How Roy Roundtree Changed National Signing Day Forever for a Purdue Fan

Tim CarySenior Analyst IFebruary 3, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - SEPTEMBER 20:  A detail shot of a Boiler Crossing sign before a game against the Central Michigan Chippewas and the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross-Ade Stadium on September 20, 2008 in West Lafayette, Indiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Two years ago, high school wide receiver Roy Roundtree was expected to be the jewel of the Purdue Boilermakers' recruiting class.

All the way until National Signing Day, that is.

When it came time to finally put pen to paper in February 2008, Roundtree jilted the Boilers at the altar. The Ohio native chose to sign with Michigan and Rich Rodriguez instead, leaving Purdue with a glaring void at the wideout position.

And that, my friends, is why Feb. 3, 2010 has been such a difficult day for me.

Since my favorite football team is not exactly a first-tier program nationally that top 100 players are lining up to sign with (see: Texas, University of), the final days before talented Purdue commits can actually seal the deal fill me with dread and incredible nightmare scenarios.

What if Rich Rodriguez comes after our top wide receiver prospect again?

What if Lane Kiffin convinces our best quarterback to come to USC?

What if Indiana steals one of our...

(Nah...scratch that last one. I'm not worried about losing anybody to Indiana.)

Personally, I blame Roundtree. He's the reason I can't sleep.

It's not fun to hit refresh on Twitter every 15 seconds to see if the letter of intent showed up.

It's horrible to log on to my favorite message board and see a post saying "so-and-so switches to Michigan"...only to find out it's a joke from somebody with a cruel, twisted mind.

It's torture to watch the letters trickle in one-by-one until our only four-star prospect is among the last few holdouts. 

It's scary to see how many other schools are boasting that all their targets are signed, sealed, and delivered while Purdue waits for a bunch more.

My mind races.

My heart pounds.

What happened to our defensive lineman? Did he change his mind?

We're signing about 106 kids from Florida. What if they choose sunshine over snow, palm trees over a winter wonderland?

Will someone else pull a Roy Roundtree?

Just get it over with already.

Is football season here yet?

Because National Signing Day sure isn't as fun as it used to be.


Official Postscript, several hours later: Purdue did ink all 20 expected recruits to official letters-of-intent today, putting together one of its best classes in years.

Oh, and did I ever tell you how much I love National Signing Day?



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