The FCS early National Signing Period has opened up, and prospective FCS athletes can sign with their chosen school from today (Wednesday, Dec. 19) until Friday (Dec. 21). Then the next time they can sign a letter of intent begins on Wednesday, Feb. 6 until April 1 in 2019.
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Thanks to the FCS Playoffs, coaching changes and the FCS All-American teams, FCS recruiting has had to take a bit of a backseat to other topics, but below HERO Sports will list the schools who have sent us their press releases — ranked by the sizes of the classes they've brought on. I also hunted down the FCS Quarterfinalists if they had anything posted on their site. All schools vary in how many recruits they bring in during the early period. Some may bring in three, some 25 … as you can see below.
NOTE: This will only be updated based on press releases received by the end of the day Wednesday. Also, our full FCS rankings — Top 50 teams and FCS Top 250 individuals — will be released in February the week of National Signing Day — after every young man has been signed.
ALSO: The Ivy League teams have some of the top-rated recruits in the FCS, but because of the league's non-scholarship status, they won't have any signings but will be included in our February FCS recruiting wrapup package.
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This is a list of signees. Our real FCS recruiting rankings will be in Feb. during the standard signing day. Stay tuned!
|FCS SCHOOL||CONF.||SIGNEES||TOP RANKED GUY|
|North Dakota State||MVFC||25||LB Luke Weerts (3-star HS)|
|UT Martin||OVC||23||DB Rush Lansdell (3-star HS)|
|Montana||Big Sky||20||CB Corbin Walker (3-star HS)|
|Morgan State||MEAC||19||OL Allen Jones (2-star HS)|
|Kennesaw St.||Big South||19||OL Antwann Fann (3-star HS)|
|Monmouth||Big South||18||TE Sean Fleming (8 D-I offers)|
|Indiana State||MVFC||17||QB Ethan Hoover (3-star HS)|
|Mercer||SoCon||16||OL John Thomas (3-star HS)|
|Montana State||Big Sky||16||WR Jaden Smith (3-star HS)|
|South Dakota State||MVFC||15||DT Jarod DePriest (3-star HS)|
|Eastern Kentucky||OVC||13||WR Matt Wilcox (3-star JUCO)|
|Colgate||Patriot||13||QB Drew Berggren (3-star HS)|
|Tennessee Tech||OVC||13||WR Justin Oden (3-star HS)|
|Delaware||CAA||13||TE Will Bowen (4 FBS offers)|
|South Dakota||MVFC||13||DL Jontrell Oliver (2-star HS)|
|UC Davis||Big Sky||11||QB Trent Thompkins (3-star HS)|
|Illinois State||MVFC||11||DB Dallas Culpepper (3-star HS)|
|Bucknell||Patriot||11||DB Justin Murray (2-star HS)|
|Lehigh||Patriot||11||LB Stephon Bland|
|Elon||CAA||11||DB Omar Rogers (3-star HS)|
|Austin Peay||OVC||11||RB Lelan Wilhoite (3-star HS)|
|North Alabama||Big South||10||RB Jaxton Carson (2-star JUCO)|
|New Hampshire||CAA||9||WR Griffin Helm (3-star HS)|
|Portland State||Big Sky||9||CB Davion Gaines (3-star HS)|
|Southern Illinois||MVFC||9||RB Romeir Elliott (2-star HS)|
|James Madison||CAA||8||RB C.J. Jackson (3-star HS)|
|Eastern Washington||Big Sky||8||DT Soli Paleso'o (3-star HS)|
|McNeese||Southland||7||LB Jake LeFleur (2-star HS)|
|Cal Poly||Big Sky||6||OL Payson Campisano (2-star HS)|
|Central Arkansas||Southland||6||DE D.J. Reed (2-star JUCO)|
|Northern Arizona||Big Sky||5||QB Dawson McPeak (3-star HS)|
|Maine||CAA||4||WR Clark Barnes (No. 5 prospect Canada)|
|Nicholls||Southland||4||LB Derrick Munson (Arkansas transfer)|
|Eastern Illinois||OVC||3||DE/LB Grant Edwards (2-star HS)|
|Southern Utah||Big Sky||3||OL Walter Harris (2-star JUCO)|
|Stephen F. Austin||Southland||2||OL Caiden Walker (3-star HS)|
|Campbell||Big South||2||QB Brock Domann (JUCO)|
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