2011 National Signing Day is officially over. Did you miss it? “Christmas in February” as all of us die-hard fans put it.
Let’s take a step back and look at the national scene over the college landscape – it is quite compelling.
USC signed 30 kids. How does Baby Kiff continue to recruit very well, despite probation? I will say he did piss more people off by stealing Lamar Dawson right out from under the feet of Tennessee and Kentucky. The guy can recruit and Coach O can do commercials, so there you have it. Currently, USC is sitting at number two in the Rivals.com rankings.
How about Cyrus Kouandjio picking Auburn (if it sticks)? The kid has a brother that plays for Alabama – incredible job of recruiting by Gene Chizik. If Kouandjio does stick, that will be a mean offensive line with Christian Westerman and Reese Dismukes alongside him. But Tigers, don’t get your hopes up until you have his LOI in hand.
The way Clemson continues to recruit and the way they finished yesterday, it would not surprise me in the least bit if they are able to sign Jadeveon Clowney on February 14th. How do they continue to get top talent in the South when Dabo Swinney is on the hot seat? Surprises for Clemson included five star linebackers Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony – not to mention Mike Bellamy and Sammy Watkins, and both are from Florida.
Brent Calloway flip-flopped back over to Alabama from Auburn. He was committed to Alabama early on and then flipped to Auburn. On NSD, he flipped back to Alabama. Some people saw this coming from a mile away.
The most bizarre LOI story was Floyd Raven’s mom forging his signature on an LOI to Ole Miss. He eventually sent his letter to Texas A&M, where he wanted to attend. Goodness, how do you do that to your son?
All in all, it was a great day, especially in the Southeastern Conference.