Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

The Worst 2018 Recruiting Class In Every Conference

The Worst 2018 Recruiting Class In Every Conference

"I'd trade the No. 1 (recruiting) ranking for that last No. 1 ranking in the college football polls", Smart said.

You didn't really expect Alabama and Nick Saban to stay quiet today, did you?

Georgia had the top-ranked class, according to 247 Sports' rankings, heading into Wednesday. Texas' football account was down for a time Tuesday.

Most FBS teams filled the majority of their 2018 classes in December.

John Stephen Jones signed with the Razorbacks on Wednesday, and his granddad attended the signing ceremony at Highland Park High School, not far from downtown Dallas.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald made that point clear early this morning when he tweeted "6:34 a.m. that's a wrap on #NSD18 and #NUView18". The Wildcats signed two more players and called it a day.

Petit-Frere, one of four unsigned five-star recruits entering signing day, had taken an official visit to OSU this past weekend, an indication that the super-secretive prospect could be leaning toward the Buckeyes.

This comes a year after the Bulldogs signed the No. 3 class in the country. Coach Tom Herman cleaned up in state, signing 10 of the top-20 ranked recruits in the Lone Star state. Fourteen Georgia signees ranked among the top five in the country at their position. That makes it tough to get the word out about players who have signed with the program. That left Mizzou with no local football recruits in their 2018 class. Thompson will join fellow defensive lineman Ronnie Perkins of Lutheran North High School down in Norman, Oklahoma next fall. The others are Arkansas' Chad Morris, Florida's Dan Mullen, Mississippi State's Joe Moorhead, Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt and Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher.

Coach Charlie Strong signed 24 players in December's early signing period. "A lot of them were hiring staff, transitioning from one team to another". Half came from states in the Southeastern Conference's footprint, and eight went to teams in that league, which has produced nine of the last 12 national champions. Morris added eight more Wednesday. The Trojans could finish with a top-10 class if they can clean up late with SoCal players. Arkansas was outside the top 50.

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