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Winners and Losers from Signing Day

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National Signing Day is just about over, so it’s time to take stock at who the winners and losers were on Wednesday.

Winners

Alabama – The rich get richer. Alabama nabbed yet another No. 1 recruiting class, thanks in part to the signing of the nation’s top recruit, defensive end Da’Shawn Hand. Ho-hum.

Kentucky – No, this is not a basketball recruiting ranking. Head coach Mark Stoops signed the best Wildcats recruiting class in recent memory, landing at No. 16 on the Rivals.com team list. It’s led by safety Mike Edwards and quarterback Drew Barker.

Virginia – The state of Virginia had three five stars this recruiting cycle and coach Mike London nabbed two of them, including the nation’s No. 5 player, safety Quin Blanding, and the No. 32 player, defensive tackle Andrew Brown. The other? The nation’s top prospect, the aforementioned Hand. Can’t get ‘em all.

Stanford – Given the difficulties of recruiting to an elite academic institution, perhaps Stanford should be graded on a curve. The Cardinal checked in at No. 14 in the team rankings, with quarterback Keller Chryst and defensive end Soloman Thomas being the elite prospects.

LSU – The Tigers signed a monster class and finished second in the team rankings behind Alabama. The nation’s top running back, Leonard Fournette, should make an instant impact as a freshman, as should No. 2-ranked wide out Malachi Dupre.

Michigan State – The Spartans used their Rose Bowl victory and No. 3 national finish to sign the No. 21 class, one of the best recruiting finishes by MSU in a long time. The jewel of the class is 5-star defensive end Malik McDowell, who should end up with the Spartans once issues with his dad get worked out.

Losers

UCLA – The Bruins thought they had a chance at Adoree Jackson. He went to USC. They thought they might get Malachi Dupre. He went to LSU. They hoped to get Budda Baker. He went to Washington. It was still a good class for Jim Mora (ranked 18th), but he swung for the fences a few times and whiffed.

Michigan – The Wolverines felt the effects of a disappointing 7-6 season and their class slumped to 31st in the national rankings. Michigan needs some instant help this fall and, outside of top corner Jabril Peppers, it fell short.

Virginia Tech — The Hokies received a major blow when top DT Derrick Nnadi signed with FSU. They missed out on Isaiah McKenzie, who signed with Georgia. A top receiver commit, Javon Harrison, also jumped ship to sign with the Seminoles. Overall, the Hokies finished 25th nationally but could’ve finished much higher with a stronger signing day.

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23 Responses to “Winners and Losers from Signing Day”
  1. keltictim says: Feb 6, 2014 4:50 AM

    (Homer alert). USC had a pretty good signing day too. Took a 4 star end from FSU, a 4 star LB. Defensively we did well. Not well enough for this list, I agree, but we restocked pretty well. Dylan Thompson is going to step right in, I don’t think our offense will skip a beat, and G.A. Mangus will have our D rolling again. We did lose some key players to the big time, but I like our chances to take the SEC east, and I don’t think a title game is entirely out of the question. We’ve been knocking on the door of greatness the last 2 seasons and either this year or next, with a lil help from the new play off system, I think we finally get there. But if that doesn’t work out, at least we know the in state championship is gonna be ours for awhile. Go Cocks!

  2. 4512dawg4512 says: Feb 6, 2014 6:05 AM

    Dont forget an already young Oklahoma team getting Mixon and Quick. JAM!!

  3. jonkybon says: Feb 6, 2014 6:44 AM

    @keltictim

    Where should I mail you a dime so you can buy a clue?

    Mangus is the QB coach when he isn’t getting arrested for public urination.

    UGA will be healthy and returning 10 of 11 defensive starters along with a new DC fresh off of a National Championship. You’ve heard of a National Championship haven’t you? I know the cocks have never come close to earning one in football. UGA also returns 7 of 11 starters on offense. The fourth string QB at Georgia is rated higher then all the cock QBs combined. UGA just added two more 5 star RBs to the three they already had.

    While the cock signing class was decent, top 30, we’ll see how it looks after the non qualifying scratches.

    As for Clemson, they had another top 15 class including a top three QB, three 4* WRs, 4* RB, two 4* TE’s. The 4* DE that signed stated his first goal is to be an Academic All-American every year at Clemson. At Clemson athletes are required to have real majors like engineering. Clemson also has a top 10 graduation rate. None of which is very important to Slurrier and his cock(s).

    Clemson also got a commitment from the #1 OT in the country for 2015 last night. Mitch Hyatt’s uncle played on the Clemson National Championship team. He’s also an Academic All-American.

    If you bothered to watch the games between Clemson and SC the last couple of years, you’d have seen what the rest of the world did. Clemson gave the games away more than SC winning them. There isn’t a difference in the historic records, but there is on the field.

  4. classyjacklambert says: Feb 6, 2014 7:02 AM

    @keltictim
    USC had a great recruiting class and really should be on the list. Sarkisian did a great job this year and should be back in the PAC 10 title hunt very soon. South Carolina also had a great recruiting class and it will be interesting to see how their talent develops against a very similarly talented class at Clemson this year.

  5. jonkybon says: Feb 6, 2014 7:05 AM

    Now we know why Mike Davis didn’t follow his brother to Clemson. Could this explain how Slurrier gets athletes to play for SC?

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=412264238920150&set=a.100471236766120.427.100469383432972&type=1&theater

  6. ddaniels11 says: Feb 6, 2014 9:04 AM

    Glad to see Butch pull a good class at Tennessee, especially coming off a 5-7 season. Hope he can continue the success.

