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Wrapping up Signing Day 2013

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And… exhale.

Another Signing Day is in the books. Did you get everything you wanted? How’d the press conference go? Wait, let me guess. There was probably a “We really feel like we addressed our needs” or a “I think this might be our best class ever.” Maybe there was a disgruntled “We’re not about the star system here. I’m more concerned about how we do on the field in the fall.”

Anyway, there was a lot happening as recruits from around the country faxed in (for probably the first and only time in their lives) their national letter of intent. Below are some highlights from today. We’ll also have final class rankings later tonight when they become available, so stay tuned.


Rebels with a cause
Ole Miss may not have had the top signing class in 2013 — says that distinction technically belongs to Alabama for now — but it’s difficult to imagine any one program having a bigger day than the Rebels. Hugh Freeze and his coaching staff managed to pull in the No. 1 overall recruit, Robert Nkemdichethe No. 1 wide receiver  Laquon Treadwell; and the No. 1 offensive lineman, Laremy Tunsil. All three are five-star prospects. Of course, this doesn’t mean Ole Miss is automatically an SEC West contender, but it’s hard not to be impressed with the pieces Freeze is putting into place.  

Don’t forget about the champs, though 
Yeah, Ole Miss had a banner day on the recruiting trail, but Alabama did pretty well today too. Win three out of four BCS championships and getting the best high school athletes in the country becomes a lot easier. And weirder, for that matter. Tide offensive line commit A’Shawn Robinson had a man in an elephant costume at his Signing Day press conference. Here’s the link to the picture (Warning: nightmare fuel). 

It’s all about the [SWAG] U 
While appearing on ESPNU’s coverage of Signing Day, Miami coach Al Golden spoke about the difficulty of recruiting with the NCAA’s investigation of the program lingering in the background — even with the Association completely botching said investigation. Still, the Hurricanes were able to land four-star wide receiver Stacy Coley. Upon making his announcement, Coley pulled out an orange and green “SWAG” hat — SWAG of course standing for “Stuff We All Get” — as everyone watching nearly died from the irony.

For whom the recruiting Bell tolls 
Most of the Big Ten may be struggling to land top recruits, but Michigan and Ohio State certainly aren’t. In fact, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer managed to flip a couple of recruits from SEC territory: highly-touted safety, Vonn Bell, previously a Tennessee commit; and four-star receiver, James Clark, who was previously “in good shape” to sign with Florida. That’s some B1G crootin’ right there.

Vander-does is better than Vander-doesn’t
Notre Dame signed three five-star recruits on Wednesday, including 310-pound defensive tackle Eddie VanderdoesIt’s weird to think the Irish could quietly have one of the best classes this year, but this is a top-five group that could rise another spot or two tonight before the final rankings are called.

Is that you, Landon Collins’ mom?
Watch out, Alex Collins‘ mother is apparently on the loose with her son’s letter of intent in hand. The four-star running back committed to Arkansas Monday night, but it sounds like his mother has other plans. Collins is still expected to sign with the Hogs, but yikes.

Randy Edsall’s high speed chase: more exciting than Maryland football 
Speaking of weird recruiting stories, this one from Maryland coach Randy Edsall doesn’t get much stranger. Calling 911 and getting chased out of a neighborhood by a mysterious truck was involved. Thankfully, no quarterbacks were harmed in the process.

It’s not the size that matters 
USC had one of the smallest classes today with 12 commitments, but had more five-star signees (five) than any other program. has the Trojans as the team with the highest star average with 4.42.

Unfamiliar territory
While Oklahoma and Texas had top-20 classes, neither had a five-star commitment. The last time either program went without a five-star commit was in 2010 and 2008, respectively.

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11 Responses to “Wrapping up Signing Day 2013”
  1. be4bama says: Feb 6, 2013 10:08 PM

    NSD=Nick Saban Day. All around great day for the SEC.

  2. Deb says: Feb 6, 2013 11:12 PM has Alabama finishing in the top spot … which means depth. It’s been a good day for the champs. :) ROLL TIDE!!!

  3. goodfieldnohit says: Feb 7, 2013 12:22 AM

    Gosh, those poor Aggies won’t stand a chance against Alabama next year. :)

    September 14 in College Station should be fun.

  4. tommy57 says: Feb 7, 2013 1:02 AM

    …and 75% of them will earn a degree – in something.

  5. chachooga says: Feb 7, 2013 8:02 AM

    Wow Benny K….you sir are relentless!!!!

    Maybe to people from Idaho like you, SWAG means “stuff we all get”, and only haters of the U like yourself, almost died in irony.

    I am from Miami, I am a life long Canes fan, the Swag on that hat has more to do with the “swag” of being a Cane and the attitude of the past when the U was dominant. Reading your Idaho article is the first I even thought of your interpretation.

    They are trying to bring that back that football Swag at UM. The dominance. The attitude of no matter who is on the field against you, they don’t have a chance.

    Golden is taking this team there.

    He is doing it, despite people like you taking shots at UM every chance you get….even in the midst of story after story that this witch hunt was so bad that even the NCAA broke the law to try and take miami down.

    Geez Benny K…give it a rest.

  6. be4bama says: Feb 7, 2013 8:52 AM

    @goodfieldnohit…..yes it will be a great game.

  7. catfanatic1979v1 says: Feb 7, 2013 9:22 AM

    You should point out that Marshall university had one of the best (if not the aboslute best) non BCS classes out there. Keep in mind Doc only had 5 wins and has a split record as a coach

  8. kozbee says: Feb 7, 2013 12:52 PM

    The Nutt would of never put together a recruiting class such as this.Go Rebels

    With Bama recruiting who would not of believed..
    Roll Tide.

    For Alex Collins Go to Ark and hope you the best playing as a razorback.Just make sure your mom doesnt snatch your first paycheck.

  9. be4bama says: Feb 7, 2013 12:59 PM

    Did Alex Collins mom ever give her permission for him go to Arkansas?

  10. Deb says: Feb 7, 2013 6:20 PM

    @goodfieldnohit …

    Lookinig forward to it :)

  11. gfj7000 says: Feb 7, 2013 7:33 PM

    Guess Alex Collins mom wants him to be a bottle fed momma’s boy thru college!and hires an attorney to do it. Ugh!

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