Signing Day Wrapup

By Adam Caparell - February 06, 2008

Signing Day 2008 has come and gone and all but a few of the nation's top players have signed their letters of intent. So who had a great day and who disappointed? Here's a wrap-up of what went down over a relatively predictable day that managed to throw us one big curveball.

Who Came Out Golden
Alabama: Nick Saban has the nation's No. 1 class, brought in the nation's top wide receiver, a very good linebacker and a plethora of talent (30 total recruits). Only problem for the Shy Guy now is that he's set a precedent and has to live up to it every year from here on out.

Notre Dame: Charlie Weis, despite that awful 2008, brought in a pretty good class and only had one decommitment. Even managed to bring in one of the nation's top quarterbacks with Jimmy Clausen not going anywhere.

Penn State: Even though he didn't declare (see below), Terrelle Pryor mentioned the Nittany Lions by name more than any other team and if things keep playing out the way they are, the nation's top QB could be headed to Happy Valley. Penn State has Terrelle's father's ear and his father has a lot of influence over Pryor. Don't be surprised if he announces Penn State's his place in the not too distant future.

North Carolina: Butch Davis brought in some big time defensive talent with Quinton Coples and Robert Quinn, along with a few other quality guys. Not sure how he's doing it, but he's bringing in some big names.

Colorado: Picked up Lemming No. 2 Darrell Scott which significantly boosted an already solid recruiting class.

Minnesota: Moved into Tom Lemming's Top 15, something the Gophers hav never done.

SEC: Nation's best conference once again cleaned up on the recruiting trail. Five teams in Lemming's Top 25.

Who Disappointed
Terrelle Pryor: The nation's No. 1 recruit couldn't come to a decision and blamed it on his basketball season. He's been courted by all the major schools for well over a year now. He couldn't make up his mind? Penn State has gotten into his father's ear and Pryor's listening. But Pryor not declaring and attracting all that media attention reflects rather poorly.

Michigan: No Sam McGuffie (yet) and no Terrelle Pryor (it looks like he's crossed of Michigan from his list, unofficially) means the Wolverines who a few weeks ago were banking on two of the top players in this year's class could very well be 0-2 on these top tier talents.

Pac-10: Conference was hurt by a bad crop of players out West, part of the reason why we only saw two teams (USC and UCLA) in Lemming's top 15 final class rankings. National Signing Day Coverage
Lemming's Class Rankings | Lemming's Top 100 | The Hodge Blog

Posted by Adam Caparell at 09:20 PM on February 06, 2008

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