The 2019 college football regular season may be over, but there’s plenty of competition left before the calendar year is up — and not just because of bowl season.
College football’s early signing period is nearly here, offering high school recruits the option to signing and sending their National Letters of Intent to the schools of their choice, ending their recruitment well before National Signing Day.
College football’s early signing period, which enters its third iteration this year, has quickly usurped National Signing Day as the most important dates in college football’s recruiting process. Many top recruits have already made their choice of where they want to attend school, and many will take advantage of the period to make their commitment official.
With that, here’s everything you need to know about college football’s early signing period for the 2020 recruiting class:
When is college football’s early signing period 2019?
- Window opens: Wednesday, Dec. 18
- Window closes: Friday, Dec. 20
The first early signing day is Wednesday and it continues through Friday. During that three-day period, recruits will be able to sign and send their National Letter of Intent to their school of choice. If they elect not to send their NLIs, they will have to wait until February to sign.
In 2017, 70 of the top 100 recruits sent their NLI during early signing period. That number rose to 76 in 2018. According to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, only 16 of the top 100 recruits have yet to publicly announce their commitment to their preferred school.
When is National Signing Day 2020?
- Date: Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
For those recruits who are unsure where they want to sign, they can wait until National Signing Day to send in their NLI. That date is Feb. 20, 2020.
College football recruiting class rankings 2020
According to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, Clemson has the No. 1 class ahead of early signing period, followed by Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Texas A&M to round out the top five. According to the recruiting service’s rankings, the SEC has six of the top 10 classes. The Big 12 has two, and the ACC and Big Ten each have one. Washington, ranked 14th nationally, has the highest-ranked Pac-12 class.
247Sports top 10 recruiting classes
Early signing period players to watch
The following recruits remain uncommitted as of Monday at 9 a.m. ET.
— Justin Flowe (No. 4 nationally, No. 1 ILB)
— Jordan Burch (No. 5 nationally, No. 2 SDE)
— Kelee Ringo (No. 8 nationally, No. 1 CB)
— Darnell Washington (No. 10 nationally, No. 1 ATH)
— Zachary Evans (No. 14 nationally, No. 1 RB)
— Phillip Webb (No. 42 nationally, No. 4 OLB)
— Avantae Williams (No. 55 nationally, No. 2 S)
— Gary Bryant Jr. (No. 57 nationally, No. 9 WR)
— Xzavier Henderson (No. 59 nationally, No. 10 WR)
— Alfred Collins (No. 71 nationally, No. 3 SDE)
— Arian Smith (No. 72 nationally, No. 14 WR)
— Dontae Manning (No. 76 nationally, No. 6 CB)
— Daniyel Ngata (No. 80 nationally, No. 2 APB)
— CJ Stroud (No. 83 nationally, No. 2 PRO)
— Marcus Dumervil (No. 97 nationally, No. 11 OT)
— Antonio Doyle (No. 99 nationally, No 8 OLB)