National Signing Day 2011: Which Schools Will Fail on Signing Day?
National Signing Day 2011 is finally here.
After months of recruitment, calls, texts, predictions, analysis, commitments, de-commitments and players remaining undecided until the last possible minute, it all comes to a close.
While many top recruits have already committed and will be signing on the dotted line to make things official Wednesday, other players have yet to announce.
The college football world awaits word on a handful of the nation's most highly-touted players, and we'll be keeping a watchful eye on the happenings all day.
But here is a look at which schools we think will come away as failures on National Signing Day.
The Fighting Irish have done a good job with their 2011 recruiting class up to this point, but National Signing Day doesn’t seem too promising in South Bend.
Notre Dame is a finalist for only one remaining undeclared commit and stands to potentially lose more than it could gain on National Signing Day.
Troy Niklas, the 19th-ranked tight end remains Notre Dame’s lone key target. Niklas remains a toss-up between USC and Notre Dame.
Rivals.com mentioned Notre Dame’s committed defensive end Stephon Tuitt as a potential player who could flip their commitment.
Tuitt already de-committed from the Irish once, only to re-commit a day later. Notre Dame fans won’t consider Tuitt a lock until he signs on the dotted line.
The Gators have a host of high-profile recruits targeted for potential commitments on National Signing Day.
Between No. 2 defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, top-ranked outside linebacker Stephone Anthony, top-ranked inside linebacker Curtis Grant and 4-star recruits Curt Maggitt, Jermauria Rasco and Junior Pomee, the Gators are bound to be disappointed on Signing Day.
Jernigan seems to be a lock for Florida State and Anthony is predicted by many to be heading to Clemson. Rasco could likely end up at LSU and Maggitt committed to Tennessee on Tuesday.
The potential for Florida to land all of these recruits is very low.
There’s no doubt that the Tide have compiled one of the nation’s top recruiting classes.
On National Signing Day, however, Alabama could lose out on Isaiah Crowell, who seems to be heading into the big day as a lock for Georgia.
And 12 days after Signing Day, the Tide could very well lose out on Jadeveon Clowney, which could be the biggest loss of all.
Cyrus Kouandjio remains a potential commitment, which would certainly help the Tide get through the day, but the potential losses of Crowell and Clowney would be immeasurable.
The Bruins have struggled to maintain the pace set by USC, Oregon, Stanford and Cal in the Pac-10 and their struggles will continue through National Signing Day.
UCLA still has its target keyed in on top-ranked inside linebacker Tony Steward, but the immediate impact recruit is likely heading to Florida State.
Past Steward, the Bruins' targeted players don't pack the punch needed on National Signing Day to help even the score between the Bruins and the rest of the Pac-10's powers.
The Tarheels' hopes remain high, but the reality is that North Carolina will struggle to pull in their top targets on National Signing Day.
The Tarheels remain finalists for Jadeveon Clowney, Curtis Grant, 4-star receiver Devin Clark and 4-star linebacker Cedrick Cooper. At this point, the Tarheels don't appear to be in the true mix for either Clowney or Grant.
And landing Clarke and Cooper would be nice, but hardly enough to make up for the loss of the others. And all this, of course, comes after the Tarheels missed out on Savon Huggins last week.