10 Bold Predictions for National Signing Day 2012
We all need a little humor in our life, as it really helps puts things back in perspective. Humor can also be applied to college football recruiting as well. So let's dig into it.
I figured I'd step back from the rigors and look at things from a comical side when it comes to recruiting. For this read, I'm going to make some funny yet bold predictions as to what will go down on National Signing Day.
Petrino Tries to out Fly Pinkel
With Gary Pinkel visiting Dorial Green-Beckham via helicopter, you know Bobby Petrino will want to do it even bigger.
On signing day, Petrino will announce that he's on his way to Springfield—no, not to visit Mr. Burns, but to convince DGB to be a Hog.
In a G-5. Step ya' fly game up, Pinkel.
Nelson Agholor Speaks His Mind
USC, Florida and Notre Dame are battling it out for Nelson Agholor. At 6'2" and 180 pounds, he's one of the best athletes in the country and can play an array of positions.
Some say he can play receiver in college; others say safety, or running back, or cornerback or quarterback...you get the point.
I predict that when asked what position he's going to play in college on NSD 2012, the versatile Agholor will confidently say, "Everything."
Recruiting Publication Beef
Maty Mauk's career passing numbers are just downright sick in his high school career.
He's headed for Missouri to play in the Tigers spread offense, so you have to figure could put up some video game-like numbers down the line.
Next Wednesday, Mauk will sign his LOI with Mizzou and will say he will toss more than 5,000 yards at least once for Gary Pinkel and leave with the most yards in Mizzou history.
Late Arriving Stanford Fans Think They Signed Barry Sanders...Sr.
Spurning Oklahoma State for Stanford, Barry Sanders Jr. is 5'9" and 180 pounds, and his size and running style remind you of his dad when you watch him on film.
Barry Jr. is very quick, elusive, instinctive and runs with good balance.
When Stanford's David Shaw announces his class next week, late reading fans who don't follow recruiting closely will mistake it for the notion of his dad coming back out of retirement. At Stanford.
Tackle Box Consumes Tackle's Thoughts on NSD
A devout and avid fisherman, Young spends his time either punishing defenders as a LT or fishing. He once caught an oversized hammerhead shark and spent hours reeling it in.
To celebrate on NSD next February, I think Young will go fishing, but will be so stoked that he's done with recruiting and about to go fishing that he forgets to sign and fax his LOI.
Blasted into the Stars
We see it and hear it every NSD from almost every coach in America, "I don't pay attention to the stars."
Sure they don't.
College coaches claim they don't look at Scout.com, Rivals, ESPNU or anything else, and that the star-rating system is flawed. This year will be no different as we're going to hear several coaches take a jab at the recruiting sites and star system.
Gunner Kiel De-Commits Again
Kiel has been committed to three different schools during this process in Indiana, LSU and now Notre Dame. He's set to be in South Bend for spring workouts as an early enrollee candidate.
It would be crazy to predict Kiel de-commits again, wouldn't it? That's why the thought fits here.
Schiano Tries to Coach Rutgers and the Buccaneers
With reports suggesting Greg Schiano will be the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rutgers will be looking for a new coach pretty soon.
But will they have a new leader in place before NSD comes in just six days? Yes. It will be Schiano.
As Schiano will announce at his Bucs presser that he'll coach Rutgers on Saturday games and fly to coach the Bucs on Sundays.
Herbstreit Won't Like It
On NSD, it's almost a certain, some recruit is going to do that hat thing or something else that's an attention-grabbing gesture, and Herby is going to sound off.
Done deal, next slide.
Armstead Brothers Get Confused
With Arik and Armond Armstead doing all they can to play together for Armond's final season in college, schools like Auburn and Notre Dame have a shot to land both.
I predict on NSD, a scenario of confusion leads them to land at other schools. They'll both settle on a school they both want to attend together, and one will fax his LOI to Auburn and the other to Notre Dame.
Then a phone call will take place with one saying "cool man, we're both Tigers," and the other saying "you mean Irish, brother." Then they will realize they're not going to the same school thanks to a goofy mix-up.