College football recruiting: Three storylines to follow next week during National Signing Day 2022

With less than a week until the traditional National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 2, there is still a frenetic pace being kept by college football coaches. Many signed complete classes in December during the early signing period, while others — especially the new coaches at new places on the heels of one of the most insane coaching carousels in recent memory — are hitting the transfer portal hard while trying to round out their inaugural classes in time for next week.

Currently, only eight of the top 100 players in the final 247Sports Class of 2022 Top247 remain unsigned. From that eight, only two are committed — announcing their pledges after early signing period. Just six players in the top 100 are uncommitted.

While no one is likely to extend their decision as late as the No. 1 player in the 2021 class — J.T. Tuimoloau — did (he announced on July 4), the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle, Josh Conerly Jr., who played in the same league as Tuimoloau, has already announced that he won’t make a decision until March.

So there is still plenty to watch and some key storylines to follow, and below are the three most important to keep an eye on as National Signing Day approaches.

What will Coach Prime do for an encore?

College football was floored on the first day of the early signing period when the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the 2022 class, Travis Hunter, announced he was flipping from Florida State — where he was a longtime commit — to Jackson State. Hunter signed with Jackson State later that day, citing the coaching and development that coach Deion Sanders would provide. 

Hunter playing cornerback was a big reason for joining Sanders at the FCS level. Sanders also played some wide receiver back in the day, and Hunter is an elite…


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