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Early signing period: Two-thirds of the top recruits are gone

Here's where things on Day 2 of the inaugural early signing period:

The sky might not be falling at Florida State after all. The Seminoles landed five-star safety Jaiden Woodbey late last night after a marathon signing ceremony and a very weird, quick recruiting process. He was FSU's fourth signee of the day, bumping the class up to No. 44 (from No. 63). The next day and a half will be big for FSU, but not as big as the next month and a half, before the traditional signing day. I don't expect the Seminoles to finish seventh in the ACC (where they currently sit), but how much ground can Willie Taggart make up on rivals Clemson and Miami, which have two of the nation's top seven classes? We'll hear from Taggart today in a 12:30 news conference.

The Gators' class is No. 14 in the country, thanks in part to their best quarterback prospect in years. That's the good news. The bad news is that rival Georgia is rolling. The Bulldogs have the No. 1 overall class as of Thursday morning with a half-dozen five-star recruits. Three of them committed Wednesday, along with a trio of four-star prospects. Kirby Smart isn't slowing down, which only makes Florida's path to the SEC East title tougher.

The first signing day hasn't completely replaced the traditional one, but it took a huge bite out of it. Of ESPN's top 300 recruits, 201 have already signed with their schools.

The crazy coaching carousel caused some obvious challenges for schools like UF and FSU. "I think we missed a couple of opportunities that if we had more time, we would have been able to get some players…" Gators coach Dan Mullen said. "We just didn't have time to have the relationship with them with a short window."

Here's where some of those time-crunched programs stand after coaching changes:

No. 13 Oregon (13 signees)

No. 14 Florida (13 signees)

No. 20 Mississippi State (15 signees)

No. 26 Tennessee (12 signees)

No. 28 Texas A&M (8 signees)

No. 33 UCLA (8 signees)

No. 44 FSU (4 signees)

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