Signing Day: ACC lagging well behind Clemson
The Associated Press
BEST IN CLASS (based on 247 Sports composite rankings through Wednesday afternoon): Clemson signed the No. 1 and No. 3 prospects in the country, both highly regarded defensive players, paving the way for the top recruiting class. The Tigers also added No. 13 and No. 16, three more in the 20s and four more in the top 100. The haul for the defending national champions, who are headed to the College Football Playoffs with a 13-0 record, includes six five-star recruits and 11 four-stars. Xzavier Henderson, a four-star wide receiver, has the Tigers on his short list for the traditional signing day, which is Feb. 5.
BEST PLAYER: Defensive tackle Bryan Bresee out of Damascus, Maryland, is considered the top prospect in the nation, and he signed with Clemson. The No. 13 prospect? That’s D.J. Uiagaleiei out of Bellflower, California, the No. 1 rated quarterback, who is also joining the Tigers.
WHO STOCKED UP: After Clemson, which signed a total of 24 players, no other ACC school cracked the top 10. Miami, with 19 commitments, checks in at No. 17. … North Carolina, with 26 new players, is 19th. … Florida State and new coach Mike Norvell got a boost when four-star quarterback Chubba Purdy flipped from Louisville, which moved the Seminoles up to No. 21. After not signing a prep QB the last two seasons, Florida State also picked up Tate Rodemaker out of Georgia. … Georgia Tech is into the top 25 at No. 24, with 24 signees.
WHO FELL SHORT: It could be everybody not named Clemson. So the Tigers sign the No. 1 class and the rest are lagging well behind. The Tigers have at least seven signees rated higher than the best of the rest of the ACC. It doesn’t bode well for closing the gap with Dabo Swinney’s dynasty.
THE TAKEAWAY: Clemson is not only running away with the recruiting competition, but it is reaching far and wide to do so, including California.
SEC WINS SIGNING DAY WITH 6 TEAMS RANKED IN TOP 10
BEST IN CLASS (based on 247 Sports composite rankings through Wednesday afternoon): Alabama, Georgia and LSU each landed at least two five-star players, led by the Crimson Tide signing Bryce Young, Chris Braswell and Drew Sanders. Young, the sixth-ranked player in the nation, is a dual-threat quarterback who led Mater Dei to a California state title this season. Young could become the heir to Tua Tagovailoa after picking the Crimson Tide over Southern California.
BEST PLAYER: Five-star DL Jordan Burch, the fifth-ranked player nationally out of Columbia, South Carolina, announced he’s staying home by committing to South Carolina.
WHO STOCKED UP: LSU, Georgia, Auburn, and Texas A&M also secured five-star recruits — with the highest ranked player going to the Tigers. Ninth-ranked Arik Gilbert was named the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year this week and was given the award by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in front of teammates in Marietta, Georgia. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound tight end caught 102 passes for 1,735 yards and 14 touchdowns.
in leading the Blue Devils to a Class 7A state championship.
WHO FELL SHORT: Somebody has to in this loaded conference and, by the numbers, they’re Missouri and Arkansas after both were ranked in the 80s. It probably didn’t help that both teams had coaching changes. The Tigers’ lone four-star signee was Javian Hester, a wide receiver out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Razorbacks landed wide receiver Myles Slusher after he flipped from Oregon.
TAKEAWAY: With six teams ranked in the top 10, the rich got richer. Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke on his prized quarterback recruit by saying “Always important to get a really quality quarterback which, you know, we feel really good about Bryce, a young guy who’s outstanding as a high school player, very mature, very smart, good leader, played in a great program, has high expectations for himself as well as what the team should accomplish.”
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