Do Recruits Really Need the Press Conference and Hat Thing? Hell Yeah!

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterFebruary 1, 2013

January 4, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Nitro linebacker Reuben Foster (2) and Team Highlight defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (1) greet each other after the game at the Under Armour All-America high school Game at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 16-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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National signing day is mere days away, and with it comes the inevitable big decisions of the nation's top uncommitted recruits. Come Wednesday, we'll see pressers, jerseys held up, hats swapped and hand signals flashed.  

And all of that is not just OK, it's pretty damn fantastic...even for these players.

At Your Best 11, I've already talked about the elite players having the upper hand when it comes to recruiting from an advantage standpoint. Our colleague, Adam Kramer, has discussed some of the best parts of national signing day dramas. As the day approaches, we both are geared up for these kids to celebrate their decisions to move on to the next chapter in their football lives.

We've already been pretty clear that elite recruits should milk the process. This is the last time they get the edge when it comes to holding all of the cards and making choices for themselves; at least until they are lucky enough to be negotiating a second contract in the NFL.

Suck the damn marrow out of national signing day, young men, because this is your moment and you have to make the most of it. As the kids say, "Do you!" 

If that means you just want to fax in a letter and keep it pushing come Wednesday, that's OK. Your coach will record you on the big board, and fans will be happy to have you. If that means picking the hat off the table of the school of your choice, by all means have at it.

If you want to put on a pair of one school's gloves, then take them off to reveal another school's gloves and flash their logo, then knock yourself out.

As long as you are staying true to yourself and having a good time, then go for it. This is sort of like your birthday, but for your football future. On NSD, with your decision and letter of intent, you are birthing a sort of football-future baby.

And it's that baby's party and it can swap hats if it wants to!

Now, I know all of you are not fans of the practice. It may seem egregious and unnecessary, but it's not about you.

These guys are still just high school kids for the time being. They'll get to grow up as soon as they hit campus in June or July and run those first 110s and 300s. They'll get to face reality when the strength-and-conditioning coach is screaming in their face, telling them to get low into the hole on their chain squats.

For now, let them enjoy it. I know I'll be locked in for the fun.