College football signing day tracker 2022: Live updates, top recruits & classes for early signing period

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The college football early signing period is here, marking the virtual completion of the 2022 recruiting cycle.

While it’s true some holdouts will skip the 72-hour early signing period in lieu of National Signing Day on Feb. 2, the vast majority of high school recruits will choose to end their recruiting process this week, signing with their preferred teams of choice. The only thing left to sort out is who goes where.

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The early signing day often sees some major shake-ups in the recruiting cycle, and already on Wednesday, there was some major news in the morning. Jake Johnson, the top tight end in the 2022 class, will be joining Texas A&M, his high school said. Johnson had previously been an LSU commit, but decommitted at the same time his brother, quarterback Max Johnson, announed that he would be leaving the Tigers. Will Max Johnson now join his brother with the Aggies?

And another major recruit reportedly joined a football program. Days after Quinn Ewers left Ohio State for the Longhorns, four-star cornerback Terrance Brooks has reportedly decommitted from the Buckeyes and joined the Texas 2022 recruiting class, according to The Athletic’s Ari Wasserman.

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With that, Sporting News breaks down everything you need to know about the early signing period, including player and signing class rankings, as well as where each recruit will continue their football careers:

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Nation’s top recruit to Jackson State

Deion Sanders has landed the nation’s No. 1 recruit. 

Cornerback Travis Hunter Jr., listed by 247Sports Composite Rankings as the nation’s top prospect in 2022, announced that he has flipped his commitment from Florida State to Jackson State.

Sanders, a former Florida State corner himself, coached the Tigers to a SWAC East division title and conference title behind an 11-1 record and perfect 8-0 record. He has already made plenty of waves in recruiting circles as the HBCU ranked as the No. 55 recruiting class in the nation based on 247Sports Composite Team rankings for the 2021 class.

Hunter certainly sounded ready to make headlines this morning.

Texas flips two Big Ten commits

The Longhorns are making a run at some of the Big Ten’s top talent. After landing Ewers in a transer, Texas has also flipped four-star cornerback Terrance Brooks. The team account retweeted the following at his decision to join the Longhorns.

Brooks is listed as the No. 59 recruit in the 2022 class, and the No. 8 cornerback by 247Sports Composite Rankings.

But Brooks wasn’t the only Big Ten recruit to flip on Wednesday. Edge-rusher Ethan Burke announced that he was flipping from Michigan to Texas. 247Sports Composite Rankings currently lists the three-star recruit as the No. 601 prospect in the nation and the No. 38 player at his position.

Texas A&M lands top tight end

Johnson hasn’t officially signed as of yet, but his high school indicates that he is ready to put pen to paper.

247Sports Composite Rankings has Johnson listed as a four-star recruit, the No. 83 recruit in the class, and the top tight end.

His brother, Max Johnson, is listed by 247Sports as the No. 12 transfer currently in the portal. He and his brother were both set to be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, next year, and both announced that wouldn’t be the case at the same time, indicating a move together could be in the works. Last year, Johnson completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,815 yards with 27 touchdowns and six interceptions in his second year with the Tigers.

National Signing Day: Top-100 commits from early signing period

Player ratings reflect 247Sports Composite rankings.

