For hardcore Southerners, National Signing Day in college football ranks right up there with Christmas, Confederate Memorial Day and Mardi Gras on the holiday scale.
It’s the day when 18-year-old player prospects, typically endowed with more brawn than brains, play king for a day by holding nationally-televised press conferences at which they very slooowly look over the collection of ball caps bearing the logos of their various suitor schools until finally they reach–or wait, maybe not!–for The One and plop it on the ol’ noggin, much to the delight of their classmates, coaches, parents, siblings and long string of cousins who have gathered for the big event.
Meanwhile, millions of breathless, diehard fans are all atwitter as they attempt to appear busy whenever the boss walks by while simultaneously keeping one eye on their fan board of choice and the other on the live ESPN feed. All told, it’s one of the least productive work days of the year.
For Crimson Tide fans, the prospects appear bright for another banner recruiting class. The nation’s top running back, 5-star prospect Trent Richardson out of Pensacola, Florida, will likely be in the fold by day’s end but not before making us wait all day for him to sign. Reuben Randle, one of the nation’s top receivers, had a good visit to Bama but will in all likelihood stay at home and play for LSU–but not before throwing Tiger fans a little curveball. He’s still a longshot, but it was worth it just to watch the catastrophic emotional meltdown on the LSU fan boards.
Meanwhile, down at The Barn, Auburn HC Gene Chizik has been busy assembling his own stable of top shelf prospects. Check it out.
Come on home, Trent! And Roll Tide, Roll!