THE LATEST: Signing day arrives; top recruit Gary to decide

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, defensive lineman Rashan Gary, of Paramus, N.J., talks to reporters at the Touchdown Club of Atlanta, in Atlanta. Gary, a defensive tackle from Paramus Catholic High School, is the No. 1 recruit in the country according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. That kind of unanimity atop the rankings is fairly unusual and suggests that Gary could indeed become a star at the college level. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
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The latest developments on college football signing day (all times EST):

8:48 a.m.

COMMITMENT TRACKER: Mecole Hardman, who gets compared to USC star cornerback Adoree Jackson, committed to Georgia over Tennessee and Alabama. The first good news of the day for new Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart.

8:15 a.m.

COMMITMENT TRACKER: The first uncommitted blue-chipper of the day is following in his father's footsteps. Safety Nigel Warrior, the son of former Tennessee star Dale Carter, chose the Volunteers.

7 a.m.

The consensus top recruit in the country will have a stage to himself to announce where he will be attending college. Defensive tackle Rashan Gary from New Jersey is scheduled to disclose his pick at about 1:15 p.m. on ESPN. Not just on ESPN, but at ESPN. Gary will be at the network's studios in Bristol, Connecticut. Fans of Michigan, Clemson and some SEC schools will be locked in for the big reveal.

6 a.m.

College football's annual restocking of the shelves is here.

National signing day is just the start of the period in which high school prospects can sign a letter of intent that binds them to their chosen school. But for most top recruits and FBS teams, signing day is the end of the process, when all those verbal commitments become official.

This signing day begins with the nation's No. 1 recruit uncommitted, LSU in position to be the recruiting champs and Texas trying to finish strong. And of course, Alabama is expected to clean up.