National Signing Day 2020: Winners, losers, updated college football recruiting rankings

While National Signing Day may not be what it once was for college football teams in terms of activity, drama and volume, it’s still a defining day in the recruiting calendar — even if only from the optics standpoint. If you want the winners and losers of the entire 2020 recruiting cycle, look at the 247Sports Composite rankings themselves.

But when you zero-in on signing day itself, it is always important to close strong. So let’s take a look at Wednesday’s biggest winners and losers as the 2020 cycle basically came to a close with only some stragglers remaining.



New coaches: Yes, I’m aware that I just named two new coaches among the winners above. However, as a collective, the new coaches had bad signing days and bad 2020 cycles. The thing is … it’s not really their fault. In the old days, a new coach would have all of January to generate momentum, poach from other classes and generally deliver a strong first effort that could be a foundation for years to come. Now, with so many prospects signing in the early period, that opportunity just isn’t there.

Florida State had its worst class ever, Lane Kiffin stumbled to the finish line at Ole Miss, Dave Aranda pulled up the rear of the Big 12 at 53rd nationally, and Boston College and Rutgers are back at No. 62 and No. 63, respectively. Don’t judge these coaches yet. Give them a full 2021 cycle before you decide whether they have the answers on the recruiting trail.

Pac-12: USC didn’t make any noise on Wednesday, and we didn’t expect it to do so, but 54th in the country and the worst recruiting class in school history has infiltrated the rest of the Pac-12 as well. No Pac-12 program snuck into the top 10, only three landed inside the top 25, and there’s a general lack of excitement conference wide on the recruiting trail.

We’ll give Oregon, Washington and Arizona State a pass on that critique for now as the three that look the most invested in competing at the highest level in recruiting. Elsewhere in the conference, there’s a desperate need for national and even regional energy to make signing day more than just an SEC invitational event.

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