School Soccer Signing Day Tracker 2021: Dwell Updates, High Recruits, and Lessons for the Early Signing Stage

The fourth year of early college football signing presented some difficult hurdles for coaches and recruiters.

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic not only limited campus visits for aspiring recruits, but essentially eliminated any face-to-face meetings that might otherwise have taken place between players and coaches. How that will affect the result of this year’s class remains to be seen, but one thing is already clear:

Pandemic or no, college football’s top teams will do well in the 2021 recruiting class.

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Moving into the 72-hour signing phase on Wednesday, No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State have created significant distance between themselves and the rest of the pack. Teams like Georgia, Clemson and LSU will also win elite classes with legitimate aspirations of the College Football Playoffs.

That said, there are still a few battles to be won, such as Korey Foreman, the No. 1 recruit. The defensive end of the strong side seems to have limited its selection to USC and LSU. Other players, such as JT Tuimoloau (No. 3 overall), Tristan Leigh (No. 11 overall) and center-back Terrence Lewis (No. 16 overall), also remain non-binding.

Follow us as Sporting News tracks the biggest signings and signings from the early signing stage:

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College Football Signing Day Tracker 2021

(All player and team ratings reflect the 247Sports Composite ranking.)

Strong defensive ends

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Korey Foreman (# 1) 5 Stars
2. JT Tuimoloau (No. 3) 5 Stars
3. Jack Sawyer (# 4) 5 Stars
4. Shemar Turner (No. 31) 5 Stars
5. Keeshawn Silver (No. 32) 5 Stars
6. Tunmise Adeleye (No. 37) 4 stars
7. Monkell Goodwine (# 89) 4 stars
8. Tyreak Sapp (No. 96) 4 stars

Offensive tackles

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. JC Latham (No. 2) 5 Stars
2. Tommy Brockermeyer (No. 5) 5 Stars
3. bitter mims (No. 7) 5 Stars
4. Tristan Leigh (No. 11) 5 Stars
5. Nolan Rucci (No. 15) 5 Stars
6. Kingsley Suamataia (No. 35) 4 stars
7. Landon Tengwall (No. 50) 4 stars
8. Blake Fisher (# 52) 4 stars
9. Savion Byrd (# 62) 4 stars
10. Micah Morris (# 63) 4 stars
11. Bram Walden (No. 82) 4 stars
12. John El-Hadi (No. 85) 4 stars
13. Reuben Fatheree (# 87) 4 stars
14. Garrett Dellinger (No. 90) 4 stars

Quarterbacks with a double threat

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Caleb Williams (# 6) 5 Stars
2. Brock Vandagriff (No. 14) 5 Stars
3. Tyler Buchner (No. 65) 4 stars
4. Jalen Milroe (No. 78) 4 stars

Weak side ends defensively

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Dallas Turner (No. 8) 5 Stars
2. Clayton Smith (No. 43) 4 stars
3. Dylan Brooks (No. 51) 4 stars
4. Demeioun Robinson (No. 64) 4 stars
5. Jeremiah Williams (No. 73) 4 stars

Broad receiver

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Emeka Egbuka (No. 9) 5 Stars
2. Jacorey Brooks (No. 34) 5 Stars
3. Troy Franklin (# 36) 4 stars
4. Mario Williams (No. 42) 4 stars
5. JoJo Earle (# 48) 4 stars
6. Dont’E Thornton (No. 53) 4 stars
7. Agiye Hall (No. 56) 4 stars
8. Jayden Ballard (# 66) 4 stars
9. Christian Leary (# 68) 4 stars
10. Deion Smith (# 70) 4 stars
11. Chris Hilton (# 75) 4 stars
12. Xavier Worthy (No. 76) 4 stars
13. Brian Thomas Jr. (# 79) 4 stars
14. Beaux Collins (No. 83) 4 stars
14. Marvin Harrison Jr. (# 91) 4 stars
14. Deion Colzie (# 98) 4 stars

