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Stars lock in future with National Signing Day

08 February, 2018, 12:21 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Georgia is the big victor in this year's college football recruiting battle, displacing Alabama.

All had to navigate the new recruiting calendar and none brought in top 10 classes, according to 247Sports.

Georgia owned the early signing period and launched to the No. 1 spot in the class rankings. Smart also flipped two talented prospects: five-star linebacker Quay Walker (Alabama) and four-star linebacker Otis Reese (Michigan). Not bad, but considering coach Jim Harbaugh's first two full classes in Ann Arbor were top-five level this has to qualify as a disappointing recruiting year for the Wolverines.

Despite behind ranked second, the Buckeyes had a productive day, signing No. 1-rated offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere. Mike Riley's class was imploding when he was sacked and ranked No. 89 in the 247Sports.com composite team rankings. Due to the size of the class being seven below the NCAA limit of 25 per signing period, USF was able to assign six early-enrollees that signed in December, which would've been members of the 2018 class, as part of the 2017 recruiting class.

9 a.m.: Florida State and new coach Willie Taggart had some work to do to catch up with the other traditional powers on national signing day and the Seminoles got off to a nice start.

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The class was comprised of 19 players from Georgia, eight from SC, four from Florida, two from Alabama and one from North Carolina. As such, ASU's 2018 class was near the middle of the pack with the benefit of a nice finish.

Like most signing days, there was no shortage of drama. His mom, who was wearing an Alabama sweater and Tennessee, as soon as he put a Gators cap on his head. Washington's class was rated by 247sports.com as almost dead even with Southern California for the best in the Pac-12 and clearly among the top 15 nationally. On live television, Copeland picked Florida over Alabama and Tennessee. The story did have a happy ending as they hugged shortly afterward.



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