Alabama, Georgia thrive again in early signing period while Auburn struggles

Auburn photo by Todd Van Emst / Auburn interim head coach Kevin Steele discusses the football team's 12 early signees Wednesday afternoon.

Alabama assembled college football's top class of early signees Wednesday, while Georgia snagged another elite crop after using the coronavirus pandemic to its advantage.

For Auburn, however, Wednesday's start to the early period was simply about holding things together three days after the firing of coach Gus Malzahn.

The Crimson Tide signed a whopping 24 players, including 13 top-100 national prospects in the 247Sports.com composite rankings. Included in Alabama's stellar haul are the nation's top two offensive tackles, JC Latham of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and Tommy Brockermeyer of Fort Worth, Texas.

"We identified the needs that we had in this class early on, and I think we got some really good players at each one of those positions," Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday night. "We're really pleased to have this group of players become part of our program and part of our team.