What used to be the biggest day of the year in college football recruiting has become an afterthought.
With more than 80% of FBS prospects now signing during the three-day early period in December — and an even higher percentage of blue-chip recruits doing so — the first Wednesday of February has taken on the feel of hitting the stores the day after Christmas to hunt for bargains.
Still, there was some activity on the traditional national signing day. A handful of top national and local prospects announced their decisions, some teams put finishing touches on their classes and recruiting crowns were handed out.
Here’s a wrap-up of the final class lists and rankings for Notre Dame, Illinois, Northwestern and Northern Illinois, plus the Big Ten rankings, top 25 national classes and where the country’s consensus five-star recruits and the state’s top 50 are headed.
All rankings are based on the 247Sports composite — which aggregates ratings from the major services — as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Ranking: 10th nationally.
The Irish signed their entire class in December, and coach Marcus Freeman and his staff are already well into the 2024 cycle with seven commitments.
Notre Dame’s biggest splash in January came in the transfer portal, where it landed Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman — the ACC record holder for career touchdown passes — Oklahoma State safety Thomas Harper and Ohio State edge rusher Javontae Jean-Baptiste.
An oddity of the Irish newcomers: two wide receivers named Kaleb Smith (a three-star high school recruit from Texas and a transfer from Virginia Tech).
- Sullivan Absher, OL, Belmont, N.C.
- *Jaiden Ausberry, LB, Baton Rouge, La.
- Micah Bell, CB, Houston
- *Drayk Bowen, LB, Merrillville, Ind.
- Cooper Flanagan, TE, Pleasant Hill, Calif.
- *Rico Flores, WR, Folsom, Calif.
- *Christian Gray, CB, St. Louis
- *Jaden Greathouse, WR, Austin, Texas
- Brandyn Hillman, ATH, Portsmouth, Va.
- *Devan Houstan, DL, Toronto
- Charles Jagusah, OL, Rock Island Alleman
- *Braylon James, WR, Austin, Texas
- Jeremiyah Love, RB, St. Louis
- *Kenny Minchey, QB, Hendersonville, Tenn.
- *Ben Minich, S, Cincinnati
- Armel Mukam, DL, Montreal
- Joe Otting, OL, Topeka, Kan.
- *Sam Pendleton, OL, Pfafftown, N.C.
- *Adon Shuler, S, Irvington, N.J.
- Kaleb Smith, WR, Frisco, Texas
- Chris Terek, OL, Glenbard West
- Boubacar Traore, DL, Boston
- Brenan Vernon, DL, Mentor, Ohio
- *Preston Zinter, LB, Lawrence, Mass.
- Javontae Jean-Baptiste, DL, Ohio State
- Thomas Harper, S, Oklahoma State
- Sam Hartman, QB, Wake Forest
- Spencer Shrader, K, South Florida
- Kaleb Smith, WR, Virginia Tech
Ranking: 42nd nationally, 8th in Big Ten.
The Illini added Spring Valley Hall safety Mac Resetich to the group that signed in December — which included four-star Simeon wide receiver Malik Elzy, who didn’t announce his decision until the Jan. 7 Adidas All-American Bowl.
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Illinois was a finalist for Marist defensive tackle Jamel Howard, who recommitted to Wisconsin on Wednesday.
Coach Bret Bielema’s most important addition since the early signing period, at least in the short term, was landing former Ole Miss quarterback Luke Altmyer in the transfer portal. The former four-star recruit has three years of eligibility remaining and is expected to succeed Tommy DeVito as the Illini starter.
- Zach Aamland, OL, South Brunswick, N.J.
- Alex Bray, DL, Chesterfield, Mo.
- Jaheim Clarke, DB, Fort Myers, Fla.
- Collin Dixon, WR, Tallmadge, Ohio
- *Declan Duley, P, El Paso, Ill.
- Malik Elzy, WR, Simeon
- Pat Farrell, OLB, St. Rita
- *Kaden Feagin, RB, Atwood, Ill.
- *Nate Guinn, TE, Vero Beach, Fla.
- *Jojo Hayden, LB, East St. Louis, Ill.
- *Brandon Henderson, OL, East St. Louis, Ill.
- Saboor Karriem, DB, West Orange, N.J.
- *TJ McMillen, OL, Wheaton St. Francis
- Mason Muragin, DL, Macomb, Mich.
