Most teams locked up the majority of their classes in December during the new early signing period.
But the second signing period is important to finish off recruiting classes, and Wednesday's signing day had its share of significant events.
The ESPN 300 DT has always been committed to Texas, but did not sign in the early signing period, causing some concerns as to whether his recruitment was a done deal. This is becoming a trend for UGA.
Coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs put the finishing touches on the recruiting crown by flipping a pair of four-star linebackers, one who had been committed to Michigan (Otis Reese) and another who had been committed to Alabama (Quay Walker), and grabbing a highly touted wide receiver from Texas (Tommy Bush).
Overall it was a tremendous day for the Bulldogs. Georgia not only held on to the No. 1 class ranking, but demolished the competition adding five-star Tyson Campbell, ESPN 300 receiver Tommy Bush and flipping ESPN 300 linebackers Quay Walker from Alabama, and Otis Reese from MI. The Crimson Tide had a relatively small class (18 signees), which kept down its ranking.
It's official. After originally committing to the University of Virginia for wrestling, the FOX 8 Friday Night Touchdown Player of the Year, Joey Baughman from Wadsworth High School has changed his mind and is now headed to Elon to play college football. Yes, his dad is the former National Football League cornerback of the same name. 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.
Southern California: As always, it's tough to lure kids away from the sunshine of Southern California. Mike Riley's class was imploding when he was sacked and ranked No. 89 in the 247Sports.com composite team rankings. 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. Tennessee was hovering around the bottom of the top 20, while Mississippi State and Ole Miss were just inside the top 30. So far the Edwards Experiment is not going well in Tempe. Florida State's Willie Taggart and Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt have been particularly busy lately trying to upgrade classes that had been ranked outside the top 50 about six weeks ago.
The class was comprised of 19 players from Georgia, eight from SC, four from Florida, two from Alabama and one from North Carolina. The Wolverines finished with the fifth and eighth ranked classes in 2017 and 2016, respectively, but dropped all the way to No. 21 this year.
Ohio State whiffed in the early signing period on in-state star Jackson Carman, another top offensive tackle, who instead is headed to Clemson, but they got their man Wednesday. He will first do a two-year mission.
Like most signing days, there was no shortage of drama.
Texas came in third, with its best class in years.