“National Signing Day: Oh What a Day”

Today is indeed the day.  It is but of course National Signing Day.  This is the day where high school football players look to take their games to the next level.  They ink their names onto signed, binding contracts, with colleges all over the country.  For many of these kids, this is the biggest day of their lives.  This is where they officially decide on where they will attend college.  Most of the kids have mini press conferences held at their schools and get treated like a real professional athlete.  Students, teachers, friends, and families all gather around on this joyous occasion just to watch the student sign a piece of paper on where they will be attending school in the fall.

It is a shame that more schools do not make a big deal about where a Valedictorian inks their letter of intent for a University.  But this is the big day for these student athletes.  All the rumors and other minutia about these kids can be put to rest on this day.  Oral commitments are thrown out the window finally and kids officially make up their minds.  It is funny to me how angry people get when a kid orally commits to a school during their junior year, and then on signing day of their senior year they decide to go elsewhere.  Do people realize that these are 17 and 18 year old kids?  Weren’t you ever an indecisive teenager?  Most people are indecisive for the majority of their lives anyways.

The usual suspects look to be at the forefront of this year’s 2010 edition of “Signing Day.”  According to the ESPN rankings, Florida, Texas, and Alabama have the strongest incoming classes.  So let the strong get stronger apparently.  With technology today, the rankings of these high school players has become more accurate.  Remember, there is no AAU circuit for high school football.  These kids play against the competition their respective hometowns have to offer.  There is the occasional game against a team from another state and the occasional all american game, but that is it.  It is not like basketball and baseball, where kids play against players from all across the country thoughout the entire summer.  Due to this, the way these sites evaluate the players is even more important for football.  College scouts do not get to see as many of the top prospects go head to head, therefore it is harder to see all the kids play and evaluate them accurately. 

There are numerous websites where these kids get ranked.  You got Rivals, Scout, ESPN, and many others.  So which one of these are correct?  Occasionally, a kid is a 5 star top 10 recruit on one site, and then a 3 star recruit who isn’t even the top 100 on another (this is rare). So how do you know which one is accurate?  I guess that maybe they are accurate an equal amount of the time.  I mean, it is pretty tough to be 100 percent correct on which of these kids will actually develop into college and eventually pro superstars.  I will give the sites credit though.  Recruiting rankings on these sites are much more accurate than the rankings used to be.  And that is a simple testament to technology today.  Each of these kids has multiple highlight videos, pictures, and reviews posted about them on each and every one of these sites.  They are already receiving the star treatment as sophomores in high school.

In actuality, the technology today has made it so that some of these high school athletes receive more attention than many past professional athletes did during their playing days.  It is absoloutely amazing how the scope of sports, and especially high school athletics, are being transformed as we speak. 

But my question for you all today is, do you think that the technology and ability of these recruiting sites to go so in depth on each kid is a good thing for College Football?

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.



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