The first Wednesday in February was once a recruiting madhouse. Those days are over. The early signing date in December has dramatically altered the recruiting landscape to where the wide majority of Bowl Subdivision programs add just a handful of prospects, if any, during the traditional signing period.

“The second recruiting cycle, there’s not much going on, typically,” said SMU coach Sonny Dykes.

We should change the nomenclature. The early signing day should be known as signing day, period. The February date should be called the “late signing day,” both as a result of the small number of uncommitted prospects and how coaches increasingly use the evaluation period in January to identify underclassmen recruits to get ahead on future signing classes.

Evan Anderson, left, and Avarius Sparrow, sign their commitment papers during a national signing day ceremony at Jones High School, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Orlando.

Still, several programs made the most of Wednesday to put the finishing touches on the 2020 recruiting cycle with some talented prospects that could have an impact as soon as this fall. Here’s a roundup from the second signing day:

The best get better

The nation’s top classes, according to, belonged to Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State. The group combined to pull in 19 of the cycle’s 30 five-star recruits, including nine of the top 11 recruits regardless of position. As next-tier teams angle for a path into the College Football Playoff, these five programs took another step toward securing their place at the front of the line. In recruiting, the top crust of the FBS continues to separate from the pack.


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