Early National Signing Day 2020: Dates, Announcement Schedules and Latest Rumors

Jake RillFeatured Columnist IDecember 10, 2020

Early National Signing Day 2020: Dates, Announcement Schedules and Latest Rumors

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    In less than a week, high school football players around the country will solidify their futures. The NCAA early signing period begins Wednesday, and over a three-day stretch, many top high school players will sign their national letters of intent to the college of their choice.

    Some of these players have already committed to a program at some point this year or even earlier; others are still trying to decide and won't make a decision until next week, or potentially even later.

    The early signing period has emerged as the time when most top recruits sign, rather than the traditional national signing day in February. The latter still takes place, but many players take advantage of this early period to lock in their college choices.

    Heading into the early signing period next week, here's a look at some recruits who will be announcing their commitments and/or signings during the three-day span, followed by some of the latest recruitment buzz.

Early Signing Period Announcement Schedule

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    5-star OLB Xavian Sorey (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.): Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. ET

    3-star OLB Jamarion Ellis (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.): Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m. ET

    3-star OT Cameron Ball (Tri-Cities High School, Atlanta): Dec. 16 at noon ET

    3-star DT Taleeq Robbins (Imhotep Institute, Philadelphia): Dec. 16 at noon ET

    3-star OT Marcus Mbow (Wauwatosa East High School, Milwaukee): Dec. 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET

    4-star CB Markevious Brown (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.): Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. ET

    4-star CB Damarius McGhee (Pensacola Catholic High School, Pensacola, Fla.): Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. ET

    3-star DE Arden Walker (Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, Colo.): Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. ET

    4-star OT Savion Byrd (Duncanville High School, Duncanville, Texas): Dec. 16 at 9:30 p.m. ET

    4-star DE Tunmise Adeleye (Tompkins High School, Katy, Texas): Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. ET

    3-star RB Deshun Murrell (Bibb County High School, Centreville, Ala.): Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. ET

    3-star DE George Wilson (Green Run High School, Virginia Beach, Va.): Dec. 18 at noon ET

    4-star OG Bryce Foster (Taylor High School, Katy, Texas): Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET

    Announcement times via 247Sports.com.

Which SEC Program Will Land 5-Star CB Sorey?

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    Xavian Sorey, a 5-star cornerback out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., is one of the top recruits who will be making a college decision on Wednesday. He's the No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2021 recruiting class, per the 247Sports' composite rankings, and the No. 20 overall recruit.

    According to Andrew Ivins of 247Sports, Sorey has narrowed his list to three colleges, all of which are in the SEC: Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The Crimson Tide and Gators are set to face off in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 19, but they'll also be battling for Sorey's commitment earlier in the week.

    The 247Sports Crystal Ball gives Alabama a 60 percent chance of landing Sorey while putting Florida's odds at 30 percent. However, Sorey is taking a final visit to Florida this weekend after having already visited each of his top three schools in the past six weeks.

    Chad Simmons of Rivals.com recently noted Sorey "has wanted to keep as many people guessing as possible" and hasn't made it clear which way he could be leaning.

    However, Simmons made a prediction based on "other sources that have some type of connection to Sorey or knowledge of his recruitment," and he thinks he will head to Georgia, while adding it's a pick with "very little confidence."

    So, this should be an intriguing announcement to watch on Wednesday.

Can Oklahoma Sway 4-Star Offensive Lineman out of Texas?

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    Bryce Foster won't be making his college decision right at the beginning of next week's early signing period. The 4-star offensive guard is waiting until Dec. 18, his birthday, to choose where he'll be playing at the next level. Earlier this year, he cut his list to five schools: LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Texas A&M.

    Foster, who attends Taylor High School in Katy, Texas, is the No. 4 guard in the 2021 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings, and the No. 72 overall recruit. And while he could be staying in state (should he pick the Longhorns or Aggies), the 247Sports Crystal Ball gives the Sooners the best odds of landing Foster at 64.7 percent.

    Oklahoma currently only has 15 commits in its 2021 class. But as Ari Wasserman of The Athletic noted, with so many of its top targets getting ready to make a decision (including Foster), the Sooners could quickly move up the rankings if they land a few key commitments.

    Gabe Brooks, the 247Sports' Midlands region recruiting analyst, recently said Foster has "long-term potential to reach the NFL draft."

    If he can become that type of talent, he could anchor a college offensive line for the next few years. And if Oklahoma can beat out the other four finalists, it would be a huge get.

Will USC Convince 5-Star DE Foreman to Stay Home?

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    The early signing period is going to pass without Korey Foreman making a college decision, as the 5-star defensive end is scheduled to make his announcement on Jan. 2. But quite a few programs are going to be trying to convince him to come to their school until then.

    Foreman, a defensive end from Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., is the No. 1 recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings. He was once heading for Clemson, but he decommitted earlier in the year. It's possible he could still choose the Tigers, but the 247Sports Crystal Ball gives USC (57.9 percent) and LSU (31.6 percent) better odds to land him. He has also taken a recent visit to Arizona State.

    For the Trojans, they're trying to convince Foreman to stay close to home. And while they may be the favorites right now, 247Sports recruiting analyst Greg Biggins thinks things could change.

    "I don't think this one is close to over and where things stand now, could be different in two weeks," he wrote.

    So, while Foreman won't be making a decision next week, perhaps things will begin to get a bit clearer and we may gain a better idea of whether USC could be successful in landing this talented in-state recruit.

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