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Early National Signing Day 2022 updates: Where Central Section's top high school football seniors have signed

State's top two recruits Grant Buckey (UCLA) and Jaeden Moore (Oregon) are first to sign on dotted line

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 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 Central Section and where they have either signed, committed or we expect them to sign.

Right out of the gates, the state's top two recruits signed early Wednesday as Liberty defensive linemen Grant Buckey penned to UCLA and Central Valley Christian edge rusher Jaeden Moore signed to Oregon. 

Quickly after, two longtime Fresno State commits signed in Buchanan quarterback Jayden Mandal and San Joaquin Memorial safety and running back Brandon Ramirez. 

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

√ = Confirmation player has signed

Central Section Top 25

(Rankings based on 247Sports lists, SBLive evaluations)

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

1. DL Grant Buckey, Liberty, 6-5, 265, UCLA √

2. DE Jaeden Moore, Central Valley Christian, 6-4, 230, Oregon √

3. RB Tybo Rogers, Bakersfield, 5-11, 180, Washington 

4. OT R.J. Esmon, Mission College Prep, 6-7, 250, Nevada 

5. QB Jayden Mandal, Buchanan, 6-1, 205, Fresno State √

6. S-RB Brandon Ramirez, San Joaquin Memorial, 5-11, 200, Fresno State √

7. ATH Kresean KizzyLiberty, 5-11, 175, Cal Poly 

8. S Will Fowler, Washington Union, 6-1, 175, Cal Poly 

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9. QB Darian Mensah, St. Joseph, 6-3, 215, Tulane √

10. OL-DL Christian GretleinLiberty, 6-4, 270, Sacramento State

11. OL Elijah Harvey, Washington Union, 6-4, 320, undecided

12. CB Imari Conley, Central, 6-0, 190, San Jose State √

13. ATH Jalen HankinsLiberty, 5-9, 180, undecided

14. RB Michael RunnelsBuchanan, 5-9, 175, undecided

15. OL Davis May, Garces, 6-4, 280, Sacramento State. √

16. ATH Xander Chisolm, Liberty 6-3, 180, Sacramento State √

17. QB Cavin Ross, Lompoc, 6-1, 193, undecided

18. ATH Trey Cooks, Atascadero, 6-1, 215, undecided

19. ATH Zamir Hall, Ridgeview, 5-8, 180, undecided

20. ATH Aidan Fortenberry, Clovis West, 6-1, 210, undecided  

21. QB Dayton Tafoya, Central, 6-1, 185, undecided

22. QB Ryan Markarian, Clovis West, 6-2, 180, undecided

23. ATH La Danien Streets, Central, 6-1, 180, undecided

24. ATH DeMel Turner, Lemoore, 6-1, 180, Cal Poly

25. ATH Mekhi Johnson, Buchanan, 5-11, 180, undecided 

Others

26. DL Roman Fries, Buchanan, 6-2, 280, undecided