The best of the national signing day 2021

National signing day has arrived.

College football’s early signing period begins Wednesday and lasts until Friday. High school recruits can sign their national letters of intent to lock them up in the colleges of their choice.

This is the fifth year that college football has hosted an early signing period, although Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby recently said there is a possibility that the recruiting schedule may revert to his old method of having only one national signing day, the first Wednesday in February.

Recruits in this cycle have had to go through a mandatory dead period for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have also had to deal with the task of navigating to where they will sign in the middle of a rowdy coaching carousel.

Safety Kamari Wilson and wide receiver Shazz Preston, both five-star prospects, are among the rookies who will announce their engagements on ESPN’s special signing day (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2 / ESPN App).

We’ll keep you up to date with news, analysis, highlights, updated class rankings and more over the coming days.

Updated class ranking

We’ll update our class rankings throughout the day, so stay tuned to see how the latest signings affect your squad.

Day of signing stunning

Coach Prime has done magic with five-star corner kick Travis Hunter, who is ranked No. 2 overall, moving from Florida State to Jackson State.

And throwing the other hats here is really just the icing on the cake.

Tribute to Tate

The state of Michigan has announced that Tate Myre, a 2023 player who was one of four victims of the Oxford High School shooting, is an honorary member of the Spartans recruiting class.

Latest flips

Three-star offensive lineman Falentha Carswell – better known as “Flip” – signed with Ole Miss after signing for Miami. A good start to the national signing day.

Texas toppled Oregon offensive linemen Kelvin Banks and Cameron Williams last week, and so far the Longhorns have added two more names to the roster: four-star Xavion Brice (Oklahoma) and Three-star defensive end Ethan Burke (Michigan). And most recently, Texas toppled ESPN 300 DB Terrance Brooks of Ohio State, ranked 89th overall.

In other flips:

• Auburn knocked down ESPN 300 linebacker Robert Woodyard of Alabama. Woodyard is ranked No. 130 overall.

• Maryland toppled ESPN 300 linebacker Jaishawn Barham, the nation’s No.65 player, just four days after signing up for South Carolina.

Key decisions

• ESPN 300 tight end Jake Johnson, brother of former QB LSU Max Johnson, has signed up with Texas A&M.

Thefts are unleashed

Three-star wide receiver Marquarius White, who goes by Squirrel, signed with Tennessee on Wednesday, and defensive scout coordinator Trey Johnson is among those excited.

Ads taken to a new level

Did you hear …

Is it just us or is Luther Burden an amazing name?

USC has definitely taken it a step further with its intros.

Better reactions

How do you celebrate the turnaround of four-star wide receiver Amorion Walker from Notre Dame to Michigan? A gif of a stick figure doing wheels / flips, of course, just like Ron Bellamy did.

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