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National Signing Day 2019: What Is It and Which Is the Top Recruiting School?

The college football recruiting process for 2019 comes to its traditional end on Wednesday with National Signing Day.

While there is a legitimate argument to be made for December’s Early Signing Period as the real main event of the recruiting season, National Signing Day still retains its aura. Crucially, it also retains its importance too, as a number of top-100 recruits are yet to commit.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Who’s the number one recruiting school?

Alabama currently holds top spot, a year after its seven-year run of No.1 classes was interrupted. As of Tuesday morning, the Tide secured 28 commitments, 27 of which are rated as four or five-stars. To put things into context, 12 of the top 100-ranked recruits on the 247 Sports Composite rankings have committed to Alabama, while the Pac 12 as a whole has 11.

Georgia is second with 22 commitments, followed by Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. The former and the latter both have 24 commits, with two and three five-star recruits each, respectively. Texas A&M also has two five-star commits among its 25 but has 14 4-star recruits, which currently place it just ahead of the Sooners.

Who is the number one recruit?

A simple enough question, one might think. Except it is anything but. There are three different rating systems in college football—ESPN, Rivals and 247 Sports—and all use different data to analyze the players.

For example, new Alabama recruit Antonio Alfano tops the ranking for 247 Sports and Rivals but is ranked as 28th by ESPN. Similarly, Kayvon Thibodeaux, who has committed to Oregon, is ranked sixth by 247 Sports but tops the ranking for ESPN.

Likewise, new Louisiana State University recruit Derek Stingley could stake his claim as the top recruit in the country. The cornerback is ranked first in the Rivals rankings, second in 247 and 18th in ESPN's.

In short, there’s no exact science to determine who is the best new recruit in college football.

Which players are yet to commit?

There are a number of top players who have yet to choose which college they will attend. Defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher ranks ninth in the 247 Composite rankings and has offers from Alabama, LSU and Oregon.

Offensive tackle Darnell Wright is a step below him in the rankings and has offers from Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Further down the rankings, number 41 Henry To’oto’o can choose from Alabama, Tennessee, Utah, Washington and USC.

In the ESPN 300, meanwhile, there are 39 prospects who remain unsigned and 14 uncommitted who will make their decision on Wednesday.

Can I watch National Signing Day?

Absolutely. ESPN will broadcast throughout the day from 12 p.m. ET across ESPN2, ESPNU and the ESPN app. CBS will also cover National Signing Day across its platforms and 247 will air its National Signing Day show on Facebook Live throughout the day from 8 a.m. ET.

Nick Saban, Alabama Crimson Tide Nick Saban, head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi's Stadium on January 7 in Santa Clara, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

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