10 Things We Loved About National Signing Day 2012
National Signing Day has come to a close, and now it's time to recap everything that happened.
Some teams surprised us with some of the recruits they landed, while other teams really stunk up the joint and didn't do as well as we had expected. There were a few players who shocked us with where they ended up committing to, and then some players that decided to pick the school we all had predicted he would end up at.
The majority of the big programs did well, and then there were even some first-year head coaches that killed the competition.
From commitments to decommitments, it was just another crazy day in the college football recruiting world. This is why it's always one of the most anticipated days of the year in college sports.
Here are 10 things we absolutely loved about this year's National Signing Day.
Dorial Green-Beckham Stayed Home
Now me predicting him staying in the state of Missouri has nothing to do with why this is on here. It has more to do with the fact that he turned down bigger programs and possibly a better chance to succeed to stay home and help put his home school on the map.
Missouri isn't a school that's as popular or talented as Arkansas or Alabama, but with the Tigers heading to the SEC, they could soon get to that level. So many times we see athletes take the easy way out and go to the school that's the most talented.
The No. 1 prospect this season is actually going to have to work for his school to be successful. Have to love that he's accepting the challenge.
Schools in Trouble Aren't Hurting
This is mainly directed towards Ohio State and Miami of course. The Buckeyes will be banned from postseason play for a year, and yet they still landed one of the top classes in the country. Who in the world knows what's going to happen to the Hurricanes? And they still put together a talented group of 33 commitments.
We all know these programs sell themselves and are going to recruit well regardless, but it's nice to scandals not affect the teams on the football field. We all know college football is a much better game when Miami and Ohio State are competitive and in the rankings during the year.
Players Joining Forces to Create Dominance
Usually when you see a bunch of players on one side of the ball come together, it's players that ended up going to school together. This wasn't the case with Florida State as so many of the top defensive players gave their commitment to the Seminoles and will likely create an extremely scary team in the ACC. Fun to watch for fans, but frightening for opponents on the football field.
Mario Edwards, Ronald Darby, Chris Casher and Eddie Goldman came from anywhere from Texas to Maryland. Any of those players would be good on any team they decided to commit to, coming together on one team is great to see and it's going to be exciting to see how it works out.
Smaller Teams Landing Big-Time Players
It gets boring seeing the same powerhouse teams stealing all of the great recruits and leaving the not-so-talented players for the rest of the teams. Although this season, there were a few players that decided to give those smaller schools a shot.
Running back Rushel Shell had offers from Alabama, Florida and Oregon, but ended up with Pittsburgh. Defensive end Darius Hamilton decided to stay home with Rutgers and forget about offers from Michigan, Miami and Penn State.
Then of course the most shocking signing this year came from wide receiver Deontay Greenberry who had offers from Miami, Notre Dame and USC. Instead he ends up with Houston, of all places. Being able to land talented players like this really helps these programs expand and really improve one step at a time.
Stanford Won't Go Away
Everybody thought Stanford was going to fall off the face of the earth when Andrew Luck decided to head for the NFL. If its recruiting class actually produces, the Cardinal should be fine. This is a team that's landed big player after big player. It sealed the deal on four top-10 offensive linemen, a few great defensive lineman and legendary running back Barry Sanders' son.
I know sometimes these players don't produce the way that we had hoped for, but these are good signs that this school isn't going anywhere. We need more competitive teams in the Pac-12.
USC Is Back on Track
I'm sure there are fans out there that really enjoyed USC not being able to participate in a bowl game the last two years. But trust me, college football is so much better when the Trojans are competitive and involved in the rankings.
Now that this team is no longer on probation, they are recruiting extremely well—despite the fact that they have limited scholarships.
Signing for signing, USC has one of the most impressive recruiting classes this season and will once again be at the top in college football. It's very nice to see, whether you hate or love Southern Cal.
First year Coaches Putting That Work in
Kevin Sumlin may have college coaching experience, but he's never been the head coach of a huge program like Texas A&M before. He's putting together one of the best recruiting classes in the country as his Aggies head into the SEC.
Jim L. Mora, who so many doubted when he became the head coach of the UCLA Bruins, is killing the competition this year, landing top prospect after top prospect.
It's going to be interesting to see if either can actually win with this talent, but so far, there isn't much to complain about.
Boise State Didn't Land Any Top Players
Boise State recruits well for a team that's in the MWC, but it hardly ever lands any top recruits, like a 4- or 5-star player. This is the case once again this season, and it's a good thing if you're a college football fan.
Not having many talented players will just continue to show just how good of a coach Chris Petersen is and will continue to spark up controversy in the college football world. (If he continues to win, of course.)
I don't know about you, but I love seeing coaches win with players that have rosters full of kids that couldn't make a BCS roster. I also like arguing and debating if this Broncos team should really be in the national championship conversation. Here's to another year of headaches!
Glory Days Here We Come
College football is all about tradition, and part of that tradition is we're use to seeing certain teams be successful. Michigan and Ohio State recruited extremely well, have awesome coaches in place and are on the right track to make that happen. Florida State is coming up, along with Miami, Florida, USC is back, Georgia, USC and Notre Dame. (Hopefully)
Something tells me we're getting closer to seeing all of those teams at the top once again. These recruiting classes are a start to making that happen.
One Step Closer to the Regular Season
This has to be the most exciting thing about National Signing Day being over with, as we are one more day closer to another season kicking off. Sure, we're still a few months away from this happening, but it's one giant step over with to get where we're trying to go.
Now that we have majority of the recruiting out of the way, we can begin preparing for the season.
Who cares if we're about seven months away from the season starting? We're now one step closer with National Signing Day out of the way.
Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or Randy.Chambers7@yahoo.com
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