How Contenders Fared on Signing Day

National Signing Day isn't the spectacle it once was, with the December signing window now many coaches' preferred time to acquire new prospects. But with last season over and done with, and the 2020 season still six months away, National Signing Day still gives us plenty of clues as to who might be lifting the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy in Miami next January. So how did next year's top contenders fare?

LSU Tigers
Last season couldn't have gone better for LSU -- unbeaten champions in the Southeastern Conference, and victors in the playoff final against Clemson. The Tigers had a successful cycle before Signing Day, enrolling five-star tight end Arik Gilbert, and Elias Ricks, a five-star cornerback. On Signing Day itself, they secured four-star running back Kevontre Bradford to replace Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who has declared for the NFL draft. LSU landed fewer's top-10 ranked 2020 prospects than any of the other teams profiled here, so may have their work cut out to stay ahead of the pack when it comes to the National Championship.

Clemson Tigers

The reigning champions were agonizingly close to glory last season, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 14-1 record, but falling short against LSU in the National Playoff final. Head coach Dabo Swinney is well prepared for the 2020 season and had his 23-man roster, including five five-star players (more than any other team here), finalized before National Signing Day -- no wonder the latest American football odds make them favorites to win next year's championship. That allowed the team to look ahead to 2021, obtaining a hard commit from the number one high-school player in the country, five-star defensive end Korey Foreman.

Georgia Bulldogs
The Dawgs did good business on National Signing Day, bringing in four-star running back Daijun Edwards after Zachary Evans rescinded his letter of intent, and also locking down five-star offensive tackle and Peach State native Broderick Jones. The December signings of five-star tight-end Darnell Washington and five-star cornerback Kelee Ringo may prove pivotal to the Bulldogs' hopes of overcoming Georgia and Alabama in the competitive Southeastern Conference next year.

Alabama Crimson Tide

Outshone by Clemson and Georgia last year, the Crimson Tide look ahead to the next season with great excitement having acquired the signature of five-star quarterback, and 247sports' number one-ranked player, Bryce Young. Young shone for Mater Dei, the nation's second-highest ranked high school, and was also courted by South Carolina. Elsewhere, coach Nick Saban secured four-star defensive tackle Jamil Burroughs and four-star wide receiver Javon Baker.

Ohio State Buckeyes
There was little news on signing day for the Buckeyes. But the team remained happy, as a week earlier four-star athlete Cameron Martinez confirmed -- on Twitter -- that he would honor his pledge to Ohio. Coach Ryan Day had signatures from 24 of their 25 recruits in December, and preparations for next season are already well underway, where they will be hoping to go one better than their narrow loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl after having won the Big Ten with a 13-1 record.

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