National Signing Day... LIVE BLOG
Hello, good morning and... WAKE UP! It's National Signing Day.
That's right, this is the day college football fans wait all year for, as the next wave of stars officially makes their college decisions - decisions that will impact the sport, conference titles and national championships for the next half decade.
Because this is a national holiday, we at Aaron Torres Media have you covered - as we'll have a live blog going all morning long, covering all the commitments, signings and decisions that are coming here all day long.
While you're monitoring your own team's action, make sure to bookmark this page and come back and check it out regularly for updates throughout the day.
Here are the biggest storylines coming into the day and below is your live blog:
6:30 p.m. ET (A NEW NO. 1): It's official, we have - at least for now - a new No. 1 recruiting class in the 247 Sports rankings as Texas A&M has leapfrogged Georgia and Alabama today into the No. 1 spot.
It was a wild day for Jimbo Fisher and crew, who picked up several marquee additional commitments, including Arizona defensive tackle Anthony Lucas, Philadelphia defensive lineman Enai White, offensive tackle Kam Dewberry and elite tight end Jake Johnson.
The crazy part is, the Aggies might not be done, as they lead for many of the top unsigned players in America.
6:27 p.m. ET (FLORIDA): Shemar James, a Top 100, four-star linebacker from Mobile, Alabama has committed to Florida. It's the second big pick-up of the day for new Florida head coach Billy Napier, who added safety Kamari Wilson earlier in the day.
James originally committed to the Gators early in the process, only to back off as Florida's season went sideways under Dan Mullen. Yet despite pursuit by Alabam and Georgia in recent weeks, Napier was able to convince James to become a Gator.
6:10 p.m. ET (KENTUCKY): More good news at Kentucky, where a little over an hour after receiving a commitment from five-star offensive lineman Kiyaunta Goodwin, the Wildcats have signed top junior college defensive back Zah Frazier.
Frazier is listed as a corner, but at 6'4 also played safety this season as well.
5:35 p.m. ET (TEXAS A&M): Yet more good news for Texas A&M, as four-star defensive end Enai White has officially signed with the Aggies. White, who is from Philadelphia had interest from virtually the entire SEC, with offers from Alabama, Auburn and others.
5:14 p.m. ET (TEXAS): Malik Agbo, a four-star offensive tackle from Washington state, has committed to play for Texas. Agbo chose the Longhorns over interest from Alabama, Miami and others.
5:08 p.m. ET (KENTUCKY): Five-star Kiyaunta Goodwin has finally made his college decision - picking Kentucky over Michigan State. It was a whirlwind day for Goodwin, who initially said this morning that he wouldn't announce today, then said he planned for 3:30 ET, before finally picking the Wildcats.
He's the final piece in a class that will finish right around the Top 10 nationally.
4:43 p.m. ET (ALABAMA): A second player from American Heritage has committed, as four-star defensive back Earl Little Jr. has committed to Alabama, picking the Tide over Miami and Florida State.
4:36 p.m. ET (GEORGIA): Marvin Jones Jr., a five-star defensive end from American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale has committed to Georgia. He chose the Dawgs over Alabama and Florida State, where his father played in the late 1990's.
4:28 p.m. ET (ALABAMA): Alabama has made a late add to its 2022 recruiting class, as Jihaad Campbell a high four-star edge rusher has chosen the Crimson Tide. Campbell had previously been committed to Clemson but re-opened his commitment following the departure of Brent Venables, and has chosen the Tide over Texas A&M.
4:19 p.m. ET (TEXAS A&M): You can't make this stuff up, as Texas A&M has snagged another big-time player, with four-star offensive tackle Kam Dewberry picking the Aggies. Dewberry is ranked a Top 100 prospect in the 247 Sports Composite, and chose the Aggies over Oklahoma, Texas and a handful of other big-time schools.
4:09 p.m. ET (TEXAS A&M): As the Aggies continue to close on what might be the No. 1 class in America, the No. 1 player in high school football has officially inked with Texas A&M - as defensive lineman Walter Nolen has signed with the Aggies.
Nolen committed a little over a month ago on a visit to Texas A&M, but there was a belief that he wouldn't sign on Wednesday, with his home-state Tennessee Vols making a late push. However, Nolen is now officially an Aggie.
4:03 p.m. ET (FLORIDA): Kamari Wilson, a five-star safety who played this past season at IMG Academy who is originally from Fort Pierce, Florida has committed to... FLORIDA.
It is the first big commitment for new head coach Billy Napier, as Wilson took a visit to Gainesville this past weekend and is now a Gator. Wilson chose Florida over Georgia, Florida State, Texas A&M and several other big-time schools.
