One of the wildest weeks of college football we’re ready, as the early signing period for 2023 begins Wednesday and runs through Friday.
We’ve already seen a flurry of flipped commitments and notable moves on the transfer portal, but Wednesday’s National Signing Day is when it gets really interesting as high school prospects declare their picks.
While a handful of recruits will wait to announce in the traditional February window, the early signing period is where most of the action takes place these days, often leading to fireworks as early as Wednesday morning through late evening in the west. coast
Keep checking this story as it will be updated for each signature as it happens.
What you need to know
- What are the most important things to consider when it comes to the class of 2023? Bryan Fischer delves into the raging recruiting arms races in the Big Ten and Pac-12, the impact of the transfer portal and conference realignment, and the Deion Sanders effect and other new faces in new places. (Read our National Signing Day preview.)
- Who is on the transfer portal and who has already found a new home? With the new transfer portal window officially opening on Dec. 5, we’ve tracked all the top names, including top 2022 recruit Travis Hunter, who left Jackson State shortly after Deion Sanders left the program. (Check out our transfer portal tracker.)
- It was a rollercoaster of 2022 coaches that could largely be summed up as surprise and surprise. From Luke Fickell to Tom Herman and, yes, Deion Sanders, how will things go for each of the 24 new FBS head coaches this cycle? (Read our ratings for each coach hire in the 2022 cycle.)
- The insistence that players have to win it all is at the forefront of Deion Sanders’ recruiting philosophy. On a recent episode of “Club Shay Shay,” he told Shannon Sharpe about his recruiting pitches to 17- and 18-year-old prospects and why he’s been able to be so successful. “I’m not going to give you anything and I’m not going to promise you anything,” Sanders said. (Read Sanders’ comments about his time as a college coach.)
Deion Sanders’ recruiting power for Colorado
Bryan Fischer Schools and Players to Watch
- USC: The Trojans have a number of high-profile playmakers to make things official, including QB of the future Malachi Nelson, but will also be ones to watch as a potential landing spot for a number of others with many stars on the side. their names They have a chance to make a splash if they can deal five-star defensive end Matayo Uiagalelei and could be the favorite to land top tight ends Duce Robinson and Walker Lyons, among others.
- Michigan: The transfer portal has been a big focus, but Jim Harbaugh and company can also add to Michigan’s efforts on Wednesday. They’re firmly in the mix for four-star cornerback Jyaire Hill and wide receiver Karmello English, but they’ll be holding their breath especially for five-star athlete Nyckoles Harbour.
- Ohio State: The Buckeyes have a chance to finish in the top five nationally like they usually do, but they’ll need a big closing kick on signing day. They’re in the mix for a pair of five-star running backs in Uiagalelei and Damon Wilson, plus they’ve struggled to turn it around. Alabama commit Caleb Downs, considered by most to be the top safety in the class. Ryan Day recently brought four-star QB Lincoln Keinholz into the fold and looks ready to keep things rolling.
- Alabama: Nearly a dozen top-100 players have already committed to the Tide and will make things official this week, but the program isn’t over yet. Iowa senior offensive tackle Kadyn Proctor recently visited Tuscaloosa and is a player many believe can be traded, while five-star tight end Duce Robinson has ‘Bama on the list of options. Throw in four or five other highly regarded prospects, like LB Jaquavious Russaw and DT James Smiththat will have this script A hat on the table, and the best coach in college football appears to be back in a familiar position on signing day, even if this most recent campaign on the field did not end in the playoffs.
- Colorado: The Buffs have already turned over the first Our Lady Dylan Edwards commitment and have been selling hard to recent visitors, like four-star running back Tausili Akana out of Utah (considered a oklahoma lean) and previous Nebraska four-star commit/athlete Malachi Coleman. Throw in a number of players who have expressed interest from the high school or college ranks, and it could be a nice infusion of talent that will take place starting Wednesday.
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