College football’s 2023 recruiting cycle comes to an end with National Signing Day. Wednesday is the last day high school recruits can sign their national letters of intent to lock them into schools of their choice.
The early signing period in December brought a lot of chaos. Three five-star recruits flipped their pledges in a week – one of whom flipped her pledge twice in two days.
Since then, however, some coaches have been considering changing the recruitment schedule. In early January, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told reporters: “There hasn’t been a coach I’ve visited with around our bowling games who hasn’t said it was become overwhelming for us.”
It remains to be seen what future signing periods will look like, but for the class of 2023, that’s it. We bring you the latest news, analysis, class ranking moves and player announcements throughout Wednesday.
Latest Class Ranking: Top 75 Schools
Breaking down the early signing period
Wednesday will unofficially mark the end of the 2023 recruiting cycle in college football. Our analysts break down the prospects still available, the rookies that will make a difference and the teams that have the most to gain this time around.
Announcements to watch: today’s schedule
Our “College Football Live: Signing Day Special” will air from 1-2 p.m. ET on ESPN2, featuring analysis from our insiders and scouts, as well as announcements from some of the nation’s top signings. Here’s who will announce their commitments later today:
Who: ATH Nyckoles Harbor (#39 overall)
When: 1:05 p.m. ET
Choose between : LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, South Carolina, USC
Who: CB Rodrick Pleasant (#100 overall)
When: 1:30 p.m. ET
Choose between : Boston College, California, Oregon, UCLA, USC
Who: CB Ellis Robinson IV (No. 5, 2024 ESPN Junior 300)
When: 1:50 p.m. ET
Choose between : Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, LSU, Miami
Who are the best prospects in this cycle?
Each recruiting cycle, the nation’s top recruits are ranked in the ESPN 300. On signing day, 293 of that cycle’s top 300 prospects are hired. Following our final ranking update, here’s how the top 10 rank:
Malachi Nelson, QB (USC)
Dante Moore, QB (UCLA)
Jackson Arnold, QB (Oklahoma)
Peter Woods, DT (Clemson)
Arch Manning, QC (Texas)
Francis Mauigoa, occupational therapist (Miami)
Zachariah Branch, WR (USC)
David Hicks, DT (Texas A&M)
Jaquavious Russaw, OLB (Alabama)
Kadyn Proctor, occupational therapist (Alabama)
See the full ESPN 300 rankings here »
Rashada, the seventh-ranked quarterback and No. 31 overall prospect, signed his national letter of intent with Florida in December. However, he was granted a release in mid-January after a $13.5 million name, likeness and likeness deal with the school’s failed Gator collective.
As the top uncommitted rookie and quarterback remaining on the board, where will he go?
Breaking down the 2023 recruitment cycle
We’ve broken down the 2023 recruiting cycle in a few different ways. We analyzed the strengths of recruits ranked #1 and #2 in each position.
Craig Haubert and Tom Luginbill also went pick-by-choice as they tried to draft the best 22 rookie team of 2023. See who was picked and vote which team is the best