The 24 hours leading up to, and the roughly 18 hours of National Football Signing Day, are normally two of the most exciting days in all of college sport.
And the past two days have been no different.
In fact, given the recent coaching changes, and the level of talent coming out of high schools around the country this year at every position, I can think of no other year in recent memory packed with more anticipation or excitement than surrounded the 2010 National Signing Day.
It was, if you will, tantamount to Opening Day in the major leagues, or the start of Summer Camp for the NFL. It was the one day for every school, regardless of conference or national implication, on which hope sprung eternal–for the coming season, and also for the next four years.
Like election nights in November, February 3, 2010 may well go down as one of the closest races in recruiting history. And similar also to January 7, 2010, there can only be one winner, one champion, one school that reigns supreme.
This year, there were several schools boasting outstanding signing classes. And all deserve mention.
However, for the sake of argument, and meaning no disrespect towards the USC Trojan class, I have poured over yesterday's events and have determined one thing: the two candidates for the overall National Recruiting Championship were the Florida Gators and the Longhorns of Texas.
That being said, I have broken down yesterday's classes and can say without reservation that the "Best in Class" of the 2010 National Signing Day belongs to the boys from The Forty Acres in Austin.
Based solely on tangibles, as well as information reviewed from the ESPNU Top 150, Scouts, Inc., and the 5-star rating system of Rivals.com, here's a look at how I came to my decision.