National Signing Day is a huge deal in American sports, and I would like to think it’s more about young high school student making an important decision about their future rather than a university reeling in a talented athlete. The national media will report on the top 10 or top 30 prospects for football or basketball going to a power conference school. On the local level, everyone is a winner. Students are given a free ride to college based on their sports and academic talent. Yes, it is a huge deal.
It is hard to get a complete list of all the high school athletes signing to colleges today. Although, Rockdale County made it easy for everyone by posting their list on Twitter:
So proud of these Bulldogs pic.twitter.com/LQuUd1M7tH
— RockdaleBulldogs (@RCHSBulldogs) February 1, 2017
Twitter was the primary source of information for me for the local schools tonight as local papers work to file their National Signing Day stories. The biggest news came from the Covington News who reported Eastside Running back/Defensive back Eric Stokes signed with the University of Georgia. Their story is here.
Stokes added drama when he announced his decision to attend UGA in the fall from the Twitter feed of Paul Mcharry of Rivals.com:
— Paul Maharry (@pmaharry) February 1, 2017
I hope to get complete lists from all the schools to publish. Until then, below are takes from other schools’ National Signing Day programs: