The Early Signing Period is here.
National Signing Day is no longer the biggest recruiting day on the recruiting calendar. Now, it’s the first Wednesday of the Early Signing Period. Sixty-five percent of prospects inked early in the 2018 cycle. That number jumped to 77 percent last year in Year 2 of the recruiting shift. A similar number of prospects are expected to ink from Dec. 18 to 20 this year. That means hundreds of commitments and more than a few surprises over the next few days.
To help you keep up with the latest four- and five-star pledges, 247Sports has put together a live commitment tracker that will run throughout the period.
Note: All times listed below are CT
Georgia Flips LSU Commit Jermaine Burton (2:50 p.m.)
Georgia’s made a habit of making surprising last-minute flips under Kirby Smart’s direction. It continued that trend Wednesday by flipping four-star wide receiver Jermaine Burton from LSU. Burton is the Bulldogs’ second top 100 wide receiver add of the day, joining Arian Smith. Overall, Burton’s presence gives Georgia a quartet of four-star receivers in the 2020 class. Burton is one of the highest-ranked prospects in the country, checking it at No. 24 in the Top247. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound California native runs a 4.43-second, 40-yard dash to go along with a 39-inch vertical and a silly 3.95-second shuttle. Burton had been committed to the Tigers since April, but he took several official visits late in the cycle. Here’s 247Sports’ breakdown of Burton.
“A very tough, physical player who loves to block and plays with a nice edge in his game. Has the strength to get off press and uses his body well to create separation. Can bully opposing corners and plays with a bit of a chip on his shoulder that rubs some the wrong way but teammates love him. Very nice package of size, speed, hands and play making ability. Can line up anywhere on the field and is among the most versatile pass catchers in the class. Has plus speed and is both dynamic after the catch and able to run past an opposing corner. Has strong hands and does a nice job catching the ball in traffic. Is also a very good return man and should be able to contribute early on as a punt/kick returner. Has all the tools to be a dominant player at the next level and is a natural talent with tremendous upside. Projects as an impact, upper-tier Power 5 starter and future high-round NFL draft pick.”
Updating The 2020 Team Rankings (2:28 p.m.)
There’s been a ton of movement Wednesday thus far. Let’s take a look at how a new run of commitments have impacted the 2020 class rankings:
3. Ohio State
6. Texas A&M
Arkansas Fights Off Nebraska For Myles Slusher (2:12 p.m.)
New Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman earned the first big recruiting win over his tenure Wednesday afternoon, beating out Oregon and Nebraska for four-star safetyMyles Slusher. The Oklahoma native had been committed to Oregon since April, but had taken visits to Nebraska and UCLA recently. Slusher, ranked as the No. 77 overall player in the Top247, chose Arkansas in large part because of the lure of the SEC.
“For one thing, (Arkansas) was closer to home and I wanted to play in the SEC all along,” Slusher said. “And I have a good relationship with coach (Sam) Pittman. Coach (Barry) Odom and I are starting to build a good relationship, too.”
The Razorbacks’ 2020 class currently sits at 96th nationally.
Utah Adds Four-Star DE Van Fillinger (1:51 p.m.)
Utah’s 2020 class ranking continued to rise Wednesday afternoon with the addition of four-star defensive endVan Fillinger. The four-star defensive end was a long-time Texas commit but opened up his recruitment on Dec. 1 after the Longhorns shook up their staff. That was to Utah’s benefit as the Utes landed the No. 137 overall prospect in the Top247. Here’s 247Sports’ evaluation of the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Fillinger:
“Broad shouldered frame with built upper body and strong lower half. Long arms and room to add mass. High-motor defender who uses hands well to shed blocks. Decent burst off the snap, maintains leverage through contact and generates push. Tenacious in pass-rush situations, with good array of moves and refined technique. Capable run stuffer who dissects plays well. Versatility to fit at several spots along the line. Could improve quickness and gap discipline. Potential multi-year starter at Power Five level and All-Conference type performer. Upside as NFL Draft Day 3 selection.”
Utah started the day at No. 85 in the 247Sports team rankings. The Utes now sit at 66th nationally.
Chubba Purdy Flips To Florida State (1:45 p.m.)
Florida State’s strong Early Signing Period continued Wednesday afternoon when four-star quarterback Chubba Purdy flipped from Louisville to the Seminoles. Purdy, an Arizona native and the brother of Iowa State QB Brock Purdy, had been committed to the Cardinals since June. Purdy received renewed interest from Florida State once Mike Norvell took over the program, and the Seminoles did enough to get Purdy to change allegiances late in the cycle. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound dual-threat ranks as the No. 200 overall prospect in the 2020 class per the 247Sports Composite. Purdy’s made a rapid rise up the rankings, slotting at No. 969 nationally to start the year. Purdy and fellow QB Tate Rodemaker are the first high school quarterbacks to sign with Florida State since 2017.
