One of the wildest weeks college football is upon us, as the 2023 early signing period begins Wednesday and runs through Friday.
We’ve already seen a number of flipped commitments and notable moves on the transfer portal, but Wednesday’s national signing day gets really interesting as high school prospects declare their picks.
While a handful of recruits will wait to be announced in the traditional February window, the early signing period is where most of the action happens these days, and one that often leads to fireworks from the early hours of Wednesday morning until late at night in the West . Coast.
Keep checking this story as it will be updated with each signing as it happens.
What you need to know
- What are the biggest things to watch out for when it comes to the Class of 2023? Bryan Fischer delves into the raging recruiting battles in the Big Ten and Pac-12, the impact of the transfer gate 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 window officially open on Dec. 5, we’re keeping an eye on all the big 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 2022 coaching carousel that could largely be summed up as shock and awe. From Luke Fickell to Tom Herman to, yes, Deion Sanders, how will things pan out for each of the 24 new FBS coaches this cycle? (Read our grades for every coaching hire in the 2022 cycle.)
- The insistence that players must win everything is at the forefront of Deion Sanders’ recruiting philosophy. On a recent episode of “Club Shay Shay,” he described to Shannon Sharpe his prospects for recruiting 17- and 18-year-olds and why he’s been able to have so much success. “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.)
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- USC: The Trojans have several highly regarded playmakers poised to make things official, such as QB of the future Malachi Nelson, but they will also be one to watch as a potential landing spot for several others with multiple stars next to their names. They have a chance to make a splash if they can pursue five-star defensive end Matayo Uiagalelei and could be the favorites to land their top picks Duce Robinson and Walker Lyons, among others.
- Michigan: The recruiting portal is largely focused, but Jim Harbaugh and company can add to Michigan’s efforts on Wednesday as well. They’re firmly in the mix for four-star Jyaire Hill and wide receiver Karmello English, but they’ll be holding their breath mostly for five-star Nyckoles Harbor.
- Ohio State: The Buckeyes have a chance to finish in the top five nationally, as 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 pass rushers in Uiagalelei and Damon Wilson as they try hard to upset Alabama commit Caleb Downs, considered by most to be the top safety in the class. Ryan Day recently brought four-star QB Lincoln Keinholz up front and looks ready to keep things going.
- Alabama: Nearly a dozen top-100 players have already committed to the Tide and will make things official this week, but the schedule isn’t complete yet. Iowa commit and top offensive tackle Kadyn Proctor recently visited Tuscaloosa and is a player many believe could be flipped, while five-star Duce Robinson has Bama on his list of options. Throw in four or five other highly regarded prospects like LB Jaquavious Russaw and DT James Smithwho will have this scenario A hat on the table and college football’s greatest coach looks to be returning to a familiar position on signing day, even if this most recent on-field campaign didn’t end in the playoffs.
- Colorado: The Buffs have already flipped Notre Dame Dylan Edwards commitment and have made a hard sell on recent visitors such as four-star forward Tausili Akana from Utah (considered Oklahoma lean) and ex Nebraska four-star commit/athlete Malachi Coleman; Throw in a number of players who have expressed interest from either the high school or college ranks, and it could be quite the infusion of talent that takes place starting Wednesday.
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