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Early National Signing Day 2022 updates: Where Southern/LA City Section's top football seniors have signed

The state's top two quarterbacks Nico Iamaleava (Tennessee) and Malachi Nelson (USC) sign bright and early; Two more top 10 prospects flip to Oregon

Not long ago, National Signing Day for high school football players into Division I programs was reserved for the first Wednesday in February.

Now, an early signing period is an option and almost all top recruits take advantage.

The signing period for the 2023 class opened Wednesday (Dec., 21) and it closes on Friday (Dec. 23). For those recruits who don't sign in that two-day window, the regular period to sign is Feb. 1 to April 1, 2023.

The signing period for Division 2 football players is Feb. 1 to Aug. 1, 2023.

Here is list of the top recruits in order from California's Southern/LA City Section and where they have signed, committed or we expect them to sign.

Check back Wednesday through Friday for updates, official signings and more recruiting news. Missing signees: Email Lance@scorebooklive.com

√ = Confirmation player has signed

Southern/LA Section Top 100

(Rankings based on 247Sports lists, SBLive evaluations)

Players in bold have signed.

Rankings, position, player, high school, size, college commitment

1. QB Nicolaus Iamaleava, Warren, 6-6, 195, Tennessee √

2. QB Malachi Nelson, Los Alamitos, 6-3, 182, USC 

3. DE Matayo Uiagalelei, St. John Bosco, 6-5, 265, Oregon 

4. WR Makai Lemon, Los Alamitos, 6-0, 180, USC 

5. CB Rodrick Pleasant, Serra-Gardena, 5-11, 180, Undecided

6. WR DeAndre Moore Jr., St. John Bosco, 6-0, 185, Texas √

7. CB Daylen Austin, Long Beach Poly, 6-1, 180, Oregon √

8. QB Aidan Chiles, Downey, 6-4, 195, Oregon State 

9. CB Maliki Crawford, Pacifica, 6-3.5, 180, USC 

10. DL Collins Acheampong, Santa Margarita, 6-7, 254, Miami 

11. CB Aaron Williams, St. John Bosco, 6-2, 185, Louisville 

12. DL Cameron Brandt, Sierra Canyon, 6-4, 260, Stanford

13. LB Leviticus Su'a, Mater Dei, 6-2, 225, Undecided

14. ATH Vincent Holmes, San Jacinto, 6-0, 180, Washington 

15. QB Pierce Clarkson, St. John Bosco, 6-0, 190, Louisville 

16. WR Tiger Bachmeier, Murrieta Valley, 6-1, 180, Stanford 

17. CB Jshawn Frausto-Ramos, St. John Bosco, 6-0, 180, Stanford 

18. OT Luke Bakienko, Oaks Christian, 6-6, 300, Stanford 

19. RB Damian Henderson, Los Alamitos, 6-1, 185, Colorado State 

20. ATH Dijon Stanley, Granada Hills, 6-1, 175, Utah √

21. ATH Jamari Johnson, Inglewood, 6-5, 250, Louisville

22. WR Jahlil McClain, St. John Bosco, 5-10, 180, Louisville √

23. QB Myles Jackson, Millikan, 6-2, 190, Stanford 

24. S R.J. Jones, St. John Bosco, 6-1, 195, UCLA 

25. OT Elishah Jackett, El Modena, 6-7, 280, Washington 

26. OL Raymond Pulido, Apple Valley, 6-6, 345, Arizona 

27. S Christian Pierce, Rancho Cucamonga, 6-2, 180, USC 

