2023 National Signing Day Tracker: Rashada picks Arizona State, Harbor to SC
One of the most anticipated days of the college football offseason has arrived as National Signing Day is officially underway.
There are a number of blue-chip prospects expected to announce their college decision and sign on the dotted line Wednesday. That includes five-star athlete Nyckoles Harbor, who announced his commitment to South Carolina earlier in the day.
While many of the top recruits throughout the nation signed their national letter of intent during the early signing period, there are still plenty of fireworks expected from the early hours of Wednesday morning until late in the evening on the West Coast.
In the meantime, catch up on December’s signing day with our full tracker, as well as who won big or lost out.
We’ve got you covered with all the biggest news and updates throughout National Signing Day.
Who has signed:
Cormani McClain, CB, Colorado
247Sports Composite Ranking: 13
Why it matters: McClain made it official Wednesday, signing with Colorado after flipping his commitment from Miami to CU following a January visit to Boulder. The five-star cornerback out of Lakeland, Florida is the highest-ranked high school recruit in Deion Sanders’ first class as the Buffaloes’ head coach. McClain is set to team up with former five-star cornerback Travis Hunter, who announced his intention to join Sanders and transfer from Jackson State to Colorado in December.
Nyckoles Harbor, ATH, South Carolina
247Sports Composite Ranking: 19
Why it matters: Harbor was one of the top uncommitted prospects heading into Wednesday, with South Carolina and Oregon believed to be the favorites. In the end, the Gamecocks were able to win out as Harbor announced his commitment to Shane Beamer and South Carolina during a ceremony at Archbishop High School. The 6-foot-5, 225 pound tight end/edge rusher is also a track and field star and one of the top high school sprinters in the nation.
Rodrick Pleasant, CB, Oregon
247Sports Composite Ranking: 91
Why it matters: Oregon head coach Dan Lanning has won another hotly-contested recruiting battle for a top defensive prospect in a rival’s backyard. Pleasant, a Southern California native, spurned both UCLA and USC — the two other finalists in his recruitment — with his decision. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Pleasant, who is considered one of the fastest players in the country, joins fellow four-star cornerbacks Cole Martin and Daylen Austin among a stacked group of 2023 defensive backs in Eugene.
Walker Lyons, TE, USC
247Sports Composite Ranking: 123
Why it matters: A four-star tight end prospect who was previously committed to Stanford, Lyons backed off that pledge in late November and signed with Lincoln Riley and the Trojans on Wednesday. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect is a four-star recruit and the No. 5 ranked tight end in the nation. Lyons’ pledge gives the Trojans another highly-touted pass-catcher in this 2023 class, joining five-star WRs Zachariah Branch and Makai Lemon.
Shamar Easter, TE, Arkansas
247Sports Composite Ranking: 184
Why it matters: Sam Pittman and the Razorbacks’ coaching staff secured their top remaining target Wednesday as Easter reaffirmed his commitment to Arkansas. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound in-state prospect announced his initial commitment to the Razorbacks back in August but delayed signing his national letter of intent. With Easter now on board, the Razorbacks secure one of the most talented tight end prospects in the class, ranked as the No. 10 TE in the 2023 class and the top player in the state of Arkansas, per 247Sports composite rankings. He has exceptional size, length and athleticism, which should make him a matchup problem for opposing defenses.
Mikal Harrison-Pilot, ATH, Houston
247Sports Composite Ranking: 196
Why it matters: The Cougars kicked off the day with a massive signing as Harrison-Pilot, the No. 7 ranked athlete in the 2023 class, signed his national letter of intent. The 6-foot, 190-pound in-state prospect verbally committed to the Cougars on Jan. 7 at the All-American Bowl and made it official on Wednesday. Harrison-Pilot is the top-ranked prospect in Dana Holgorsen’s 2023 class and is expected to play wide receiver for the Cougars.