Jordan Burch Commits To South Carolina (1:35 p.m.)
One of the biggest recruiting mysteries of the year is solved as five-star defensive linemanJordan Burchcommitted to South Carolina on Wednesday afternoon. This is a gigantic recruiting win for the Gamecocks, who are coming off a 4-8 season. Burch is a Columbia native and his high school quarterback is Will Muschamp’s son, which undoubtably aided Burch’s pursuit. Burch is the second five-star defensive lineman the Gamecocks have signed in the past two cycles, joining Zacch Pickens from last year. Burch ranks as the No. 5 overall prospect in the country. If that ranking holds through National Signing Day, he’ll be the second-highest rated recruit in South Carolina history. Here’s 247Sports’ breakdown of Burch:
“Possesses a square-shouldered, well-proportioned athletic build with a developed lower body and strong base. Has added substantial weight over his last year of high school and could project inside long-term as a result. Is a multi-sport athlete as a longtime AAU basketball player who is talented enough to play hoops at the college level. Dominates on both sides of the ball for a high school football program that wins a state championship every season in South Carolina’s private school league. A flexible, fluid athlete, Burch has the framework to develop into a top pass rusher at the next level or grow into a full-time defensive tackle. He plays with outstanding bend and leverage, with the ability to dip and run the arc off the edge. Has a high level first step and play speed in pursuit. Doubles as a strong, physical run defender and looks to play with a high effort level. Flashes his considerable athleticism as a running back, moving with high level explosiveness and fluidity for a prospect of his size. Though he receives outstanding coaching at Hammond, he rarely if ever sees college-level talent on Friday nights. The competition he faces in South Carolina’s private school league is quite poor. He looks to be the next up from South Carolina, a state that annually produces top-ranked defensive linemen. Has the potential to develop into an all-league, All-American type player with the upside of a top-10 pick.”
Justin Flowe Picks Oregon (1:16 p.m.)
The top-ranked linebacker in the country,Justin Flowe, signed with Oregon on Wednesday afternoon. Flowe’s recruitment came down to USC and Oregon, but the Ducks won the head-to-head battle on the West Coast for the California standout. Flowe ranks as the No. 4 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite ranking. Oregon had never signed a top 5 recruit before Mario Cristobal took over as head coach two years ago. If Flowe’s ranking holds throughout the cycle, he’ll be the second in two years. USC, meanwhile, ranks No. 76 overall in the class rankings. Here’s 247Sports’ scouting report on Flowe:
“Flowe has a prototype inside linebacker frame at a rock-solid 6-2, 225 pounds. He has a powerful lower body, and plays with maniacal effort and passion for the game. He has good straight-line speed and has worked hard to improve his lateral mobility and ability to drop and cover. He’s a huge hitter and one of the most physical football players to come out of California in years. He’s relentless in how he plays, refuses to stay blocked and does a great job in pursuit. He’s tremendous getting in the backfield and making plays. Has rare timing and instincts. He can take on a block, disengage and make a play as well as run down plays going away from him. His motor and the edge he plays with really separates him from other linebackers. He has the ability to elevate everyone around him by how hard he plays and the emotion he brings to the field. His work ethic and leadership is unmatched as well. He projects as a impact upper tier Power 5 starter and future high-round NFL draft pick.”
West Virginia Beats Florida For Talented WR (1:06 p.m.)
Fast rising wide receiverSam Brownpicked West Virginia over Florida, a surprising move given that the 247Sports Crystal Ball projected Brown to the Gators at 100 percent. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound wide receiver ranks as the No. 374 overall prospect in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite. He initially committed to UCF but drew heavy interest late in the cycle from Power Five schools. Brown is one of the top athletes at his position, posting a 4.45-second 40-yard dash and a 38-inch vertical during spring testing.
An Updated Look At The 2020 Class Rankings (12:50 p.m.)
Here’s what the 247Sports 2020 class rankings look like heading into some of the biggest announcements of the day:
3. Ohio State
6. Texas A&M
Four-Star Texan Picks Virginia Tech (12:38 p.m.)
