College football’s early signing period opened on Wednesday and the nation’s best programs were replenished with four- and five-star talent for 2020.
The recruits have a 72-hour period to sign up at their school of choice, and several teams have made a start to put together a five-star class.
Here’s a look at the top 10 lessons, according to 247Sports.com, and a big takeaway for each of those categories.
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Five Stars: QB DJ Uiagalelei, DE Brian Bruce, NT Muscle Murphy, PM Demarcos Boukman, KB Fred Davies II, NT Despina Keschart
A Big Boat: Taich Boyd had C.J. Spiller. Deshaun Watson had Wayne Gallman. Trevor Lawrence has Travis Etienne and DJ Uiagalelei, the top coach in the class of 2020, the first general manager of this class to be installed in college with Demarkcus Bowman (Lakeland, Lakeland, Fla.). Uiagalelei will also have a year to learn from Lawrence, which was not the case with his predecessors. This is Dabo Swinney’s best class.
Five Stars: QB Bryce Young, DE Chris Braswell, ATH Drew Sanders
Great diet: The Crimson Tide won’t be in the top tier for the second time in three years, but Alabama has expelled the other blue goalkeeper from the west coast at Bryce Young (Mater Dei, Santa Ana, California). The fact that Steve Sarkisian was pulling Young from USC is ironic and gives Alabama the depth that it could face in life after this off-season Tua Tagovailoa. Braswell (St. Frances Academy, Baltimore) should be a player with an impact on defense.
3. State of Ohio
Five Stars: WR Julian Fleming, T Paris Johnson
A Big Boat: The beat continues with Ryan’s day. The Buckeyes still have the best run in the Big Ten, which is important knowing that Michigan soon got this last year. The day brought Julian Fleming (South Columbia, Catawissa, Pa.), The best receiver in the class this year. He is not the only big time receiver. Mike Cooper (Pattonville, Maryland Heights, Mo.) gives the Buckeyes a loaded quartet to build around for the next quarterback – which could be quarterback Jack Miller (Chaparral, Scottsdale, Ariz.) Or CJ Stroud ( Rancho Cucamonga, Rancho Cucamonga, CA), who took over on Wednesday.
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Five Stars: CB Elias Ricks, TE Arik Gilbert, WR Rakim Jarrett
A Big Boat: Call it the Joe Brady phenomenon. Arik Gilbert’s five-star goals (Marietta, Marietta, Ga.) Are a huge out-of-state pick, and Elias Ricks (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida) will continue the trend of long-distance corners landing in Baton Rouge. The Tigers added goalkeeper Marcus Dumervil (St. Acunas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida) and quarterback linebacker Phillip Webb (Lanier, Buford, Ga.) On Wednesday. Ed Orgeron took advantage of the spoils of winning the SEC Championship and turning it into the Tigers’ best class of 2014. The only greats to lose was Rakim Jarrett (St. John’s College, Washington, DC) Maryland; and Jermaine Burton (Calabasas, Calabassas, California), who returned to Georgia.
Five Stars: LB Mekhail Sherman, T. Broderick Jones
A Big Boat: Kirby Smart continues to whip Georgia and Florida, which landed a potential replacement for Andrew Thomas in a 6-5, 275-pound tackle on Broderick Jones (Lithuania, Lithuania, G.). The biggest for the Bulldogs was Mekhail Sherman (St. John’s College, Washington DC). The Bulldogs wrap up in another elite category, but compete with Alabama and LSU. On Wednesday, Georgia added an accelerator to Arian Smith (Lakeland, Lakeland, Fla.) And returned Burton from LSU. Receiving talent will not be a problem in the near future.
6. Texas A&M
Five Stars: WR Demond Demas
A Big Boat: Jimbo Fisher came in second in the top five and did so with two longtime receivers Demond Demas (Tomball, Tomball, Texas) and Muhsin Muhammad III (Myers Park, Charlotte, N.C.). The fighter in this category is Haynes King (Longview, Longview, Texas), a double threat strategist with charming statistics. Fisher has upgraded Texas A&M’s general talent and competes on that front with other SEC units. When will it be translated into the field?
Five Stars: RB Tank Bigsby
A Big Boat: Still an SEC school in the Top 10, and the Tigers built this class around a much-needed impact running back to Tank Bigsby (Callaway, Hogansville, Ga.). It should be a welcome addition to the current game with sophomore Bo Nix next season. Auburn landed tight end four-star Jeremiah Pegues (Oxford, Oxford), four-star linebacker Desmond Tisdol (Wilcox County, Rochelle, Ga.) And four-star safety Eric Reed (Calvary Baptist Academy, Shreveport, La. Wednesday). Top 10 recruiting courses throughout his term in Auburn This category is no exception.
Five Stars: No one
A Big Boat: Dan Mullen was loaded with another huge four-star class, but the player with most of the hypd is already practicing with the team. Double-threat general Anthony Richardson (Eastside, Gainesville, Fla.) Is a home-town hero who could get in the mix with Kyle Trask and Emory Jones for what should be an exciting quarterback fighter this spring. Mullen landed on seven players in a four star rating or higher.
Five Stars: No one
A Big Boat: This is the lowest ranking among the Academy’s football teams, but Lincoln Riley continues to bring the top 10 ranks to Norman. He highlighted the offensive line and brought the two top guards to Nate Anderson (Reedy, Frisco, Texas) and Andrew Raym (Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow, Okla.). The Sooners have brought four offensive linemen with four star ratings or better, and that’s good news for Seth McGowan (Poteet, Mesquite, Texas) and Jase McClellan (Aledo, Aledo, Texas).
Five Stars: RB Bijan Robinson
A Big Boat: Bijan Robinson (Salpointe, Tucson, Ariz.) Is the Longhorns’ top 10 Class A player and Hudson Card (Lake Travis, Austin, Texas) is the next major linebacker. Tom Herman has increased recruitment in the last three categories, but she dropped from first place in the Big 12 and out of the top five. Texas will need to win more games in 2020 to keep this momentum moving in the right direction.