3:31 p.m. ET (TEXAS A&M): Texas A&M's historic day continues as four-star, Top 50 defensive lineman Anthony Lucas, announced that he will be an Aggie. A big, athletic defensive lineman, Lucas had offers from virtually every marquee school in the country and chose Texas A&M over Alabama, Notre Dame and a number of other premiere schools in college football.
3:17 p.m. ET (USC): Lincoln Riley got one of his first MAJOR commitments as head coach at USC, as Zion Branch, a four-star safety from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, choosing the Trojans over Oklahoma, Ohio State and several other schools.
The Top 50 recruit is the highest ranked recruit to commit to Riley's Trojans so far on Signing Day.
3:08 p.m. ET (ALABAMA): It was another big win for Nick Saban, as Alabama secured a commitment from four-star, Top 50 wide receiver Shazz Preston. Preston chose the Tide over several schools, including the local LSU Tigers.
3:00 p.m. ET (MICHIGAN): The big day for Jim Harbaugh continued, as Darrious Clemons, a four-star wide receiver from Oregon has committed to play for the Wolverines. Clemons, who is originally from Michigan, was a long-time Oregon lean, but when Mario Cristobal left for Miami, it opened the door for the Wolverines.
2:58 p.m. ET (ARIZONA): Arizona has picked up a commitment from four-star California cornerback Ephesians Prysock. Prysock was initially committed to USC, but re-opened his recruitment following the departure of Clay Helton. He had offers from Ohio State, USC, UCLA, Arizona State, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, and more before committing to the Wildcats.
2:56 p.m. ET (ALABAMA): It took a while, but Alabama officially received a letter of intent from its signal-caller of the future, as Ty Simpson has signed with the Tide. The long-time commit chose the Tide back in the spring over offers from Tennessee, Clemson and others.
2:40 p.m. ET (MIAMI): Mario Cristobal has one of his first major wins as a head coach, as four-star defensive lineman Nyjalik Kelly has chosen Miami over Oregon, Florida, Florida State and others. Kelly had been deemed an Oregon lean for a time, so Cristobal's move to the ACC only helped in securing this commitment.
2:25 p.m. ET (TRANSFER UPDATE): We have a transfer update, as in the midst of a post-signing day press conference, Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker announced that Florida transfer Khris Bogle has joined the program.
Bogle is a former Top 100 recruit, who tallied 69 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, 2 pass breakups and a forced fumble in three seasons with the Gators.
He is one of several marquee transfers to join the Spartans on Wednesday, including running back Jalen Berger (formerly of Wisconsin), linebacker Aaron Brule (Mississippi State) and more.
1:30 p.m. ET (INDIANA): In a surprise announcement, four-star defensive tackle Nick James has committed to Indiana. The IMG Academy star had offers from virtually everyone in college football including Alabama.
1:25 p.m. ET (ARKANSAS): Arkansas has officially announced a 22-man recruiting class, which is the highest ranked class in school history in the Rivals database, and highest since 2004 according to 247 Sports. It also includes Oklahoma transfer Jadon Haselwood, the highest-ranked recruit to ever commit to the school. Haselwood was once the No. 1 high school receiver in the class of 2019.
1:23 p.m. ET (MIAMI): We officially have the first new commit of the Mario Cristobal era, as Jaden Harris, a three-star cornerback from Georgia has signed with Miami. He chose the Canes over several schools including Georgia Tech, which was the perceived leader coming into the day.
1:22 p.m. ET (FLORIDA STATE): After the devastating Travis Hunter news, Florida State got some good news, as four-star safety Azareyeh Thomas has committed to the Seminoles. He chose Florida State over offers from LSU, Georgia Tech, Florida and others.
1:20 p.m. ET (Kiyaunta Goodwin UPDATE PART II): The wild recruitment of Kiyaunta Goodwin has taken another twist as he appears as though he is not yet ready to commit at 3:30 p.m. ET as planned. Goodwin initially announced this morning he wouldn't sign today, then said he would commit at 3:30, and now it's back off. He's down to Michigan State and Kentucky, and has now tweeted that he will commit at 5 p.m. ET.
1:10 p.m. ET (UPDATE): More Oregon news, as Tetairoa McMillan, one of the top high school wide receivers announced that he will not sign today. The Top 50 player nationally is committed to the Ducks, but it appears as though he is considering a flip, with Arizona the likely team that could pry him away from Eugene, per 247 Sports' Greg Biggins.
