Wednesday’s National Signing day brought all the major headline news from the 2019 recruiting cycle to a close. Despite high profile flips and even a transfer the battle for the top players in the 2019 class had an inevitable conclusion. Alabama signed the top class. Perhaps its best under legendary head coach Nick Saban, and that ladies and gentlemen should have you all running scared.
The Tide Are Back With A Vengeance
Last year, Georgia coach Kirby Smart broke Nick Saban’s streak of number one recruiting classes as he was able to construct one of the most high profile classes in modern history. This year Saban came back, as he often does and put Georgia in its place. Alabama signed the second highest rated class of all time according to the 247Sports composite. Full results are below.
Longhorns Win The Battle of Texas
The boys from Austin won the battle for third (effective the highest anyone not named Alabama, Georgia or Ohio State can finish). Beating out rival Texas A&M. Their class is led by Athlete Bru McCoy, who until mid-January was a USC signee, however he became the first (as far as most outlets and I are aware) freshman to enter the transfer portal before spring practice in his first year. 247 is treating his as a part of this Texas class, so I am also. This is the second third place finish for Tom Herman, who really has brought Texas back from the recruiting wilderness.
Georgia Made A Splash By Flippin’ Pickens
Perhaps the biggest flip on NSD19 came from a five star receiving prospect from the state of Alabama George Pickens. Thought to be staying in state with Auburn, when it came time to announce his decision, this happened…
Going in to next season, Georgia has ten blue chip (four or five star prospects) at the receiving position. Kirby Smart is quickly proving himself Saban’s heir apparent to the King of Recruiting moniker.
The Vols Are Rolling!
Perhaps the biggest surprise in the standings for the class of 2019 is the University of Tennessee. The Vols landed two of the six five star offensive tackle prospects including number ten overall player Darnell Wright on NSD. They also landed four star linebacker Henry To’oto’o from the grasps of Alabama and Washington. This good work earned assistant coach Brian Niedermeyer the title of top recruiter in the nation. Former tide assistant Jeremy Pruitt’s rebuilding of the Volunteers has been given a huge boost by this class. There is still a way to go, but things are finally looking up for Vols fans.
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