- *David Olano, K, Naperville North
- *Kaleb Patterson, DB, Pearl River (Miss.) CC
- Mac Resetich, DB, Spring Valley, Ill.
- Dezmond Schuster, OL, Hutchinson (Kan.) CC
- *Trey Smith, OLB, Ocoee, Fla.
- *Cal Swanson, QB, Ardmore, Okla.
- *Zach Tobe, DB, Ocoee, Fla.
- Jeremiah Warren, DL, Belleville, Mich.
- *Kenari Wilcher, ATH, Clewiston, Fla.
- Luke Altmyer, QB, Mississippi
- Tanner Arkin, TE, Colorado State
- Denzel Daxon, DL, Ohio
- Nicario Harper, DB, Louisville
- John Paddock, QB, Ball State
Ranking: 45th nationally, 10th in Big Ten.
The Wildcats didn’t add any high school recruits to the 20 they announced in December, though coach Pat Fitzgerald did reach into the transfer portal last month for former Vanderbilt and Arizona State wide receiver Cam Johnson.
With new defensive coordinator David Braun and defensive line coach Christian Smith in place, Northwestern might look during the next transfer window in May for some help up front, where it lost three players to the portal.
- Ricky Ahumaraeze, WR, Liberty, Mo.
- Anthony Birsa, OL, Joliet Catholic
- *Frank Covey, WR, Prospect
- Juice Cryer, LB, Katy, Texas
- Alexander Doost, OL, Phoenix
- Jack Fitzgerald, TE, Loyola
- Joshua Fussell, DB, West Chester, Ohio
- Tyler Gant, DL, St. Louis
- Nigel Glover, LB, Clayton, Ohio
- Aidan Gray, QB, Naperville North
- Chico Holt, TE, Houston
- Michael Kilbane, DL, Lakewood, Ohio
- *Jordan Knox, OL, Rock Hill, S.C.
- Caleb Komolafe, RB, Katy, Texas
- J.J. Lewis, DB, Lawndale, Calif.
- *Camp Magee, TE, Orlando, Fla.
- Dylan Roberts, DL, Phoenix
- *Dylan Senda, OL, Livonia, Mich.
- Cole Shivers, DB, Scottsdale, Ariz.
- *Damon Walters, DB, Bolingbrook
- Cam Johnson, WR, Arizona State
Ranking: 97th nationally, 5th in the MAC.
The Huskies added nine signees to their 2023 haul Wednesday, including six in-state recruits: Rockford Jefferson tight end Tyler Gaines, Rochelle running back Garrett Gensler, Oak Forest defensive back Tyler Gentile, Richards wide receiver James Smith Jr., DeKalb defensive back Ethan Tierney and Lake Zurich kicker Danny Vuckovic.
Coach Thomas Hammock also announced last month the addition of five transfers, including former Iowa running back Gavin Williams and Tyler Jackson, an all-conference linebacker at Lamar.
- Kobe Askew, WR, Cataula, Ga.
- *Santana Banner, DB, Flint, Mich.
- *Grayson Barnes, TE, American River (Calif.) CC
- Phillip Baynes, LB, Social Circle, Ga.
- *Azhaun Dingle, RB, Butler (Kan.) CC
- Tyler Gaines, TE, Rockford Jefferson
- Garrett Gensler, RB, Rochelle, Ill.
- Tyler Gentile, DB, Oak Forest
- *Zach Gordon, K, Lillington, N.C.
- Bryce Harrison, TE, Apopka, Fla.
- Mark Hensley, DL, Labadie, Mo.
- *Ridge Howard, LB, Elkhart, Ind.
- Landon Hron, OL, Hartford, Wis.
- Chase Hutchinson, LB, West Des Moines, Iowa
- Michael Jimmar, OL, Plainfield East
- *Mason Kidd, QB, Lawrenceville, Ga.
- Thomas Paasch, OL, Green Bay
- Jaylen Poe, RB, Dallas, Ga.
- RaSean Randall, DL, Detroit
- Mahki Rolle, DB, North Miami Beach, Fla.
- *Nevaeh Sanders, DL, Iowa Western CC
- Luke Skartvedt, OL, Indianapolis
- James Smith Jr., WR, Richards
- Jay’shon Thomas, TE, Cataula, Ga.