Four-star defensive endAlec Bryantcommitted to Virginia Tech on Wednesday afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Pearland, Texas native was initially a LSU commit but dropped that pledge in November. Bryant ranks as the No. 328 overall prospect and the No. 14 weak-side defensive end in the 2020 class. He’s the first four-star prospect to ink with the Hokies this cycle. Virginia Tech’s 2020 class sits at just 59th nationally. Here’s 247Sports’ scouting report of Bryant:
“Productive edge defender who is more long than tall. Stout build perhaps more reminiscent of a linebacker. Could be viewed as a ‘tweener at four-man end or odd-front standing edge defender, but likely possesses enough length to add requisite bulk. Instinctive edge presence who faces good competition in practices and games relative to high school level. Flashes a good first step that serves as the foundation of speed-rushing ability. Consistently bends the edge. Plays fairly low with above average leverage. Closes on a target with purpose. Can be dangerous in backside pursuit. Motor runs high. Provided great production as a junior (one sack per game over 16-game schedule). Must continue to add size and strength to transition to high-major level. Added bulk and power will aid in standing up to the rigors of the running game. Plays fast enough, but has not recorded verified testing numbers since February of sophomore year. Needs to expand pass-rushing repertoire, along with developing point-of-attack power and hand violence. Has not been asked to drop into coverage in high school. Active edge defender with potential scheme-versatility who finds ways to get to the QB. Could become multi-year starter at Power Five level.”
Florida State Inks Four-Star WR Bryan Robinson (12:30 p.m.)
The Seminoles are starting to pick up some steam in theMike Norvellregime, landing a commitment from four-star wide receiverBryan Robinson. The 6-foot-1, 179-pound receiver picked Florida State over Pittsburgh and Nebraska. Robinson, a Florida native, visited Florida State more than any other program throughout his recruitment. Robinson ranks as the No. 174 overall recruit in the 247Sports Composite, per the 247Sports Composite.
Auburn Flips Romello Height From Mimai (12:25 a.m.)
Auburn flipped four-star linebackerRomello Heightfrom Miami on Wednesday afternoon. Ironically, Height Tweeted last week that he was “1,000 percent committed” to the Hurricanes. But a lot can change in a week, I guess? Height ranks as the No. 326 overall player in the 2020 Top247. The Dublin, Georgia native will likely play Buck for the Tigers. He checks in at 6-foot-5, 216 pounds.
“I love the atmosphere (At Auburn),” Height told Auburn Undercover. “It’s nice. A nice fan base. A nice coaching staff. I love the way the D-line plays. The defense they have is solid. I think I could fit in.”
Kendall Dennis Lands At Oklahoma (12:14 p.m.)
Four-star cornerbackKendall Denniscommitted to Oklahoma on Wednesday. The 6-foot-, 174-pound Florida native picked the Sooners over Florida State, Tennessee and Nebraska. Dennis ranks as the No. 235 overall prospect in the 2020 Top247. Dennis, like his high school teammate Smith, is one of the fastest defensive prospects in the class, posting a verified 4.4-second 40-yard dash. Here’s 247Sports’ eval of Dennis:
“Possesses adequate height and a relatively lean frame. Has plenty of room to redefine his body and add muscle mass once in a strength program. Tests as a good athlete with some variance on his 40 times, but is well above average in that department at the minimum. Posted a strong senior season with a high interception and pass defended rate. Has advanced ball skills with the ability to make leaping interceptions in traffic. Showcases his playmaking ability on both interception and punt returns, flashing quick feet, play speed and vision in the open field. Plays well in aggressive man coverage with the ability to use his short area quickness to stay with receivers off the line. Projects as a Power Five starter with the upside of developing into a NFL Draft pick.”
Arian Smith Picks Georgia (12:07 p.m.)
One of the fastest players in the country, Top247 wide receiverArian Smith, will sign with Georgia. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound receiver runs a 10.39 in the 100-meter dash and is a national competitor in the 200-meter race. Smith will serve in a role similar to whatMecole Hardmanhad in Athens. Here’s what 247Sports’ scouting experts think of Smith, who ranks as the No. 72 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite.
