By most accounts I've heard, nobody else should even show up on this, the 2010 National Collegiate Football Letter of Intent Signing Day.
Lately, everything we see, hear, touch, taste, and smell these days has the Florida Gators hands-down, no doubt about it, listed as having potentially the greatest recruiting class of all time.
Hey, don't get me wrong. They are going to be loaded—again. But in taking a closer look, per Rivals.com and the ESPNU 150, the Longhorns of Texas are actually tied with Florida in rankings per player, with the margin ever so slightly leaning Florida's way with four five-star recruits, while Texas currently has two five-star recruits.
Based on the ever popular five-star grading system, both schools average 3.92 stars per player. And the next closest aren't even close, really, with Alabama projected to come in at 3.62, and Auburn at 3.52.
That being said, and given that we have all seen strange things occur on signing days past, let's take a look at just a few of these lauded commits and what will likely turn out to be one of the greatest recruiting classes ever...and I am not talking about Florida.
Simply put, this kid is a freak the likes of which have not been seen in awhile. At 18, the son of former Dallas Cowboys star Jim Jeffcoat is already 6'4", 233 lbs., and runs the 40 in 4.5.
Widely considered by many to be the marquee player in this year's Texas class, depending on what service you use, Jeffcoat is ranked either the No. 1 or No. 2 defensive end in the nation and will continue the traditions set forth by former Longhorns standouts Brian Orakpo and Sergio Kindle.
Our thanks to USA Today for the photo, which speaks a thousand words. This could be the biggest coup d'etat of this year's recruiting wars.
At 6'2", 220 lbs., and running a 4.58, this is one that, if I am an Ohio State fan or booster, I am LIVID about.
It's one thing to lose star recruits to conference rivals Michigan or Penn State, but to lose the state's best player, and arguably the nation's best OLB prospect, to Texas? Unforgivable.
Dominic Espinoza is what Texas needs—offensive line. With the departure of four seniors off the O-line from the 2009 squad, Espinoza is a huge sign, literally.
At 6'4", 295, he is the No. 1 ranked center in America. He runs the 40 in five flat and can already do 22 reps on the bench.
He will continue to grow and likely be battery mates with QB Garrett Gilbert for many games to come.
Chalk up another one for Texas Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis. After a dismal year running the football in 2009, and after losing four starters off that O-line squad, Davis has hauled in another solid offensive lineman.
Incoming freshman Trey Hopkins is 6'4", but only 270 pounds, which leaves a lot of room for beefing up. Hopkins is listed on both Rivals and the ESPNU 150 as the No. 1 offensive guard in the nation and Rivals has him ranked the ninth-best overall player coming out of high school in Texas.
Again, kudos to Davis for seeing a need and meeting it.
Again, this is simply a precursor to what will begin in approximately 31 minutes from now in the Eastern Time Zone, when fax machines on campuses around the nation will begin to whir.
But, if everything remains the way it should, by day's end I believe you will find that the dynamic duo of Mack Brown and defensive coordinator (and head coach-in-waiting) Will Muschamp have put together what could possibly be the best defense of any class in recruiting history.
Again, we have over 17 hours of the day remaining, and make no mistake, this will be a long day and kids will change their minds all around the country.
But, hey, it's Signing Day! Be honest. Would you really have it any other way?