God, I'll be glad when we get more pictures of this guy ... - US PRESSWIRE
Today is the day we find out exactly how well the efforts of Mark Stoops & Co. will actually pay off.
Welcome, Big Blue Nation, to the first National Signing Day of the Mark Stoops era. Historically, A Sea of Blue has covered NSD rather tepidly, taking the position that putting big football days right in the middle of college basketball season is, at best, a design flaw and at worst, foolhardy. Alas, they wouldn't listen.
Anyway, we expect a lot of big news today, and we'll be keeping up with it as much as possible with frequent updates as they become available to us. So with that said, let's get started.
Our jumping-off point today will be the list of players who have verbally committed (that we know of), their position, courtesy of Rivals.com:
|Signed Letter of Intent Received|
|Name||Pos||Where they are from||Ht||Wt||40||Stars||Rrating||Committed|
|1||Steven Borden||TE||Waxahachie, TX Kilgore J.C.||6'3"||250||2 stars||5.4||12/19/12|
|2||Za'Darius Smith||DE||Scooba, MS East Mississippi C.C.||6'5"||252||4.7||4 stars||5.8||12/19/12|
|Verbal Commitments – Awaiting Letters of Intent|
|3||Jeff Badet||WR||Orlando, FL Freedom||5'11"||160||3 stars||5.5||2/1/13|
|4||Alvonte Bell||DE||Miramar, FL Everglades||6'6"||228||4.9||3 stars||5.7||6/5/12|
|5||Javess Blue||WR||El Dorado, KS Butler County C.C.||6'1"||195||3 stars||5.6||1/13/13|
|6||Justin Day||OL||Aiken, SC South Aiken||6'8"||285||5.3||3 stars||5.5||6/29/12|
|7||Nick Haynes||OL||Niceville, FL Niceville||6'4"||294||3 stars||5.6||2/3/13|
|8||Jacob Hyde||DT||Manchester, KY Clay County||6'2"||313||5.6||3 stars||5.6||3/1/12|
|9||Jaleel Hytchye||DB||Cincinnati, OH La Salle||5'11"||165||4.4||3 stars||5.7||1/5/13|
|10||Jojo Kemp||RB||Deland, FL Deland||5'10"||189||4.7||3 stars||5.7||2/1/13|
|11||Austin MacGinnis||K||Prattville, AL Prattville||5'11"||170||3 stars||5.5||6/23/12|
|12||Blake McClain||DB||Winter Park, FL Winter Park||5'11"||181||3 stars||5.6||6/27/12|
|13||Marcus McWilson||DB||Youngstown, OH Cardinal Mooney||6'0"||195||4 stars||5.8||1/28/13|
|14||Kyle Meadows||OL||West Chester, OH Lakota West||6'5"||270||3 stars||5.7||1/12/13|
|15||Regie Meant||DT||Cape Coral, FL Baker||6'5"||271||2 stars||5.3||1/15/13|
|16||Ramsey Meyers||OL||Orange Park, FL Ridgeview||6'3"||290||3 stars||5.5||6/23/12|
|17||Alex Montgomery||WR||Weston, FL Cypress Bay||6'1"||180||3 stars||5.7||1/28/13|
|18||Reese Phillips||QB||Signal Mountain, TN Signal Mountain||6'3"||210||3 stars||5.5||6/6/12|
|19||Khalid Thomas||ATH||Tallahassee, FL Godby||5'10"||175||3 stars||5.7||7/8/12|
|20||Ryan Timmons||WR||Frankfort, KY Franklin County||5'10"||186||3 stars||5.7||2/5/13|
|21||Nate Willis||DB||Yuma, AZ Arizona Western C.C.||6'0"||180||4.4||3 stars||5.6||1/16/13|
|Abreviations you may not know|
|Rrating = Rivals Rating|
|ATH = Athlete – player who could be a number of positions|
That's our starting point for today. We'll have an open thread up shortly, but you can also use this thread to discuss any and all things related to national signing day. We'll update this storystream as they come in.