6 National Signing Day Predictions That Were Dead Wrong
A lot of predictions were made about national signing day, with many of them coming true. However, not every prediction made came to fruition, as several of them proved to be dead wrong.
National signing day is always full of surprises, but some of the shockers that took place last Wednesday threw everyone for a loop. A 5-star linebacker stunned his hometown, while a 5-star athlete spurned a pair of SEC schools to stay close to his new home.
Plus, a 5-star defensive lineman shocked the country by going against his parent's wishes.
No Elite Recruit Delayed His Decision
In years past on national signing day, players such as South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and former Ohio State and current Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor delayed announcing where they were going to college.
It was predicted here that this would once again happen with an elite uncommitted prospect in the 2014 class. However, every uncommitted recruit scheduled to make an announcement on national signing day indeed announced where they were going.
Which leads to the next false prediction...
Prediction: Malik McDowell to Florida State
Correct school: Michigan State
Florida State was the prediction, as the Seminoles seemed to present a strong case to McDowell late in the process on why he should sign with them.
Toss in the fact that his mother publicly stated her wish for him not to sign with the Spartans, according to a report by Sam Webb of Go Blue Wolverine (subscription required), and it was easy to think FSU had a great chance.
Well, as of now, that prediction is still wrong.
Prediction: Derrick Nnadi to Virginia Tech
Correct school: Florida State
A 4-star defensive tackle from Virginia, Derrick Nnadi decided to sign with Florida State over Virginia Tech, which was the prediction here.
The feeling was Nnadi would opt to stay close to home and attend the school he has family ties to, per Michael Clark of Scout.com (subscription required). But that sentiment was false. Nnadi is a Seminole now, and he will have a fine career in Tallahassee.
Prediction: Braden Smith to TCU
Correct school: Auburn
However, the 4-star offensive lineman stepped up to the podium last Wednesday and announced he would be attending Auburn. The Tigers are getting a great prospect to help continue building depth in their offensive line.
Prediction: Adoree' Jackson to Florida
Correct school: USC
Jackson kept the entire country guessing and confused for almost a year, but the Gators track program seemed like an extra weapon for head coach Will Muschamp. However, USC also has an elite track program that will suit Jackson just fine, as he will likely participate in both spots for the men Troy.
Prediction: Rashaan Evans to Auburn
Correct school: Alabama
This was undoubtedly the most shocking commitment made on national signing day. A 5-star defensive end/linebacker from Auburn High School, Rashaan Evans spurned his hometown school and picked its arch rival.
Alabama got some revenge on its heartbreaking loss to the Tigers last fall, as Evans is a great prospect who will fit in nicely with the Crimson Tide's base 3-4 defense. This one stings for Auburn, who was predicted to land Evans.
Said Chad Simmons of Scout.com (subscription required) on Feb. 3:
"There is a lot of pressure on Evans to sign with Auburn, the school that is a couple of miles from his home, and the school both his parents attended at one time."
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
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Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.