Three five-star 2020 prospects remain unsigned heading into National Signing Day

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This is not your father’s National Signing Day. To say the least.

For most of the first two decades of the 21st century, the first Wednesday in February was a veritable college football holiday. National Signing Day was a day in which (insert your school’s name here) added shiny new players who you just knew would be the final pieces needed for a run at the national championship. Now? Thanks to the Early Signing Period in December, not so much.

From ESPN.com ($):

In December, 274 of the ESPN 300 prospects signed their national letter of intent with their respective schools. Among the 26 prospects who didn’t sign, 15 are committed to a school, while 11 are uncommitted and unsigned.

That total number of recruits to sign in December has gradually increased each year that we’ve had the early signing period. In December 2017, when the Class of 2018 first experienced an early signing period, 221 recruits signed. That went up to 260 in the previous class and 14 more for this time around.

According to the 247Sports.com composite, a whopping 92 of the Top 100 2020 high school prospects put pen to paper on Dec. 18. Of those eight still unsigned, three are five-star recruits:

While unsigned, Burch is verbally committed to South Carolina and Jones to Georgia. Evans actually signed with Georgia, but, well, that trainwreck is still ongoing.

It’s widely expected that Jones, who canceled a visit to Auburn last week, will follow through with his verbal commitment and sign with Georgia.

When it comes to Burch, though, there’s some concern that he could flip. Specifically, a late-January visit to the reigning national champions has some thinking that LSU will win out in the end. Clemson has also been in the mix for the top-rated player in the state of South Carolina, although they are a longshot at best.

That five-star drama should be over relatively early as Jones is expected to make his announcement at nine a.m. ET Wednesday, Burch at noon.

As for the rest? Below are the remaining Top 100 players who have yet to sign:

While not verbally committed, Williams and Collins are seen as virtual locks to sign with Florida (HERE) and Texas (HERE). Alabama is a heavy favorite to land Jackson, who is scheduled to announce his decision at 9:30 a.m. ET.

At the moment, Van Pran will announce at 10 a.m. ET. Collins will make the Longhorn faithful wait until 3:50 ET to put his Herbie Hancock on a National Letter of Intent.

One final note as to how far National Signing Day has fallen off the radar: ESPN will air just three hours of coverage this year. From 3-4 p.m. ET. And then from 9-11 p.m. ET. On ESPNU.

As they say, there’s your sign.

Reports: Miami hiring Lance Guidry from Tulane as DC

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Miami is hiring Lance Guidry, who was defensive coordinator at Marshall last season and recently accepted the same position at Tulane, to lead its defense, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal was still being finalized between Guidry and Miami.

The 51-year-old Louisiana native was hired way from Marshall by Tulane just last month. Now he’ll replace Kevin Steele on Mario Cristobal‘s staff at Miami. Steele is reportedly on his way to Alabama to become Nick Saban‘s defensive coordinator after holding that position for one season with the Hurricanes.

Alabama has yet to make the hiring of Steele and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees official. Rees had been assistant at Notre Dame.

Tulane announced the hiring of Guidry on Jan. 23 to replace Chris Hampton, who left the New Orleans-based school to join Oregon’s staff as an assistant coach.

Guidry’s defenses at Marshall ranked third in the nation in yards per play this season (4.56) and 26th nationally in 2021 (5.14 ypp).

Iowa-Northwestern set for Wrigley Field in November

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CHICAGO — Wrigley Field will host a college football game for the third time since 2010 when Iowa plays Northwestern next season.

Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs announced that the Wildcats’ home game will be played Nov. 4.

Northwestern played Illinois at Wrigley in 2010 in the MLB ballpark’s first college football game since 1938, and the Wildcats hosted Purdue there in 2021.

Wrigley Field has a long history of hosting football games. The Chicago Bears played there from 1921 to 1970 before moving to Soldier Field. The old Chicago Cardinals also played at Wrigley, as well as DePaul until its program folded in 1939.

Northwestern had been scheduled to play Wisconsin at Wrigley in 2020, but the game was moved to Ryan Field in Evanston because of the COVID-19 pandemic.