While listening to the radio this afternoon, I heard a stat so shocking I had to go to the Web to see if it was true. Indeed, it was. Of the 26 class of 2010 recruits granted five-star status by Rivals.com, only one signed Wednesday with a Big Ten school.
Turns out it was true. Detroit defensive end
So where did the other five-star recruits go, you ask? Here's a breakdown by conference.
"It's not that I changed my mind," Anderson told the
So the Trojans and Mountaineers have a chance to bolster their class, while the Buckeyes will have the chance to avoid a complete shutout by the top prospects in Ohio.
Ohio State coaches have won enough games to earn the benefit of the doubt, so maybe they believe 2010 wasn't a particularly great year in Ohio. Still, that doesn't explain how they missed on West Chester linebacker
USC made the biggest splash at the end -- landing a 330-pound cannonball named
Neuheisel got his own out-of-state blue-chipper in Portland, Ore., defensive end
After Henderson signed with the Trojans, Rivals.com ranked USC's class No. 2 in the nation and UCLA's class No. 8. Though the Trojans won that round, the Bruins made up a ton of ground. Plus, thanks to the Twitter foibles of USC signee
We can joke about USC coach
Wednesday, Kiffin landed the biggest -- literally and figuratively -- undecided player in America. Offensive tackle
Henderson is a tremendous athlete. The first time I saw him compete in anything was at the 2008 Peach Jam, an elite travel basketball tournament. He annihilated
Will he start right away? With offensive linemen, you never know. In 2006,
According to the scuttlebutt on Twitter, the reason Auburn fans were so nervous over Thibodaux, La. Athlete Trovon Reed had nothing to do with whether Reed would sign with LSU. Apparently, Reed had to drive to Mississippi to find a fax machine to send his documents to The Loveliest Village on the Plains.
At least that was the rumor. It turns out a writer for a Scout.com site posted it as his Facebook status update, and the quip took on a life of its own. Still, it begs a question: Why, in 2010, are such important documents being trusted to fax machines? We've come a long way since the heyday of the fax machine, when Vanilla
We can electronically sign our tax returns. If the Internet is good enough for the IRS, shouldn't it be good enough for the NCAA?
You haven't read a single word about Texas here on the blog today. That's because it's been a rather uneventful National Signing Day in Austin, which is exactly how Longhorns coach
Brown puts his hay in the barn so early every year that the first Wednesday in February really is a mere formality. That was the case today. Texas entered Wednesday with 25 committed players. By noon local time, all 25 had signed. That's right. All 25. No drama. No sweating.
Brown only takes commitments from players who want desperately to play for Texas. If a player wavers, Brown knows there are dozens of blue-chippers who would gladly take their wishy-washy counterpart's scholarship.
The Longhorns are excited about the receivers in this class. They've got
Brown and his staff waited until late January for Plano, Texas, defensive end
So don't expect to read much more about Texas this week. An utterly drama-free Signing Day gets little ink. That's fine with Brown. He's more worried right now about how many Class of 2011 commits he's going to get at the Longhorns' junior day later this month.
As the news trickled in about the recruiting class
Odighizuwa's signature is great news for the Bruins, especially considering the quality of some of the other classes being assembled in the Pac-10. Odighizuwa is lighting-quick off the edge, and he appears capable of packing quite a few more pounds on his frame. With him on the field, quarterbacks should worry.
Now that we know Kiffin & Co. will make life just as miserable on the recruiting trail for Bruins coach
UCLA's gain is Nebraska's loss. Cornhuskers fans had hoped Odighizuwa would be as good as the last defensive lineman Nebraska signed from Portland. That lineman's name was
Now that New Orleans quarterback
Gulfport, Miss., athlete
Temple, Texas, tailback
Calhoun, Ga., quarterback
Loganville, Ga., tailback
Charlotte, N.C. linebacker
Cary, N.C., defensive end
Littleton, Colo., back
Miami offensive lineman
Of course, this year's names were only a warm-up for the greatest recruiting name of all time. In 364 days, Miami defensive end
For all of you who keep saying that Boise State needs to beat the big boys, here's a win for the Broncos. Wednesday, they beat Notre Dame for a player.