- Kyle Thomas, WR, Marian Catholic
- Ethan Tierney, DB, DeKalb, Ill.
- Danny Vuckovic, K, Lake Zurich
- Jacob Welch, OL, Johnsburg, Ill.
- Gabriel Amegatcher, CB, Nebraska-Kearney
- Cam’Ron Dabney, CB, Kansas
- Tyler Jackson, LB, Lamar
- Davis Patterson, WR, Notre Dame College (Ohio)
- Gavin Williams, RB, Iowa
Michigan has reigned over the conference for two years now on the field, but Ohio State continued its dominance in the recruiting rankings, signing the Big Ten’s top class for the 12th time in 13 years.
Penn State reeled in one of Wednesday’s biggest prizes in four-star offensive lineman Chimdy Onoh, beating out Michigan State, Ole Miss and Rutgers. And Wisconsin brought Jamel Howard back into the fold after the 320-pound Marist defensive tackle decommitted from the Badgers in November following coach Paul Chryst’s firing.
- Ohio State (20 signees)
- Penn State (23)
- Michigan (24)
- Michigan State (16)
- Nebraska (28)
- Maryland (25)
- Iowa (22)
- Illinois (23)
- Minnesota (21)
- Northwestern (20)
- Rutgers (19)
- Wisconsin (15)
- Purdue (16)
- Indiana (15)
For the 10th time in 13 years, Alabama is the recruiting champion. (And the Crimson Tide finished with the No. 2 class in two of those years.) Nick Saban signed an astounding nine of the 39 consensus five-star recruits, and Alabama (14) and Georgia (12) combined to land more than a quarter of the nation’s top 100 prospects.
All but three five-stars signed in December. New Colorado coach Deion Sanders flipped cornerback Cormani McClain from Miami last month, and jumbo athlete Nyckoles Harbor picked South Carolina over Oregon on Wednesday. Tight end Duce Robinson announced he’s delaying his decision until late spring as he considers the MLB draft along with Georgia, USC and Texas.
Four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada, who was released from his letter of intent with Florida after an NIL deal with a booster-run collective fell through, signed with Arizona State.
- Alabama (28 signees)
- Georgia (26)
- Texas (24)
- Oklahoma (26)
- Ohio State (20)
- LSU (25)
- Miami (25)
- Oregon (29)
- Tennessee (25)
- Notre Dame (24)
- Clemson (26)
- USC (21)
- Penn State (23)
- Florida (20)
- Texas A&M (19)
- South Carolina (24)
- Auburn (21)
- Michigan (24)
- TCU (24)
- Florida State (18)
- Utah (20)
- Arkansas (20)
- Michigan State (16)
- Nebraska (28)
- Mississippi State (27)
- Arch Manning, QB, New Orleans — Texas
- Keon Keeley, Edge, Tampa, Fla. — Alabama
- Nico Iamaleava, QB, Downey, Calif. — Tennessee
- Zachariah Branch, WR, Las Vegas — USC
- Dante Moore, QB, Detroit — UCLA
- Caleb Downs, S, Hoschton, Ga. — Alabama
- David Hicks, DL, Katy, Texas — Texas A&M
- Jackson Arnold, QB, Denton, Texas — Oklahoma
- Kadyn Proctor, OL, Des Moines, Iowa — Alabama
- Francis Mauigoa, OL, Pago Pago, American Samoa — Miami
- Adepoju Adebawore, Edge, Kansas City, Mo. — Oklahoma
- Malachi Nelson, QB, Los Alamitos, Calif. — USC
- Cormani McClain, CB, Lakeland, Fla. — Colorado
- Suntarine Perkins, LB, Raleigh, Miss. — Mississippi
- Zalance Heard, OL, Monroe, La. — LSU
- Peyton Bowen, S, Denton, Texas — Oklahoma
- Duce Robinson, TE, Phoenix — Uncommitted
- Anthony Hill, LB, Denton, Texas — Texas
- Nyckoles Harbor, ATH, Washington — South Carolina
- Damon Wilson, Edge, Venice, Fla. — Georgia
