National Signing Day 2022: Texas A&M extends lead over No. 1 recruiting class

Scan the top of any given outlet’s college football recruiting rankings and you’ll find plenty of SEC programs at or near the top in almost any year.

Alabama is setting the pace, Georgia has closed the gap and Florida has peaked near the top over the past decade – but Texas A&M might be the new constant in the conversation.

The Aggies just landed the nation’s top recruiting class for the 2022 cycle with the commitment and signing of Shemar Stewart. The No. 3 overall rookie became the fourth top-10 addition for Jimbo Fisher and company, inking more SI99-ranked rookies than any other program in the process.

Alabama and national champion Georgia round out the top three in the standings, each hitting double-digit SI99 rookies in the same cycle, 11 and 10 respectively, just behind A&M’s total. It was touch and go for most of the day before Fisher’s program retired in the afternoon.

1.Texas A&M

29 verbal commitments, 13 SI99 members

The consensus No. 1 class only got stronger on Wednesday when Shemar Stewart and fellow SI99 rookie Jacoby Mathews jumped on board. The only context left is whether or not this is the largest recruiting class of the modern era, which will take years to figure out.

2.Alabama

25 verbal commitments, 12 SI99 members

The Tide ended the class of 2022 with Louisiana tight end Danny Lewis, who most casual fans got to know from a viral video during his official visit to LSU.

3. Georgia

29 verbal commitments, 11 SI99 members

The Dawgs closed out signing day well, adding SI99 defensive lineman Christen Miller as well as State linebacker EJ Lightsey and running back Andrew Paul. The Texan fills the positional need after Jordan James moved from UGA to Oregon earlier in the day.

4.Texas

28 verbal commitments, 7 SI99 members

Texas held steady with solid class and added the nation’s top offensive lineman, Devon Campbell, to wrap up the cycle.

5. Ohio State

21 verbal commitments, 8 SI99 members

The Buckeyes class were elevated in the final prospect rankings and they locked down SI99 rookie Omari Abor on Wednesday without drama despite some recent chatter surrounding the pass rusher considering others.

6. Penn State

25 verbal commitments, 4 SI99 members

7. Notre Dame

21 verbal commitments, 4 SI99 members

8.Clemson

20 verbal commitments, 5 SI99 members

Alabama State was good for Clemson on signing day, adding first seven rookies Caden Story and TJ Dudley to lock in a top-10 class despite having the biggest turnover in some time under Dabo Swinney.

9. Oklahoma

21 verbal commitments, 2 SI99 members

OU puts Michigan in the top 10 after knocking down Wolverine’s longtime commitment Kevonte Henry to wrap up a solid day on defense for Brent Venables. The Sooners also added R Mason Thomas, an Iowa State flip, and Gracen Halton to their roster on Wednesday.

10.Michigan

22 verbal commitments, 2 SI99 members

As Jim Harbaugh left town for an NFL interview, his top 10 missed some battles and lost promise to Kevonte Henry in Oklahoma.

11.Missouri

17 verbal commitments, 2 SI99 members

12. Tennessee

21 verbal commitments, 2 SI99 members

13.Stanford

22 verbal commitments, 1 SI99 member

14. USL

15 verbal commitments, 2 SI99 members

Brian Kelly lost in-state recruiting battles in the aftermath, but the perception of a slow day changed when SI99 linebacker Harold Perkins picked the Tigers over Texas A&M and Florida. LSU also signed defensive back Jaelyn Davis-Robinson.

15. North Carolina

17 verbal commitments, 1 SI99 member

16.Auburn

18 verbal commitments, 3 SI99 members

17.Miami

14 verbal commitments, 2 SI99 members

The Hurricanes have a little class, but there’s little doubt about the point of emphasis under new coach Mario Cristobal. On Wednesday alone, UM added a pair of offensive linemen, home defenseman Ahmad Moten and surprised many by traveling to Louisiana to pick up running back Trevonte Citizen from LSU, Florida and others. The class cap was high a week ago with Shemar Stewart and Christen Miller on the board, but each opted for the SEC.

18.Kentucky

20 verbal commitments

19. Michigan State

23 verbal commitments

Late pickup Germie Bernard completes a balanced, underhanded solid class for Mel Tucker after Sparty’s on-court breakout.

20. Mississippi State

21 verbal commitments, 1 SI99 member

Trevion Williams was elevated to SI99 status as a top defensive lineman pushed the Bulldogs into the top 20.

21. Florida

17 verbal commitments, 3 SI99 members

The Gators missed key goals Wednesday, but didn’t hit. Wide receiver Caleb Douglas signed on, and the program held Alabama and others for late offensive lineman Jalen Farmer.

22. South Carolina

22 verbal commitments

23.Arizona

22 verbal commitments, 2 SI99 members

24. State of Florida

16 verbal commitments

25. Ole Miss

18 verbal commitments

Under consideration: Vanderbilt, Indiana, Oregon, Boston College and Baylor

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