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33 of 2018’s top 101 recruits are still unsigned after the Early Signing Period

Here are the best players still on the board for National Signing Day.

Patrick Surtain Jr.
Patrick Surtain Jr.
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1. The nine biggest headlines

2. The status of the 247Sports Composite’s top 100 2018 recruits

We updated this section as signatures rolled in, with expected announcement dates in parentheses — though players won’t be able to actually sign next until Feb. 7 — and signees in bold.

  1. QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson signee
  2. QB Justin Fields, Georgia signee
  3. DE Xavier Thomas, Clemson signee
  4. DE Micah Parsons, Penn State signee
  5. CB Patrick Surtain Jr., favored to LSU, per 247Sports Crystal Ball, but don’t be so sure (February)
  6. RB Zamir White, Georgia signee
  7. DE Eyabi Anoma, Alabama signee
  8. DE K.J. Henry, Clemson signee
  9. OT Jackson Carman, Clemson signee
  10. OG Jamaree Salyer, Georgia signee
  11. WR Terrace Marshall, LSU signee
  12. WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, predicted to USC (February)
  13. DT Taron Vincent, Ohio State signee
  14. LB Palaie Gaoteote, USC signee
  15. WR Justin Shorter, Penn State signee
  16. OT Cade Mays, Georgia signee
  17. OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, with Notre Dame and SEC schools in the mix
  18. LB Adam Anderson, Georgia signee
  19. S BJ Foster, Texas signee
  20. RB Lorenzo Lingard, Miami signee
  21. QB JT Daniels, a 2018 USC signee who was part of the 2019 class but is skipping his senior year of high school
  22. WR Devon Williams, predicted to Oregon
  23. DE Brenton Cox, Georgia signee
  24. RB Jaelen Gill, Ohio State signee
  25. RB Ricky Slade, Penn State signee
  26. CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart, predicted to USC (February 7)
  27. CB Tyson Campbell, favored to Miami (February)
  28. S Jaiden Woodbey, Florida State signee
  29. OT Brey Walker, Oklahoma signee
  30. TE Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio State signee
  31. CB Olaijah Griffin, UCLA commit (February)
  32. RB James Cook (Dalvin’s little brother), Georgia signee
  33. QB Tanner McKee, favored to Stanford (February 7)
  34. CB Anthony Cook, Texas signee
  35. QB Justin Rogers, TCU signee
  36. S Caden Sterns, Texas signee
  37. S Kelvin Joseph, favored to LSU (February)
  38. QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA commit (After ESP)
  39. OG Trey Hill, Georgia signee
  40. LB Teradja Mitchell, Ohio State signee
  41. QB Emory Jones, Florida signee
  42. S Tyreke Johnson, Ohio State signee
  43. WR Derion Kendrick, Clemson signee
  44. LB JJ Peterson, favored to Tennessee or Alabama (February 7)
  45. OG Penei Sewell, favored to Oregon (February)
  46. OT William Barnes, favored to Florida (February 7)
  47. CB Jalen Green, Texas signee
  48. CB Brendan Radley-Hiles, favored to Oklahoma (January 6)
  49. WR Brennan Eagles, Texas signee
  50. TE Luke Ford, Georgia signee
  51. WR Jaylen Waddle, favored to Alabama or Texas A&M (February)
  52. WR Marquis Spiker, Washington signee
  53. CB Anthony Lytton, Florida State signee
  54. WR Jacob Copeland, favored to Alabama or Florida
  55. DT Michael Thompson, favored to Missouri (February)
  56. OL Matthew Jones, Ohio State signee
  57. CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State signee
  58. CB Al Blades Jr., Miami signee
  59. WR Justyn Ross, favored to Clemson over Alabama and Auburn (February 7)
  60. DE Tyreke Smith, favored to Ohio State (January 4)
  61. QB Matt Corral, Ole Miss signee
  62. WR Mark Pope, Miami signee
  63. TE Brevin Jordan, Miami signee
  64. CB Houston Griffith, Notre Dame signee
  65. LB Quay Walker, Alabama commit
  66. WR Kamryn Babb, Ohio State signee
  67. QB Phil Jurkovec, Notre Dame signee
  68. LB Payton Wilson, NC State signee
  69. S DeMarvion Overshown, Texas signee
  70. S Derrik Allen, Notre Dame signee
  71. DE Stephon Wynn, Alabama signee
  72. CB Kyler McMichael, Clemson signee
  73. WR Jalen Hall, favored to Oregon or USC
  74. WR Kevin Austin, Notre Dame signee
  75. WR JaMarr Chase, favored to TCU or LSU (February)
  76. WR Jordyn Adams, North Carolina signee
  77. S Josh Proctor, Ohio State signee
  78. QB Colson Yankoff, Washington signee
  79. S Leon O’Neal Jr., favored to Texas A&M despite being a recent A&M decommit
  80. ATH Bryan Addison, UCLA signee
  81. OT Rasheed Walker, favored to Penn State
  82. QB Jacob Sirmon, Washington signee
  83. RB Brian Snead, Ohio State signee
  84. RB T.J. Pledger, Oklahoma signee
  85. DT Tyler Friday, favored to Michigan (February 7)
  86. WR Joshua Moore, favored to Texas A&M
  87. OT Richard Gouraige, Florida commit
  88. ATH Talanoa Hufanga, favored to USC or Oregon
  89. LB Solomon Tuliaupupu, favored to USC (January or later)
  90. DE Jordan Davis, Alabama signee
  91. Al’vonte Woodard, Texas signee
  92. LB Channing Tindall, Georgia signee
  93. LB Otis Reese, Michigan commit
  94. WR Jalen Preston, Texas A&M commit (February)
  95. DT Robert Cooper, Florida State signee
  96. CB Josh Jobe, Alabama signee
  97. DE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma signee
  98. OT Nana Asiedu, Penn State signee
  99. WR Matthew Hill, Auburn commit (January)
  100. DT Tuli Letuligasenoa, USC commit
  101. C Emil Ekiyor, Alabama signee

3. The updated top 10 classes

(If that’s not loading for you, the full rankings are here.)

4. Does all this even matter all that much?

Oh, absolutely. At this point, there’s little doubt that recruiting rankings are worthwhile at the big-picture level, despite those (wonderful!) success stories that always spring to mind about two-stars overcoming the odds and getting drafted in the first round.

  1. They matter at the player level. Blue chips are almost 1,000 percent more likely to be drafted in the first round. You can see the star ratings drop throughout the NFL draft. And five-stars are about 33 times as likely to be All-Americans as two-stars are.
  2. They matter at the team level. Matt Hinton broke the country into five tiers of recruiting might, finding the higher-recruiting schools to consistently beat their lessers virtually across the board.
  3. They matter at the championship level. Every national champion of the ratings era has passed a specific recruiting benchmark, as Bud Elliott’s Blue-Chip Ratio annually demonstrates.
  4. There are major exceptions, duh, like CMU’s Eric Fisher, who went from being a 240-pound two-star to a 306-pound No. 1 pick — hard to expect national rankings to predict a player to gain 66 quality pounds in college. Bill Connelly, who's way smarter than me, still finds them highly valuable, despite obvious flaws.
  5. Perfection shouldn't be the standard, though. Especially since the four big services get better during the course of a year and more accurate from year to year. Just Rate The Bama Croots Highly has been a winning strategy, for one.
  6. At the anecdotal level, let's take a look at how all of college football would've changed if one recruit, five-star Tim Tebow, had chosen differently. See how much one commit mattered?