Most Ridiculous Moments of National Signing Day 2014

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIFebruary 5, 2014

Feb 5, 2014; Gardena, CA, USA; Junipero Serra high school cornerback Adoree Jackson poses for a photo after he signs with the University of Southern California during national signing day at Junipero Serra High School. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

College football fanatics everywhere anticipate national signing day as much as any day, except perhaps the first day of the regular season.

The signing period for recruits brings plenty of entertainment and drama, and this year was no different.

As teams finalized their 2014 recruiting classes, the top recruits took the stage with some interesting props and attire.

As always, there were scholarship controversies for both teams and recruits. And as always, the best recruiting program in college football stayed atop the recruiting rankings.

Scroll down for the odd, head-scratching moments of 2014 signing day.

Note: All team and recruit rankings based on the 247Sports Composite Ratings.

RB reportedly signs with three schools

Here's a new one: Dacorius "D.J." Law, a 3-star running back from Haines City, Fla., has signed letters of intent with three schools, according to Hugh Kellenberger of The Clarion-Ledger. 

During his signing ceremony, he was expected to announce for Ole Miss. But while his family expected him to become a Rebel, he instead donned a Utah hat during the ceremony.

Now, as Kellenberger reported, Utah and Ole Miss are both claiming that they have a NLI from Law, as does East Mississippi Community College. 247Sports lists him as an Ole Miss signee, but it is unclear where he will actually end up.

Florida A&M pulls OL's offer just before NSD

Dave Montas, an offensive lineman from Hialeah, Fla., was set to announce his commitment to Florida A&M on national signing day.

However, the evening before he made his announcement, the FAMU staff called him up and pulled the offer, as tweeted by the Hialeah High School football program.

As the school's tweet details, Montas had been committed to the Rattlers for months and had shut his recruitment down, leaving him in an awful situation.

It also makes Florida A&M look terrible.

Two SEC schools jump the gun with 5-star bios

Auburn High School product Rashaan Evans was set to pick between Auburn, Alabama and UCLA.

Many believed Evans, the No. 1 outside linebacker in the nation, would follow 5-star inside linebacker Tre' Williams to Auburn. The Tigers acted accordingly, preparing a bio that was actually posted on the athletic department's official website, as Sports Illustrated's Martin Rickman found and tweeted:

Instead, he donned a crimson script "A" hat on signing day, following Auburn HS product and 2013 5-star linebacker Reuben Foster to Tuscaloosa.

Rickman also found a video (since removed) featuring Evans posted on Auburn's YouTube page.

LSU had a similar mishap, posting a biography for 5-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson, who committed to USC in the afternoon, which was found by 247Sports' Thomas Goldkamp.

Solomon Thomas' announcement tree

Recruits are becoming more and more creative with their decision announcements. The standard table of school hats is becoming, well, old-hat.

Former Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell broke the mold a few years back, committing with a bulldog puppy.

Just this year, LSU 5-star safety Jamal Adams committed at the Under Armour All-American Game using a baby (his niece) dressed in LSU garb.

Solomon Thomas, a 5-star defensive end, also committed with a living thing. But he went with a different direction, using a tree to commit to the Stanford Cardinal.

He also donned taped nerd glasses while saying he would play football and graduate from the California school.

Adoree' Jackson's strange prop box

The top uncommitted prospect, 5-star corner Adoree' Jackson, couldn't match Thomas' tree, but he instead had a box full of props to animate his decision.

There was no tree or puppy, but Jackson brought an entire box of artifacts, including a Gatorade bottle, two rings, a hat of his high school, a blue and orange shoe (likely representing his No. 2 choice Florida) and finally a USC Trojans hat.

H/t to Dan Lyons of for the video.

At least now Jackson can reuse the box when he packs up and heads to Troy.

Lorenzo Carter's suit

Most ridiculous suit of the day, hands down, goes to 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, who committed to Georgia.

As interesting as that jacket is, Carter somehow pulled it off—maybe it was the gold chain that pulled it all together.

Malik McDowell's missing NLI

One of the most highly anticipated announcements of the day was the signing of 5-star defensive end Malik McDowell.

The Detroit native and Southfield product announced his decision to join Michigan State's vaunted defense. Joe Rexrode and Mike Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press detailed his situation and even have video of he and his father signing papers during the ceremony.

However, Rexrode later tweeted that MSU released a list of 21 signees, none of which were named Malik McDowell.

Days before the ceremony, his parents both said they didn't want him at MSU and that they preferred him to go out of state. It is unclear if that is the reason his papers haven't been sent to East Lansing.

If that's the case, it brings back memories of 2013 signing day and the situation with 5-star running back Alex Collins, when his mother absconded with his signing papers. He ended up going to Arkansas despite his mother's wishes, where he was named SEC Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American.

McDowell's case is one to keep an eye on, as he as the talent to earn similar accolades at MSU.

Alabama has no competition at No. 1

For the fourth straight year, the Alabama Crimson Tide compiled the No. 1 class in the 247Sports Composite rankings. For the second straight year, their class included six composite 5-star recruits.

This time around, no other program was really even close to UA. The Tide finished with 319.7 points in the rankings, while no other school even reached 300.

LSU had the No. 2 class, which included four 5-star recruits and the No. 1 overall prospect, Leonard Fournette. Texas A&M matched 'Bama in one area, as both pulled in three of the top 10 recruits, but the Aggies couldn't measure up in terms of depth, pulling the No. 5 class.

Alabama had six of the top 16 players. The dominance all came in a year when Alabama didn't win the SEC or national title. 

The most ridiculous part of this all? Alabama's dominance isn't even a shock anymore—it's just the college football standard.


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