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5 Most Entertaining National Signing Day Announcements of the BCS Era

Sean FryeFeatured Columnist IIINovember 18, 2016

5 Most Entertaining National Signing Day Announcements of the BCS Era

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    National signing day is upon us, and that means SEC, Texas and Oregon fans around the country are preparing to celebrate the newest 5-star commitments, while fans from other schools argue that the ratings systems used to rank prospects doesn't mean a darn thing when it comes to winning games. 

    With wall-to-wall coverage of recruit announcements, Signing Day has become a sort of national holiday for college football fans. 

    That's also lead to some very entertaining commitments from recruits. From Isaiah Crowell using a mini-UGA to commit to Georgia to Dre Kirkpatrick calling out Julio Jones, Signing Day is a day full of excitement and anxiety. 

    With that, let's check out the five most entertaining national signing day announcements in the BCS era. 

Isaiah Crowell

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    Who can forget Isaiah Crowell, when he used a baby Bulldog to announce his commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs? 

    His spectacle is arguably the most memorable of all announcements ever made on national television, but his subsequent career at UGA was more forgettable than memorable. 

    Crowell had just one productive season for Georgia, and that was in 2011 when he racked up just over 800 yards and five touchdowns. 

    His tenure at Georgia came to an abrupt end in June 2012 when he was dismissed from the team after being arrested on weapons charges. 

    The charges were later dropped, but the damage was done and Crowell was forced to transfer to Alabama State. 

Dre Kirkpatrick

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    Want to make a splash on national signing day? Well, calling out one of college football's most historic universities as well as one of the superstars on your future team is a great way to do it. 

    Kirkpatrick was rated as the nation's top cornerback when he chose to sign with the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2009. In his announcement, he declared that the University of Texas didn't have enough "swag" to sway him, and that he wasn't afraid of going against Alabama star receiver Julio Jones in practice. 

    Since that announcement, Kirkpatrick has had a very successful career. After his time at Alabama, he was drafted 17th overall in the 2012 NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he is still a valued member of the Cincy secondary. 

     

C.J. Johnson

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    The intermittent troubles that come with social media in today's world reared its ugly head in the case of C.J. Johnson's recruiting.

    Johnson, one of the country's most coveted linebackers in the 2011 class, had originally committed to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

    But when Manny Diaz, the team's defensive coordinator when Johnson was recruited to the Bulldogs, left MSU for Texas, Johnson opened up his recruiting again. 

    That unleashed the fury of Mississippi State fans onto Johnson. 

    Due in large part to the unwavering harassment that Johnson experienced, according to Sports Illustrated, he chose instead to commit to Ole Miss and decided to stop using Facebook with this post on Signing Day: 

    "I will not be a Mississippi state bulldog and I'm not considering Mississippi state anymore bc you have constantly comment on my page and send me crazy inboxes and has made my recruiting experience a living nightmare," Johnson wrote. "Goodbye facebook."

    Johnson is the perfect case of how bad social media can get for athletes, and his signing day experience is certainly one to learn from. 

Lorenzo Booker

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    In 2002, running back Lorenzo Booker was a verbal commit to Notre Dame and was one of the top recruits in the nation. 

    He chose to have his announcement broadcasted on ESPN's SportsCenter. 

    That's when the birth of all the hype surrounding national signing day happened. 

    In almost mid-sentence, Booker switched his commitment from Notre Dame to Florida State, creating a buzz that grew so loud it started a national trend in college football of broadcasting recruiting announcements. 

    Booker broke down crying in his announcement before saying he had to go to FSU. 

    Since then, national signing day has been one of the most anticipated events in the CFB offseason. 

Landon Collins

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    No, Landon Collins' announcement didn't happen on national signing day. So technically it shouldn't be eligible for this list. 

    But Collins' announcement, and his mother's disapproval of it on live television, is too memorable to not put on this list of the best announcements in the BCS era. 

    At the Under Armour All-America game, Collins, who was one of the most coveted safety prospects in the country, announced that he would be heading to Alabama to pursue his dream of college football. 

    That announcement came much to the chagrin of his mother, who had wanted her son to play at LSU. And she made her feelings known on national television. 

    Collins' defiance of his mother in front of cameras and a live audience is arguably the most memorable commitment announcement of all time, which is why it had to be put on this list. 

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