Taeshaun Lyons, WR, Washington
247Sports Composite Ranking: 225
Why it matters: Washington’s talented wide receiver room got another big boost Wednesday as Lyons officially signed with the Huskies. The four-star prospect out of Heyward, California is the No. 34 ranked wide receiver recruit in the 2023 class, per 247Sports composite rankings. He committed to Kalen DeBoer and the Huskies back in December and made it official Wednesday. Washington now has seven four-star prospects committed in its 2023 recruiting class.
Chimdy Onoh, OL, Penn State
247Sports Composite Ranking: 257
Why it matters: Onoh was a late bloomer, initially committed to Old Dominion (the only FBS school to offer him) before a flood of Power 5 offers near the end of his senior season. Onoh received offers from Nebraska, Colorado, Syracuse, Ole Miss and Michigan State, in addition to Penn State, and took official visits to the latter three schools before signing with the Nittany Lions on Wednesday. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Onoh becomes the fourth four-star lineman in James Franklin’s 2023 class.
Andrew Harris, LB, UCF
247Sports Composite Ranking: 305
Why it matters: Harris was committed to UCF for several months before decommitting in December, but the four-star linebacker out of Altamonte Springs (FL.) Lake Brantley ultimately chose to stay close to home. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Harris joins fellow defensive prospects John Walker and Isaiah Nixon atop the Golden Knights’ 2023 class. His twin brother, Michael, will not be joining him in Orlando as Michael signed with Maryland on Wednesday.
Caden Jones, OL, Florida
247Sports Composite Ranking: 362
Why it matters: Jones, a four-star offensive tackle prospect out of New Orleans, announced his commitment to the Gators back on Jan. 7 at the All-American Bowl. He made it official Wednesday, signing his national letter of intent to join Billy Napier’s 2023 class, which ranks in the top 15 nationally, per 247Sports.com. Jones is a massive offensive tackle prospect, standing at 6-foot-8, 329 pounds. He took official visits to both Houston and Texas A&M before announcing his commitment to the Gators.
Ja’Kobi Lane, WR, USC
247Sports Composite Ranking: 387
Why it matters: Lane’s rollercoaster recruitment came to an end Wednesday when he officially put pen to paper and signed with the Trojans. The four-star from Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain High School verbally committed to USC in August after he was widely expected to commit to Oregon and then-Ducks offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham. Lane then delayed his official visit to USC in December after Dillingham, newly hired as the head coach at nearby Arizona State, made another big push for the receiver. Lane ultimately decided to stick with Lincoln Riley and the Trojans. The lanky 6-foot-4, 175-pound pass-catcher should be a welcome addition to USC’s wide receiver room.
Michael Harris, LB, Maryland
247Sports Composite Ranking: 388
Why it matters: Harris, like his twin brother Andrew, is a four-star linebacker out of Altamonte Springs (FL.) Lake Brantley and was committed to UCF at one point. Unlike his brother, Michael Harris ultimately chose to head out of state to play college football, signing with Maryland on Wednesday. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Harris is a fast, slim athlete who can use his explosiveness to cover large swaths of the field.
Who has committed:
Jaden Rashada, QB, Arizona State
247Sports Composite Ranking: 82
Why it matters: The former Florida signee was released from his national letter of intent this past month and announced his commitment to Kenny Dillingham and the Sun Devils on Wednesday. Rashada is the No. 7 ranked QB prospect in the 2023 class and is now Arizona State’s highest-ranked commitment. TCU was also in the running to for Rashada, but in the end, the four-star QB made the decision to commit to ASU, where his father, Harlen, also played.
Kendrick Gilbert, DL, Kentucky
247Sports Composite Ranking: 381
Why it matters: Gilbert becomes one of the highest-rated recruits in Mark Stoops’ 2023 class, and his addition is thanks in part to one of Kentucky’s most hated rivals. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound four-star was a longtime Purdue commit before Boilermakers head coach Jeff Brohm left to take the same job at Louisville in December. The departure of Brohm’s staff reportedly gave Kentucky an opening to flip Gilbert, an Indianapolis native.
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