College football's national signing day is here.
Despite the NCAA enacting a recruiting dead period amid the COVID-19 pandemic since March, meaning recruits haven't been able to take official visits, the early signing period has remained firm.
The early signing period begins Wednesday and lasts until Friday. High school recruits are able to sign their national letters of intent to lock them into the colleges of their choice.
This is the fourth year in which college football has held an early signing period. Previously, the only national signing day was on the first Wednesday in February.
We will keep you updated with news, analysis, highlights, updated class rankings and more throughout the next few days.
Updated class rankings
We'll be updating our class rankings throughout the day, so stay tuned to see how the latest signings affect your team.
Wishing you a very Merry Flipmas
Well, we certainly know what Lane Kiffin wants this year.
And he's starting to cross a few names off his wish list.
Ole Miss just added ESPN 300 cornerback Markevious Brown. @Lane_Kiffin and his staff have had a really good signing day so far. They've also flipped MJ Daniels from Mississippi State today— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 16, 2020
Kicking runs in the family
Another Borregales at kicker? Straight 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/CxIYgGbolS— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) December 16, 2020
This snowy hat might be a first for signing day
Donovan Edwards announced his commitment to Michigan in an iconic way -- in the snow with a puffy coat.
No. 4 RB Edwards makes his commitment in the snow
Donovan Edwards announces his commitment to Michigan while braving the elements.
ESPN 300 running back Donovan Edwards just committed to Michigan. He's the No. 66 ranked recruit overall and one of the top in-state prospects. He gives Michigan 8 ESPN 300 commitments in the class pic.twitter.com/yza3g3fD34— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 16, 2020
In one of the bigger flips of the day, cornerback De'Jahn Warren flipped from Georgia to Jackson State. Sanders couldn't be more elated about the players he's signing.
Deion explains pitch to top recruits such as De'Jahn Warren
Deion Sanders talks about recruiting at Jackson State during the dead period and his pitch to land one of the top junior college recruits in De'Jahn Warren.
USC adds another QB
Jaxson Dart, the No. 1 quarterback out of Utah and No. 15 pocket passer in the ESPN 300, announced his commitment to the Trojans.
ESPN 300 quarterback Jaxson Dart just committed to USC. He's the second ESPN 300 quarterback to commit in this class for the Trojans in what has been an excellent turnaround on the recruiting trail pic.twitter.com/IAj8WgOlBd— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 16, 2020
A glimpse into the future?
While there are plenty of video game welcomings to the class of 2021 recruits, Utah's taking a look at the big plays its players could very well make next season.
Nebraska's commits look like they're ready to buy in.
It's official...✍🏻— Henry Lutovsky (@Luto_72) December 16, 2020
GO BIG RED.🌽 pic.twitter.com/jpwaUvRzFu
Drinkwitz is hyped up
Arden Walker, the top recruit out of Colorado, surprised everyone, including Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz, by committing to Mizzou.
Nevada's approach to signing day is extremely on brand with its own slot machine.
Dropping more albums than Taylor Swift
Syracuse is welcoming its commits by recreating noteworthy rap albums to highlight their stats.
Is there better music than this?
Can't go wrong with the ESPN NFL draft music, which is what Washington State is running with.
Presenting Bryson Green
Green, Oklahoma State's top offensive recruit (No. 169 in ESPN 300), received this animated 8-bit welcome.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley is definitely excited about landing Savion Byrd, the No. 27 prospect overall.
Ohio State lands No. 1 prospect
Five-star defensive end Jack Sawyer, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the class of 2021, officially signed with Ohio State.
Come to Florida State's backyard
Florida State went to the land of Pablo Sanchez and Kenny Kawaguchi to announce who would become future Seminoles.
Notre Dame gets a bulldog
Top-ranked tight end Cane Berrong has been committed to the Irish since June 2019, so his signing Wednesday wasn't a surprise. But in addition to the 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end, it appears the Irish got his pet bulldog, too.
Print 'em off
Baylor is making headlines -- literally -- with its announcements.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech went to the drawing board.
Minnesota commit announces he won't sign yet
Top-50 prospect Avante Dickerson, the second-ranked cornerback who has been committed to Minnesota since April, said he is "simply not ready to make a final decision" and will not sign with his Westside High School (Omaha, Nebraska) teammates Wednesday. He is the Golden Gophers' highest-ranked commit in program history.
I would like to announce that I will not be signing along with my teammates. I am simply not ready to make a final decision that will impact my future as a student athlete. I will be at the signing at Westside high school to support my teammates but not available for questions.— AD #28 (@_dickerson1) December 16, 2020
Maryland flips Michigan linebacker
Linebacker Branden Jennings committed to Michigan in mid-October, but flipped his commitment and signed with the Terrapins on Wednesday.
ESPN 300 linebacker Branden Jennings just flipped his commitment from Michigan to Maryland. He's the No. 67 ranked prospect overall and now the second top-100 linebacker commit for the #Terps pic.twitter.com/MFxf36hPuo— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 16, 2020
All aboard the Lane Train
Ole Miss is staying on brand with coach Lane Kiffin.
West Virginia and TCU go international
Edward Vesterinen, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Helsinki, signed his letter of intent and will take the country roads from Finland to West Virginia.
Meanwhile, TCU went to Germany to land quarterback Alexander Honig.
Player rankings, guides and more stories to read
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