NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Local student-athletes sign letters of intent

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Local student-athletes sign letters of intent

Alabama's class was rated in the top ten of the major recruiting services while Auburn's signing class fell outside the top ten for the first time since 2012.

Here's a pretty grim omen at the dawn of national signing day: USF's official football Twitter account now is suspended.USF now is working with Twitter to rectify the problem.

All other sports had an early signing period in November.

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Wednesday, National Signing Day, is a huge day for local high school athletes, as they announce the decision of a lifetime and let everyone know where they plan to play in college. The Bulldogs took the title from Alabama, which had the No. 1 class for seven years in a row.

Georgia is the big victor in this year's college football recruiting battle, displacing Alabama.

"Last year, in the month of January, I think 172 guys de-committed and this year it was 26", Strong said. "I feel he was keeping it real with me from the get-go".

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Of course this is not the only reason Alabama had trouble in this recruiting class, but it is definitely a factor.

USF's class is ranked second in the American Athletic Conference behind Cincinnati, ranking 56th nationally by Rivals and 61st by 247sports.

Many chose to stay close to home and attend schools in-state like Carson-Newman, Maryville College, Austin Peay and Tennessee Tech.

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