This year, because of the early signing period — a 72-hour window beginning on Dec. 20 in which senior prospects could sign National Letters of Intent — many teams had already filled out the bulk of their recruiting class by the first Wednesday of February 2018. While most of the nation’s top players took the opportunity to end their recruitments before Christmas, there was a good number of highly regarded players waiting until the traditional signing date. Winners from Wednesday’s signing day include Georgia, who entered second in the team rankings but left first after a rousing finish that include adding the nation’s No. 2 cornerback Tyson Campbell and four-star wide receiver, Tommy Bush. They convinced tow other coveted prospects, who had committed to other programs, to flip and hop on as well. Texas A&M added a number of promising players and Ohio State obtained one of the inscrutable, high-profile recruitments of this cycle, Nicholas Petit-Frere. USC, Notre Dame, Florida State and Alabama are also among the winners. The loser of Wednesday’s signing day is LSU, who were never going to recover from Surtain’s decision, who left them for Alabama.
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