Well, that’s all she wrote, folks. Another National Signing Day has come and gone, so now there is only one thing left to do: judge the programs commitment hauls before the players even take the field. We will be taking a look at the two biggest respective winners and losers from NSD, and what the future may hold for each.
Loser: The Texas Longhorns
What a start to the Tom Herman era at UT, huh? The Longhorns found themselves outside the top 10 in the 24/7 rankings for the first time since 2014. However, signing day was much worse than that. Texas wound up finishing ranked No. 26, far from where the boosters hope the team to be under the coach they fought so hard to get. Texas lost out on several top targets on NSD, including 5 star K’Lavon Chaisson amongst others. This is a tough start for the Herman era, one not too unfamiliar for Texas fans, as they went through a similar experience with Charlie Strong.
Winner: The Florida Gators
The Gators, as little as a week ago, were ranked No. 31 in 24/7 Sports‘ recruitment ranking. However, the man who “cannot close”, Jim McElwain, shocked everybody by running the table of Signing Day. The Gators held on to the players that had been leaning its way, like top recruit Tedarrell Slaton, but also had some surprising landings as well. Brian Edwards decision to attend Florida over Miami of Florida wasn’t the biggest news of the day, but it was a player the staff was happily surprised to have fall their way. However, the biggest shock (at least in my mind) of National Signing Day came around 3:30 eastern, when it was announced that James Robinson out of Lakeland, Florida would be signing with the Gators. Robinson recently had his dreams seemingly derailed after an “incident” during his official visit to Ohio State caused many teams, including the Gators to rescind their scholarship offers. Even moments before the signing was announced it seemed as if Robinson would have to wait to sign (and most likely with a smaller school), but McElwain pulled a rabbit out of his hat by somehow convincing the administration to take a chance on Robinson. Florida was by far the biggest riser on National Signing Day.
Loser: Jarez Parks
You hate seeing this happen, and it seems to every year. A young recruit announces his signing only to have his “dream school” tell him that he either doesn’t have a scholarship offer or that they don’t have the space for him. This year’s train wreck was especially hard to watch. Parks, through an elaborate video, filmed in Paris, that he put on twitter, announced his signing to Alabama fairly early in the day. However, turned out that the Crimson Tide didn’t have the “space” for the top 60 prospect, so he was forced to go in front of his school and, instead of signing his letter of intent, tell everyone that his decision was being delayed. It hurt to watch. Parks ended up signing as a grayshirt with ‘Bama, but to see a day that should be the best of someone’s life fall apart like it did for Parks is terrible.
Winner: Kobe Buffalomeat
The biggest signing of the day went to Illinois State. That’s right, I said Illinois State, an FCS team. However, it was unsurprising to see why it was the best signing of the day, as the recruit they got was named Kobe Buffalomeat. Social media (namely Twitter) got in on the action, and by the end of the day the commitment had shaken the college football world. Eat your heart out, Hingle McCringleberry.