National Signing Day 2012: 7 Schools That Didn't Do Enough
National signing day has arrived.
Every team is looking to bolster its roster through the best high school athletes in the nation. Dorial Green-Beckham, touted as the best receiver in this class, committed to Missouri over the heavily favored Arkansas Razorbacks.
There's no doubt that Missouri wins in landing such a big fish, and teams like Florida State and Alabama are also earning big hauls.
Here are the seven teams that didn't do enough to get recruits to sign with their program.
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Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino has done a great job improving the Razorback program since he arrived in 2008. This year, he was expecting his best recruiting class since his arrival in Fayetteville.
However, the Hogs missed out on Dorial Green-Beckham, the would-be crown jewel of Petrino's 2012 class. They also lost Gary Simon to Oklahoma, Trae Elston to Mississippi and Harding Harper to Vanderbilt.
Otha Peters did sign with Arkansas, making national signing day somewhat worthwhile for Razorback fans. Davonte Neal headlines the players whom Arkansas are still courting.
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Gene Chizik is wiping the Gatorade off of his face in this picture. Unfortunately, he won't be receiving any Gatorade baths for national signing day.
Auburn is 21st in Rivals.com' class rankings and was certain to be higher by the end of national signing day. Big-name recruits aren't picking Auburn, which is unfortunate for coach Chizik.
Boise State Broncos
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Boise State has the leading recruiting class in the Mountain West.
That's the only thing Chris Petersen's 2012 class will lead. After finishing the past three seasons inside the top-10 rankings, Boise State has yet to turn success on the football field into success on the recruiting trail.
Wait, that should be the other way around, right?
Not for Boise State. Chris Petersen has been winning with 3-star-and-below recruits his entire coaching career. Sure, success is success... but think of what the Broncos could have if they did land 4- and 5-star recruits.
Paul Pasqualoni was hoping his NFL resume would help sway recruits to Connecticut.
So far, it hasn't. Pasqualoni may know what it takes to get college athletes to the next level, but recruits haven't bought in just yet. Granted, it's his first year, but a class that ranks last in the Big East classifies this as a rocky start.
Wayne Morgan, a 4-star safety out of New York, chose Syracuse over Connecticut on signing day. The same Syracuse that finished 1-6 in conference play last year. Yikes.
North Carolina Tar Heels
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Larry Fedora will start his first year in North Carolina with the seventh-ranked class in the ACC.
North Carolina has been the exact opposite of Boise State in the past few years. The Tar Heels have put together strong recruiting classes, but have been unable to produce more than eight wins in a season.
National signing day saw the Tar Heels win Quinshad Davis, a 3-star wide receiver from South Carolina. This day will come and pass quietly in Chapel Hill in an unfortunate beginning for Coach Fedora.
Texas A&M Aggies
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Kevin Sumlin will have one of the most difficult coaching jobs in the nation next year. He is entering his first year at Texas A&M, a program that is moving to the toughest conference in all of college football.
To add to his woes, Sumlin lost Bralon Addison to Oregon on national signing day.
The Aggies did receive a commitment from Thomas Johnson, a speedy wide receiver from Dallas. National signing day has been otherwise underwhelming for the new addition to the SEC, despite having a great class overall.
Virginia Tech Hokies
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As illustrious as Frank Beamer is, he hasn't benefited from having great recruiting classes.
Jawand Blue publicly chose Miami (Fla.) over the Hokies, which was the only action Virginia Tech received on national signing day.
Beamer, much like Chris Petersen of Boise State, puts together good (not great) recruiting classes year in and year out. Unfortunately, the ACC has had an overall positive national signing day. Teams like Clemson, Florida State and Miami have bulked up, leaving Virginia Tech behind.
It will be interesting to see how these recruits pan out in the next four years, both for Frank Beamer and the ACC teams around him.