National Signing Day 2013: Most Surprising Decisions from Top Recruits

Bryan ShafferFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2013

Feb 6, 2013; Immokalee, FL, USA;  Immokalee High cornerback Mackensie Alexander announces he will attend Clemson during National Signing Day at Immokalee High School.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

It is that time of year that college football fans look forward to: national signing day, the day when fans get a glimpse into the future of their favorite team.

Was their school able to entice the best players to attend or did they miss out on some of their top targets?

Like most years, the national signing day of 2013 offered quite a few surprises that will excite some fans, while disappointing others.


1. Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Few knew details about Alexander's choice before it was announced. The promising cornerback has parried reporters' questions about where he might go and has hardly disclosed more to the college coaches.

There had been rumors that he was going to commit to several schools, most notably Mississippi State. Others thought that Alexander might join his twin brother Mackenro and play for Auburn, so when he signed with Clemson, many people were surprised.


2. Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

When a crowd gathered at Ridgeland High School on Wednesday to hear Bell declare which team he signed with, many were flabbergasted. Tennessee was the favorite to land the 5-star safety, but they missed out.

Bell cited an opportunity to play for coach Urban Meyer as an important factor in his decision.


3. Elijah Daniel, DE, Auburn

Having committed to Ole Miss in November, most Rebels fans looked forward to seeing Daniel on their team's offensive line next season. But what is expected is not always meant to be, and Daniel ended up choosing Auburn instead.

While Ole Miss fans must be disappointed that their team didn't reel in the 4-star defensive end, landing the No. 1 overall recruit, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, was a nice consolation.


4. Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

While Ole Miss got the top defensive recruit, they also surprisingly landed the top offensive recruit. Tunsil, the top-ranked offensive lineman this year, announced that he would be playing for Ole Miss.

Most people felt that Tunsil was leaning toward Georgia, but after a late-January visit to the Ole Miss campus, he made up his mind that he would join the Rebels.

Tunsil said that he felt a connection with the Ole Miss coaches. He said of the coaches: “They are great to talk to, they are on their way up as a program, and I like the people there.”

It is also expected that the other elite Ole Miss recruits helped to sway Tunsil.