NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Local student-athletes sign letters of intent

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Local student-athletes sign letters of intent

UWG's signing class consists nearly exclusively of players from Georgia high school programs. Surtain is ranked No. 5 in the ESPN rankings.

After signing 24 players in December's inaugural early-signing period, USF added defensive tackles John Waller (St. Petersburg) and Tyrone Barber (Venice), who helped lead Venice High School to the 2017 Florida Class 7A state title, on the traditional signing day. The Gamecocks' best get was four-star defensive lineman Rick Sandidge, who by the time he announced his signing Wednesday afternoon had already lost the numbers game at Georgia.

Petit-Frere, one of four unsigned five-star recruits entering signing day, had taken an official visit to OSU this past weekend, an indication that the super-secretive prospect could be leaning toward the Buckeyes.

Texas, Penn State and Miami round out the top five. The Wildcats signed two more players and called it a day. The 2018 class marks the first time in program history that the Bulldogs finished with the No. 1 overall class in the country.

MI is looking at a top-20 class.


The new coaches in the Southeastern Conference got their first opportunity to compete with one another over the last two months on the recruiting trail.

Ohio State isn't far behind. The other 28 were all high school players from Georgia. That made for a quiet signing day for most schools.

Accounts are often suspended for tweeting or retweeting copyrighted material such as images and songs.

Here's a pretty grim omen at the dawn of national signing day: USF's official football Twitter account now is suspended.

There was one risidual effect: Missouri's football account had just 56 followers at 8 a.m. The Seminoles closed strong enough to have a borderline top-10 class.

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