Wednesday will be historic for LSU, coach Ed Orgeron and the entire college football world as thousands of high school seniors make their commitments binding in the inaugural early national signing period.
In so many ways, Wednesday will look and feel like the same old signing days of years past, with the fax machines churning out signed letters. But the early date — and the fact there are two signing periods — is all new for college football.
Prospects have a 72-hour period to sign, starting at midnight Dec. 20 and ending at midnight of Dec. 23. Players are still allowed to sign during the traditional national signing day, this year on Feb. 7.
If you're a little unsure about this new signing period, here's a quick breakdown...
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Where LSU stands with its 2018 recruiting class
Below is a list of LSU commitments. It's reasonable to expect the Tigers will sign about 18 of these recruits during the new early signing period. Most will sign on the first day.
Nat. position rank^
DE Jarell Cherry
ILB Micah Baskerville #
OT Badara Traore #
Hyde Park, Maryland (ASA College-N.Y.)
DT Chasen Hines
Marshall, Texas (Marshall)
DT Davin Cotton
WR Kenan Jones
RB Chris Curry
Lehigh Acres, Florida (Leehigh)
ILB Damone Clark
Baton Rouge (Southern Lab)
WR Jaray Jenkins
DE Travez Moore
Bastrop (Copiah-Lincoln CC-Miss.)
DT Dare Rosenthal
OT Cameron Wire
Gonzales (East Ascension)
OC Cole Smith #
Pontotoc, Mississippi (Pontotoc)
DT Dominic Livingston
Houston (Aldine Davis)
TE Zach Sheffer #
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida (Nease)
DT Nelson Jenkins
ATH Tae Provens #
Gurley, Alabama (MadisonCounty)
S ArDarius Washington
ATH Dantrieze Scott
OG Damien Lewis
Canton, Mississippi (NW Miss. CC-Miss.)
#Expected to enroll in January
^Rankings from 247Sports composite
*Ranking among junior college players only
A few names to watch who haven't committed
Two uncommitted, highly-recruited prospects plan to announce and sign during the 72-hour early signing period.
Houston cornerback Anthony Cook is picking among Texas, Ohio State and LSU on Dec. 20.
Parkway High’s Terrace Marshall, the top-ranked receiver in the nation, will choose between Texas, LSU, Texas A&M and Florida State on Dec. 22.
Where LSU's class stands in the national rankings
How you can follow live coverage Wednesday
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