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National Signing Day Recap

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Christmas Day for College Football is over, and some teams really stood out yesterday. The Bamas, Ohio States, and Florida States of the world were quiet because their class was already done. They were just hoping for no surprises like some teams got. The big names yesterday that shined were U$C(sorry USC), UCLA, Auburn, and UF finished strong.

The first year off sanctions, and USC is back to doing business. They landed all of their 5 stars yesterday. They landed four of them, and stole the show late. Porter Gustin was the first 5 star of the day for the Trojans. Later in the day they added three more in about a span of 2 hours. USC got high school teammates in Rasheem Green and John Houston. Then only a few hours later got top rated corner, Iman Marshall, who rapped his way to So. Cal. It was a big day for the Trojans, as they look to get back into the National picture. This is the first time since 2010 that Bama isn’t the top recruiting class. In 2010 these USC Trojans were at the top, and just went on to win a title. The big difference is, that team was led by the “worst 1 yard play caller” in Pete Carroll.

Let’s stay on the West Coast, but with UCLA this time. UCLA ruled the beginning of the day with snagging recruits left and right. They ended as the #13 team in the team recruiting rankings. The day started early with the Bruins getting TE Chris Clark, and athlete Soso Jamabo. Then in the afternoon they added offensive lineman Josh Wariboko, which is a major need, especially to keep highly touted QB Josh Rosen upright. Roquan Smith the linebacker from Georgia was the next man in, but with some controversy. The Georgia boy had some second thoughts about leaving home, but after a while the Bruins have their very talented backer. To end the day, the Bruins got WR Cordell Broadus, the son of Snoop Dog. It was another nice get as they held off in-state rival USC for him. Lots of talent was brought in by Jim Mora, but the big question is, can he develop them?

Auburn won the big prize in Byron Cowart, but had to sweat it all day. Cowart committed early Wednesday morning, but delayed sending his letter of intent in. People were going crazy on Twitter about a 18-year-old, and what he was doing, kind of creepy Rob Lowe right? In the end, Cowart is a War Eagle, and should contribute right away. The Auburn got another boost to its defense with the commitment of backer Jeffery Holland. The War Eagles were soaring early, and it could have got a lot better. Notice the “COULD” in the last sentence. Auburn had a shot at left tackle Matez Ivey and DE Cece Jefferson. They missed on them, but overall it was another nice haul, especially on defense where new DC Will Muschamp will have loads of talent to work with.

The Gators fired Muschamp which looked to really hurt them on the Byron Cowart prize, but they finished strong. New head coach Jim McElwain had a rough start to the day, but added two 5 stars in Ivey and Jefferson. These two are good friends, and adding them both saves this first class for McElwain. He got them to spurn Auburn, which could have been a huge disaster for the Gators program. The only problem is Cece hasn’t faxed in his LOI yet, but has said it’s coming, so Gator fans don’t worry.

It was another exciting National Signing day, but most of these kids won’t play right away, and we will have to wait to see who really won recruiting. As of today though it was a big day for these four teams, and they all were the real talk of yesterday. 2015-2016 has officially begun now, and it’s time for teams to get going on the Spring.


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