“Possesses a lean sprinter’s build with long arms and big hands. Is currently more developed in his lower body and has room to add substantial muscle mass once he gets in a Power 5 strength program. Is one of the more dynamic athletes in the 2020 cycle as a state champion and runner up in the 200 meter and 100 meter sprints, respectively. Also sports an elite long jump mark. Stars in all three phases for his high school team. Transfers his track speed over to the field with excellent stride length, acceleration and near-perfect running form giving him the ability to pull away from defenses with ease. Is a dangerous threat to score on any touch whether it be as a receiver, rusher or in the return game. Also plays defensive back and could project as a corner at the next level. Shows nice closing speed along with physicality on defense to go with strong ball skills on that side of the ball. Doesn’t play the strongest competition and would benefit from position-specific coaching as he’s a bit raw from a technical standpoint. Should see rapid improvement early in his college career once he focuses on one position. With that said, Smith’s immense physical tools make him one of the 2020 cycle’s more intriguing and high-upside prospects. Projects as a multi-year starter with all-conference and all-American potential and the upside of developing into an early round NFL Draft pick.”
Smith picked Georgia over Florida, Alabama and Oklahoma.
Tyler Baron Stays Home At Tennessee (11:44 a.m.)
Four-star defensive end Tyler Baron picked Tennessee over Kentucky, Ohio State and Oklahoma. Baron, a Knoxville native, is the son of Patrick Abernathy, who happens to work for the Vols’ football staff. The 6-foot-4, 252-pounder ranks as the No. 112 overall prospect and the No. 5 strong-side defensive end, per the 247Sports Composite. The Vols’ class is rising quickly in the 2020 class rankings, jumping to No. 18 overall.
QB CJ Stroud Lands At Ohio State (11:39 a.m.)
The top available quarterback on the open market,CJ Stroud, picked Ohio State on Wednesday. Stroud has been one of the fastest-rising quarterbacks in the 2020 class, jumping from No. 820 overall in February to the No. 83 spot in the 247Sports Composite for the 2020 cycle. Ohio State beat out Georgia and Michigan for the four-star signal caller. Stroud comes to Columbus from California. He’s one of two quarterback takes in this cycle for the Buckeyes, joining four-star passer Jack Miller. Stroud is a candidate to continue rising up the rankings. Here’s 247Sports’ evaluation of Stroud:
“Stroud has a solid frame and will have no problem packing on good weight and filling out when he gets to college. He has one of the strongest arms in the country, a smooth, tight release and shows the athleticism to make plays outside the pocket. He throws the deep ball with touch and accuracy, plays with poise and calmness in the pocket and is only scratching the surface of how good he can be. He’s a late bloomer, and his junior year was his first as a starting varsity quarterback. He’s a two-sport athlete and is a talented basketball player. Once he can focus on just football in college, his game should take off to another level. Projects as an impact upper tier Power 5 starter and future mid-to-high round NFL draft pick.”
Phillip Webb Commits To LSU (11:10 a.m.)
Four-star linebackerPhillip Webbcommitted to LSU on Wednesday morning. Webb picked the Tigers over Alabama and Florida. The Georgia native was one of LSU’s top remaining targets. He helps the Tigers’ push toward No. 1 as they jockey with Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State. Webb ranks as the No. 42 overall prospect and No. 4 outside linebacker in the 247Sports Composite. He’ll be an edge rusher in LSU’s 3-4 scheme. Check out 247Sports’ scouting report of Webb:
“Long athlete that is still relatively underdeveloped physically and has growth potential. Plays in a stand-up pass-rush role where he screams off the edge in high school. Shows outstanding game speed. Closes quickly in the backfield. Can change direction in space effectively. More physical than you think and strong enough to disregard chip blocks and running back one-on-one pass-rush situations. Has some instincts to bat down passes. Doesn’t show a lot of versatility on tape. Needs to add weight and show he can do more than sprint off the edge. Impact power five starter with potential to develop into a mid to early round NFL Draft pick.”
Updating The 2020 Class Rankings (11:05 a.m.)
There have been a few shockers in the first few hours of the Early Signing Period. Take a look at how those moves have impacted the top 10 of the 2020 class rankings.
3. Ohio State
5. Texas A&M
Emmitt Smith’s Son Picks Stanford (10:57 a.m.)
EJ Smith, the son of Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, committed to Stanford on Wednesday. Smith is one of the more versatile running backs in the 2020 class at 5-foot-11, 195 pounds. He ran for 905 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior in addition to 34 catches for 513 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith ranks as the No. 144 overall player and No. 3 all-purpose back, per the 247Sports Composite. The Cardinal’s 2020 haul jumped into the top 20 with Smith’s commitment.
Nebraska Lands Another Elite WR (10:51 a.m.)
