National Signing Day 2012: Five Schools That Will Get Screwed
National Signing Day is often a day of feast or famine for college football programs across the nation.
The last second shifts of allegiance, whether they help or hurt your team, make the day truly compelling. Here are five schools that might end up with the bitter taste of disappointment after the day is done.
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Top recruit Dorial Green-Beckham announced his decision to play at the University of Missouri earlier this morning.
This was a huge blow to Arkansas’ 2012 class, as SEC counterparts Alabama, Florida, Texas A&M, LSU, South Carolina, Auburn, and Georgia all currently place in the Rivals Top 25 classes.
Green-Beckham instead will suit up for SEC newcomer Missouri next year.
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For a team that’s been a model of consistency over the last few years and fresh off a huge bowl victory, this year’s recruitment class was a little disappointing.
Spartan fans can thank Urban Meyer for this, who snatched up freakish pass rusher Se’Von Pittman.
In fact, Meyer has made a habit of spoiling fellow Big Ten opponent’s classes of recruits. Michigan, Wisconsin, and Penn State have also fallen victim to Ohio State’s new head coach.
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There’s not a whole lot the new coaching staff could do about this year’s disappointing class of recruits.
The Jerry Sandusky scandal and fallout, along with Joe Paterno’s death understandably altered many decisions.
The real question is whether there is a viable short-term solution in Happy Valley to avoid the impending decline.
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Don’t get it confused; Auburn had a very good recruiting class, ranked 20th currently according to Rivals. However, a few key players could have potentially elevated Auburn’s 2012 class into elite territory.
Blue-chip running back T.J. Yeldon who had previously committed to Auburn, is expected to sign with Alabama today.
Anything conceded to rival Alabama always hurts especially such a talented recruit.
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Alabama is making a habit of nabbing blue-chip recruits from the clutches of their competition.
Five-star safety Landon Collins—a Louisiana native—opted to play for Nick Saban and the Tide over LSU.
Quarterback Gunner Kiel also slipped through Les Miles' hands, ending up at Notre Dame after much indecision.
This is still an excellent recruiting class, but incomparable to Alabama’s or Florida’s.