The 2019 college football season is still months away, but the start of spring practice is inching closer for all 130 teams (some have already begun), so it’s never too early to look ahead at the upcoming year and rank some of the top players returning to the gridiron. Quarterbacks take the top spot in the rankings for '19. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa narrowly edges Clemson's Trevor Lawrence in the early top 50, with Texas' Sam Ehlinger, Oregon's Justin Herbert and Georgia's Jake Fromm all ranked in the top seven.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban doesn't rebuild, he reloads. His 2019 recruiting class is a testament to that notion and a sign that Alabama isn't slowing down anytime soon. The Crimson Tide have secured the No. 1 recruiting class for the eighth time in the last nine years. Here is a look at the top five newcomers to watch in 2019 for the juggernaut that calls Tuscaloosa home.
College football’s 2019 National Signing Day is officially in the books. Every FBS program inked recruits to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday or in the early period in December, which means coaching staffs should have a good snapshot of how their program looks for the upcoming season. And if teams didn't fill their needs on the recruiting trail, a trip to the transfer portal could be in order.
National Signing Day is Christmas in February for some college football teams and heartbreak city just ahead of Valentine's Day for many of the others. Recruiting rankings are not always the most accurate of measuring sticks, but they do give a pretty good idea of the amount of talent each program secured in a given year that could mean the difference between wins or loses in the years to come.
Every season college football fans are on pins and needles in anticipation of the new recruiting class and what that may mean to their beloved team’s future success. Even mentioning the possibility of landing a top-of-the-line, game-changing 5-star recruit and then landing said player... forget about it. The diehards go crazy imagining what this means in terms of conference titles and national championships.
With the introduction of the early signing period for college football, much of the anticipation of National Signing Day has subsided with high-profile programs now locking in top recruits as early as December. Yet, not every team fanatic and college football staff member needs to start praying to Saint Jude for help.
If one word could be used to describe the college football quarterback landscape it would be — change. The annual quarterback churn is in full effect as the combination of graduations, early departures by underclassmen, and a rash of transfers means that for the second straight season nearly two thirds of the projected starting quarterbacks in the Power 5 conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) along will be new compared to this time last year.