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Updated: March 22, 2019 @ 1:05 pm
Here are the nation’s top college football signing classes after Wednesday's February signing day.
The Tide lost a pair of four-star commitments in defensive end Khris Bogle (Florida) and cornerback Christian Williams (Miami) and were beaten out by Tennessee for linebacker Henry To’oto’o. But they offset that by reaching into Louisiana for defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher and holding on to defensive tackle Byron Young.
Kirby Smart pulled off the stunner of the day by flipping five-star wide receiver George Pickens from Auburn. That gave the Bulldogs a nation-high five composite five-stars, including No. 1 overall recruit Nolan Smith and the top two prospects from Alabama in Pickens and center Clay Webb.
The biggest drama of this cycle occurred when five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy, who signed with USC in the early period, enrolled at Texas after Trojans offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury left for the NFL. The Longhorns officially added McCoy on Wednesday and held off Texas A&M for four-star offensive tackle Javonne Shepherd.
Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher’s first full recruiting cycle in College Station landed the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle, DeMarvin Leal, and the No. 3 offensive tackle, Kenyon Green.
Losing Ishmael Sopsher to Alabama stung, but the Tigers signed his high school teammate, wide receiver Devonta Lee, and added cornerbacks Maurice Hampton and Jay Ward to the nation’s top corner, Derek Stingley.
It was a quiet signing day for the Sooners, who added only one player to a class that includes the nation’s top quarterback, Spencer Rattler, and five-star wide receivers Jadon Haselwood and Theo Wease.
Mario Cristobal pulled in the Pac-12’s best class in his first full cycle in Eugene, highlighted by beating out his former employer, Alabama’s Nick Saban, for the nation’s No. 2 recruit, defensive end Kavon Thibodeaux.
The Wolverines signed all but one member of the Big Ten’s best class during the early period, including the nation’s No. 1 safety, Daxton Hill, who flipped from Michigan to Alabama and then back to the Wolverines.
The Gators were one of the biggest movers on signing day, flipping Khris Bogle from Alabama and beating out Georgia for four-star cornerback Kaiir Elam to surge into the top 10.
The national champs lost out to Mississippi for five-star running back Jerrion Ealy, but they have nearly a full class already on campus. Seventeen of the Tigers’ 29 signees were early enrollees.
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