The Huskers’ strong Early Signing Period push continued Wednesday morning by adding prep school standoutAlante Brown. The Chicago native originally signed with Texas Tech out of high school. But instead he spent the 2019 season at St. Thomas More Prep. Brown ranks as a four-star prospect and the No. 1 overall prep prospect in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite. Brown picked Nebraska over Michigan State and Indiana. Here’s a quick eval on what the Huskers will get:
“He is not a kid that stands out from the pack with physical size. Got a little bit taller as a senior and filled out more, but size is not one of his assets. Speed and playmaking ability both are though. As a high school quarterback, he showed tremendous elusiveness, acceleration and breakaway speed. He was in command of games and played his best against top competition. Has a way of finding small creases and accelerating through them. Can make cuts at full speed. Despite not playing wide receiver at his high school, he excelled when asked to do it at camps and 7-on-7 events. He made tough catches, clutch catches, and was able to create separation with his speed and quickness. In college, he will need to get stronger, and he will have to polish those positional skills, but he is further along at the position than was expected from someone who was exclusively a quarterback. He projects as a player who can move around an offensive formation, be given the ball in a variety of ways, and help as a return man as well. Should be a contributor before his career is finished.”
Brown joinsOmar Manning,Marcus Fleming andZavier Bettsto form one of the top WR classes in the country.
Maryland Flips Five-Star WR Rakim Jarrett From LSU (10:46 a.m.)
Mike Locksley earned the biggest win of his early tenure, flipping Washington D.C. nativeRakim Jarrettfrom LSU. Jarrett, a five-star prospect, had been committed to the Tigers since April. Maryland never stopped recruiting Jarrett, however, and it got the DMV local to stay home. Jarrett ranks as the No. 20 overall prospect and the No. 2 wide receiver in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite. Here’s what 247Sports’ scouting experts think of Jarrett:
“Good frame and added upper-body strength and size after junor season. Has slot ability and can play wide. Outstanding body control. Accelerates well out of breaks. Knows how to set up a route. Soft, strong hands. Physical on contested throws. Elite speed and stop-start ability. Tough to re-route on jams. Plays composed. Tracks ball well. Has speed to out-run secondary. Has big-play ability. Needs to improve route running at top of route. Becoming more elusive in tight spaces is important. Blocking technique needs work. Immediate contributor at elite college program. Day 2 NFL draft prospect.”
Four-Star S Bud Clark Picks TCU (10:37 a.m.)
After a rough start to the Early Signing Period, TCU picked up a bit of momentum with the commitment of four-star safetyBud Clark. The Louisiana native originally committed to Virginia this cycle, but he opted to stay closer to home. Clark is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound rangy safety who gives the Horned Frogs five four-star prospects this cycle. TCU suffered a pair of decommitments earlier in the day when Jimmy Holiday (Tennessee) and Danny Gray (SMU) flipped.
Nebraska Lands Marcus Fleming (10:31 a.m.)
The Huskers’ strong day in the Sunshine State continued with a commitment from four-star wide receiverMarcus Fleming. Nebraska landed the Miami native over Florida State, Georgia, Maryland and many others. Fleming ranks as the No. 134 player and No. 23 wide receiver in the 2020 Top247. The 5-foot-10, 160-pounder is a speedster, posting a sub-4.5-second 40-yard dash at a The Opening Regional earlier this year. Fleming is the second Nebraska commit of the day to come from South Florida, joining Jaiden Francois. Here’s a quick scouting report on Fleming, who joins what is currently the nation’s No. 18 overall class:
“Shorter, slender build. Should top out somewhere in the 180’s once he gets in a Power 5 strength and conditioning program. Possesses high-level quickness and play speed, making him one of the better deep threats in the 2020 cycle. Has an outstanding burst off the line and takes the top off opposing defenses- many of which have top athletes in the secondary. Isn’t going to win many jump balls but has good downfield tracking ability. Is best as a pure deep threat at this point, but is also dangerous in the quick game after the catch. Has shown some nuance in his routes in camp settings and can win in tight quarters in addition to his natural ability on vertical routes. Good hands on slants in the redzone. Will need to continue improving in getting off of press coverage to ensure he plays on the outside at the next level. Projects as a multi-year starter at the Power 5 level with the upside of developing into one of the more dangerous deep threats in the conference and nationally along with the potential of being an early round NFL Draft pick.”
Marcus Dumervil Picks LSU (10:07 a.m.)
