There are 53 defensive finals rated four stars or above and 45 of them signed during the early signing period. Four have not yet announced their commitments and four have verbally committed but have decided to wait to sign until February.
Here’s a look at where recruiting represents the best unsigned defensive endings headed to all-star events and the February signing period.
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Texas A&M must like the position with Stewart. It won’t make any announcements until the February signing day, but Georgia is continuing to work hard to get its attention. There is a possibility that he will visit Athens in January.
Miami became Stewart’s top three and the new head coach Mario cristobal hopes to gain some momentum before Stewart signs on the dotted line.
An Abor decision is expected in early January at the All-American Bowl and his recruitment looks like a two-team run. Ohio State has been a longtime favorite, but the Buckeyes will have to keep Texas at bay.
Abor wore Longhorns gloves during his state championship game. Steve SarkisianThe team has added some important pieces during the early signing period and via the transfer portal.
Moss’s recruiting has undergone some big changes thanks to the coaching carousel. Oregon was in a great position to land the impressive pass rusher, but much of its attention shifted from the Ducks when Mario Cristobal left for Miami.
Now the Canes are gaining momentum, but it looks like USC may be in the best position to get Moss. Lincoln Riley and his coaching staff just made commitments from Moss teammates Zion and Zachariah Branch, and that could really help in their search for Moss.
Georgia picked up on Smith’s pledge in December 2020 and has been a solid pledge ever since. He did not sign during the early acquisition period because he wants to sign with his teammates in February and is not an early signup. That said, strange things can happen during the downturn and Smith has a few teams hanging around to gauge his interest.
The state of Florida is one to watch, but it seems like a possibility that Smith will end up everywhere but Athens.
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Halton remains busy in Oregon, but an upcoming visit to Miami in January should be alarming for Ducks fans. The California native who makes the cross-country trip to see Mario cristobalThe new program could be bad news for Oregon.
Halton has been in Oregon since January, but teams other than Miami may be more involved. USC, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Washington were some of his finalists at the time of his decision.
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