Everything You Need To Know About "National Signing Day" Coverage

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

I still think that on the surface "National Signing Day" is ultra-creepy, but for those of you that want to know the latest recruit to attend your College/Alma Mater, you've got plenty of options. Last year ESPN had a grand total of seven hours of coverage, but this year that wasn't enough! No sir, we're talking nine....count them....nine hours of teenagers announcing the school they'll be attending next semester. Not only that, but you also get Tommy Tuberville as an analyst!!!

This year, former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville will join ESPNU anchor Lowell Galindo on the primary set of the Signing Day special along with ESPN’s Scouts, Inc. analysts Tom Luginbill and Todd McShay, and ESPNU college football analyst Charles Arbuckle. Tuberville will provide his analysis from a coach’s perspective to give viewers an in-depth look into the recruiting experience. Additionally, David Amber will anchor another news desk at the Charlotte studios that will track notable developments and offer further analysis and commentary from two more ESPN Scouts, Inc. analysts -- Craig Haubert and Bill Conely. The show will also integrate fan comments from ESPN.com and ESPNU.com and will feature a matrix graphic that will display constant updates of school recruiting classes.

Several players ranked by the ESPNU 150, a nationwide ranking of top prep football prospects compiled by ESPN Scouts Inc., are expected to announce their college decision live during the show, including #2 Manti Te’o, OLB (Punahou HS - Honolulu, Hawaii); #4 Dre Kilpatrick, CB (Gadsden HS - Gadsden, Ala.); #9 Jelani Jenkins, OLB (Good Counsel HS - Wheaton, Md.); #24 Marlon Brown, WR, (Harding Academy - Memphis, Tenn.); #27 Sam Montgomery, DE (Greenwood HS - Greenwood, S.C.); #29 Frankie Telfort, OLB (Gulliver Prep School - Miami, Fla.); #35 Xavier Su a Filo, OT (Timpview HS - Pleasant Grove, Utah); #39 Darren Myles, Jr., S (Carver HS - Atlanta, Ga.); #66 Kendall Kelly, WR (Gadsden HS - Gadsden, Ala.) and #71 Bryon Moore, Jr., ATH (Narbonne HS - Harbor City, Calif.).
I still think nine hours of coverage is insanity, but whatever floats your boat. Oh and if you're like me, and you still don't get ESPNU, here are a few websites you can check out throughout the day....

Decision Day (ESPN)
Signing Day (Fanhouse)
The Wire (Rivals)


One hour of coverage for this event is too much.

GMoney said...
Feb 4, 2009, 10:40:00 AM  

Josh Elliot did not seem to take too kindly to the signing announcement of Jelani Jenkins.

Steve said...
Feb 4, 2009, 11:10:00 AM  

Jelani Jenkins signed with Florida, Frankie Telfort signed with USC, Sam Montgomery signed with LSU and Darren Myles signed with Tennessee.

MoonDog said...
Feb 4, 2009, 12:01:00 PM  

Steve, I saw the Jenkins announcement live and it was horrible. In the eturnity it took him to announce his intention to attend Florida, Jenkins said a prayer and thanked everybody short of his third grade teacher. I'm just surprised he didn't do the old rutine where he holds up one hat before discarding it for another one for drama sake. I don't disagree with Eliott for being upset about that announcement, but there will surely be more of the same.

walnuts said...
Feb 4, 2009, 12:43:00 PM  

Until I-A college football has a playoff, it's not really a sport, so I'll be content with I-AA football, which my alma mater Southern Utah University plays. Speaking of the Thunderbirds, I'll bet they have no one of value, as usual.

Brad James said...
Feb 4, 2009, 1:48:00 PM  

Where did Kevin Hart sign this year?

Feb 4, 2009, 8:12:00 PM  

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