Four-star offensive tackleMarcus Dumervilcommitted to LSU on Wednesday morning. Dumervil picked the Tigers over Louisville, Florida, Alabama and many others. The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Dumervil was a long-time LSU lean. Dumervil is the nephew of former NFL pass rusher Elvis Dumervil. This is a big pickup for the Tigers in their attempted march toward the No. 1 ranking in the 2020 cycle. Dumervil ranks as the No. 97 overall prospect and No. 11 offensive tackle in the 247Sports Composite. Here’s a quick scouting report on what Dumervil brings to the table:
“Tall, fairly lean build for a 300-pound prospect. Long arms. Balanced blocker with great body control and awareness in pass and run situations. Patient as pass protector with good punch, footwork and overall technique. Strong anchor and ability to redirect underneath. Some edge through the whistle but more finesse and calculated than most at this stage. Mature prospect who takes calculated risks on the outside. Comfortable in short and deep sets alike. Left and right tackle experience. Consistent producer with adequate run-blocking prowess at first or second level. Efficient enough in space but could work to add explosion in time. Scheme versatile. High floor type of prospect who could see near immediate playing time at collegiate level. Added strength and mass will come sooner rather than later. True tackle qualities Day 1 in college coming out of perennial national high school power St. Thomas Aquinas, where he also played on the defensive line. Should develop into a mid-round NFL draft choice.”
Josh Griffis Flips, Flips Again (9:53 a.m.)
Three-star defensive endJosh Griffisflipped from Florida State to Louisville 10 days ago. He flipped again on Wednesday, this time back to the Seminoles. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound IMG product ranks as the No. 558 overall recruit in the 2020 247Sports Composite. Florida State’s 2020 class currently sits at No. 26 overall. By the way, this is actually Griffis third decommitment. He originally pledged to Florida early on in the 2020 cycle. Nothing like going Florida to Florida State to Louisville to Florida State for a path to signing day.
Tuli Tuipulotu Commits To USC (9:49 a.m)
Nobody needed momentum during the Early Signing Period more than USC, and it picked up some Wednesday morning when three-star defensive tackleTuli Tuipulotucommitted to the Trojans. Tuipulotu committed to USC over overtures from Cal, Nebraska, Stanford and UCLA among many others. The 6-foot-3, 266-pound defender ranks as the No. 378 overall player in the Top247. The Trojans entered the day at No. 84 overall in the 2020 class rankings.
Kentucky Inks Four-Star DT Josaih Hayes (9:38 a.m.)
Kentucky landed a surprise commitment on Wednesday morningfrom four-star Mississippi defensive tackleJosaih Hayes. The 6-foot-2, 308-pound defender had been committed to Ole Miss for much of his recruitment before opening things up in October. Still, the Rebels looked to have the inside track in Hayes’ recruitment after they received the final official visit over the weekend. In the end, however, the Wildcats were able to win out and add to what is currently a Top 25 class. Kentucky hasn’t signed a Top 25 class in its history. Hayes ranks as the No. 217 overall player in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite.
Arizona State Flips Johnny Wilson From Oregon (9:30 a.m.)
Arizona State got true freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels some major help on the outside, flipping jumbo athleteJohnny Wilsonfrom Oregon. The California native ranks as the No. 89 overall player in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite. Wilson had been committed to the Ducks since July, but the Sun Devils made a hard push down the stretch to flip the four-star wide receiver. The 6-foot-6, 224-pound receiver is a massive target and might have a future at tight end down the line. Here’s what you need to know about Wilson via 247Sports’ scouting report:
“Wilson is one of the biggest receivers in the nation at 6-foot-66, 220 pounds. There is some talk that he could bulk up in to a tight end in college. but he has a receiver skill set and runs well enough to stay at receiver. He’s a natural pass catcher who uses his size to box out smaller defensive backs and is close to impossible to stop in jump-ball and red-zone situations. His speed is deceptive, he has a better get-off then given credit for and has enough top-end speed to get behind a defense and make plays down the field. He’s an advanced and smooth route runner as well, and does a nice job setting up a corner and creating separation. He’s not super shifty with the ball in his hands and won’t make a ton of players miss after the catch, but because of his size and strength he will be able to get plenty of yards after contact. He should develop into a very reliable possession-type receiver and a go-to-guy on key third downs. Has enough speed to make plays in the deep passing game as well. Projects as an impact, upper-tier Power 5 starter and future high-round NFL draft pick.”
Jaiden Francois Picks Nebraska (9:21 a.m.)
Jaiden Francoisended one of the more dramatic recruitments of the 2020 cycle, picking Nebraska on Wednesday. The Miami native committed to the Hurricanes in July of 2018 before decommitting from the Hurricanes that December. He then committed to Miami once again this February before decommitting from Miami once again in October. Francois eventually took official visits to Miami and Nebraska before eventually inking with the Huskers. Keep in mind, Francois hails from Dade County, which calls the Hurricanes home. Francois ranks as the No. 283 overall prospect and the No. 28 safety in the 2020 class.
