This, right here before your eyes, is the official National Signing Day Thread. Below is a list of all the players who will be making their decisions today on national television, and the hour that they make their decisions (the rankings are ESPNU’s- I personally don’t put much stock into them, and truthfully, nobody should, but if you do and you want to, then go for it). Players in bold have Florida as a finalist.
|Hour (ET)||Rank, Player & Position||Hometown||School|
|8 a.m.||No. 25 Solomon Thomas (DE)||Coppell, Texas||STANFORD|
|No. 127 Braden Smith (OG)||Olathe, Kansas||AUBURN|
|CJ Worton (WR)||Homestead, FL||FLORIDA|
|Isaiah McKenzie (WR)||Ft Lauderdale, FL||GEORGIA|
|9 a.m.||Treon Harris (QB)||Miami, FL||FLORIDA|
|10 a.m.||No. 26 Damian Prince (OT)||Forestville, Md.||MARYLAND|
|Terrence Alexander (CB)||River Ridge, La.||STANFORD|
|Kenny Young (ILB)||River Ridge, La.||UCLA|
|No. 194 Mattrell McGraw (S)||River Ridge, La.||OREGON|
|No. 17 Malachi Dupre (WR)||River Ridge, La.||LSU|
|11 a.m.||No. 67 Damien Mama (OG)||Bellflower, Ca.||USC|
|No. 52 Rashaan Evans (OLB)||Auburn, Alabama||ALABAMA|
|2 p.m.||No. 9 Adoree’ Jackson (CB)||Gardena, Ca.||USC|
|3 p.m.||No. 14 Lorenzo Carter (DE)||Norcross, Ga.||GEORGIA|
|No. 249 Myles Autry (ATH)||Norcross, Ga.||GEORGIA TECH|
|4 p.m.||No. 24 John ‘Juju’ Smith (ATH)||Long Beach, Ca.||USC|
As you can see, the Gators are very much in play here for several prized targets, although the only one I think Florida will actually get is Adoree’ Jackson. Jackson was supposedly between Florida and Tennessee, and when he dumped the Vols from his list of finalists, it sent a strong message to Gator fans that in all likelihood, he’ll be coming to Gainesville.
There’s obviously more to NSD than just who Florida gets and doesn’t get, though. I’d much rather see the top recruits considering schools that Florida will have to compete against pick against them, for obvious reasons. For example, I’m going to be watching top receiver Malachi Dupre make his announcement, hoping that he chooses UCLA over FSU, LSU and Alabama. Whether or not that’s a realistic hope is irrelevant; kids do crazy things on signing day. Remember Dante Fowler?
Anyway, save this page as a bookmark for the next couple of days and keep checking back here throughout the day tomorrow, because we’re going to be updating it live as the announcements happen. Until signing day kicks off at 8am tomorrow, feel free to post your thoughts in the comments, and also feel free to ask IAKOW’s recruiting guy, Joey Vizzi and/or myself any questions you may have about anything that has to do with recruiting. Follow us on twitter @AllKindsWeather, me @IAKOWNeil and Joey @Brody_IAKOW. We’ll also update this page every five minutes.
Update 8:10am: DE Solomon Thomas picks Stanford.
Update 8:20am: WR Isaiah McKenzie picks Georgia.
Update 9:40am: WR CJ Worton picks Florida.
Update 9:45am: QB Treon Harris picks Florida.
Update 10:30am: OT Damian Prince picks Maryland.
Update 10:40am: DB Terrance Alexander picks Stanford.
Update 10:45am: LB Kenny Young picks UCLA.
Update 10:50am: S Mattrell McGraw picks Oregon.
Update 10:55am: WR Malachi Dupre picks LSU.
Update 11:25am: OG Braden Smith picks Auburn.
Update 11:55am: OG Damian Mama picks USC.
Update 12:05pm: LB Rashaan Evans picks Alabama.
Update 2:10pm: DB Adoree Jackson picks USC.
Update 3:40pm: LB Lorenzo Carter picks Georgia.
Update 4:05pm: DB Myles Autry picks Georgia Tech.
Update 4:20pm: WR Juju Smith picks USC.