1:07 p.m. ET (OREGON): Michael Wooten, a three-star offensive lineman from California became the fourth player to sign with Oregon on Wednesday. The Ducks are expected to sign just a handful of players today as they transition into the Dan Lanning era in Eugene.
1:05 p.m. ET (COMMIT): Khurtiss Perry, a four-star defensive lineman has committed to... ALABAMA. He chose the Crimson Tide over offers from Auburn, Clemson and a handful of other suitors.
12:40 p.m. ET (COMMIT): Ole Miss added a major defensive piece to its 2022 recruiting class as four-star linebacker Jaron Willis committed to the Rebels. He chose Ole Miss over Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh.
12:00 p.m. ET (JACKSON STATE): Travis Hunter, the No. 1 high school player in America, has officially signed with Jackson State.
11:47 a.m. ET (LSU): Four-star linebacker DeMario Tolan has officially signed with LSU. He had offers from Georgia, Auburn and Miami among others.
11:45 a.m. ET, (TEXAS): Four-star quarterback Maalik Murphy has officially signed with Texas. There had been speculation that, following the commitment of Quinn Ewers via the transfer portal, Murphy would consider waiting to sign with the Longhorns. Instead, he's headed to Austin.
11:35 a.m. ET (JACKSON STATE): Pete Thamel is now reporting that Travis Hunter, the No. 1 high school player in America, has flipped from a long-time Florida State commitment and will head to Jackson State. This is unquestionably the biggest story of this 2022 recruiting cycle, and arguably one of the biggest in recent memory.
11:25 a.m. ET (FLIP): Safe to say it's been a busy day at Auburn, where just minutes after flipping Robert Woodyard from Alabama, they LOST a player via flip - as four-star athlete Ja'Kobi Albert has decommitted and signed with Kentucky.
11:15 a.m. (FLIP): We have a major in-state flip, as four-star linebacker Robert Woodyard has flipped from Alabama to Auburn. The Mobile native had been committed to the Crimson Tide for over a year, but pulled a last-second switch and is headed to Auburn.
11:09 a.m. ET (COMMIT): Keionte Scott, the No. 1 junior college cornerback in America has officially committed to... AUBURN. Scott chose the Tigers over Tennessee, Miami, BYU and others.
10:59 E.T. (UPDATE): In a staggering piece of news, five-star cornerback Travis Hunter - widely regarded as the top player in America - is expected to decommit, with the likely landing spot... Deion Sanders' Jackson State Tigers. That news is per 247 Sports' Steve Wiltfong. This would be an unprecedented turn of events, for the No. 1 player in America to sign with an FCS program and HBCU.
10:40 a.m. ET (ALABAMA): Another NLI is in at Alabama, where four-star athlete Amari Niblack has signed with the Tide.
10:36 a.m. ET (TEXAS): Steve Sarkisian got another big win on Wednesday morning, when four-star offensive lineman Neto Umeozulu officially signed with the Longhorns. Umeozulu committed earlier in the week, but put pen to paper early Wednesday morning. He'd previously been seen as a USC lean.
10:35 a.m. ET (COMMIT): Deone Walker, a massive, four-star defensive lineman from Michigan has committed to Kentucky. This is a major commitment for Mark Stoops and his crew, as Walker chose the Wildcats over the home-state Michigan Wolverines.
10:07 a.m. ET (TEXAS A&M): The NLI's continue to roll in at Texas A&M, where four-star safety Bryce Anderson is an Aggie.
10:01 a.m. ET (FLIP!!!!!): We have a major flip, as four-star safety and Top 100 player Terrance Brooks has decided to flip from Ohio State to Texas. This is a mega win for Steve Sarkisian,
10:00 a.m. ET (Kiyaunta Goodwin UPDATE): The wild twists of Kiyaunta Goodwin's recruitment have taken another turn. After initially announcing earlier this morning that he would not be committing, 247 Sports is now reporting that he will announce at 3:30 p.m. ET. The five-star offensive tackle from Indiana will choose between Michigan State and Kentucky.
9:59 ET a.m. ET (MIAMI): Four more players have officially signed in Mario Cristobal's first Miami class, with the most recent being Markeith Williams, a hard-hitting, four-star safety from the Orlando area.
9:47 a.m. ET (OHIO STATE): We have yet another update from Columbus, where Kyion Grayes, a four-star receiver from Arizona, has officially become a Buckeye.
9:42 a.m. ET (OHIO STATE): The Buckeyes have their quarterback, as four-star, Utah high school star Devin Brown officially signs with the Buckeyes. Brown was previously committed to USC but re-opened his recruitment after Clay Helton was fired.
