Biggest questions, needs and targets for each top-25 recruiting class

  • ESPN staff writer
  • Joined ESPN in 2011
  • Graduated from Central Michigan

We are one month from the early signing period, which starts Dec. 16 and runs through Dec. 18.

That means college coaches are starting to cram in their last efforts to fill their 2021 recruiting classes and are making their final pitches on Zoom to try to close strong. It has been a weird recruiting year with no in-person visits since March, and now the early signing period is happening when some teams are still playing football.

There isn’t enough time in the day for coaches to put their full effort toward recruiting, so it is going to be an absolutely weird and wild finish. Whether they are ready or not, this early signing period is fast approaching.

To get a better picture of where some teams stand, we outlined some of the biggest questions, biggest needs and biggest targets for every team ranked in the top 25 of the recruiting class rankings.

1. Alabama

This is already the No. 1-ranked class overall with the most ESPN 300 commits of any program, so there aren’t many needs left. Alabama has the No. 2-ranked prospect overall in offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer and three total five-star recruits committed.

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