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2 Major Programs Named "Losers" Of National Signing Day

Miami players hit Bethune Cookman's quarterback.

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 02: Larry Brihm Jr. #2 of the Bethune Cookman Wildcats passes during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Hard Rock Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

College football's 2019 recruiting cycle is wrapping up, with the early signing period beginning this morning. The majority of the country's top recruits have made their decisions official.

The SEC, unsurprisingly, is dominating this year's recruiting class.

Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M, among other programs, have some of the country's top classes. All three programs fared well during today's early signing period, too.

A couple of major programs didn't fare so well, though.

USA TODAY has named two major programs the "losers" of today's early signing day.

The two programs: Miami and UCLA.


Miami (Fla.)

Heading into the early signing period, Miami's class was notable more for the flurry of prospects who backed out of their verbal commitments. It's fair to call a class currently ranked outside the top 25 by a disappointment. But there's still time for the Hurricanes to salvage this class by the traditional signing day, even if most of the top prospects are already off the board.


The Bruins are never going to be a recruiting powerhouse under Chip Kelly, who eschews player rankings and top 100 lists in favor of the sort of prospects who fit his very specific scheme. Still, it's typically in a new coach's first full recruiting class that he sells the promise of the future and, most importantly, the potential for early playing time. It was fair to expect more than a class currently ranked outside the top 50 nationally.

You can view the full list of winners and losers here.

Miami, especially, had a really disappointing day. The Hurricanes lost out on some of their top prospects and have had several major de-commitments during the 2019 cycle.

The U's class ranks in a place it surely doesn't want to be.

The 2019 cycle isn't completely over, though. There are still some notable prospects that have yet to make their decisions, so Miami and UCLA have time to improve on their current crops.

Still, it's been a disappointing cycle so far.