Wednesday was National Signing Day, a day that some college football fans obsess over.
I’m just happy it’s over.
Sorry, but watching some high school kid submit a fax is not that exciting. Watching some high school kid choose one hat out of five is silly. Worst of all, is watching fans brag about their school’s catch like they just won the national title.
No matter how much time people put into it, it is impossible to judge the quality of a recruiting class before the season. Just look at last year’s recruiting rankings some publications had out.
National champion Florida State was ranked No. 11 in Athlon. SEC champion Auburn was slightly better at No. 10 with as many as five other SEC schools ahead of it. Whoops.
Big 12 champion Baylor came in at No. 26. Michigan State somehow won the Big Ten Title despite a No. 36 recruiting class. That was behind four other Big Ten teams. Missouri won the SEC East yet the experts gave the Tigers a No. 35 ranking. That was behind conference doormat Kentucky.
Stanford won the PAC-12 and had an argument to play in the title game while having a No. 49 recruiting class. I’m sorry, the system is flawed.
This year, according to ESPN.com, 13 of the 14 SEC recruiting classes are in the top 40. I’m poking my eye out with my pen as I type.
Instead of ranking these classes we should just celebrate national signing day for what it is. A day of hope.
It is classic hope springs eternal. A day where bad teams can say, “Look, as poor as our team was we still got 20 kids to sign with us.” Who cares how many stars they have. High school players are willing to play at your Alma-mater when they could have gone elsewhere.
If you do have to boast do so on an individual basis. Cincinnati does it the right way by showcasing each commitment with the other schools that player considered. The Bearcats are telling Crimson Tide, we got a guy you wanted. Nothing wrong with that.
But to say that your school’s class is ten spots better than “insert rival school name here” is nothing more than propaganda. Nerds like us can’t buy into that noise.