National Signing Day 2014: Programs That Will Rise in Rankings

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IFebruary 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03:  Steve Sarkisian speaks at a press conference introducing him as the new USC  head football coach at the John McKay Center at the University of Southern California on December 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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National signing day is finally here. And for some programs, this day is a chance to set themselves apart from every other team in the country by securing some of the top recruits in the country.

Whether teams are looking to move up the ladder through signing recruits who are still undecided or through flipping those who have already given a verbal to other schools, there is a lot to be gained for several programs during national signing day.

It's always a chaotic day full of surprises and emotions, but several teams will rise on the tide-turning day in college football.

Here are a handful of teams that will have a huge day during national signing day.



This comes down mostly to one commit, a man by the name of Rashaan Evans.

The No. 1 outside linebacker in the nation is the center of this year's Iron Bowl recruiting battle and hasn't quite made up his mind before signing day. Though he hasn't confirmed who he will play for just yet, 247Sports' projection is that he will sign with the Tigers, according to Austin W. Penny of 247Sports:

While Alabama already sits at the top of the rankings, convincing Evans to sign, getting the official word from Bo Scarbrough and potentially flipping Chad Thomas could make for a monumental day.

As for the Tigers, their No. 7 recruiting class could turn into a top-five class with the commitments of Evans and another 4-star recruit in Braden Smith. Needless to say, Evans could be a game-changer for whichever team he chooses.



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The UCLA Bruins are already inside the top 20 in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings, but they could continue to rise up the board with a few top recruits.

One of the biggest of those is Malachi Dupre, the No. 2 receiver in the country. Dupre still has a chance to sign with the Bruins, but the odds appear to be in LSU's favor, as Mike Farrell of points out:

While UCLA might miss out on Dupre, a commitment from inside linebacker Kenny Young could be a gigantic get for the program. The Bruins could come away with a lot or a little on national signing day, but pulling away either Young or Dupre from Louisiana could be monumental.

Unfortunately, if the Tigers land both recruits along with a few others, they could be the big winners on signing day.



Steve Sarkisian could have a field day on Wednesday with the haul he stands to bring in for the USC Trojans.

With a class that already includes seven 4-star recruits, the Trojans are in line to pull in potentially two 5-star players and two more big recruits. At the top of that list sits Adoree' Jackson, the No. 1 cornerback in the nation.

Jackson is still weighing his options with LSU, Florida and UCLA on the list but appears to be looking at USC very seriously. 247Sports' official Twitter account believes Jackson's commitment comes down to just two teams:

Along with Jackson, Sarkisian is hoping to boost his recruiting class with John "JuJu" Smith, Damien Mama and Lamont Simmons, which are 5-, 4- and 3-star recruits, respectively.

Simply signing Smith and Mama would have made for a huge day for the Trojans, but the addition of Jackson as well could make for a memorable first class for Sarkisian.


All recruiting rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports.

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