28. S Ty Lee, St. John Bosco, 6-3, 190, UCLA 

29. LB Jordan Whitney, Pacifica (Oxnard), 6-2, 205, Washington 

30. WR Grant Gray, Norco, 6-3, 180, UCLA 

31. WR Mikey Matthews, Mission Viejo, 5-10, 185, Utah 

32. CB Jordan Shaw, St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy, 6-0, 170, Indiana √

33. LB Isaiah Chisom, Chaminade, 6-1, 220, Oregon State 

34. LB Owen Chambliss, Corona Centennial, 6-2, 205, Utah 

35. DL Ashton Sanders, Cathedral-Los Angeles, 6-3, 290, Oklahoma 

36. OT Tavake Tuikolovatu, Summit, 6-6, 300, UCLA 

37. LB Deven Bryant, St. John Bosco 6-0, 210, Washington 

38. DL Deijon Laffitte, Colony, 6-3, 285, USC 

39. ATH Solomon Davis, Charter Oak, 6-0, 184, Oregon √

40. ATH JeyQuan Smith, Cajon, 5-10, 175, Undecided

41. ATH Ethan O'ConnorLos Alamitos, 6-1, 170, UCLA

42. WR Malachi Riley, Corona Centennial, 6-2, 178, Arizona 

43. ATH Israel Polk, St. John Bosco, 6-3, 170, Pittsburgh 

44. RB Brandon Johnson, Highland, 5-9, 185, Arizona 

45. TE Spencer Shannon, Mater Dei, 6-7, 240, Texas 

46. QB CJ Tiller, Rancho Cucamonga, 6-2, 190, Boise State 

47. DL Lucas Conti, Corona Centennial, 6-5, 260, UNLV √

48. OT Rhino Tapaatoutal, Alemany, 6-5, 280, Arizona 

49. OT Elijha Payne, Sierra Canyon, 6-7, 285, Arizona 

50. WR Lavon Brown, Sierra Canyon, 6-1, 180, Colorado State 

51. OT Tobias Raymond, Ventura, 6-7, 250, USC 

52. QB Javance Tupouata-Johnson, Chaminade, 6-4, 200, San Diego State 

53. ATH Nicholas Fernandez, San Pedro, 6-4, 265, Arizona 

54. OL Bryce Boulton, Palm Desert, 6-3, 255, Oregon 

55. DL Tiumalu Afalava, Bishop Amat, 6-3, 255, Cal 

56. CB Sean Brown, Simi Valley, 6-3, 195, Michigan State 

57. WR Jackson Holman, Mission Viejo, 6-3, 200, Arizona 

58. WR Josiah Phillips, Sierra Canyon, 6-5, 190, BYU 

59. RB Johnny Thompson, Oaks Christian, 5-10, 190, Kansas 

60. DL Vaka Hansen, St. John Bosco, 6-1, 305, San Jose State √

61. CB Jonah Lewis, Inglewood, 6-0, 175, Nevada 

62. QB Ty Dieffenbach, Agoura, 6-5, 190, Pittsburgh 

63. DE Carson Mott, Simi Valley, 6-5, 240, Undecided

64. QB Ryan Staub, West Ranch, 6-1, 190, Colorado 

65. QB Jaxon Potter, Santa Margarita, 6-4, 180, Washington State 

66. QB Kadin Semonza, Mission Viejo, 6-1, 190, Ball State 

67. QB Israel Carter, Corona Centennial, 6-1, 180, Arizona State

68. DE Sinn Brennan, Los Alamitos, 6-5, 235, San Diego State 

69. OL Tyson Ruffins, Long Beach Poly, 6-3, 305, Undecided

70. DE Frederick Williams, Serra-Gardena, 6-5, 240, Cal 

71. OL Sean Na'a, St. John Bosco, 6-4, 275, Undecided

72. WR Baylin Brooks, Loyola, 6-2, 195, San Diego State 

73. ATH Ryan McCulloch, Rio Hondo, 6-3, 235, Cal 

74. WR Niko Lopez, Santa Margarita, 6-3, 210, Colorado State 

75. OL Jason Steele, Murrieta Valley, 6-4, 270, Boise State 

76. OT Nathan Gates, Edison, 6-5, 280, Washington State √

77. WR Edward SchultzMission Viejo, Undecided

78. OL Lipe Moala, Mater Dei, 6-6, 330, Oregon 

