Signing day 2019 – How to watch, ESPN 300 signees, news and analysis around Feb. 6, 2019

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The ESPN 300 holdovers from December signing day announced their decisions on Wednesday. Watch some of the top commitments and catch up with everything you missed from the first Wednesday in February.

Top 50 recruiting classes in 2019

Big surprise: Alabama tops our Class Rankings, and that probably won’t change. Below the Tide, LSU and Florida joined Georgia and Texas A&M, giving the SEC 50 percent of the top 10 teams. See the top 50

ESPN 300 commitments

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1:15

Jerrion Ealy, the No. 19 player in the ESPN 300 rankings, commits to play for the Ole Miss Rebels and explains why he made his choice.

RB Jerrion Ealy
ESPN 300 rank: 19
5-foot-9, 192 pounds
Jackson, Mississippi/Jackson Prep
Prediction: Ole Miss
Signed with: Ole Miss

Read about Ealy’s decision here.


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1:45

Kaiir Elam, the No. 59 player in the ESPN 300 rankings, makes his decision to play for the Florida Gators.

Kaiir Elam
ESPN 300 rank: 59
6-1, 182 pounds
North Palm Beach, Florida/The Benjamin School
Prediction: Florida
Signed with: Florida


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1:23

Ishmael Sopsher, the No. 39 player in the ESPN 300 rankings, makes his decision to play for the University of Alabama.

Ishmael Sopsher
ESPN 300 rank: 39
6-4, 330 pounds
Amite, Louisiana/Amite
Prediction: LSU
Signed with: Alabama


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0:53

Devonta Lee, the No. 34 WR in the ESPN 300 rankings, decides he is going to play for the LSU Tigers.

Devonta Lee
ESPN 300 rank: 242
6-1, 205 pounds
Amite, Louisiana/Amite
Prediction: LSU
Signed with: LSU


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1:32

Isaiah Foskey, the No. 24 defensive end in the ESPN 300 rankings, makes his decision to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Isaiah Foskey
ESPN 300 rank: 209
6-5, 233 pounds
Concord, California/De La Salle
Prediction: Notre Dame
Signed with: Notre Dame


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1:10

Henry To’oto’o, the No. 47 player in the ESPN 300 rankings, commits to the Tennessee Volunteers.

LB Henry To’oto’o
ESPN 300 rank: 47
6-2, 225 pounds
Concord, California/ De La Salle
Prediction: Tennessee
Signed with: Tennessee


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1:20

Darnell Wright, the No. 5 player in the ESPN 300 rankings, announces his decision to play for the Volunteers.

OT Darnell Wright
ESPN 300 rank: 5
6-3, 300 pounds
Huntington, West Virginia/Huntington
Prediction: Tennessee
Signed with: Tennessee

The ESPN 300: Check out our complete list. Read

Signing day shenanigans

Miami got things started early by announcing the signing of Louis Hedley, a punter from Australia. According to the Miami Herald, Hedley spent eight years working in the Australian desert in construction before being encouraged to try out American football due to his punting prowess in Aussie rules football. He arrived at City College of San Francisco three days before the 2017 season, and only knew when to punt because he bought the Madden video game and watched when punters took the field.


Lane Kiffin landed the sons of two Pro Football Hall of Fame players as preferred walk-ons. Junior college transfer Terique Owens, son of Terrell Owens, is a 6-3, 175-pound wide receiver from Contra Costa College in California. Warren Sapp II is a 6-1, 220-pound defensive lineman who had 24 sacks last season for Foundation Academy in Orlando, Florida. Both plan on “blueshirting,” being members of the team this year then earning a scholarship next season.


Speaking of sons with famous last names, former Ohio State quarterback and current College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s twin sons, Jake and Tye, announced Wednesday they will attend Clemson as preferred walk-ons.

Dabo Swinney said he was excited to have the brothers, a corner and a wide receiver, in the fold, but he doesn’t expect preferential treatment from their dad on Saturday mornings.

“I don’t think it works that way,” Swinney said in his post-signing day news conference.


On his first signing day as head coach at Georgia Tech, Geoff Collins went to Waffle House. On his second signing day, Waffle House came to him.





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