Monday, January 31, 2011
National Signing Day: Which Hat Will They Choose?
College football readies for one of their biggest day of the off season. National Signing Day.
It's the day where the top recruits in the country sit at a long folding table, presumably with their parents, in front of three or four hats representing their college choices and several microphones from local television and radio stations.
When the moment comes, they pick their school by putting on the hat of their choice to a loud applause from approve friends and family.
There are already several players from around the country that have already made their choices and have given their verbal commitments.
For the rest, it comes down to having the spotlight for those five or 10 minutes depending on how long the networks want to cover each event. There's no doubt that ESPN will have a lot of those decisions live and if you don't have access to watch television while you're at work, there are several big time internet services that you can check as each decision comes down.
If you're used to hanging out on my blog, go head over to National Football Authority as I'll do my best to keep you updated as each decision comes down and bring you my thoughts on each player, who they signed with, any shockers that might happen, the winners, the losers, and everything in between.
Here are a list of the top 15 players that are expected to make their decision during National Signing Day, the finalists they're choosing from, and where they're expected to commit.
One player that isn't on this list, Jadeveon Clowney, a player that is listed as the number one prospect in the country by Rivals.com, isn't expected to make his decision until February 14th.
Curtis Grant - Linebacker (Richmond, VA)
Finalists: Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State, Virginia
Predicted: Ohio State
Cyrus Kouandjio - Offensive Tackle (Hyattsville, MD)
Finalists: Alabama, Auburn, Iowa, Miami, New Mexico, USC
Tony Stewart - Outside Linebacker (St. Augustine, FL)
Finalists: Florida State, Clemson
Predicted: Florida State
Isaiah Crowell - Running back (Columbus, GA)
Finalists: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia
Stephone Anthony - Outside Linebacker (Wadesboro, NC)
Finalists: Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech
Timmy Jernigan - Defensive Tackle (Lake City, FL)
Finalists: Florida State, LSU, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee
Marqise Lee - Athlete (Gardena, CA)
Finalists: USC, Cal, Oregon, Miami
Marcus Roberson - Cornerback (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Finalists: Florida, Auburn, Georgia, USC, Texas Tech
Predicted: Has already verbally committed to Texas Tech but still considering four other schools
Lamar Dawson - Inside Linebacker (Danville, KY)
Finalists: Kentucky, Oregon, Tennessee, UCF, USC
Nickolas Brassell - Wide Receiver (Batesville, MD)
Finalists: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama
Predicted: Ole Miss
Aundrey Walker - Offensive Guard (Cleveland, OH)
Finalists: Michigan State, USC, Ohio State, Florida State, Wisconsin
Predicted: Ohio State
Erique Florence - Safety (Valley, AL)
Finalists: USC, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Cincinnati
Antonio Richardson - Offensive Tackle (Nashville, TN)
Finalists: Tennessee, Miami, Auburn, Georgia, USC, LSU
Jacoby Brissett - Quarterback (West Palm Beach, FL)
Finalists: Florida, Miami, North Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin
There will be many more decisons made by some of the top high school recruits in the country but these 15 are going to be the ones that are talked about the most leading up to their decisions and even after they've made their choice.
If you're a big college football fan, you should love this time of year.