Boise State won't get anywhere near the top of the recruiting team rankings, but here's betting the newest Broncos win a whole bunch of games during their careers.
Dorsey, from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., fell out of Florida's class a few weeks ago, touching off a recruiting contest among Michigan, Florida State, Tennessee and USC. If the practices for the Under Armour All-America Game in December are any indication, the Wolverines have nabbed an excellent player who will certainly keep his teammates entertained.
Dorsey was always around the ball during the all-star workouts, and if you couldn't see him, you could always hear him. It's always a good sign that a defensive back is a fantastic trash-talker when the receiver he covers finishes the play doubled over in laughter. That happened a few times during the Under Armour workouts.
I chalked that one up to tiny mobile phone keys or touchscreen issues. After all, the G and the J are separated only by the H on a standard QWERTY keyboard. But when Ambles tweeted Wednesday about his decision, I began having doubts. At 12:13 p.m. Wednesday, he tweeted this: "@mARKEITHAMBLES: Go Trogans!!!!!!"
Wow, Kiffin works fast. At 12:24 p.m., Ambles tweeted this: @Markeithambles: "Trojans"
Allen, from Greensboro, N.C., is the nation's No. 5 overall prospect according to Rivals. And according to the
King, ranked No. 30 overall by Rivals, lost an eligibility appeal that would have allowed him to play alongside Allen this past season. North Carolina's high school athletic association banned King from playing in the state after it accused him of supplying a false address for school eligibility purposes. Unable to play in North Carolina, King moved to Eugene, Ore. Though some assumed King would sign with Oregon, plenty of schools kept recruiting him.
Allen originally committed to Alabama, but when he learned the Crimson Tide didn't have room for Maynard, he changed his mind. Now, northern California will have a distinctive North Carolina flavor.
If Cal coach
Fehoko, the top recruit in Hawaii, will sign with Utah in a Signing Day event this afternoon. Fehoko was the state's lone representative in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. His brother,
"Utah is a team that could win the National Championship while I am there," Fehoko said. "I believe that I am destined for greatness and the Utes coaching staff will help me pave that pathway."
Part of the tipping point for Fehoko was the large number of Polynesian students enrolled at Utah, in addition to the strength of the communications program on the academic side. Fehoko also held offers from BYU, California, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
His father is Vili the Warrior, the famed sideline presence at Hawaii football games. V.J. said that there was hope he'd stay home and play at Hawaii.
"Both dad and mom are doubly heartbroken," V.J. Fehoko said. "They have waited for one of their three sons stay home and I am getting love and support from my family including my brother Sam at Texas Tech.
"Dad is now calling out the Utes to schedule a game in his backyard."
It's no surprise that Oviedo, Fla., linebacker
Surprise or not, Jones is an impressive addition to an already impressive class in Tallahassee. He joins Port St. Lucie, Fla., linebacker
Florida State already has a good offense.
Fortunately, it doesn't take as long to upgrade a defense as it does an offense. Joyner and sophomore
Now for the good news at Tennessee.
This is a big get for new Tennessee coach
For Tennessee fans still unsure about Dooley, this should inspire a lot of confidence.
Rest easy, Auburn fans.
Coleman, a five-star offensive tackle from Olive Branch, Miss., announced last April that he would sign with Auburn, but late visits to Alabama and Miami cast doubt as to whether the Tigers would land the 6-foot-7, 285-pounder.
As Signing Day drew near, Auburn received several challenges for its top commitments, but so far, coach
That leaves Thibodaux, La., athlete
Meanwhile, the Tigers are the favorite to land Hialeah, Fla., defensive end
The Rebels also signed Miami linebacker
The last time Nebraska signed a quarterback from Manatee High in Bradenton, Fla., the quarterback's name was
Now, Nebraska coaches are hoping another Manatee graduate can produce similar results. Wednesday, Manatee quarterback
Carnes originally planned to go to South Florida, but he began examining his options after the firing of
That enraged Manatee coach
Carnes, meanwhile, visited Nebraska and Western Kentucky. He seemed to be leaning toward signing with the Hilltoppers, whose new coach,
With Carnes still undecided, USF took a commitment last week from LaGrange, Ga., quarterback
Tennessee has gotten its first bad news of the day.