Updating The 2020 Team Rankings (9:10 a.m.)
Let’s look at an updated look at the 247Sports 2020 Class Rankings following a few hours of action on Wednesday morning.
3. Ohio State
5. Texas A&M
Desmond Tisdol Picks Auburn (9:05 a.m.)
Four-star linebackerDesmond Tisdolcommitted to Auburn on Wednesday morning, live on CBS Sports HQ. Tisdol’s commitment helps Auburn jump to No. 8 in the 2020 class rankings. The 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker is a very traditional undersized athletic linebacker for the Tigers, who prioritizes speed and side-to-side ability in their linebacker room. Tisdol ranks as the No. 135 overall prospect in the 2020 Top247. Check out a quick scouting report on Tisdol here:
“Lacks ideal height, length and mass but possesses a thick lower body and a build that indicates the ability to add weight naturally over his college career. Background at running back has cultivated quick, light feet that allows him to avoid trash. Plays balanced with his feet under him and lives on a healthy border between controlled and aggressive. Accelerates to the football and eats up grass quickly. Shows great hip flexibility evidenced by effortless scoop-and-score ability. Appears to be very instinctive and plays the game with obvious energy. Though he shows a physical nature, more of a wrap and roll tackler than a striker. Not necessarily an imposing enforcer but makes a unmistakable impact. Impact Power Five starter that may need a year to add size but possesses mid to early round NFL Draft upside based on playmaking ability and versatility.”
Four-star QB Commits To Georgia Tech (8:57 a.m.)
Four-star quarterbackJeff Simssigned with Georgia Tech on Wednesday. This is a massive get for the Yellowjackets and first-year head coach Geoff Collins. The Yellowjackets hadn’t signed a four-star quarterback since 2007, the year before the option-focused Paul Johnson took over in Atlanta. Sims ranks as the No. 206 overall player and the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite. Sims was committed to Florida State for much of the cycle, but he decommitted from the Seminoles last week. The Yellowjackets’ 2020 class ranks 24th in the team rankings after slotting 50th a season ago.
Florida State Lands WR Kentron Poitier (8:35 a.m.)
After weeks of attrition Florida State’s 2020 class picked up a new member on Wednesday when three-star wide receiverKentron Poitierinked with the Seminoles. The Miami native ranks as the No. 386 overall player in the 2020 Top247. Poitier finished his senior season with 36 catches for 507 yards and 10 touchdowns. He picked Florida State after taking official visits to both Florida and Florida State.
Tennessee Flips TCU Athlete (8:28 a.m.)
It hasn’t been the best morning for TCU thus far. Minutes after Gray flipped from the Horned Frogs to the Mustangs, Tennessee snagged three-star TCU athlete Jimmy Holiday for its 2020 class. Holiday ranks as the No. 789 overall prospect and No. 46 athlete in the 2020 class.
“I just felt like I had a better chance to develop myself on a bigger stage,” Holiday told GoVols247.
Holiday is the second commitment of the day for Tennessee, joining four-star linebacker Len’Neth Whitehead.
SMU Flips TCU WR Commit (8:21 a.m.)
SMU is making moves during the Early Signing Period. Minutes after landing three-star receiverThad Johnson, who had numerous Power Five offers, the Mustangs flipped TCU wide receiver commitDanny Gray. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wideout had been committed to the Horned Frogs since June. Gray ranks as the No. 15 overall JUCO prospect in the country. He initially signed with Missouri as a three-star prospect in the 2018 class.
“I love the fact of how close the coaches are and how they treat players. I saw a lot of progression in the offense over my time of being there. I like how they have a plan to maximize my talents,” Gray told Pony Stampede. “SMU made a big jump in my recruitment because they didn’t sell a dream or show me any flashy things. I love how coach Dykes coach he’s an Air Raid coach who loves to throw the pill around. What I love about SMU is that they made my family feel at home and that was a big part.”
Jeremiah Pegues Commits To Auburn (8:16 a.m.)
Auburn landed four-star tight endJeremiah Pegueson Wednesday morning. The 6-feet-3, 285-pounder ranks as the No. 247 overall player in the 2020 247Sports Composite. Pegues picked the Tigers over overtures from Alabama and Ole Miss. In the end, Pegues’ relationship with tight ends coach Larry Porter made the difference.
“Just because everybody always talks about how good they are, not just the football team, but how great it is to be there at Auburn,” Pegues said. “Just knowing that Porter coached my dad (at Arkansas State) and I know that he liked him.
