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2021 college football recruiting class rankings: Notre Dame moves up, Alabama adds top RB

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OSU continuing strong recruiting under Day (1:46)

Tom VanHaaren examines the Buckeyes' successful recruiting efforts under Ryan Day, including landing Jack Sawyer and TreVeyon Henderson. (1:46)

Entering the start of college football's early signing period, the battle for the No. 1 class was a fiercely contested one. But as the home stretch takes place, Alabama has managed to strengthen its hold on the top spot.

In a position to sign their seventh No. 1 class in the last decade under Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide were able to widen their lead with several key additions in December, including flipping top-1o WR JoJo Earle from LSU and edging out Oklahoma for No. 3 RB Camar Wheaton. They now have a nation-leading 20 ESPN 300 prospects.

With the addition of Wheaton, they fill the only remaining need in this class and gain a runner with the vision and explosiveness to avoid defenders and top-end speed to go the distance when he gets in the open field.

Notre Dame was able to claw ahead of Florida with the Gators' class reshaping a bit following the decommitment of ESPN 300 ATH Charles Montgomery. Florida State still sits outside of the top 25, but the Seminoles' class did get a boost at the conclusion of the early signing period. After initially backing off his commitment at the start of December, ESPN 300 WR Malik McClain rejoined and signed, giving them a target who could quickly contribute with his excellent blend of size and agility.

Boston College was able to improve its standing nationally and within the ACC conference rankings, rising up a spot with a key in-state addition. The Eagles added a second ESPN 300 commit in OG Drew Kendall, an OL with good feet that plays with high effort.

Over 75% of the 2021 class has signed, but with over a dozen of the top 150 prospects in the nation among those still to declare, nothing in the class rankings is locked in yet.