The 2019 college football season is coming to an end, but with the early signing day being introduced last year recruiting ramps up early. The “Early Signing Period” ranges from December 20-22 and allows recruits to shut their recruitment down early and enroll early in their school of choice. Other recruits can continue their recruitment and sign on National Signing Day on February 5th, 2020. Here we analyze what teams are leading the all-important recruiting race and which teams have compiled the best classes as of today.
All team/player rankings from 247Sports Composite
1. Clemson Tigers (20 commits Avg Rating: 0.94)
Dabo Swinney and this Clemson staff has complied an outrageous amount of talent in this 2020 class. Highlighted by Bryan Bresee (#1 ovr; #1 DT) and Myles Murphy (#4 ovr; #2 SDE), both of which will be future NFL defensive linemen. This class also contains the top ranked pro-style QB recruit in the country DJ Uiagalelei (#13 ovr; #1 Pro), which will be an amazing replacement for current QB Trevor Lawrence. An underrated recruit that may be overshadowed by all the 5-star recruits in this class is EJ Williams (#96 ovr; #20 WR) who Clemson stole from the state of Alabama. Williams should be able to step into the void that will be left at WR by Tee Higgins and could be the next great WR for Clemson.
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (23 commits Avg Rating: 0.94)
Nick Saban has been getting a lot of criticism after a loss to Auburn this past weekend, but he is still showing his talent as a recruiter. This class is highlighted by the top ranked dual-threat QB in the country Bryce Young (#6 ovr; #1 Dual) out of California. Chris Braswell (#17 ovr; #1 WDE) will aim to be the next great Alabama pass rusher. Braswell has the size (6’5, 230 lbs.) to be a problem at the next level and still has room to add weight. The underrated recruit in this class to watch is Quandarrius Robinson (#48 ovr; #6 OLB) out of Birmingham, AL and could be the next great Alabama linebacker to lead a Saban defense. Combined with Demouy Kennedy (#35 ovr; #3 ILB), Alabama has their LB spot filled for the next 3-4 years.
3. LSU Tigers (24 commits, Avg Rating: 0.93)
Coach Ed Orgeron has put together one of the best classes in LSU history. This class is highlighted by Elias Rick (#12 ovr; #2 CB) who is set to step into a loaded LSU secondary and could be another LSU defensive back to make it to the NFL. Joe Burrow leaves for the NFL after this season, but Myles Brennan should have plenty of weapons to use. Arik Gilbert (#9 ovr; #1 TE) and Rakim Jarrett (#20 ovr; #2 WR) will be huge offensive weapons for the next 3-4 years and keep this LSU offense potent. An under the radar recruit to watch is BJ Ojulari (#141 ovr; #9 WDE) who could really boost this LSU pass rush that has needed some help throughout the season. Watch out for this class moving into the top 2 later in the cycle, because multiple high-profile recruits are considering coming to Baton Rouge.
4. Ohio State Buckeyes (25 commits, Avg Rating: 0.92)
It looks like Ryan Day can hold his own on the recruiting trail, because he is bringing some serious talent to Columbus. Julian Fleming (#2 ovr; #1 WR) is a 6’2 deep threat with 4.4 speed and a 40 inch vertical that will make any offense elite. Justin Fields is going to have a new favorite target and could put this Ohio State offense over the top. Justin Fields also gets some elite protection in the form of Paris Johnson Jr. (7 ovr; #1 OT) who is a 6’7 bulldozer of a man. An underrated recruit in this loaded class is Ryan Watts (#255 ovr; #18 CB) who has the potential to be an elite defender and I could see playing on Sundays in the future. Watts has the size (6’2, 190 lbs) and 4.5 speed to compete with any WR he faces in the BIG-10. This class is close to being full, but they should have room for another high-profile player if they show interest, so watch out for the Buckeyes.
5. Texas A&M Aggies (20 commits, Avg Rating: 0.91)
Jimbo Fisher has been hot on the recruiting trail this year and he has something to offer that the other schools high in this list do not have. That thing is immediate playing time at almost every position. Kellen Mond is back for one more year next season and A&M has got him a true elite WR in Demond Davis (#22 ovr; #3 WR). This A&M defense has struggled in recent years, but this class is loaded with talent. Jaylon Jones (#31 ovr; #1 S) and Donell Harris (#54 ovr; #3 WDE) will lead this defense over the next few years. A player to watch will be Haynes King (#71 ovr; #4 Dual) who has major potential and could step in for Kellen Mond after his graduation. King has 4.5 speed and has thrown for almost 8,000 yards in high school. Jimbo Fisher has a plan and this recruiting class could be the first step in turning this program around.
