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Quick recap of second ever early football signing day in state

Jamil King



Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The second ever early “national signing day” for college football took place Wednesday in the state and around the country. And, while some key players will be waiting until the All-American games and the February signing day to commit, others were putting their names on the dotted line.

Here were the key updates from the three most prominent schools:

Florida State came into the day with the most on the line following the underachieving season Willie Taggart put together. The early period didn’t treat the Noles the way they wanted. While they did land Raymond Woodie III, they missed out on former commits QB Sam Howell and D-end Derick Hunter. FSU was able to add a couple of 4-star linebackers and flipped a Boston College offensive line commit.

The day does seem like a disappointment though for the Noles, who will look to strike in the February window with several 4 and 5-star players they will look to secure.

The Miami Hurricanes also came off an underachieving season and were looking for some momentum in the early signing period. The day started well for the Canes with the official signing of Jeremiah Payton, the transfer of Butler grad LT Tommy Kennedy, and a few other four stars. The U would have the day go down after this losing a top O-line target to Alabama and losing several targets to in-state rival Florida.

Miami so far has only been able to land 3 of the 19 blue chip prospects in the south Florida region. That’s where they used to own the recruiting trail.

Finally, the Gators had a great season under the helm of first-year coach Dan Mullen. Mullen followed it up by winning the state in this early signing period. Florida landed the Lakeland trio of offensive lineman Deyavie Hammond, defensive end Lloyd Summerall and tight end Keon Zipperer, who were all highly sought after in and out of state.

The sweep of state championship players was the highlight of the day, as they shut out Miami in the process.

The Gators still have a few targets in February, but as of now, this is a big win for Florida.

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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