  7. davidsmj22 says: Feb 6, 2014 9:15 AM

    @jonkybon

    Once you’ve heard one Clemson fan, you’ve heard them all.

    Trying to make an argument about football, realize you don’t have one, and resort to attacking academics as well. There’s another part to a typical Clemson response, but I’m sure you’ll mention it sooner or later.

    As far as “giving the game away more than USC won it” goes… Ball security is kind of a big part of a teams game, doesn’t really matter who you are playing. But when you lose five years consecutively, it’s probably not a coincidence.

    Future recruits, if you want to play football for a school that offers respectable degrees like engineering, cow-tipping, or even Duck Dynasty philosophy… Then Clemson is a great choice!

  8. addict2sport says: Feb 6, 2014 9:32 AM

    @keltictim UofSC did do a nice job recruiting. But there’s only one USC. USC had a great recruiting class, their last under sanctions. Adoree, Mama, and Juju headline an outstanding class, more so when considering the restrictions. Tee Martin continues to be one of the nation’s top recruiters. FIGHT ON!

  9. mydixienormus says: Feb 6, 2014 9:36 AM

    Jonkybon:

    While I appreciate your enthusiasm for UGA, don’t they have a history for not meeting expectations?

    Their pre-season #1 ranking a few years ago is ringing some bells…

    No team does less with more than UGA, except maybe Texas.

  10. nicksabansanahole says: Feb 6, 2014 9:37 AM

    USC is in California and its hilarious that SCAR has won 5 in a row and still have an inferiority complex with Clemson. Clemson will always be the superior program and school. I never have understood how you can be excited when the best season in the history of your program didn’t even result in a BCS bowl game or a league championship, but I guess they say ignorance is bliss. That explains a lot. Congrats on your streak but the fall from the “top” will be a hard one for you.

  11. dryzzt23 says: Feb 6, 2014 10:03 AM

    Ohio State did pretty damn good…why no mention of them? SEC bias perhaps?

  12. beastmode5150 says: Feb 6, 2014 10:26 AM

    Hey USC fans, one problem, you have Sark.

  13. wadaea says: Feb 6, 2014 10:46 AM

    I love it when someone talks about how good UGA will be. They have done the least with the most talent of any program. Now they will be great with the new DC. Come on every year they are ranked in the top and every year Richt finds some way to screw it up. Like Spurrier says.” Get them early before all their thugs are off suspension”.

  14. soundsofsuccess7 says: Feb 6, 2014 10:50 AM

    How can you possibly not put USC as winners. What the… 2 five stars and the top guard.. Probably the best day in the nation. Took a mediocre class to extremely good.

  15. thraiderskin says: Feb 6, 2014 10:51 AM

    Dryzzt

    If Ohio State isn’t fighting for first, as far as recruiting is concerned, then it doesn’t matter. Lots of other schools deserve the praise more, we went from second last year to third this year.

  16. Professor Fate says: Feb 6, 2014 11:09 AM

    The “winners” list isn’t complete without including the USC Trojans. Despite having a handicap of 10 fewer scholarships than any other school, they still managed a top-10 class (#10 Rivals.com, #10 Bleacher Report). If Sarkisian and company had a full complement of scholarships they might have jumped into the top 5.

  17. Bob says: Feb 6, 2014 11:35 AM

    “UGA will be healthy and returning 10 of 11 defensive starters along with a new DC fresh off of a National Championship. You’ve heard of a National Championship haven’t you? I know the cocks have never come close to earning one in football.”

    And Georgia’s last national title was in 1980. Try not to get blinded by all the cobwebs on it.

  18. gritzblitz66 says: Feb 6, 2014 12:54 PM

    How can a team that went 5-7 last year and still landed a top 5 class not be on the winners list? Rocky Top!!!

  19. jonkybon says: Feb 6, 2014 2:22 PM

    For those that claim Georgia has done less with the most talent, who has represented the SEC East in the title game more this century? Too big a span, how about in the last 5 years? Granted, playing in the game is a poor excuse to winning it.

    I actually hear that the most from jealous fans who’s teams, like the JAILCOCKS, never win titles.

    @davidsmj22
    They are STUDENT athletes. Academics is the MOST important thing to these young men. If it’s not, they are wasting an opportunity. For the fans that don’t get it, you have my pity!

  20. jets12 says: Feb 6, 2014 5:53 PM

    People don’t waste your time with jonkybon. He lies and when that doesn’t work or serve his needs he lies more. Plus he has an unnatural obsession with Steve Spurrier. He is constantly commenting on Spurriers private parts. I think in reality jonkybon is in love with the old ball coach.

  21. saints25 says: Feb 7, 2014 2:45 PM

    gritzblitz66 says:
    Feb 6, 2014 12:54 PM
    How can a team that went 5-7 last year and still landed a top 5 class not be on the winners list? Rocky Top!!!

    ————————————————–
    Give me a break,when you sign 66 recruits you are bound to have a good class…just saying

  22. tennfan says: Feb 10, 2014 12:02 AM

    gritzblitz66, just where did the VOLS end up on the recruiting list after all was said and done ? Was the VOLS said to have had a good , fair or a bad recruiting class by the so called experts ? Also, did the VOLS end up with any 5 or 4 star players this time around ? Do the VOLS have any undecided players that might sign later ?

  23. urfinished says: Feb 13, 2014 1:00 PM

    UVA? Holy smokes. I know we don’t always do everything right in the SEC but if they are pulling 5 star recruits to that dumpster fire someone needs to check into something.

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