Defensive tackles

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Leonard Taylor (No. 10) 5 Stars
2. Maason Smith (No. 18) 5 Stars
3. Damon Payne (# 19) 5 Stars
4. Mike Hall (# 49) 4 stars
5. Tywone Malone (# 61) 4 stars
6. Lee Hunter (# 80) 4 stars
7. Payton Page (No. 93) 4 stars

Pro-style quarterbacks

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Sam Huard (No. 12) 5 Stars
2. JJ McCarthy (# 22) 5 Stars
3. Kyle McCord (# 25) 5 Stars
4. Ty Thompson (No. 39) 4 stars
5. Jake Garcia (No. 46) 4 stars
6. Drake Maye (# 57) 4 stars
7. Miller Moss (No. 71) 4 stars
8. Garrett Nussmeier (No. 86) 4 stars

Collateral

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. James Williams (No. 13) 5 Stars
2. Sage Ryan (# 28) 5 Stars
3. Derrick Davis Jr. (# 58) 4 stars
4. Kendal Daniels (No. 100) 4 stars

Inside linebacker

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Terrence Lewis (# 16) 5 Stars
2. Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (# 41) 4 stars
3. Deontae Lawson (No. 55) 4 stars
4. Ethane Calvert (No. 74) 4 stars
5. Reid Carrico (No. 84) 4 stars

Offensive guards

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Donovan Jackson (No. 17) 5 Stars
2. Terrence Ferguson (# 54) 4 stars
3. Rocco Spindler (No. 60) 4 stars
4. Bryce Foster (# 72) 4 stars
5. Dylan Fairchild (# 97) 4 stars

External linebackers

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Xavian Sorey (No. 20) 5 Stars
2. Smael Mondon (No. 29) 5 Stars
3. Barrett Carter (# 33) 5 Stars
4. Raesjon Davis (No. 45) 4 stars
5. Junior Colson (# 95) 4 stars
4. Raneiria Dillworth (No. 99) 4 stars

athlete

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Ja’Tavion Sanders (No. 21) 5 Stars
2. Billy Bowman (No. 38) 4 stars
3. David Daniel (# 92) 4 stars

Cornerbacks

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Ga’Quincy McKinstry (# 23) 5 Stars
2. Jason Marshall (No. 27) 5 Stars
3. Jakailin Johnson (No. 47) 4 stars
4. Jordan Hancock (# 67) 4 stars
5. Nyland Green (No. 69) 4 stars
6. Ceyair Wright (# 77) 4 stars

Running backs

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. TreVeyon Henderson (# 24) 5 Stars
2. Camar Wheaton (# 26) 5 Stars
3. LJ Johnson (# 40) 4 stars
4. Donovan Edwards (# 44) 4 stars
6. Armoni Goodwin (No. 94) 4 stars

All-purpose back

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Will Shipley (No. 30) 5 Stars
2. Evan Pryor (# 81) 4 stars

Tight ends

Player (overall rank) Star ranking Signed with
1. Jake Briningstool (# 59) 4 stars
2. Thomas Fidone (No. 88) 4 stars

Top 10 2021 signing classes

Rank (conference rank) 5 Stars 4 stars Points
1. Alabama (No. 1 SEC) 6th 12th 314.18
2. Ohio State (No. 1 Big Ten) 5 13 310.39
3. Georgia (No. 2 SEC) 3 12th 289.11
4. LSU (No. 3 SEC) 1 14th 284.10
5. Clemson (No. 1 ACC) 2 14th 282.31
6. Oregon (No. 1 Pac-12) 0 16 280.77
7. Florida (No. 4 SEC) 1 14th 267.27
8. Notre Dame (No. 1 independent) 0 11 265.00
9. Michigan (# 2 Big Ten) 1 11 261.13
10. Oklahoma (No. 1 Big 12) 1 11 257.23

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