College football’s early signing period lasted three days in December. But recruiting didn’t end there.
Wednesday is national signing day for the February signing period, the last time when high school recruits are able to sign their national letters of intent for the 2020 season, which locks them into the colleges of their choice.
In December, 265 of the ESPN 300 prospects signed with their respective schools, including top prospect Julian Fleming (Ohio State), No. 2 prospect Desmond Evans (North Carolina) and No. 3 prospect Bryan Bresee (Clemson).
Meanwhile, No. 4 prospect Jordan Burch committed to South Carolina but did not sign his national letter of intent. He is one of 17 recruits who committed to their schools but remain unsigned.
That will all change Wednesday. We will be updating you throughout the day with updated class rankings, news, analysis, highlights and more.
Updated class rankings
We’ll be updating our class rankings every hour, so stay tuned to see how the latest signings affect your team.
SEC teams getting stronger
Georgia already had verbal commitments from two of the top offensive linemen in the country. Now, the pen has been put to paper.
Broderick Jones, the No. 9 prospect overall and the top-ranked offensive tackle, and Sedrick Van Pran, the 68th-ranked prospect overall and second-ranked center, both signed with the Bulldogs on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, two other prospects who entered signing day unsigned and uncommitted also joined SEC schools. Defensive tackle McKinnley Jackson, the No. 98 prospect in the ESPN 300, committed to Texas A&M over Alabama and LSU, and OG Marcus Henderson, ranked 155th overall, is headed to Arkansas over Ole Miss.
Tennessee flips former FSU wideout
Malachi Wideman, the No. 253-ranked prospect, flipped his commitment from Florida State and signed with Tennessee on Wednesday. A 6-foot-4, 185-pound wideout, Wideman becomes the eighth player in the ESPN 300 to sign with the Volunteers.
Miami lands No. 1 safety
Avantae Williams, the top-ranked safety and 51st-ranked prospect overall, is headed to Miami. Williams, a 5-foot-11 safety with 4.72 40 speed, signed with the Hurricanes over Florida, with whom he visited in late January.
ESPN’s No. 1 safety in America is headed to Coral Gables.
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) February 5, 2020
Florida lands top-10 receiver
WR Xzavier Henderson, the 73rd-ranked prospect overall and eighth-ranked wideout in the ESPN 300, officially became a Gator when he signed his national letter of intent Wednesday. Henderson, who announced his commitment in January, joins a receiving corps that also includes four-star WRs Jaquavion Fraziars and Marc Britt.
— Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) February 5, 2020
The hat fake-out
Three-star cornerback Ennis Rakestraw picked up a Texas hat … and placed it aside. Then he picked up an Alabama cap … and moved it to the other side. But after two dekes, the 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback out of Duncanville (Texas) High School picked up a Missouri hat, put it on his head and yelled, “Mizzou!” to announce his college decision Wednesday.
Duncanville star cornerback Ennis Rakestraw Jr. announces that he will sign with Missouri.#txhsfb @SportsDayHS @Rivals @247Sports @dctf @ihss_dfw @Duncanville_Fb @DuncanvilleISD @EnnisRakestraw @MizzouFootball pic.twitter.com/IPrtjJ9YqL
— Greg Riddle (@DMNGregRiddle) February 5, 2020