- Jurrion Dickey, WR, East Palo Alto, Calif. — Oregon
- Cedric Baxter Jr., RB, Orlando, Fla. — Texas
- Samson Okunlola, OL, Brockton, Mass. — Miami
- Justice Haynes, RB, Buford, Ga. — Alabama
- Desmond Ricks, CB, Chesapeake, Va. — Alabama
- James Smith, DL, Montgomery, Ala. — Alabama
- Raylen Wilson, LB, Tallahassee, Fla. — Georgia
- Rueben Owens, RB, El Campo, Texas — Texas A&M
- Johntay Cook II, WR, DeSoto, Texas — Texas
- Yhonzae Pierre, Edge, Eufaula, Ala. — Alabama
- Hykeem Williams, WR, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Florida State
- Monroe Freeling, OL, Mount Pleasant, S.C. — Georgia
- Peter Woods, DL, Alabaster, Ala. — Clemson
- Qua Russaw, Edge, Montgomery, Ala. — Alabama
- Brandon Inniss, WR, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Ohio State
- Dashawn Womack, Edge, Baltimore — LSU
- Joenel Aguero, S, Lynn, Mass. — Georgia
- Jalen Hale, WR, Longview, Texas — Alabama
- Jordan Hall, DL, Jacksonville, Fla. — Georgia
Illinois top 50
- Charles Jagusah, OL, Rock Island Alleman — Notre Dame
- Jyaire Hill, DB, Kankakee — Michigan
- Miles McVay, OL, East St. Louis — Alabama
- Malik Elzy, WR, Simeon — Illinois
- Kaden Feagin, RB, ALAH — Illinois
- Deakon Tonielli, TE, Oswego — Michigan
- Chris Terek, OL, Glenbard West — Notre Dame
- Damon Walters, DB, Bolingbrook — Northwestern
- Trey Pierce, DL, Brother Rice — Michigan
- Paris Patterson, OL, East St. Louis — Arkansas
- Kahlil Tate, DB, Kenwood — Iowa
- Anthony Birsa, OL, Joliet Catholic — Northwestern
- Brooks Bahr, DL, Loyola — Michigan
- John Nestor, DB, Marist — Iowa
- Tyler Jansey, LB, Batavia — Wisconsin
- Frank Covey, WR, Prospect — Northwestern
- Nicholas Deloach, DB, Cahokia — Missouri
- Justin Taylor, DB, Nazareth — Wisconsin
- Brandon Henderson, OL, East St. Louis — Illinois
- K’Vion Thunderbird, LB, Kenwood — Arizona State
- Jojo Hayden, LB, East St. Louis — Illinois
- Aidan Gray, QB, Naperville North — Northwestern
- Austin Barrett, OL, St. Charles East — Indiana
- Mac Resetich, DB, Spring Valley Hall — Illinois
- TJ McMillen, OL, Wheaton St. Francis — Illinois
- Teegan Davis, DB, Princeton — Iowa
- Jamel Howard, DL, Marist — Wisconsin
- Jack Sadowsky, LB, Batavia — Iowa State
- Pat Farrell, OLB, St. Rita — Illinois
- Pierce Walsh, TE, Benet — Minnesota
- Cannon Leonard, OL, Iroquois West — Iowa
- Matt Kingsbury, LB, St. Rita — Minnesota
- Cooper Starks, OL, Girard — Vanderbilt
- Christian McKinney, LB, Homewood-Flossmoor — Miami (Ohio)
- Logan Lester, WR, Kenwood — Western Michigan
- Anthony Cunningham, DL, Belleville East — Iowa State
- Kiwaun Davis, DB, Kenwood — Washington State
- Robert Jones III, QB, Oswego East — Navy
- Asher Tomaszewski, DL, Mount Carmel — Kansas State
- Michael Jimmar, OL, Plainfield East — Northern Illinois
- Jailen Duffie, DB, Warren — North Dakota State
- Ryan Sims, WR, Marist — Miami (Ohio)
- Dash Dorsey, WR, Wheaton St. Francis — Kent State
- Keshon Singleton, WR, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin — Air Force
- David Olano, K, Naperville North — Illinois
- Conor Talty, K, St. Rita — Alabama
- Andrew Laurich, DL, Yorkville — Colorado State
- Jacob Welch, OL, Johnsburg — Northern Illinois
- Danny Novickas, DL, Mount Carmel — Ohio
- Lynel Billups-Williams, WR, Crete-Monee — Miami (Ohio)