National Signing Day 2012: Evaluating the Gulf South Conference Signees

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National Signing Day 2012: Evaluating the Gulf South Conference Signees

National Signing Day 2012 is now officially upon us. Throughout yesterday, senior high school student athletes (mostly those who play football) made their college decisions official.

Most of the day's attention was focused on uncommitted Division I prospects signing destinations. In addition, the focus was also whether or not committed prospects would make a last-minute switch.

My focus, however, was on the latest happenings in Division II football; in particular, the Gulf South Conference.

Often called the Southeastern Conference (SEC) of Division II, the GSC experienced a huge blow last season when six schools (Arkansas Tech, Arkansas Monticello, Southern Arkansas, Harding, Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State) defected to form one-half of the Great American Conference (GAC).

Those schools were replaced by Shorter College, Union University, Florida Tech and University of New Orleans.

GSC schools West Florida, Alabama Huntsville and Christian Brothers do not have football programs. Therefore, only five teams competed for the conference championship last season. Next season Shorter College will bring that total to six.

Florida Tech, West Florida and UNO are currently in the process of adding football programs.

As usual, a lot of the signees may not have been highly recruited, but that does not mean—as people like to believe—Division II talent is any less impressive. It has produced numerous NFL players over the years.

Taking a look at all of D II schools signing classes is more than one person can handle. So with that said, let's evaluate how well the GSC teams did during this year's National Signing Day.

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