9:40 a.m. ET (ALABAMA): Just since our last update, five more signings have rolled in for Alabama. Included are five-star running back Emmanuel Henderson from Hartford, Alabama and most recently, Elijah Brown, a four-star tight end from Ohio.
9:34 a.m. ET (TEXAS A&M): Yet another big-time signee has come in, in Aggieland, as four-star, Top 100 defensive lineman Malick Sylla is officially an Aggie.
9:27 a.m. ET (FLORIDA STATE): Despite losing West, Florida State has had a busy morning, where several players in what should be a Top 15 class nationally, have already signed. The most significant one is five-star safety Sam McCall out of Lakeland, the second highest-ranked commit in the entire class.
9:21 a.m. (COMMIT): For the second time already today, a major commit chose Tennessee. That would be four-star defensive lineman Tyre West, who chose the Vols over Florida State. This came after Tennessee got a commitment from four-star running back James Williams earlier in the day.
9:19 a.m. ET (CLEMSON): Clemson isn't expected to sign a big class today, but their most important piece is officially a Tiger - as five-star quarterback Cade Klubnik is officially a Tiger.
9:15 a.m. ET (PENN STATE): It's been a busy morning in Happy Valley, as following Drew Allar's signing to start the day, 11 more players have officially become Nittany Lions. Among them are four-star running back Nicholas Singelton and four-star offensive tackle Drew Shelton, both from Pennsylvania.
9:10 a.m. ET (ALABAMA): After a quiet start, four more National Letters of Intent have rolled in at Alabama over the last hour. Among them, four-star offensive tackle Tyler Booker out of IMG Academy and four-star linebacker Shawn Murphy from Virginia. Both are Top 100 players.
9:07 a.m. ET (OKLAHOMA): Maybe the most important recruit of Brent Venables' first class at Oklahoma, four-star Kobie McKenzie, has officially signed with the Sooners. McKenzie initially committed to the school, decommitted and said he would go to Texas, before recommitting and signing this morning.
9:05 a.m. ET (AUBURN): Auburn officially announced the signing of one of their most important commits, Holden Geriner, a four-star quarterback out of Georgia.
8:55 a.m. ET (MICHIGAN): Since the initial wave early, the Big Ten champion Michigan has signed two more players: Four-star linebacker Jimmy Rodler out of the Chicago area and three-star corner Myles Pollard.
8:54 a.m. ET (OHIO STATE): It's a great day to be a Buckeye, as yet another Top 100 player has officially signed with the school. Ohio State has announced that edge rusher Kenyatta Jackson Jr. is officially a Buckeye.
8:51 a.m. ET (KENTUCKY): It's been a busy morning at Kentucky, where 10 members of the class of 2022 have all signed before 9 a.m. ET. Among them are four-star edge rusher Tyrese Fearbry out Pittsburgh and offensive tackle Grant Bingham, one of the top players in-state.
8:48 a.m. (TEXAS A&M): Arguably the most important player in Texas A&M's projected top three class, quarterback Connor Weigman, has signed with the Aggies.
8:50 a.m. ET (ARKANSAS): Five more players have signed with Arkansas, following the first signature of the day from Tyrus Washington. Among the signees is four-star offensive tackle Andrew Chamblee, the No. 2 player in the state.
8:46 a.m. (FLIP!!!): Four-star OLB Jaishawn Barham has from South Carolina and signs with Maryland. He plays at famed St. Frances Academy in Baltimore
8:44 a.m. ET (TEXAS): Since Quinn Ewers officially signed his letter of intent, 10 more players have signed with the Longhorns. Most notable among them is five-star offensive tackle Kelvin Banks, who initially committed to Oregon, before decommitting and signing with Texas. He is a Top 20 player nationally.
8:45 a.m. ET (TEXAS A&M): Since Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy signed and Jake Johnson committed, four more marquee recruits have inked with the Aggies. Included are four-star offensive tackle PJ Williams and four-star tight end Donovan Green, both Top 150 recruits.
8:40 a.m. ET (USC): We have the first signee of the Lincoln Riley era, as Atticus Bertrams, a punter from Australia, has signed with the Trojans.
8:39 a.m. ET (LSU): Following the signing of Walker Howard, four more players have signed on to play for the Tigers. Among them are receiver Landon Ibieta and Bo Bordelon, both three-stars from Louisiana.
8:34 a.m. ET (MICHIGAN STATE): One of the most important transfers in the portal has officially signed at his new school, as former Mississippi State linebacker Aaron Brule has signed with Michigan State. He finished second on the Bulldogs in total tackles during the 2020 season.
8:33 a.m. ET (COMMIT): Arkansas got a big commit Wednesday morning, with four-star Georgia receiver Sam Mbake committing to the Hogs.
