National Signing Day 2013: Programs Ready to Celebrate Big Recruiting Classes
National signing day is about five weeks away and many programs are putting the finishing touches on their 2013 recruiting classes. Adding a few more prospects, hosting visits, re-solidifying committed recruits and projecting depth charts are all aims for programs these days.
Several programs around the country are just downright giddy right now and can't wait for the big day to come. These programs are ready to celebrate big recruiting classes that are loaded with many talented football players.
Here are the top programs ready to pop a champagne bottle, light a cigar and who'll be all smiles on the first Wednesday in February.
Les Miles and his staff are bringing in 23 players to Baton Rouge, as of right now. The Tigers have a top 10 class and they will be adding big numbers to their roster.
Miles surely would love to land Robert Nkemdiche, Priest Willis and Kendell Beckwith, but even if he doesn't, then he will be celebrating another great recruiting class next month.
This is a big recruiting class for Vandy not just because it's a large 22-man group, but because the class could finish in the top 25 rankings.
Vanderbilt doesn't get a lot of positive attention and it hasn't exactly been dominant on the field lately, so the Dores signing a top 25 class is a huge deal. Credit James Franklin and his staff for doing an outstanding job again of adding more talent to their roster.
Michigan suffered a heart-breaking loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, but Brady Hoke can look forward to signing one of the best classes in the country.
The Hokester has 24 commitments right now and is still waiting to hear from Leon McQuay, Derrick Green and Laquon Treadwell.
Michigan has a big class already that also boasts great quality, so look for Ann Arbor to be in a very celebratory mood on signing day.
The Gators feel February 6 can't get here soon enough. They have the No. 1 recruiting class according to many lists and surely want to hold onto that spot.
With 25 commitments, they have a big class that features studs like CB Vernon Hargreaves III, RB Kelvin Taylor, LB Daniel McMillan, DT Caleb Brantley, S Keanu Neal and WR Ahmad Fulwood.
Will Muschamp has to be extremely stoked about this class and ready to celebrate.
The Dawgs will be barking on February 6 because UGA has a huge class coming in that is made up 30 players right now.
Yet, mark Richt is still awaiting verdicts on several huge targets such as OT Laremy Tunsil, RB Alvin Kamara, LB Reuben Foster and Montravius Adams among others.
So while Georgia will celebrate the big class that it has right now, the group's numbers could be bigger by the time national signing day is over.
1. Texas A&M
The Aggies are going to sign the nation's biggest class with 34 commitments. An extraordinary class, the group has both quantity and quality.
Kevin Sumlin has top flight prospects like WR/TE Ricky Seals-Jones, DT Justin Manning, WR/TE Derrick Griffin and DL Isaiah Golden.
He also has several underrated commitments like WR LaQuivionte Gonzalez and OL Joas Aguilar, plus RB Brandon Williams should be ready to go as he transferred in from Oklahoma.
Sumlin may have lost Kliff Kingsbury, but he still will be smiling ear to ear on signing day when he receives 34 letters of intent at his office in College Station.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.