College football recruiting: Texas A&M, LSU among five teams that can close strong on National Signing Day

With National Signing Day quickly approaching on Wednesday, a number of schools that have focused their energy on February instead of the early signing period in December are poised to wrap up their classes. Whether it was a result of coaching changes, expected NFL departures or just being old school, there is still some intrigue surrounding the first Wednesday in February despite the early signing period stealing some of the buzz in recent years. 

Below is a look at five schools that will still have their eyes wide open come Wednesday for some key announcements that will help them close 2022 National Signing Day on a high note.

The team that is already No. 1 in the recruiting rankings is chasing history at this point as it leaves everyone else behind. The Aggies are aligned to sign the highest-rated class in 247Sports history — and that’s if they didn’t sign another player in this class. Still, they are in the mix for Harold Perkins, the nation’s No. 1 linebacker, who committed to the Aggies during the Under Armour All-America Game but decommitted a week ago. They’re the Crystal Ball leader for top-10 prospect Shemar Stewart, the No. 9 overall prospect in the 2022 class and a player that could make the already elite defensive line class Jimbo Fisher is welcoming to College Station even more special. And they’re in the final three for four-star safety Jacoby Mathews, the top-100 prospect from Louisiana who is weighing the Aggies, LSU and Florida.

LSU

If Lincoln Riley’s departure from Oklahoma to USC wasn’t a big enough move during a wild coaching carousel, Brian Kelly leaving Notre Dame for LSU raised it up a notch. While the Tigers had a good-but-not-great December, their February could be great if a few things break their way. They, too, are…

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