Signing day has come and gone, but I am not done with my opinion about the entire spectacle of it all. Quite honestly, I am not a fan of signing day and all the hype that it brings.
Yes, there should be hype and excitement about fans wanting their schools to get the top players. However, it is getting a bit excessive. These high school football players are already starting to be treated like superstars.
We have already seen what happens to a number of them once they get that big head and develop the big ego.
Here are a few examples:
Isiah Crowell, RB:
Attended the University of Georgia as a highly touted running back and was very effective his freshman year. He announced he was going to UGA by bringing a bulldog puppy up and telling everyone he named it Uga, for obvious reasons. Although very cute and creative, what was soon to follow Crowell was not. It was just plain stupid. Crowell was arrested in June of 2012 on three weapons charges with two of them being felonies. Crowell was dismissed from the team and now attends Alabama State University.
Asiantii Woulard, Dual Threat QB:
This is more recent, being this year. Woulard is a high school standout as a dual threat quarterback and chose to attend UCLA, and for those of you who don’t know UCLA stands for the University of California, Los Angeles. So when Woulard was speaking and decided on UCLA, he said he would be playing his college football at UCLA University. Though this may not seem like much, as a fan or current member of the team, I would want the incoming recruit to at least say the name of the school correctly. A similar situation occurred with the next player who also was the center of a certain tattoo scandal.
Terrelle Pryor, Dual Threat QB:
Pryor was one of the most highly rated players coming out of high school in recent history, and he certainly backed it up. He had the ability to burn opposing teams with his feet and arms. However, during his announcement he said The University of Ohio State which clearly as we all know it is The Ohio State University. Pryor made statements claiming it was a knock on Michigan and how he wanted to stir up the rivalry a little more, and as a Buckeye fan that is fine. The real issue is the impression it left on other people which was just plain stupidity. Many attribute that to him getting such a big ego because all of the attention was on him that he didn’t even care to say the name of the university correctly. Pryor always had a big ego and it really came out when he decided he was able to get free tattoos in exchange for a number of items (we have all heard the story). This clearly was a direct result of his cockiness and ego thinking he was better than others and bigger than the NCAA rules.
Alex Collins is a running back from Plantation Florida and on signing day his mother was not happy with his decision to choose Arkansas over near by University of Miami, so she simply took the papers and was on the run. Now, nobody knows what the fate of Collins will be as a running back in college, but he seemed to have made a decision for himself and left his mother out of it (by the sound of it, a good idea). This story swept the country because it was signing day and created even more drama to the soap opera type of day.
Reuben Foster is a LB recruit heading to Alabama. What is interesting is that he has a huge Auburn tattoo on his forearm. He was committed to Auburn before de-committing, but not before getting inked up with the Auburn Tattoo. This just adds to why signing day and this whole process is too much.
Let us also not forget the infamous OL Kevin Hart. He called for a press conference and announced he was going to Cal without even having an offer!
Athletes transfer, things happen that are unforeseen, and there are a number of factors that go into choosing a school. Signing day gives them these huge egos that in some cases will end up making a huge difference in their lives like Isiah Crowell and Terrelle Pryor, or just makes you look flat out stupid like Reuben Foster.
The signing day events should be toned down and the hype should be toned down in order to preserve the mindset of these athletes.