On Wednesday February 5th, the last remaining prep prospects put their pen to paper and chose where they will play their college football for the next three-to-four years. The day was very anticlimactic due to most of the top recruits having already signed, and the ones that had not stayed true to their commitments. But still, there are few takeaways from this recruiting cycle.
Clemson signs nation’s #1 player
The Clemson Tigers finished with the #3 class nationally behind Georgia and Alabama. But, their big get was getting Defensive Tackle Bryan Breese, the #1 player in the 247sports Composite Rankings. Breese is a big and very strong defensive lineman that is capable of playing inside and out. He will make an instant impact for the Tigers.
Alabama signs nation’s #1 quarterback
The Crimson Tide of Alabama have a chance to go from one generational quarterback to the next. Tua Tagovailoa was unlike anyone college football has ever seen from an accuracy, touch, and efficiency standpoint. How will the Tide ever replace that? Well, enter Bryce Young. The nations top quarterback out of renowned Mater Dei High School in California. Young finished his prep career with 13,250 passing yards and 178 total touchdowns. He did this while completing 70% of his passes and only threw 21 interceptions. Young has the talent to pick up right where Tagovailoa left off.
Georgia is a machine
Kirby Smart is a recruiting maniac. Georgia signed the #1 class for the second time in the last three years. They have amassed a mind-boggling 17 five-star recruits over this incredible three year run. The big question for them will be if Kirby Smart can start to coach half as good as he can recruit, then the Bulldogs will be an elite team.
Most likely to be the #1 pick: D.J. Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson, #10 overall prospect
Most likely to be an All-American as a freshman: Justin Flowe, LB, Oregon, #6 overall prospect
Most likely to win a Heisman Trophy: Bryce Young, QB, Alabama, #2 overall prospect
Freakest Athlete: Demond Demas, WR, Texas A&M, #25 overall prospect
Most likely to bust: Parris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State, #9 overall prospect
Biggest Sleeper: Peter Skoronski, Center, Northwestern, #112 overall prospect.