- National recruiting analyst and analyst for ESPNU
- More than a decade of college and pro coaching experience.
- Graduated from Indiana and Nebraska-Omaha
Despite the many challenges this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, college football’s early signing period is on schedule and underway. These next three days will likely see over three-quarters of the 2021 class sign, with more than 80% of the ESPN 300 having already been committed heading into this period.
Alabama is in the hunt for a seventh No. 1-ranked class under Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide currently sit atop the rankings with a class that is built around a strong group of offensive linemen, including a pair of five-star offensive tackles, but threatening to overtake them is Ohio State. The Buckeyes have never signed a top-ranked class in the ESPN era, but this 2021 group, which is led by the nation’s top-ranked prospect, DE Jack Sawyer, could help them finally achieve that distinction. Georgia, which has signed four straight top-three classes, also has its sights set on trying to wrestle away that top spot from Alabama and leads a handful of programs fighting for a top-five finish.
The battles continue well beyond the top of the rankings. Programs such as Texas A&M, USC and Ole Miss, which has been a fast riser leading into the early signing period, look to climb higher in the rankings. Other programs such as Minnesota and Cal are in position to exceed expectations and ink their highest-ranked classes in several years.
While much is known, remember that recruiting is always full of surprises. There are still several impact ESPN 300 prospects yet to announce their intentions, with others potentially reconsidering options, so uncertainty still remains as this early signing period now begins to unfold.
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