6. Georgia Bulldogs (15 commits, Avg Rating: 0.94)
Kirby Smart has put together another elite class, which has the most room left entering a crucial recruiting period. With only 15 commits, Georgia has the fewest commits for any team within the Top 10 of these rankings. Mekhail Sherman (#18 ovr; #2 OLB) is going to help this Bulldogs defense reload next season and will most likely be a Day 1 draft pick one day. Broderick Jones (#19 ovr; #2 OT) will anchor the offensive line for Georgia for years to come and could step into the void that will be left by Anthony Thomas who will leave for the NFL this season. He will not be alone though; Tate Ratledge (#36 ovr; #3 OT) will come in and help Jones rebuild this offensive front. They will be blocking for an elite prospect in Kendall Milton (#37 ovr; #6 RB) who should step into a void being left by DeAndre Swift. Kirby Smart has the Bulldogs in the running for multiple elite prospects, which indicates this class has a lot of room to grow.
7. Texas Longhorns (17 commits, Avg Rating: 0.93)
Texas struggled on the field this year in multiple areas. The defense was soft and the offense was inconsistent, but Tom Herman is addressing these issues with a stout class. The offense will have an influx of weapons with the addition of Bijan Robinson (#15 ovr; #2 RB) and Quentin Johnson (#69 ovr; #13 WR); both of which will be outstanding weapons for this Texas offensive attack. The defensive side of the ball will be getting some help as well from Vernon Broughton (#105 ovr; #9 DT) who will sure up the front seven of the Longhorns. Prince Dorbah (#128 ovr; #10 OLB) and Xavion Alford (#130 ovr; #9 S) will give this defense some help behind the defensive line. The Longhorns only have 17 commits, so similarly to Georgia, this class has a lot of potential to move up as more players commit.
8. Auburn Tigers (21 commits, Avg Rating: 0.91)
Gus Malzahn is fresh off a huge win over Alabama and he is also doing big things on the recruiting trail. Auburn has had some trouble running the ball the last few seasons and it is due to both poor running back play and poor offensive line execution. Help is on the way in the form of Tank Bigsby (#27 ovr; #4 RB) who is a 6 foot 210 lbs running back out of Georgia. This Kevin Steele defense will also reload with the addition of Wesley Steiner (#94 ovr; #5 ILB) and Jay Hardy (#100 ovr; #3 SDE). Steiner was the highest rated player at The Opening, which shows the potential of this kid to be the next great Auburn linebacker. An underrated prospect to watch is Marco Domino (#10 ovr JC; #3 CB) out of Blinn College, which is the junior college where Cam Newton came from. Domino is a long, rangy CB who has NFL potential and could make this Auburn secondary elite.
9. Oklahoma Sooners (19 commits, Avg Rating: 0.91)
Lincoln Riley is quietly putting together a solid class, but a lack of a 5-star is holding this class back right now. Reggie Grimes (#61 ovr; #4 WDE) and Perrion Winfrey (#1 ovr JC; #1 DT) will step right in and start for this Sooners’ defense next season. Winfrey has the potential to be a future top 10 pick in the NFL draft and could help complete the defensive turnaround in Norman. Jase McClellan (#43 ovr; #8 RB) and Seth McGowan (#132 ovr; #13 RB) will give Spencer Rattler more weapons next season. An underrated recruit to watch is Marvin Mims (#273 ovr; #45 WR) who is the prototypical Oklahoma wide receiver with great potential. This class has a good bit of room to grow and improve and the Sooners are in the running for some big prospects.
10. Florida Gators (21 commits; Avg Rating: 0.90)
Dan Mullen has done an amazing job in his time in Gainesville and will going to his second straight New Year’s Six bowl this season. Similar to Oklahoma, this class lacks a 5-star, but is still packed with talent. Gervon Dexter (#32 ovr; #3 DT), Derek Wingo (#80 ovr; #7 OLB), and Antwaun Powell (#134 ovr; #9 WDE) are all defensive linemen who have NFL talent. This front seven will be loaded for years to come and Florida still has elite talent returning after this season. Jahari Rodgers (#120 ovr; #7 CB) and Ethan Pouncey (#147 ovr; #10 CB) have the potential to be the future of “DBU” and could end up the future of some lucky NFL teams. An underrated prospect in this class is Anthony Richardson (#193 ovr; #5 Dual) who has the size and speed to be a real problem in the SEC. Mullen has been known as a QB guru and this kid has all the raw skills to be one of the best QBs in the SEC.