8:31 a.m. ET (OHIO STATE): Ohio State has added another marquee signee, as three-star tight end Bennett Christian out of Georgia is officially a Buckeye.
8:22 a.m. ET (NOTRE DAME): Since Jaylen Sneed's signing led off the day for the Irish, five more players have signed on to come to South Bend. Included were four-star linebacker Joshua Burnham, four-star receiver Tobias Merriweather and four-star offensive tackle Aamil Wagner, all Top 150 players nationally.
8:17 a.m. ET (LSU): The first signee of the Brian Kelly era at LSU is a big one - as five-star quarterback Walker Howard has officially inked with the Tigers.
8:16 a.m. ET (UPDATE): One of the most coveted players in high school football has decided that he *will not* announce today. Kiyaunta Goodwin, a five-star offensive tackle out Indiana has said that he is unsure and will instead wait on his decision. He's down to Kentucky and Michigan State.
8:14 a.m. ET (TEXAS A&M - COMMIT): One of the biggest commits of the day has happened, as the nation's top tight end, Jake Johnson has officially committed to... TEXAS A&M. Johnson was initially committed to LSU, but decided to re-open his recruitment following Ed Orgeron's firing. Johnson is the brother of LSU transfer quarterback Max Johnson.
8:13 a.m. ET (MIAMI): The first signee of the Mario Cristobal era at Miami is the most important one of the 2022 class, as four-star Georgia quarterback Jaccuri Brown has signed on to be a Cane.
8:05 a.m. ET (TEXAS): The first signee for Texas is in... and it's a BIG ONE as Quinn Ewers officially signed his letter of intent to join the Longhorn football program.
8:04 a.m. ET (TENNESSEE - COMMIT): Justin Williams, a four-star running back out of Georgia has made his college announcement... choosing Tennessee over Auburn.
8:03 a.m. ET (ARKANSAS): The first member of a projected Top 20 class at Arkansas has signed, as three-star tight end Tyrus Washington out of Georgia is officially a Hog.
8:02 a.m. ET (ALABAMA): The first member of Alabama's vaunted 2022 recruiting class is in, as Elijah Prichett, a big offensive tackle out of Columbus, Georgia has officially signed with the Tide.
7:50 a.m. ET (MICHIGAN): The reigning Big Ten champion Michigan had the letters of intent start rolling in early, with five players signing before 8 a.m. Included in the group were three-star tight end Marlin Klein, three-star offensive tackle Alessandro Lorenzetti and linebacker Micah Pollard out of Jacksonville.
7:43 a.m. ET (TEXAS A&M): The first signee of Texas A&M's potential No. 1 overall class is in, as five-star defensive tackle Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy has signed with the Aggies. Dindy originally committed to Oklahoma, before re-opening his recruitment following the departure of Lincoln Riley. He is now officially a member of the Aggies.
7:40 a.m. ET (GEORGIA): Since Mykel Williams national letter of intent has come in, five more players have become Georgia Bulldogs. The most noteworthy is quarterback Gunnar Stockton a four-star quarterback who broke the Georgia state record for most career touchdown's.
7:34 a.m. ET (NOTRE DAME): The first signee of the Marcus Freeman era is in at Notre Dame, is arguably the biggest one in the class, as five-star linebacker Jaylen Sneed from Hilton Head, South Carolina has officially signed on as a member of the Irish.
7:31 a.m. ET (OHIO STATE): The signings continue to roll in, in Columbus, where four more players have officially signed with the Buckeyes since Jyaire Brown became official. Among the most notable signings are five-star linebacker CJ Hicks out of Ohio and four-star receiver Kojo Antwi from Georgia. Hicks is a Top 15 player nationally according to 247 Sports.
7:30 a.m. ET (AUBURN): The first member of Auburn's Top 20 class nationally has signed, as running back Damari Alston, a four-star from Atlanta, Georgia has faxed in his letter of intent.
7:24 a.m. ET (GEORGIA): The first piece of what could be the No. 1 class in the country has officially signed at Georgia, as five-star defensive lineman Mykel Williams has officially become a Dawg.
7:16 a.m. ET (OHIO STATE): The first member of Ohio State's vaunted 2022 recruiting class has signed, as four-star cornerback Jyaire Brown out of Westchester, Ohio is officially a member of the Buckeyes.
7:15 a.m. ET (PENN STATE): Penn State is closing in on a potential Top 5 class, and it's only fitting that their most important player was the first to sign, five-star quarterback Drew Allar. Allar threw for over 4,000 and 44 touchdowns as a senior this year.