Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State land 5-star recruits

On this day: January 1
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National Signing Day got off to a fast start, with Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State each landing a five-star recruit in the 10 a.m. ET hour Wednesday.

Cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. picked Alabama, cornerback Tyson Campbell decided on Georgia and offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere went with Ohio State.

Those three schools were already predicted as frontrunners for the top-rated signing class going into the day.

With college football beginning a new early signing period for the high school class of 2018, most of the top prospects already picked their colleges in late December.

Other prominent signings so far on Wednesday:

— Four-star defensive end Andrew Chatfield, a teammate of Surtain and Campbell at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, is staying home to play with the Florida Gators.

— Another four-star recruit, Miller Grove (Georgia) High School defensive end Caleb Tannor, picked Nebraska.

— Wide receiver Justyn Ross from Phenix City, Alabama, chose Clemson over the in-state Crimson Tide.

— Mission Viejo (Calif.) cornerback Olaijah Griffin, the son of rapper Warren G., signed with USC, which also landed Antelope Valley (Calif.) wide receiver Devon Williams.

— Four star wide receiver Jacob Copeland from Escambia (Florida) High School, chose the Florida Gators over Tennessee and Alabama.

— Michael Thompson, a four-star receiver out of the St. Louis area, picked the Oklahoma Sooners.

— Tommy Bush, a four-star receiver from Samuel Clemens (Texas), picked Georgia, passing over Michigan State, Baylor, Ole Miss and Texas.

— Linebacker Quay Walker, a four-star recruit out of Cordele, Georgia, picked Georgia over Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn.

— Running back Maurice Washington, a four-star recruit from Trinity Christian Academy in Cedar Hill, Texas, chose Nebraska.

— Four-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera, yet another American Heritage star, picked the Miami Hurricanes over the Florida Gators.

— Four-star offensive tackle William Barnes committed to North Carolina in a joint signing ceremony with his Apopka (Florida) High School teammate, three-star offensive guard Ed Montilus.

— Shelby (North Carolina) linebacker Dax Hollifield, also a four-star recruit, chose Virginia Tech over Stanford, North Carolina and Clemson.

— Four-star Stockbridge (Ga.) receiver Marquez Ezzard, who decommitted from Florida State in the fall, decided to sign with Miami.

— Four-star quarterback Tanner McKee, who played for Corona (California) Centennial, committed to Stanford, although he will go on a two-year mission and not enroll until 2020.

— Four-star cornerback and San Diego native Isaac Taylor-Stuart chose USC over Alabama, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

— Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, a four-star recruit out of Houston, picked Alabama over Texas A&M.

— Four-star offensive lineman Penei Sewell, who played for Desert Hills (Utah), picked Oregon over USC.

— Lamar (Texas) defensive tackle Bobby Brown signed with Texas A&M.

— Lee’s Summitt West (Missouri) wide receiver-defensive back Mario Goodrich picked Clemson.

— Cypress Ranch (Texas) defensive tackle Keondre Coburn reaffirmed his commitment to the Texas Longhorns.