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Recruiting: Four players to watch on the second day of the early signing period

Recruiting: Four players to watch on the second day of the early signing period

The first day of the early signing period is the loudest and busiest, but there are a handful of players who opted not to sign on Wednesday.

Here are the players to keep an eye on Thursday (and perhaps longer).

Cormani McClain (Lakeland CB)

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Lakeland's Cormani McClain puts on the baseball cap after choosing Miami in October.

It says a lot about a player when their decision not to sign is a big deal.

McClain, a Miami commit, opted not to sign Wednesday and it’s not immediately clear when he will put pen to paper.

He hasn’t publicly backed away from his Miami commitment, but he does have other suitors. Colorado immediately became an option after new coach Deion Sanders reportedly called Wednesday. Alabama also is seen a strong contender to the Hurricanes.

Sanders shockingly signed Travis Hunter, the nation’s top recruit in 2022, at Jackson State last year and looks like he’s trying to repeat the feat with McClain this year. Alabama would love to add McClain to the nation’s top recruiting class.

Can Miami, which currently has the No. 3 class in the country, keep McClain in the fold or will more drama ensue?

Jordan Hall (Westside DL)

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Westside's Jordan Hall (44) on the sidelines during first half action. Ed White traveled to Westside High School for Thursday night football, October 27, 2022.

One of the state’s two premier defensive tackles is down to four: Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU. He is scheduled to announce at 2:30 p.m.

The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder, nicknamed “Big Baby,” had 106 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, nine sacks and 29 quarterback hurries in nine games this season.

It wouldn’t be a shock to see Hall put on a hat of any of his four finalists.

Desmond Ricks (IMG CB)

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Five-star cornerback Desmond Ricks from the Class of 2023

Ricks, the five-star cornerback who reclassified from the 2024 class in October, is scheduled to announce at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder is down to Alabama, Florida and LSU. He’s visited all three schools this month, with LSU getting an official visit this past weekend.

Several analysts are predicting Ricks will sign with LSU.

Conrad Hussey (St. Thomas Aquinas S)

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Conrad Hussey (29) of St. Thomas closes in for a tackle as John Ponder (4) of Tampa Bay Tech looks for running room  during second quarter of the Class 7A state championship game at DRV PNK Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, FL  Dec. 17, 2021.

Hussey is another player who was expected to sign Wednesday but chose to wait.

The 6-foot-, 190-pound St. Thomas Aquinas standout has been verbally committed to Penn State since late April but has been heavily recruited by Florida State and Miami in recent weeks.

Hussey took an official visit to Florida State on Dec. 9. He was on Miami’s campus this past weekend after helping Aquinas win the Class 3M state championship.

Penn State had multiple coaches, including defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, at the state championship game. One of his closest friends, Aquinas teammate King Mack, signed with Penn State on Wednesday. Florida State and Miami have been passionate in their pursuit.

Whenever Hussey signs, it’s going to be a big deal.


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