Player (Position rank)Star rankingSigned with
1. Travis Hunter (No. 1 CB)5-starJackson State
2. Walter Nolen (No. 1 DL)5-starTexas A&M
3. Luther Burden (No. 1 WR)5-starMizzou
4. Travis Shaw (No. 2 DL)5-starUNC
5. Harold Perkins (No. 1 LB)5-star 
6. Evan Stewart (No. 2 WR)5-star 
7. Domani Jackson (No. 2 CB)5-star 
8. Jeremiah Alexander (No. 1 EDGE)5-starAlabama
9. Shemar Stewart (No. 3 DL)5-star 
10. Devon Campbell (No. 1 IOL)5-star 
11. Zach Rice (No. 1 OT)5-starUNC
12. C.J. Hicks (No. 2 LB)5-starOhio State
13. Sonny Styles (No. 1 S)5-starOhio State
14. Malaki Starks (No. 1 ATH)5-starGeorgia
15. Kelvin Banks (No. 2 OT)5-starTexas
16. Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy (No. 4 DL)5-starTexas A&M
17. Denver Harris (No. 3 CB)5-star 
18. Cade Klubnik (No. 1 QB)5-starClemson
19. Conner Weigman (No. 2 QB)5-starTexas A&M
20. Will Johnson (No. 3 CB)5-star 
21. Jaheim Singletary (No. 5 CB)5-starGeorgia
22. Marvin Jones Jr. (No. 2 EDGE)5-star 
23. Josh Conerly Jr. (No. 3 OT)5-star 
24. Ty Simpson (No. 3 QB)5-starAlabama
25. Kiyaunta Goodwin (No. 4 OT)5-star 
26. Mykel Williams (No. 5 DL)5-starGeorgia
27. Drew Allar (No. 4 QB)5-starPenn State
28. Kamari Wilson (No. 2 S)5-star 
29. Daylen Everette (No. 5 CB)5-starGeorgia
30. Emmanuel Henderson (No. 1 RB)5-starAlabama
31. Sam McCall (No. 3 S)5-starFlorida State
32. Will Campbell (No. 5 OT)5-starLSU
33. Raleek Brown (No. 2 RB)5-starUSC
34. Walker Howard (No. 4 QB)5-starLSU
35. Jaylen Sneed (No. 3 LB)5-starNotre Dame
36. Jacoby Mathews (No. 4 S)4-star 
37. Enai White (No. 3 EDGE)4-star 
38. Omari Abor (No. 3 EDGE)4-star 
39. Jeadyn Lukus (No. 7 CB)4-starClemson
40. Earnest Greene (No. 2 IOL)4-star 
41. Jalon Walker (No. 4 LB)4-starGeorgia
42. Bear Alexander (No. 6 DL)4-starGeorgia
43. Shazz Preston (No. 3 WR)4-starAlabama
44. Kevin Coleman (No. 4 WR)4-star 
45. Xavier Nwankpa (No. 5 S)4-starIowa
46. Tetairoa McMillan (No. 5 WR)4-star 
47. Zion Branch (No. 6 S)4-star 
48. Branson Robinson (No. 3 RB)4-starGeorgia
49. Nicholas Singleton (No. 4 RB)4-starPenn State
50. Anthony Lucas (No. 7 DL)4-starTexas A&M
51. Tyler Booker (No. 6 OT)4-starAlabama
52. Kaden Saunders (No. 6 WR)4-starPenn State
53. Devin Brown (No. 6 QB)4-starOhio State
54. Elijah Pritchett (No. 7 OT)4-starAlabama
55. Dani Dennis-Sutton (No. 8 DL)4-starPenn State
56. Bryce Anderson (No. 7 S)4-starTexas A&M
57. Shawn Murphy (No. 5 LB)4-starAlabama
58. Dasan McCullough (No. 5 EDGE)4-starIndiana
59. Terrance Brooks (No. 8 CB)4-starTexas
60. Jaheim Oatis (No. 9 DL)4-star 
61. Gabe Powers (No. 6 LB)4-star 
62. Chris Marshall (No. 7 WR)4-starTexas A&M
63. Cyrus Moss (No. 6 EDGE)4-star 
64. Shemar James (No. 7 LB)4-star 
65. Andre Greene Jr. (No. 8 WR)4-starUNC
66. Malick Sylla (No. 10 DL)4-starTexas A&M
67. Gunner Stockton (No. 7 QB)4-starGeorgia
68. Caleb Burton (No. 9 WR)4-starOhio State
69. Deyon Bouie (No. 8 S)4-star 
70. Kenyatta Jackson (No. 7 EDGE)4-starOhio State
71. David Bailey (No. 8 EDGE)4-star 
72. Kaleb Brown (No. 10 WR)4-starOhio State
73. Gavin Sawchuk (No. 5 RB)4-starOklahoma
74. Khurtiss Perry (No. 11 DL)4-starAlabama
75. Joe Brunner (No. 8 OT)4-starWisconsin
76. C.J. Williams (No. 11 WR)4-star 
77. Toriano Pride (No. 9 CB)4-starClemson
78. Jihaad Campbell (No. 9 EDGE)4-starAlabama
79. Derrick Moore (No. 12 DL)4-star 
80. PJ Williams (No. 9 OT)4-starTexas A&M
81. Gentry WIlliams (No. 10 CB)4-star 
82. Brenen Thompson (No. 12 WR)4-starTexas
83. Jake Johnson (No. 1 TE)4-starTexas A&M
84. Nyjalik Kelly (No. 13 DL)4-star 
85. Le’Veon Moss (No. 6 RB)4-starTexas A&M
86. Isaiah Bond (No. 2 ATH)4-starAlabama
87. Kendrick Law (No. 3 ATH)4-star 
88. Caden Curry (No. 14 DL)4-starOhio State
89. Oscar Delp (No. 2 TE)4-starGeorgia
90. Julian Humphrey (No. 11 CB)4-starGeorgia
91. Kam Dewberry (No. 3 IOL)4-starTexas A&M
92. Quency Wiggins (No. 1 DL)4-starLSU
93. Azareyeh Thomas (No. 4 ATH)4-starFlorida State
94. Keon Sabb (No. 9 S)4-starMichigan
95. Talyn Shettron (No. 13 WR)4-starOklahoma State
96. Aaron Anderson (No. 14 WR)4-starAlabama
97. Jamarion Miller (No. 7 RB)4-starAlabama
98. Jaleel Skinner (No. 3 TE)4-star 
99. Aaron Graves (No. 16 DL)4-starIowa
100. Chris McClellan (No. 17 DL)4-star 

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National Signing Day: Top 10 classes from early signing period

Team ratings reflect 247Sports Composite rankings.

Rank (Conference rank)Commits5-starsTop-1004-starsPoints
1. Alabama (No. 1 SEC)2431419317.23
2. Texas A&M (No. 2 SEC)2441317315.66
3. Georgia (No. 3 SEC)2751115314.62
4. Ohio State (No. 1 Big Ten)182814289.58
5. Texas (No. 1 Big 12)271316281.07
6. Penn State (No. 2 Big Ten)241415276.81
7. Notre Dame (No. 1 Independent)211116271.23
8. North Carolina (No. 1 ACC)17239259.42
9. Michigan (No. 3 Big Ten)241213259.27
10. Oklahoma (No. 1 Big 12)150212238.32


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