What happened on National Signing Day 2019?
The 2019 Texas football recruiting class wasn’t able to add anything to the 24 commits it came into National Signing Day with, but retention was a common theme that stood out. Prospect retention was a theme across the Big 12, and Texas football did a good job of successfully pulling that off on Feb. 6.
Herman and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando did lose a big time JUCO prospect to the Ole Miss Rebels. A key running back target also gave his commitment and signed with Ole Miss on National Signing Day. But, Texas wasn’t the favorite for either of those two prospects, four-star JUCO linebacker Lakia Henry or five-star running back Jerrion Ealy, so losing them doesn’t hurt much.
However, among the scheduled commitments set for National Signing Day, there were more than 50 ranked prospects with announcements today. There were also a few unexpected flips that went to the benefit of teams like the Georgia Bulldogs and Florida Gators. Georgia had one of the bigger wins of National Signing Day when it was able to flip elite five-star wide receiver George Pickens from the rival Auburn Tigers.
For yet another recruiting cycle, head coach Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide finished at the top of the national class rankings with head coach Kirby Smart and Georgia ringing in at No. 2. The 247Sports Team Composite Rankings looked very similar for the 2019 recruiting cycle that it did for 2018.