National signing day: Winners and losers from college football’s early signing period

National signing day: Winners and losers from college football’s early signing period

Good news — no, great news. Your team's head coach believes this year's signing class is chock full of difference-making talent, with a steady mix of plug-and-play athletes and developmental prospects set to contribute once they acclimate themselves to the college game. That quarterback your team signed? Well, he's a future star. Likewise with the rest of the future student-athletes, including that two-star recruit — he's a diamond in the rough.

Hope springs eternal during the early signing period. Instituted a year ago in the Bowl Subdivision, this change now gives a prospective recruit a second window to sign his letter of intent, joining the traditional signing day in early February. A year ago, nearly 75 percent of prospects signed in the early period.

Some big-name recruits will wait until February to announce their decisions. However, most classes will essentially be complete by the end of this week.

So it's time to break it down: Here are the winners and losers of the early signing period. (Fax machine not included.)

Winners

Alabama

The Crimson Tide pulled in another top-ranked recruiting class, to the surprise of absolutely no one, and in fact may have inked one of the most impressive classes of the Nick Saban era. That's saying something, obviously. Alabama's biggest win of the day came in Florida running back Trey Sanders, the nation's top recruit at the position, who chose the Tide over Georgia, Florida, Texas and Florida State.

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