National Signing Day 2022: Early signing period winners and losers, college football recruiting rankings

The early signing period for the 2023 college football recruiting cycle opened Wednesday National Signature Day Attention was paid. Throughout the day, we saw the rich get richer, some teams sprinting to the finish line with strong clutches, while others with overconfidence finished with a whimper.

In the end, there are some familiar faces at the top of the pile, plus a surprise newcomer we’re all used to stepping in as a talking point. It’s a rapidly changing college football recruiting landscape, especially in the new world dominated by the NIL, and it shouldn’t be a shock to see some new power players step up in the game over the next few cycles.

Let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers following the 2022 National Signing Day deadline in mid-December.


Alabama: All is right with the world. The Crimson Tide is back at the top of the recruiting rankings with an impressive six five-star prospects from the industry-creating 247Sports composite rankings. Of the 27 total arrivals, 26 were rated four stars or higher, with only one three star joining the group. They held on Caleb DownsNo. 1 defense in the country, No. 1 edge rusher in the country Keon Kiely Nationally ranked No. from Iowa. parried 1 attack, Lady Proctor.

Georgia: The No. 1 team in the country and the defending national champions are firmly entrenched as the No. 2 team in the rankings. Bulldogs turned and ran Kyron Jones from NC State to round out their class, but the big news was faltering at edge rusher Damon Wilson Outside of Florida, Ohio State was a player considered the favorite, but the Ducks’ late push kept him in the Southeast.

Oregon: After losing a blue-chip QB prospect Dante Moore To start the week, many in Eugene were sad. Don Lanning wasn’t among them, however, as the second-year Ducks coach pulled the five-star edge and shut it down with an absolute fury. Madayo Uigaleli and five-star security Peyton Bowen, flipping the latter from Notre Dame. Bowen wasn’t the only Irish native, though, as Lanning ended the day with an Irish running back pledge. Jayden Limer. For good measure, he also flipped the Baylor quarterback commit Austin Novosat And the LSU cornerback is committed Dylan Austin. Now, there is no sadness in Eugene.

Auburn: Speaking of Phillips, Hugh Freeze’s class had two home teams with the Tigers skinning a Top247 cornerback to begin his Auburn tenure. Kane Lee Ohio State and away from Top100 EDGE Celtic Falk Away from the state of Florida. All of these are Auburn’s no. 4 comes just a day after the junior college attack Isavian Miller. The Auburn program had zero recruiting momentum under Brian Harsin, but things seem to be turning around with Freeze at the helm on the Plains.

Texas: On Saturday night, Keonili Agana served as match point for the Texas women’s volleyball team, giving the Longhorns the NCAA volleyball title. On Wednesday, her little brother, Help Aachan, No. in Utah. 1 Prospect, ‘Horns to No. 35 from the overall offer with a commitment to another prize. Oklahoma was ahead of Akana entering the day, but defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski Never giving up trying to land Akana, he had the most pristine background for any recruit to announce in his native Hawaii. But most importantly on Wednesday, Texas received a signed national letter of intent from the No. 1 recruit in the nation. Arch ManningSteve Sarkisian has been given his crowning glory throughout his time in Austin.

UCLA: The Bruins didn’t land anyone on Wednesday, which changed the landscape, which is good because the entire complexion of Chip Kelly’s recruiting was already changed when Dante Moore was flipped from Oregon this week. He’s the highest-rated prospect in the modern recruiting era for UCLA, Kelly has never landed, and the 2023 quarterback signee may have the best chance to start as a true freshman. Notable for the program was the fact that UCLA nabbed the Midwest’s No. 1 player a year before the Big Ten moved in.


Our lady: The Irish weren’t necessarily losers, but they had a memorable signing day. In the end it looked like they were going to catch Bowen, who was flipped by Oregon. Things took a turn for the worse when the ducks also flipped the limar. The class was good for most of the year, and the loss of Bowen especially hurts.

Oklahoma: Speaking of losses, the Sooners were looking to serve as Bowen’s beneficiaries. Instead, Bowen chose Oregon because there wasn’t even a cap on the table for Oklahoma. To make matters worse, they were considered leaders of the ACANA only to see the Sooners spurned in favor of Red River rival Texas.

USC: The Trojans have the third five stars in the class (3). Problem is, they’re all announced for USC in December — 2021. Today? They missed out on Uyakaleli, a longtime local target who chose Oregon. It was a big loss for a team that needed help on defense and was looking for a better replacement for reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Thuli Tuipulot.

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