Top local story lines when college football’s early signing period opens

Top local story lines when college football’s early signing period opens

On the eve of the December signing period in college football there are many questions that will soon be answered.

Here is what to watch for locally when it comes to the early signing period.

Florida: The Gators currently have 24 commitments and are closing very strong after an impressive 10-2 mark in 2019. Florida has added four-star commitments on the offensive line, defensive line and in the secondary in the last two weeks leading up to the early signing period.

Don’t expect Florida to land to many uncommitted prospects here in December, but assuming signatures come from their committed prospects, it has been a very good haul and the gators will look to put the finishing touching’s on their 2020 recruiting class in February.

Florida State: Mike Norvell will have been on the job for 10 days when the December signing period kicks off on Wednesday, so it would be naïve to believe he can get anything done in that short amount of time.

Norvell has done the best he could to keep together this Seminoles class that currently sits at 13 commitments. Florida State did add a commitment last week from three-star quarterback Tate Rodemaker who is considered to be a top-30 pro-style quarterback nationally.

Florida State needs to salvage what they can in December and hopefully add to it in February after Norvell has some time to figure out what’s going on.

Georgia: Once again, Kirby Smart and Georgia are closing in on a top 10 class nationally. The Bulldogs currently sit at 15 commitments including their most recent commitment from three-star offensive tackle Devin Willock out of Paramus, NJ. Of Georgia’s 15 commitments, seven different states are represented, showing the long reach Georgia has attracting talent.

The Bulldogs are still waiting to find out about many of their top targets who are still uncommitted. Some of those targets will be announcing this week, but most will wait and decide in February.

Miami: Despite a bad ending to their 6-6 campaign in 2019, Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes are doing well on the recruiting trail. Miami currently has a top 15 class nationally which includes four-star offensive lineman Jalen Rivers and four-star defensive lineman Chantz Williams from Oakleaf High School right here in Northeast Florida.

Miami also benefited from the coaching change at Florida State. Four-star tailback Jaylan Knighton and four-star safety Jalen Harrell were both committed to Florida State, but de-committed in the past two months and both are now committed to Miami.

Like most programs Miami is still waiting for decisions on some of their top targets, but give Manny Diaz and his staff credit because they are performing well on the recruiting trail.

Northeast Florida: As they say on the recruiting trail, a lot of hay is already in the barn when it comes to local prospects. Several of the top area players like Mandarin quarterback Carson Beck (Georgia), Trinity Christian cornerback Fred Davis (Clemson), and Bartram Trail cornerback Tre’Vez Johnson (Florida) have made their commitments long ago and are now finally going to sign with their respective programs.

The one piece of intrigue locally will be Sandalwood quarterback Jeff Sims who has been committed to Florida State for months, but de-committed last week following the hiring of Norvell. Sims is announcing his decision on Wednesday and a lot of momentum for Georgia Tech has picked up here in the last week or so.

If Georgia Tech were to land Sims and if they were also able to hold on to Trinity Christian defensive back Miles Brooks, who has been committed there for months, it would make quite the splash for head coach Geoff Collins and Georgia Tech here in the Jacksonville area.

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