This past Wednesday was National Signing Day. It is the first day that a student-athlete can sign a binding national letter of intent to play a sport at a college. For you pro football fans I see it as the NFL Draft day of college football. What happens doesn’t really actually matter, but on paper, this decides your fate for the future. Every recruit is rated from one to five stars, five star recruits also being labeled blue chips. Signing Day is not necessarily like the NFL Draft in that not everyone is claimed by the end of the day. (I’m sure all our State fans remember Terrelle Pryor’s decision to announce later)
That being said, the class rankings are not final really until people actually report to camp, stuff happens, people change their minds. As of right now, this years top 5 classes came in like this.
- Florida. The top recruit and 4 of the top 10 recruits, including Philly’s own Shariff Floyd. Urban Meyer’s leave of absence, and the departure of defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, now head coach of Louisville, surely isn’t negatively affecting the way top recruits look at Gainesville.
- Texas. The Longhorns hooked 2 five star defensive players to top their class off. DE Jackson Jeffcoat and LB Jordan Hicks should lead the Longhorns defense in a year or two. In total, Texas got letters of intent from 12 defensive players of 3 stars of better in this class. They also signed 2 4-star O-lineman, a 4-star QB, a 4-star RB, and 5, yes, 5 4-star WR’s. Watch out Big 12 defenses.
- Alabama. Alabama, first of all probably cheated, second of all, their top recruit was a DB, both douche bag and defensive back in this case, DeMarcus Millner. He’s a 5-star recruit, Bama’s only 5-star. They signed 4-star Phillip, not Phil, Simms. He’s a black pro-style QB so that’s good for Auburn, lol. Their 4-star recruits are all over both sides of the ball, no position really stands out.
- Auburn. Some consider Michael Dyer to be the best RB in this class, some say he’s number 2 behind Marcus Lattimore, either way, he’s good as shit and he’s coming to Auburn. He’ll be blocked for by 5-star stud OL Shon Coleman(6’7” 285 lbs). Auburn also signed the only 5-star QB in this class in Cameron Newton. Newton went to Florida then transferred to Binn College, who he lead to the JC National Championship last year. Our Auburn Tigers also picked up letters from 2 3-star, and 2 4-star OL, 2 4-star WR’s and 4-star ATH Trovon Reed who will most likely play receiver, and 1 3-star and 1 4-star TE. That’s just on the offensive side of the ball. The defense was solidly recruited as well. 1 3-star, and 3 4-star DE’s, headed by Corey Lemonier. 2 4-star DT’s. 2 3-star and 2 4-star LB’s. And a handful of DB’s, not douche bags, and ATH’s. The Tigers also signed the 6th ranked kicker in the class.
- Oklahoma. Bob Stoops really snuck under the radar with this class. No 5- star signings for the Sooners, but 16 4-star and 13 3-star recruits. Headed by RB’s Brennan Clay and Roy Finch, this is a highly offensive class and that’s all you really need to know.
Other Schools of Probable Interest
11. Penn State. 12 4-star recruits and 7 3-star recruits.
14. Notre Dame. 10 4-star and 12 3-star.
33. Pitt. Scout.com had them at 16, no one else had them in the top 25.
75. Temple. 7 3-star recruits.
119. Ohio. D-1 FBS worst recruiting class with 1 3-star recruit.
Somewhere behind 137. Columbia. Note: If you don’t make Rivals top 137 this year, that means you didn’t sign anyone really with any value at all.
Biggest Surprise: My biggest surprises were USC and Tennessee. USC had the most 5-star recruits of anyone, but didn’t have much depth at all, although Rivals still ranks them at #1 in the nation for this years class. They also just signed a 7th grader, so the recruiting class of 2015 is already shaping up pretty well. Despite Lane Kiffin’s late departure, their trouble in finding a coach, and then the hire of Derek Dooley, whos that?, Tennessee still brought in a top 10 class. Derek Dooley is the former LA Tech coach, and more importantly son of Auburn alum, Georgia coaching great, Vince Dooley.
Biggest Not Surprise: Just as it was in this past years college football season, everyone else is still the SEC’s bitch with 5 of the top 9 classes.
Biggest Disappointments: Boise State and TCU. TCU came in at 46, and Boise came in 3rd in the WAC and 82nd in the country.
War Damn Eagle,