National Signing Day 2021: Winners and losers of early signing period, college football recruiting rankings

The first day of the early signing period for the Class of 2022 is all but in the books, and easily the biggest shocker in the modern recruiting era dictates a large part of our winners and losers from National Signing Day. With two days of the early period and the traditional signing day in February still to come, plenty can change for these programs and in the 247Sports Composite team rankings as a whole.

Even though there’s still plenty of activity and drama still to come over the next seven weeks, it’s not that tall of a task to determine which teams have put together top-tier classes and which others failed to impress during a key time in the college football calendar. So let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers following the first key day in the 2022 cycle.


Jackson State / Deion Sanders / HBCUs: Travis Hunter’s stunning decision to sign with Jackson State, after being a Florida State commit for nearly two years, is a win for not only the program but Sanders and HBCU schools as a whole. To land the No. 1 player in the country is unprecedented for an HBCU in the modern recruiting era. To flip a player who was committed to his previous school for so long? Stunning. For Coach Prime to do it to his alma mater? Incredible. No matter who finished at the top of the team rankings, this trifecta easily won Wednesday.

Travis Hunter: There has never been a recruit more talked about on any one signing period than Hunter. With reports that the name, image and likeness deal he’ll get at Jackson State has a significant amount of money attached to it, Hunter won on Wednesday and his brand will see a significant spike. That doesn’t even include the fact that he’s an elite player, the No. 1 prospect in the country for a reason — a guy who…


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