Ohio State verbal commit Blue Smith is looking forward to a strong ending to his career at Wayne and ahead to being a Buckeye.

College football recruiting: Ohio State, Cincinnati and Miami class snapshots

College football recruiting fans get what could amount to an early Christmas this year when the first early signing period for the sport begins Dec. 20. 

As that day approaches, here is a look at where Ohio State, the University of Cincinnati and Miami University stand heading into the final weekend before prospects can sign and how that compares to recent history. 

(Here are the local players planning to take advantage of the early signing period.)

Ohio State Buckeyes

National rank: 1

Conference rank: 1

5-year national average: 3.6

5-year conference average: 1

Commits: 21

Ohioans? 3

Locals: Blue Smith, Wayne

FLASHBACK: How last year’s classes ended up for the Buckeyes, Bearcats and RedHawks

Miami RedHawks

National rank: 105

Conference rank: 7

5-year national average: 98.8

5-year conference average: 5

Commits: 12 

Ohioans? 3

Locals: Jadon Rucker-Furlow, Belmont 

Miami RedHawks football coach Chuck Martin talks about expectations for his team in 2017

Cincinnati Bearcats

National rank: 43

Conference rank: 1

5-year national average: 66.4

5-year conference average: 3.2

Commits: 20 

Ohioans? 10

Locals: Ryan Montgomery, Franklin; Malik Vann, Fairfield 

During a visit to Dayton this week, Cincinnati Bearcats coach Luke Fickell talks about the successes and challenges so far.