With the fifth year of the early signing period kicking off Wednesday, perhaps the most uncertain version of this signing period since the first one in December 2017 is upon us. A year ago, with the NCAA effectively shutting down recruiting in March 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, more players signed early than ever before.

No official visits were taken by the Class of 2021, and there was no spring evaluation period, summer camps or in-home visits. Fast forward a year, and the Class of 2022 didn’t get a spring evaluation period, either. However, there were camps, the return of official visits in the fall and in-home visits.

Yet, a crazy coaching carousel and loaded transfer portal has thrown the early signing period for a loop with a number of players pausing their announcements until January with plans to make formal their decisions on the traditional National Signing Day in February.

Nevertheless, there are a host of elite prospects that will announce Wednesday and later this week over the 72-hour early signing period. Plus, the race for No. 1 will start to crystallize.

Here is a primer to get you through the early signing period, which wraps on Friday evening.

Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m. ET for Signing Day Live on CBS Sports HQ as our 247Sports experts cover all the ins and outs of the early signing period. From live commitments to updated class rankings and everything in between, Signing Day Live will be your one-stop shop for live coverage as the top programs in the nation sign the Class of 2022.

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The big question: Will Texas A&M reach the top spot? Georgia and Alabama are currently 1-2 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings with the Bulldogs taking the lead back on Tuesday morning after the Crimson Tide…

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