Three things to watch on Signing Day

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1. The rich get richer. As things stand on Signing Day eve, Alabama has the nation’s top recruiting class and is one of seven SEC teams in Rivals’ top 10 class rankings. But it’s not just the traditional SEC powers — Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU — that are adding loads of talent.

Kentucky’s class currently ranks 13th by Rivals, ahead of powerhouse programs like Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, Michigan and USC. Ole Miss (No. 15) will bring in another talent-rich class after blowing the doors of signing day a year ago.

Tennessee, which hasn’t had a 10-win season since 2007, currently has the third-best class in this cycle. And Texas A&M is bringing in the top-ranked quarterback in Kyle Allen (No. 7 overall) and third-ranked wide receiver in Speedy Noil (No. 21 overall). Not a bad way to replace Johnny Manziel and Mike Evans.

It’s a rosy situation for every SEC team — 2013 SEC East champion Mizzou has the 36th-best class, for one. But Gary Pinkel has generally done a good job turning diamond-in-the-rough types (like Sean Weatherspoon and Michael Sam, both two-star recruits) into elite collegiate players.

Ohio State, Florida State and Notre Dame are bringing in top-10 classes, while Texas (No. 17) and USC (No. 34) can blame their lackluster showings on regime changes.

Long story short: The talent gap between the SEC and the rest of college football’s conference will only widen when the fax machines get to work on Wednesday.

2. Plenty of talented players are still uncommitted. Seventeen of Rivals’ top 100 players have yet to verbally commit to a school, led by No. 6 overall recruit Adoree’ Jackson. If Jackson stays home in Los Angeles and commits to USC, he — along with five-star recruit JuJu Smith — could rocket USC’s class into the top 25.

No. 1 linebacker Rashaan Evans is down to Alabama, Auburn and UCLA — but he’s from Auburn, and missing out on him, especially to Alabama, would sting for the Tigers.

Of the 17 uncommitted Rivals100 players, seven have five star ratings. Those are the kind of players who can make or break a class — like five-star tackle Damian Price, who has Maryland, South Carolina and Florida in his top three.

3. The surprise decommitment. We’re talking about life-changing decisions for 17- and 18-year-olds here, so cold feet are a real possibility. Parents sometimes get involved and try to force a change, like last year’s Alex Collins saga.

Inevitably, a high-profile recruit will decommit at the last second and fax his letter of intent elsewhere. And when that does happen, don’t do something stupid.

Ex-Iowa DE Romeo McKnight transfers to Illinois State

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Another former Power Five player has decided to ply his football wares at a lower level of football.

The latest to do so is Romeo McKnight, with Illinois State announcing via Twitter that defensive end will be continuing his collegiate playing career for the Redbirds. Because ISU plays at the FCS level, McKnight will be eligible to play in 2018.

Including this upcoming season, the lineman will have three years of eligibility remaining.

The announcement from ISU comes a little over a week after McKnight decided to transfer from Iowa.

McKnight was a three-star member of Iowa’s 2016 recruiting class. In large part because of a knee injury that cost him the entire 2017 season, the defensive lineman never played a down for the Hawkeyes.

Georgia, South Carolina visits in offing for Clemson transfer Josh Belk

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Another of the handful of Clemson defensive linemen who have transferred thus far this offseason could be close to finding a new home.

Reports surfaced Tuesday that Josh Belk will be visiting a pair of SEC schools this week — Georgia and South Carolina. The latter will play host to the ex-Tigers lineman on Wednesday, the former a day later on Thursday.

Belk was a four-star member of Clemson’s 2018 recruiting class. Because he enrolled early and attended classes, he’ll be forced to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.  Beginning with the 2019 season, the South Carolina would have four years to play four seasons.

In the middle of last week, Belk announced his decision to transfer from the Tigers.

In addition to Belk, three other Tigers defensive linemen have transferred this offseason. In late January, Jabril Johnson opted to leave Clemson and ultimately ended up at West Virginia; two weeks later, Sterling Johnson took to Twitter to announce his transfer before moving on to Coastal Carolina this month. Quaven Ferguson, arrested for armed robbery in March, had announced his transfer as well prior to that off-field incident.

WATCH: 338-pound Wisconsin nose tackle nails beach backflip

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Yeah, this is absolutely fantastic. And extremely impressive.

Up until now, Olive Sagapolu has been mainly known to most nationally for his prowess on the football field. Entering his fourth-year season in Madison, Sagapolu has started 23 games during his time with the Badgers, including 10 in a 2017 season that saw him earn honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.

As it turns out, though, Sagapolu’s athleticism isn’t confined to merely on the field as, in this video sent out through UW’s official football Twitter account, the 6-2, 336-pound starting nose tackle lands a backflip on a beach in Hawaii.

To repeat: the man in that video weighs 336 pounds. 336 pounds.

Then again, it shouldn’t be all that surprising given the fact that Sagapolu spent a portion of his senior year at football powerhouse Mater Dei High School in California as a member of the varsity cheerleading squad. Seriously.

“In a way, (cheerleading) does help because it shows how athletic I can be and I’m getting,” Sagapolu said by way of 247Sports.com way back in August of 2015. “I mean, I’m about a 300-pound guy doing a backflip. You don’t really see that a lot. Doing these other kinds of tricks also helps with hand-eye coordination. It does help with football. …

“(People) were definitely surprised seeing me on the cheerleading team. They thought it was funny seeing… a big guy like me. For me, it is shocking to see the reaction from people’s faces. … Just the whole thing about cheerleading is very different from football. It was something I wanted to do for my senior year and have fun with it.”

Tennessee’s Will Ignont to have weed charge dismissed

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A legal journey for one Tennessee football player that began last year is coming to an end.

In October of 2017, former UT running back John Kelly and current Vols linebacker Will Ignont (pictured, left) were cited for marijuana possession following a traffic stop. Kelly was the driver of the vehicle, Ignont a passenger.

Tuesday, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported, Ignont “received a pass disposition and will have his charge dismissed with court costs assessed.” Kelly, selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 2018 NFL draft, pleaded guilty in the same court appearance.

Both Ignont and Kelly were suspended for the Kentucky game as a result of the incident, but returned the following week.

Ignont was a four-star member of the Vols’ 2017 recruiting class, rated as the No. 16 inside linebacker in the country. He played in six games as a true freshman and was credited with six tackles, one of which went for a loss.