We’re almost there and when National Signing Day unofficially begins at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, the action will be fast and furious as teams sign recruits, win over top targets, lose out on top targets and may be forced to go for a Plan B or Plan C recruit.

Anything can happen on NSD, and here are five things to look for:

Early momentum

The first major signings of SEC targets come with four-star offensive tackle Jauan Williams (7 a.m. EST, considering Georgia and Florida State); four-star safety Nigel Warrior (8 a.m., considering Tennessee, Auburn), five-star athlete Mecole Hardman Jr. (8:30 a.m., considering Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and a few others) and four-star defensive back Trayvon Mullen (9 a.m., considering LSU, Florida State and Clemson). The schools that get those early commits seem to continue rolling for the rest of the day.

Right now Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia are all in position to get an early signing day commit and it should set up for a nice day.

Winning Signing Day

Unless Alabama or Florida State pulls an inside straight, LSU should hang on for the No. 1 class. But having the No. 1 class and winning signing day are different things. The team that wins signing day will have their hat selected in the live televised announcements. They will be the center of the discussions during the 10-hour broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN2. Alabama had the No. 1 class in 2013, but you can argue that Ole Miss won signing day because it had the class people were talking about (for various reasons).

Controversy and cold feet

Someone’s signing day won’t go as planned. A lot of things can happen. Sometimes the prospect gets cold feet, sometimes the family has last-minute objections. Sometimes the prospect makes the announcement but never signs the letter of intent. Something will happen Wednesday and will blow up Twitter and shake the system. Already it appears that five-star athlete Demetris Robertson may not make an announcement Wednesday as he continues to be recruited in several different directions.

Coaching cliches

Every coach will say nearly the same thing about their recruiting classes. It starts with how happy they are to sign (insert number) of STUDENT-athletes (emphasis on student) that are happy to be part of our program. And it generally goes from there. No coach has ever seen a recruiting class he couldn’t gush about in public.


There will be allegations of foul play. Most of this doesn’t go public, but sometimes it does. Rarely does a coach have to publicly defend accusations on signing day like Hugh Freeze did a couple of years ago, but you’ll hear rumblings of foul play whether it’s on Twitter or broadcast television.