79. ATH Jaelon Barbarin, Chaminade, 5-9, 190, Michigan State √

80. S Troy Leigber, Laguna Hills, 6-0, 200, Undecided

81. ATH Domata Peko Jr., Calabasas, 6-4, 220, Undecided 

82. WR Jordan Onovughe, Mater Dei, 6-2, 190, Colorado 

83. WR Keith Reynolds, Adelanto, 5-10, 160, Washington 

84. RB Delon Thompson, St. Bonaventure, 5-9, 200, Cal Poly √

85. WR Carlos Hernandez, Monrovia, 6-0, 170, Washington State 

86. WR Delano Franklin, Bishop Amat, 5-11, 175, Undecided

87. LB Chase Martin, Thousand Oaks, 6-1, 205, Boise State 

88. WR Gavin Porch, Los Alamitos, 5-9, 170, Undecided

89. DL Mordecai Hines, Highland, 6-6, 275, Fresno State

90. WR KJ Reed, Mission Viejo, 5-11, 175, Undecided

91. S Justin Johnson, Inglewood, 6-2, 185, Fresno State 

92. OT Kahlee Tafai, Leuzinger, 6-6, 300, Washington 

93. RB Devyn Turner, St. Francis, 5-9, 180, Undecided

94. QB Carson Conklin, Corona Centennial, 6-1, 175, Sacramento State 

95. ATH Darius Cowens, Warren, 6-0, 170, Undecided

96. ATH Dane Reed, Inglewood, 5-8, 170, Campbell √

97. S Makhi Connor, Inglewood, 6-1, 180, Campbell √

98. ATH Seth Fao, Banning, 6-3, 230, Undecided

99. QB Colton Joseph, Newport Harbor, 6-2, 205, Undecided

100. S Hunter Nowell, St. John Bosco, 6-2, 195, San Jose State √   

MORE D-1 SIGNINGS:

WR Darren Candy, Silverado, Sacramento State √

DE Dominic Lolesio, Long Beach Poly, Arizona √

DB Michael Damato, Mission Viejo, Montana State √

QB Nehuel Garcia, La Mirada, Furman √

DE Kenyon Agurs, Inglewood, Colorado State √

OL Isaac Perez, Corona Centennial, Portland State √

S Jelani McLaughlin, Citrus Valley, San Diego State √

WR Ty Benefield, Crean Lutheran, Boise State √

LB Nehemiah Sagiao, Los Alamitos, Campbell √

DL Raymond Macias, Bishop Amat, Campbell √

TE Aiden Valdez, Bishop Amat, Campbell √

WR Donovan Faupel, Corona Centennial,  New Mexico State √

OL Tyler Chen, Rancho Cucamonga, Virginia Tech √

DB Rayjohn White, Bishop Amat, Campbell √

QB Dylan Gutierrez, Damien, Weber State √

DE D'Angelo Davis, St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy, Nevada √

OL Sean Haney, St. John Bosco, Colgate √

LB Samarai Anderson, Corona Centennial, Eastern Washington √

DL Jirah Leaupepetele, Apple Valley, Eastern Washington √

LB Dustin Reynolds, Apple Valley, Northern Arizona √

DB Isaiah Ojeda, Apple Valley, Southern Utah √

TE Brock Lium, Citrus Valley, Fresno State √

S Jelani McLaughlin, Citrus Valley, San Diego State √

OL Luke Bledsoe, Inglewood, Campbell √

DB Jaden DaCosta, Inglewood, Portland State √

DL Jason Roberts, Inglewood, Fresno State √

DB Kevin Longstreet, Inglewood, Louisville √

OL Mason Merriweather, Inglewood, Campbell √

WR Bryce Parker, Inglewood, Utah Tech √

S Jacob Lewis, Leuzinger, Northwestern √

RB Nygel Osborne, Millikan, Utah Tech √

RB Zakarii Black, Charter Oak, Utah State √

OL Brady Norton, Mission Viejo, Drake √

QB Richie Munoz, Charter Oak, Weber State √