That being said, there’s a handful of schools like LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Clemson, Florida and Oregon, that appear to be poised for strong finishes on Signing Day.
Read more about why they could make Signing Day moves at this link.
3-star RB Anthony Hankerson commits to Colorado
Read more about what the Buffs are getting in Hankerson at this link.
New school trending for R Mason Thomas
And at one point it appeared that Miami was going to be the eventual pick, but it’s the Sooners that are now trending for Thomas.
Read more about why the Sooners are considered the team to beat for Thomas at this link.
2022 athlete Devin Alves commits to Virginia Tech
Read more about what the Hokies are getting at this link.
4-star WR DJ Allen commits to TCU
1:08 p.m. Tuesday — Gladewater (Texas) High four-star wide receiver DJ Allen has committed to TCU, he announced on Tuesday ahead of National Signing Day. Allen was previously committed to the Horned Frogs from August to November. He decommitted in the aftermath of Gary Patterson leaving the program.
Leading up to his decision, Allen was down to TCU and Florida.
Read more about his decision to pick TCU at this link.
Deion Sanders has a ‘feeling’
11:27 a.m. Tuesday — Deion Sanders is pretty adamant that Jackson State is not done rising up the recruiting rankings. After tweeting on Jan. 20 that more recruiting surprises are in store, the Hall of Famer doubled down on his take.
“Signing day is approaching and I’ve got a feeling there’s 1 or 2 more game changers that want to be a @GoJSUTigersFB. ‘I AIN’T HARD TO FIND,’” Sanders tweeted. As for who the two Sanders referred to in his tweets, that remains a mystery. But there are a few names that have been linked and you can read about the names here at this link.
Christopher Brooks Jr. commits to Wisconsin
“I’d like to thank them, especially Coach (Tony) Reno, for giving me an opportunity when not many others did so. I’m forever grateful and wish nothing but the best for Yale football. With that being said I would like to announce I will be decommitting from Yale,” Brooks said on social media.
Read more about Brooks’ decision at this link here.