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New December high school signing day provides plenty of hype/drama

Jamil King

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With the installment of a new December early signing period starting Wednesday in college football, there is now some added excitement in between bowl games for the fans.

For the coaching staffs, they can now know who will be attending their program for certain, two months earlier and go after the remaining players on their boards. For the players who choose to sign, it’s a relief to have it solved and over with, too.

Let’s check in on some teams and specific names:

The Florida Gators and new coach Dan Mullen picked up a huge boost for the class by landing duel threat quarterback Emory Jones. Jones was previously an Ohio State commit, but now fills the void left by previous Gator commit Matt Corral who flipped to Ole Miss last week.

The Gators also picked up Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson to help bolster the passing game. So, you have to be pleased in Gainesville with those additions.

The Miami Hurricanes seem to be continuing to showcase that the U is back. Despite preparing for the Orange Bowl, the Canes are putting together an impressive class. They inked a potential future triple threat in quarterback Jarren Williams, running back Lorenzo Lingard, and wide receiver Mark Pope. They also added corner Al Blades Jr. and tight end Brevin Jordan from California.

The Canes currently are holding a top 5 class in most recruiting rankings and it’s looking like Mark Richt is building something special in Coral Gables.

Florida State didn’t get, as lucky as their in-state rivals in this early addition of signing day. With new coach Willie Taggart cris-crossing the state, the Noles lost out to Florida on Emory Jones and lost out to Georgia in trying to recapture James Cook. They did pick up 4-star defensive tackle Robert Cooper, and most of their class is expected to sign on the official signing day in February.

The State of Florida still has some prominent players on the board in Patrick Surtain Jr., who we wrote about previously, as the number two prospect regardless of position in the state.

And the number 5 player Tyson Campbell is Surtain’s teammate from American Heritage and both are being recruited by the Canes, Noles, and a handful of SEC teams.

So far, the Hurricanes are leading the pack in the state being followed by the Gators with the Noles rounding out the top three.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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