Across the state of Florida, the top programs brought in some of the state and nation's top recruits during the early National Signing Day on Wednesday.
2021 makes the fifth straight year high school seniors are allowed to sign with colleges of their choice in mid-December.
The Miami Hurricanes, who recently hired former offensive lineman Mario Cristobal as their new head coach, signed a smaller class of eight players. The class included several South Florida players, including four-star LB Wesley Bissainthe from Miami Central and four-star DL Nyjilak Kelly from Fort Lauderdale Dillard.
FIU, who also will have a new coach next season after recently hiring Mike MacIntyre, did not make any signings and have four verbal commits.
Other state schools were expected to come to South Florida and get top recruits. The FSU Seminoles, who lost the top ranked player when Travis Hunter signed with FCS team Jackson State, signed four players from Miami-Dade and Broward.
The Florida Gators, who will welcome new head coach Billy Napier next season, had one signing from South Florida in three-star OL David Connor from Deerfield Beach.
UCF and USF combined for just one South Florida signing, with three-star OL Jamaal Johnson from Hollywood Chaminade Madonna going to the Knights. The FAU Owls signed two players, neither from South Florida.
The traditional National Signing Day continues to take place the first Wednesday in February.
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