National Signing Day Dominated By SEC; Alex Collins' Mother Runs Out With His Paperwork
National Signing Day took place on Tuesday, where high school football players signed their letters of intent to the colleges of their choice – the SEC continuing to take top recruits.
The Southeastern Conference is widely known as the power conference in college football. They proved that that perception would not be changing for the 2013 season yesterday, as the conference had 11 of the top 25 recruiting classes across the country – including Ole Miss, who signed top recruit, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.
Other non-SEC schools who did well include Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Florida State. Penn State, although still suffering in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, will be able to keep themselves afloat with their 40th-ranked recruiting class. While Rutgers may have hoped that their upcoming move to the Big 10 would give them a recruiting bump, they only pulled one player from what might be considered Big 10 territory. “Before [the conference move announcement], I think we had to answer some questions about what was going to happen in the future,” Rutgers coach Kyle Flood told The New York Times. “All of those questions have been eliminated.”
Not every player who wanted to sign on Wednesday was able to, unfortunately. Alex Collins, a running back who had verbally committed to Arkansas, didn’t get the chance when his mom grabbed the paperwork and ran out of the building. The Collins family, Miami residents, would rather the talented football player stay close to home at the University of Miami.
Skip to the 4-minute mark below to hear the story of the runaway mom: