National signing day is here.
College football's 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 fifth year in which college football has held an early signing period, although Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby recently said it is a possibility that the recruiting calendar reverts to its old way of having only one national signing day, on the first Wednesday in February.
Recruits this cycle had to navigate through a mandated dead period for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have also had to handle the task of navigating where they will sign amid a turbulent coaching carousel.
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.
Five-star corner Travis Hunter, ranked No. 2 overall, just flipped from Florida State to Jackson State. Deion Sanders flipped a prospect from his alma mater & is the first time FCS school will sign a 5-star prospect since ESPN started its rankings in 2006. @SportsCenter @espncfb— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) December 15, 2021
And the tossing the other hats here is really just the cherry on top.
Sanders and the Jackson State faithful are certainly celebrating today.
For a complete breakdown on Jackson State signing Hunter, check this out.
• Five-star wide receiver Shazz Preston committed to Alabama. Preston is the No. 15-ranked prospect overall.
• Michigan added a commitment from ESPN 300 defensive end Derrick Moore, the No. 23 ranked prospect overall.
Tribute to Tate
Michigan State announced Tate Myre, a Class of 2023 player who was one of the four victims of the Oxford High School shooting, as an honorary member of the Spartans' recruiting class.
Three-star offensive lineman Falentha Carswell -- better known as "Flip" -- signed with Ole Miss after committing to Miami. A fitting start to national signing day.
Texas flipped offensive linemen Kelvin Banks and Cameron Williams from Oregon this past week, and so far the Longhorns have added two more names to the flip list: four-star athlete Xavion Brice (Oklahoma) and three-star defensive end Ethan Burke (Michigan). And most recently, Texas flipped ESPN 300 DB Terrance Brooks from Ohio State, ranked No. 89 overall.
Change of plans, staying home. I would like to thank Coach Salazar, Coach Vasek, and Coach Dodge for making this happen. Looking forward to the future 🤘🏼 pic.twitter.com/Xz9UwRpb7j— ethan._burke (@eburke4lax) December 15, 2021
Dude is palming a helmet. Goodness. pic.twitter.com/0qhWUu76gd— Justin Wells (@justinwells2424) December 15, 2021
In other flips:
• Auburn flipped ESPN 300 linebacker Robert Woodyard from Alabama. Woodyard is ranked No. 130 overall.
• Maryland flipped ESPN 300 linebacker Jaishawn Barham, the nation's No. 65 player, only four days after he committed to South Carolina.
Vols are going wild
Three-star wide receiver Marquarius White, who goes by the name Squirrel, signed with Tennessee on Wednesday, and defensive scouting coordinator Trey Johnson is among those who are excited.
Announcements taken to a new level
Need some juice? Texas A&M has you covered.
Have you heard ...
Is it just us or is Luther Burden an incredible name?
USC definitely took it up a notch with its intros.
Getting to sit on a throne while you sign? Yes. Just yes.
This is a great moment between Antonio Gates Sr. and Antonio Gates Jr.
Hall of Fame tight end Antonio Gates Sr. gets emotional while speaking about his son, Antonio Gates Jr., as he officially signs to play football at Michigan State. Great moment. @AntoniogatesJr1 @mwenzel2 @MSU_Football pic.twitter.com/liQcs8DUQM— Jared Purcell (@JaredPurcellDET) December 15, 2021
How do you celebrate flipping four-star wide receiver Amorion Walker from Notre Dame to Michigan? A GIF of a stick figure doing cartwheels/flips, of course, just like Ron Bellamy did.
Let's Goooo pic.twitter.com/q0eXG288VJ— Ron Bellamy (@19Bellamy) December 15, 2021
Player rankings, guides and more stories to read
Your guide to national signing week: Everything from which players have already committed to which ones are expected to announce this week.
The ESPN 300: We rank the top 300 college football prospects in the country.
Which teams have a legitimate shot at finishing with the No. 1 class?
How teams can use NIL in recruiting pitches.
The ESPN Jr. 300: Who are the top college football recruits for the next cycle?