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Led by Alabama, here are the top 10 football recruiting classes for 2021 in the nation

Fort Worth All Saints offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer was a part of Alabama's recruiting class that's No. 1. He's one of six five-star signees that inked with the Crimson Tide.

The usual suspects dominated the recruiting landscape in a cycle unlike any before it because of the travel restrictions placed upon coaches and prospects in 2020. Here's a look at the top 10 classes in the nation (player rankings from 247Sports) after this week's early signing period, which ends Friday:

1. Alabama

Number of players signed: 23

Top commits: OT JC Latham, OT Tommy Brockermeyer, DE Dallas Turner

Overview:The Crimson Tide signed six five-star prospects in the 2021 cycle, including three players ranked inside the national top 10. Five-star defensive tackle Damon Payne signed late in the day. 

The two-highest rated players are offensive tackles. Latham is the second-ranked player in the entire class and Brockermeyer is ranked fifth, according to 247Sports. Turner paces the defensive class. He’s a five-star defensive end who is considered one of the two best pass rushers in the nation. Alabama signed players from 10 different states, including six from Florida. Nick Saban signed only five from Alabama.  

2. Ohio State

Number of signed players: 21

Top commits: DE Jack Sawyer, WR Emeka Egbuka, OL Donovan Jackson

Overview:Ohio State signed five five-star talents, including Sawyer, who was Ohio’s best recruit and the fourth-ranked recruit in the entire class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The other four five-star prospects who inked with Ohio State project to the offensive side of the football. Egbuka is the nation’s best wide receiver. Jackson was the best offensive lineman in Texas the last two seasons and the former MVP of The Opening Finals. 

Jack Sawyer, who was Ohio’s best recruit and the fourth-ranked recruit in the entire class, signed with Ohio State on Wednesday.

Winners and losers of early signing day:Alabama and Ohio State (predictably) have good days

3. LSU

Number of signed players: 18

Top commits: DT Maason Smith, DB Sage Ryan, DB Derrick Davis Jr.  

Overview: LSU moved past Georgia into third place despite losing two commitments to Alabama in Keanu Koht and JoJo Earle. LSU weathered a difficult season on the field to sign a class worthy of a recent national champion. Smith, a Louisiana native, is the nation’s top defensive tackle prospect. 

4. Georgia

Number of signed players: 20

Top commits: OT Amarius Mims, QB Brock Vandagriff, LB Smael Mondon

Overview: The only programs that signed more five-star commitments than Georgia (4) were Alabama (6) and Ohio State (5). Mims was a national top-10 recruit and the best prospect out of the state of Georgia. Vandagriff was the second-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the nation. Xavian Sorey and Mondon are five-star outside linebacker prospects. 

5. Clemson

Number of signed players: 18

Top commits: RB Will Shipley, LB Barrett Carter, LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. 

Overview: Clemson is a yearly staple among the top recruiting classes alongside the SEC powers and Ohio State. That continued in the 2021 cycle with the Tigers checking in at fifth nationally heading into another ACC championship appearance. Shipley was the nation’s top-rated all-purpose running back. Carter is ranked third among outside linebacker prospects. Trotter, the son of a former NFL linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, is ranked as the second-best middle linebacker in the country.  

6. Oregon 

Number of signed players: 20

Top commits: OT Kingsley Suamataia, WR Troy Franklin, QB Ty Thompson

Overview: Oregon failed to sign a top-10 class in the 2020 cycle, but the Ducks rebounded with the best class in the Pac-12 despite some inconsistencies during a shortened regular season. Suamataia, Franklin and Thompson rank inside the national top 40. The five highest-rated players in the class project to offense. Four-star inside linebacker Keith Brown is the highest-rated defensive pledge. 

7. Oklahoma

Number of signed players: 16

Top commits: QB Caleb Williams, ATH Billy Bowman, WR Mario Williams

Overview: Oklahoma jumped a pair of schools on Wednesday when four-star offensive tackle Savion Byrd chose the Sooners over his hometown SMU Mustangs. It was another big win for Oklahoma across the Red River. The Sooners dominated the Longhorns inside the Lone Star State, even flipping four-star athlete Billy Bowman Jr. the week of the Red River Showdown game in October.  

Oklahoma might not be done adding to its class. Running back Camar Wheaton and offensive lineman Bryce Foster, both Texans, are national top-100 prospects who are leaning toward the Sooners. Neither of those players elected to sign on the first day of the early period. Williams is the top-rated quarterback in the nation. 

8. Florida

Number of signed players: 21

Top commits: CB Jason Marshall, DE Jeremiah Williams, DE Tyreak Sapp

Overview: A trip to the SEC title game helped the Gators sign a talented class. Marshall, the lone five-star recruit, headlines the a defense-heavy class. Pro-style quarterback Carlos Del Rio-Wilson is the highest-rated offensive commitment. Williams and Sapp should provide depth along the defensive line as true freshmen. 

9. Notre Dame

Number of signed players: 24

Top commits: OT Blake Fisher, OL Rocco Spindler, QB Tyler Buchner

Overview: The five best players in Notre Dame’s class project to offense, including a pair of elite linemen. Fisher is a 6-5, 336-pound bulldozer who was considered the best prospect in Indiana. Spindler was among the nation’s best interior prospects. Dual-threat quarterback Tyler Buchner will be in position to compete for the starting spot when current starter Ian Book exits campus. 

10. Michigan

Number of signed players: 18

Top commits: QB J.J. McCarthy, WR Xavier Worthy, OT Giovanni El-Hadi

Overview: Eighteen players signed despite the uncertainty facing coach Jim Harbaugh after another disappointing season. The class is headlined by McCarthy, the nation’s second-ranked pocket passer. Worthy, the 12th-best wide receiver in the cycle, should break into the rotation as a freshman. El-Hadi is the future at left tackle.