Five-Step Drop: More Recruiting
1. Now that the goofy meat raffle called National Signing Day is over, it's time to gather up all the scraps of news. If you want a quick overview of where the top recruits decided to sign, of course we have that for you. Your executive summary: No. 1 overall recruit Jadeveon Clowney (right) didn't sign with anybody, which we already knew he wouldn't. SEC schools did well, which we also knew already. Not a single recruit in the top 100 of the ESPNU 150 signed with a school from a non-automatic qualifier conference.
2. "Yeah, yeah," you're saying. "Enough with the Tom Luginbill stuff. Did anybody find a way to top the cheeseball hat switcharoonie we've all grown tired of?" Yes. Georgia recruit Isaiah Crowell announced his decision by holding up a bulldog puppy wearing a Georgia sweater. That beats the shopworn game of Three-Cap Monte any day, and I sure hope this trend continues. It would be great to see a Colorado recruit trying to deadlift a 300-pound bison calf.
3. It wouldn't be National Signing Day without at least one story of a curious last-minute decision. This year's story involves Todd Peat Jr., a defensive lineman from Tempe, Ariz., who spurned the home town Sun Devils and signed with Nebraska instead. Why? "I was pretty much going to choose ASU," he said, "but was driving home last night and saw a Nebraska license plate, something I'd never seen before and took it as a sign that I should become a Cornhusker." Before you laugh, it should be noted that Nebraska does have pretty sweet license plates. I guess it's more likely he saw one of the old plates, however.
4. From the Many Awkward Family Dinners Yet To Come Dept.: Kyle Veazey of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports on Floyd Raven, a defensive back from Reserve, La., who signed with Ole Miss and Texas A&M Wednesday. Raven's mother signed his name to the Ole Miss letter of intent, then faxed it in. There were two problems with that. First, Raven didn't want to go to Ole Miss. Second, his mom signed the letter? Ole Miss didn't accept the letter of intent, saying it was "hardly readable." Score one for the FAX machine, I guess. Raven personally signed a letter of intent from Texas A&M Wednesday evening.
5. Oversigning is neck-and-neck with rhabdomyolysis as the offseason issue of the year. Florida president Bernie Machen roundly condemned the practice in a piece he wrote for SI.com. Alabama coach Nick Saban defended the practice in his Signing Day news conference. I think the whole problem would go away if the NCAA would just ban Division I schools from signing partial qualifiers and tighten academic progress rules for student athletes, but that obviously isn't going to help anybody win any championships, so I won't hold my breath. John Infante of the NCAA's Bylaw Blog has his own ideas on how to curtail oversigning.