Auburn’s 2020 class currently ranks ninth nationally.
Tennessee Lands Len’Neth Whitehead (8:05 a.m.)
Tennessee started off what could be a big day with a commitment from four-star linebacker Len’Neth Whitehead. The Georgia native picked the Vols over South Carolina and UCLA. Whitehead ranks as the No. 88 player in the 2020 Top247, adding to a Tennessee class that has a chance to rocket up the rankings from No. 20 during the Early Signing Period. Here’s a quick scouting report on Whitehead:
“Thick, densely-built athlete with a powerful base and the potential to add significant weight on the next level. Possesses natural power and explosive strength evidenced by one of the top shot put numbers in the nation. Natural, instinctive feet. Plays significantly on both sides of the ball with a primary position as running back. Displays impressive toughness and effort. Blue collar demeanor. Strong enough to set the edge or take on blocks in the middle. Verified speed but doesn’t show much suddenness on film. Deceptive athlete. Too often relies on throwing down ball-carriers in high school. Doesn’t show the pop at contact you’d expect. Impact power five prospect with early round NFL Draft upside with the right development.”
Four-Star LB Picks Wisconsin (7:57 a.m.)
Four-star linebackerKaden Johnsonsigned with Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Badgers held off LSU, Tennessee, Nebraska and many others for the Minnesota native. Johnson ranks as the No. 162 overall player in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite. He’s the third four-star prospect Wisconsin’s signed this cycle. The Badgers started the day on the fringe of a Top 25 class at No. 28 overall.
“My parents told me going in that the decision was up to me,” Johnson told Badger247. “When it came time for me to talk, I was like ‘Let’s do it.’ Wisconsin loves me and I love them.”
Clemson Flips LSU Commit Malcolm Green (7:17 a.m.)
Clemson flipped four-star safetyMalcolm Greenfrom LSU on Wednesday morning. The Virginia native ranks as the No. 24 safety and No. 253 defensive back in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite. Green, the Tigers’ fourth defensive back take of the cycle, projects to play nickel at Clemson. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder originally committed to LSU in October. This flip helps Clemson stave off stiff competition from LSU for the No. 1 spot. The Tigers of Clemson continue to sit at No. 1, but LSU has a chance to make a move later today.
Purdue Enters Top 25 (7:13 a.m.)
Purdue continued its strong run of recruiting Wednesday, flipping three-star receiver Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen from Northwestern. Yaseen, the No. 372 overall prospect in the 2020 class, picked Purdue following a weekend official visit. “It felt like it was a good fit in all aspects,” Yaseen told 247Sports. The Boilermakers’ ESP flip pushed them into the Top 25 of the 247Sports Team rankings. If Purdue’s ranking holds through February, it’ll be the first time in program history the Boilermakers have posted back-to-back Top 25 classes.
Jah Joyner Picks Minnesota (6:46 a.m.)
The four-star movement started early Wednesday morning when Minnesota picked up a commitment from four-star defensive endJah Joyner. Joyner had been a long-time Boston College commit, but he flipped to the Gophers at the start of the Early Signing Period. Joyner ranks as the No. 279 overall player in the Top247.
“I’m going to Minnesota,” Joyner said. “I love the people and culture and really believe in coach (P.J.) Fleck. I believe in his vision for me moving forward and I believe in their academic staff as well. I believe that he’s going to change my life not only on the field, but off the field.”
An Early A.M. Look At The Class Rankings (6 a.m.)
Before things get rolling in earnest, let’s look at the top 10 of the 2020 class rankings heading into the Early Signing Period.
4. Ohio State
5. Texas A&M
Some other teams to watch Saturday that are primed to make major moves include: No. 16 Oregon, No. 18 South Carolina, No. 19 Nebraska, No. 20 Tennessee, No. 23 Kentucky, No. 28 TCU, No. 30 Purdue, No. 46 Arizona State, No. 84 USC and No. 85 Utah
All of those programs have room to add multiple high-impact prospects. Take Utah for example. The Utes could add at least six commitments during the Early Signing Period, per 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. Speaking of Wiltfong, be sure to check out his Early Signing Period primer this morning. It’s the best preview of this week’s action that you’ll find.
There will be major announcements throughout the day Wednesday, highlighted by five-star linebackerJustin Floweand five-star defensive linemanJordan Burch. You can follow along here with all the major planned announcements for this week.
247Sports will be your one-stop shop for Early Signing Period content. Follow along with the class ranking race here and the latest commitments here.