National Signing Day: More team rankings storylines to follow
The Early Signing Period started off with a bang on Wednesday but there were plenty of big commitments that happened on Thursday and Friday. Take a look at the Rivals.com team rankings now that the Early Signing Period is over.
JIMBO FISHER REELING IN FIVE-STARS
Jimbo Fisher and his staff were one of the big winners of the Early Signing Period. They added five-star Tunmise Adeleye on Wednesday and they finished the week out by signing another five-star in Bryce Foster. The Sooners had been trending for Foster but their momentum gave way to the in-state school in the last couple weeks. Texas A&M, the only team to land two five-stars this week, now sits at No. 6 in the team rankings.
FIGHTING IRISH FLIP TWO
Notre Dame finished out the Early Signing Period strong by flipping two four-star prospects. The first was safety prospect Khair Gee. The Georgia native had been committed to LSU since May but decided to sign with the Fighting Irish this week. LSU had been thinking about moving Gee to linebacker and that wasn’t something he was interested in doing.
The Fighting Irish also flipped Rivals250 running back Audric Estime away from Michigan State. The longtime Spartans commit really liked how Mel Tucker and his staff showed faith in him earlier in the process but everything Notre Dame offers on and off the field was too much for Estime to pass up. Notre Dame had the No. 9 recruiting class heading into the Early Signing Period and that’s where it stayed after everything shook out.
FLORIDA STATE BRINGS BACK RIVALS250 PROSPECT
The Seminoles lacked an elite receiver in this recruiting class once Malik McClain decommitted earlier this month. The Rivals250 prospect from IMG Academy seemed to be trending towards Ole Miss once he was back on the market but Mike Norvell and his coaching staff were able to reel him back in at the end of the Early Signing Period. McClain’s addition to this Florida State recruiting class vaulted the Noles from No. 38 in the team rankings all the way up to No. 28.
BOSTON COLLEGE LANDS TOP TARGET
Jeff Hafley and his staff have put together a transformative recruiting class and they landed the biggest piece to the puzzle on Friday night in Rivals100 offensive lineman Drew Kendall. The local prospect wrestled with choosing the Eagles or Stanford but he finally landed on the program to which he has so many connections. His father, Pete Kendall, starred at Boston College and played in the NFL for years and Eagles signee Casey Phinney is Kendall’s current teammate. With Kendall in the fold, Boston College’s 2021 recruiting class now ranks inside the top 30, something the program hasn't done since the 2004 class.
RECOMMITMENTS PROPEL UCLA
The Bruins have had quite the Early Signing Period. They started Wednesday outside the top 70 and are now firmly inside the top 40. Chip Kelly and his staff capped off the Early Signing Period by bringing running back Deshun Murrell back into the fold, their second recommitment this week along with Devin Kirkwood. Murrell decommitted from UCLA just before Thanksgiving, having already verbally committed back in June. He is the only running back in UCLA’s 2021 recruiting class.