/National Signing Day 2020: Ranking Top 25 Recruiting Classes After NSD

National Signing Day 2020: Ranking Top 25 Recruiting Classes After NSD

Stanford RB E.J. Smith

Stanford RB E.J. SmithCredit: 247Sports

25. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Class size: 24 (five 4-stars, 19 3-stars)

Biggest late signing period news: Securing the commitment of Dalton (Georgia) High School running back Jahmyr Gibbs despite Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, LSU, Florida and others coming hard after him. 

Gibbs is a difference-maker who was electric in high school and became a fallback option for a lot of programs that realized he has elite potential. Instead of being wooed, he stuck with the program that believed in him as a running back from the jump.

Instant impact duo: Jeff Sims flipped from Florida State and provided head coach Geoff Collins with the quarterback that will usher in the Yellow Jackets program as he wants it, moving it from the triple-option years.

Then there is Gibbs, a can’t-miss talent who will make the same type of impact as an ACC running back that Javian Hawkins did for Louisville in 2019.

24. Stanford Cardinal

Class size: 23 (six 4-stars, 15 3-stars)

Biggest late signing period news: Don’t let James Pogorelc‘s 3-star rating fool you. Though he may be a bit of a project, the 6’7″, 270-pounder has a projectable frame that can add 40-50 more pounds and turn him into an NFL offensive tackle.

Head coach David Shaw beat Michigan and Virginia for Pogorelc, who announced his decision in late January and signed with the Cardinal on Wednesday.

Instant impact duo: The Cardinal struck again in Atlanta by grabbing top-100 offensive tackle Myles Hinton, who could team with rising senior Walker Little to give Stanford two of the best tackles in the Pac-12. Look for him to battle for a starting spot right away.

4-star all-purpose back EJ Smith, the son of Emmitt Smith, decided to blaze his own path by choosing Stanford over Florida. He’s a playmaker who can do a lot of different things with the ball in his hands.

23. Arizona State Sun Devils

Class size: 20 (eight 4-stars, 12 3-stars)

Biggest late signing period news: Arizona State added a pair of quality pieces to its offensive puzzle in 3-star tight end Jake Ray and 3-star quarterback Daylin McLemore. The latter is a bit of a project, but with Jayden Daniels entrenched as the starter, there’s no reason to rush him.

Instant impact duo: 4-star running back Daniyel Ngata should be able to help fill some of the carries vacated by Eno Benjamin. With Herm Edwards retooling the playmakers around Daniels, look for Ngata to work his way into the rotation.

Speaking of huge impact guys, look no further than 6’6″ receiver Johnny Wilson, who flipped to the Sun Devils from Oregon. He isn’t an early enrollee, but he can stretch the field and will make a difference right away.

22. Kentucky Wildcats

Class size: 22 (six 4-stars, 16 3-stars)

Biggest late signing period news: Late Wednesday, head coach Mark Stoops got huge news when 4-star all-purpose back Michael Drennen II committed to Kentucky over more than 40 offers. He can come in and help fill the void vacated by Lynn Bowden Jr.

Instant impact duo: Justin Rogers is the jewel of a loaded defensive line class for the Wildcats. Head coach Mark Stoops did a terrific job recruiting across the D-line this year, which will pay dividends for the next few years.

Joel Williams was another recruiting victory for the Wildcats. Though some of the best programs in the Southeast slow-played him, the 6’1″ defensive back is good enough to be a four-year starter in Lexington. 

21. Florida State Seminoles

Class size: 25 (eight 4-stars, 16 3-stars)

Biggest late signing period news: The ‘Noles had a mixed bag Wednesday. Getting 3-star athlete DJ Lundy over Georgia and Virginia Tech was big, and they added 3-star athlete Sidney Williams as well. However, electric 4-star receiver Malachi Wideman flipped to Tennessee.

Instant impact duo: 4-star cornerback Demorie Tate is one of Mike Norvell’s biggest recruiting victories in his first partial class in Tallahassee. The 6’1″, 189-pounder is raw but talented and should start.

4-star quarterback Chubba Purdy is a winner who seems to have the “it” factor. His brother, Brock, made an impact as a freshman for Iowa State and is now one of the top signal-callers in the nation. Look for the younger brother to thrive under Norvell beginning in 2020.