In just two weeks, a slew of top-rated high school football prospects will rile up fan bases across the country with their college decision announced on National Signing Day.
Here are 10 DMV-related things to consider as we creep closer to the first Wednesday in February.
1. Who will join Isaiah Hazel, Deonte Banks, Dino Tomlin, Lavonte Gater, Mason Lunsford, and Malik Jackson to make up the rest of Mike Locksley's first-year recruiting class in College Park?
Maryland has received verbal commitments from Tayvion Land (CB, Virginia Beach), Jordan Houston (APB, Oakton), Kameron Blount (OLB, Waldorf), David Summers (PRO, Trumbull) and Deshawn Holt (WDE, Waldorf).
2. Does Virginia Tech add onto its already confirmed list of 19 early signees?
Head coach Justin Fuente's class is led by five four-star players in offensive lineman Bryan Hudson, Jaden Payoute, defensive back J.R. Walker, wide receiver Tayvion Robinson and running back Keshawn King. The Hokies aren't expected to make any other moves, but be on the lookout for under-the-radar JUCO kids.
3. Can Bronco Mendenhall and the University of Virginia smoothly turn a page after losing the school's all-time leading receiver Olamide Zaccheaus?
Filling the shoes of the 2018 Belk Bowl MVP won't be easy but the Cavaliers should be in good position to do so. Zaccheaus is the lone receiver the team is losing from its 2018 roster. Virginia returns its three outside receivers while adding three more from the 2019 class (Dontayvion Wicks, Nathaniel Beal III & Dorien Goddard).
4. Will West Virginia's focus and commitment to the state of Georgia continue to pay off?
Four of the current 16 signees in the 2019 class hail from Georgia and it certainly doesn't hurt that several members of first-year head coach Neal Brown's incoming staff have ties to the state. Recruiting from the Peach State has proven to be worth it in the past as names like Bruce Irvin and Pacman Jones both tore it up in Morgantown at one point. Just this year the Mountaineers added four-star cornerback Dreshun Miller (Kennesaw via Eastern Arizona CC), four-star linebacker Jared Bartlett (Suwanee), four-star cornerback Nicktroy Fortune (Roswell), three-star receiver Winston Wright (Pooler) and three-star running back Tony Mathis (Cedartown). Brown did his part to retain each player in the midst of Dana Holgorsen's departure.
5. Will Woodgrove TE Ben Castellano enhance Richmond's passing game?
Coming off a disappointing 2018 that saw the Spiders go 4-7, Castellano will be a bright spot for head coach Russ Huesman's squad. The 3-star tight end totaled 18 Division I offers while leading Woodgrove High School to the Virginia State Class 4A Championship as a senior, securing the school’s first-ever title.
6. Can the Good Counsel trio live up to the hype surrounding James Madison's 2019 class under first-year head coach Curt Cignetti?
Three of nine JMU hard commits hail from Olney, Maryland and join a team that went 9-4 before losing to Colgate in the second round of the 2018 FCS playoffs. Jalen Green (OLB), Julio Ayamel (ILB) and most recently Latrele Palmer (RB) will bring teammate chemistry after a successful high school run in Olney.
7. Can key members of Old Dominion's 2019 class improve areas on both sides of the ball that led to an eight-loss season for the first time in program history?
Head coach Bobby Wilder made a slew of coaching changes following the team's second straight losing season. One area in need of improvement is red zone performance which starts with the man under center. JUCO commits Messiah deWeaver and Stone Smartt, freshman Hayden Wolff, and Steven Williams will all compete for the starting QB slot. Another issue for the Monarchs in 2018 was the inability to stop the run. Elonte Jones (WDE) and Elijah Golston (OLB), both three-star signees in their own right, could help clean up last year's shortcomings come 2019.
8. First-year William & Mary head coach Mike London prepares to solidify his 2019 class.
With longtime head coach Jimmye Laycock calling it a career after 39 seasons, the Tribe secured London who returns to the CAA where he first led Richmond to the 2008 FCS national championship. London's eight-member incoming class features three offensive linemen, two defensive backs, a quarterback, wide receiver and defensive lineman. London is reportedly bringing his Howard defensive coordinator, Vincent Brown, with him to handle the same duties in Williamsburg.
9. Hugh Freeze takes the reigns at Liberty University in Season No. 1.
After a two-year coaching hiatus, Freeze's 2019 early signing class includes four defensive linemen, three wide receivers, two safeties, two defensive backs, kicker/punter and a quarterback. Three-star standouts C.J. Yarbrough (WR), Brayden Monday (WDE), Malik Caper (ILB) and Johnathan Bennett (PRO) headline the group.
10. This isn't necessarily something to watch for February since he's already signed his National Letter of Intent, but DeMatha Catholic's DeMarco Hellams is Alabama bound to play for the legendary Nick Saban.
The 2018 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year hauled in 78 receptions for well over 1,000 yards and 21 touchdowns. But don't forget: he's committed to play defensive back at Alabama. The two-way player had 12 interceptions, including three returned for touchdowns, and 91 tackles.