It's not too big of a surprise that Copeland flipped; LSU, Florida State and South Carolina all courted him in January. LSU became interested in Copeland while recruiting his teammate, fullback
LSU also signed Ocala, Fla., receiver
It's been a good morning so far for former
For the second consecutive day, Michigan coaches found themselves on the wrong end of a decision from a defensive back. Tuesday, Jacksonville, Fla., DB
Score another Signing Day win for USC coach
McDonough, Ga., receiver
Ambles, who visited new Tennessee coach
Everyone knows now.
Meanwhile, Kiffin continues his run of 11th-hour recruiting success. Last year at Tennessee, he flipped Florida commitments
Calm down, Texas fans. Your coach isn't going anywhere. This Mack Brown is a speedy back from Lithonia, Ga., and he has signed a letter of intent with Florida. Tennessee and Florida State made late pushes for Brown, but in the end, he chose the school he committed to in July.
Brown was one of a few Florida recruits still considered to be somewhat on the fence. With him in the boat, they're expecting a fairly drama-free day in Gainesville. So far, the Gators have letters-of-intent from Brown, Staten Island, N.Y., defensive end
Florida is still waiting on decisions from New Berlin, N.Y., athlete
A few schools will take you deeper than you probably ever wanted to go into the machinations of National Signing Day.
At South Florida, the Bulls are hosting
Meanwhile, at Miami (Ohio), the Redhawks will go
Over at Heritage Hall, former USC walk-on Ben
One of the top remaining uncommitted players in Florida, McCartney will join fellow Miramar product
In addition to his bond with Smith, McCartney also developed a close relationship with future West Virginia quarterback
On Tuesday, reports began to trickle out of Georgia that Calhoun, Ga., receiver
Here's a sampling:
"You're nothing! you (sic) need to put some meat on that 14 yr. old body if you want to play in the SEC!"
"lol... when you were a dawg???? you were never a dawg.. maybe a @#$%& but not a dawg! good luck at tennersee (sic)"
"lol i love to hear you respond b/c your ignorance amazes me!! People told me how stupid you were i just had to see it!"
Hopefully, the account was created by a friend of Rogers for the purposes of a Web 2.0 practical joke. I fear that isn't the case, though. Unfortunately, there's probably a fan out there who either is really upset that Rogers might sign with Tennessee, or he's a fan of a Georgia rival trying to make Georgia fans look bad.
Either way, it's pathetic.
National Signing Day knows no time zones. Witness
"Signing Day at Stanford has begun!" Harbaugh tweeted. "First fax hit our office at 4:00am Pacific. I see you, 404!"
Harbaugh didn't name the player, but judging by the area code, the letter of intent came from either College Park, Ga., defensive end
Stanford wasn't the only Pac-10 team expectintg faxes from the eastern time zone. USC should get a fax this morning from Frostproof, Fla., cornerback
When Pensacola, Fla., tailback
Besides, the hat game was played out anyway. It's classless for players to disrespect schools they didn't choose by donning a school's hat before ripping it off and throwing it to the ground. It's time the nation's blue-chippers got a little more creative. So here are some tips in case players making announcements today want to make any last-minute alterations to their signing announcements.
If Henderson picks Ohio State, he should don a red sweatervest. Hopefully, someone makes a 5XL sweatervest.
Oviedo, Fla., linebacker
When any of the 20 Lone Star State blue-chippers who will commit to Texas for the class of 2011 in the next few weeks make their announcements, they should have their high school's entire cheerleading squad file into the gym wearing chaps.
If Greensboro, N.C., safety
Hopefully, the players will heed this advice. If they want to stage an announcement to remember, they'll have to think outside the hatbox.