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Five-star Hawkins (Calif.) receiver Joseph Lewis.
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National Signing Day is closing in quickly. On Feb. 1, most high school football players in the class of 2017 can put pen to paper and officially join a college program. The day promises to bring some drama, some stuff that’s the same as always, and other stuff that settles somewhere in between those two poles.

Most of the country’s best players are already verbally committed, but not all are. Most of the schools at the top of national class rankings are the usual suspects, but there are a few interlopers this year. Here’s a look at where everything stands two weeks out, drawing on industry consensus from the 247Sports Composite.

Here are the contenders to sign the top-rated class.

There are three of them. The current scorecard:

1. Alabama (25 commits, average rating 93.3)
2. Ohio State (19 commits, average rating 95.5)
3. Georgia (23 commits, averaging rating 93.4)

Alabama’s on an incredible run, having signed the top-rated class six years in a row. It’s not a coincidence that the Tide are the only program that’s made all three Playoffs. The most serious competitor to end that run is Ohio State, and the Buckeyes have spent a few moments during this cycle with the higher-rated class.

Likelier than not, Bama will retain its perch on top of the recruiting world. But there’ll be an asterisk on it this year, as Ohio State’s average player rating is a couple of points higher (and the highest average mark in the country). Alabama is taking more players, and that’s pushed its overall Composite score higher. But, at least in recruiting evaluators’ eyes, the Ohio State class has quality, just not quantity. In each of the last six years, Bama’s top-slotted class has also had the highest average player rating.

Here are the six highest-rated players still available.

Technically, everyone who hasn’t already signed financial aid papers or enrolled at a school early is still uncommitted. Verbal commitments are just that. But most verbals do wind up sticking, even though there are plenty of flips every year.

Here are the six top-rated players who haven’t currently made verbal pledges to any team:

5-star Marvin Wilson, DT, Bellaire (Texas)
5-star Joseph Lewis, WR, Los Angeles (Calif.)
5-star Aubrey Solomon, DT, Leesburg (Ga.)
4-star Austin Jackson, OT, Phoenix (Ariz.)
4-star LaBryan Ray, DE, Madison (Ala.)
4-star Devon Hunter, S, Chesapeake (Va.)

Wilson, a hulking, athletic defensive tackle, is by far the top-rated player left. He recently told SB Nation’s Bud Elliott that Florida State and LSU were schools at the top of his list.

Lewis is an athletic receiver with size, with USC and Nebraska in the running.

Solomon is a former Michigan commit, who’s still being sought by the Wolverines, Alabama, and Georgia.

Jackson is a big offensive tackle who’s widely expected to choose USC, and Ray has a bunch of potential suitors around the SEC.

Hunter will probably land at Virginia Tech.

This year’s got some weird teams near the top of the rankings.

The weirdest, by far, is Maryland. The Terps haven’t been good in years, and they just went 6-7 under first-year coach D.J. Durkin. But they have the No. 17 class on the Composite rankings, with an average player rating that’s a bit lower than that but still not far off. Maryland, with 28 current commits, is likely to sign a top-20 class.

Kentucky’s currently No. 21 on the Composite, ahead (quite narrowly) of SEC competition like Mississippi State and Arkansas.

That’s not the SEC’s most surprising recruiting effort, though. Will Muschamp’s South Carolina is 15th, with a class led by four-star playmaking cornerback Jamyest Williams.

Recruiting is fairly static. The usual suspects round out the top five slots in the class rankings pretty much every year, and this year isn’t an exception. Bama, Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan, LSU, and Florida State are still the elite recruiters they usually are. But a few unusual suspects have worked their way into the rung below them.