National Signing Day is normally thought about a special event for college football’s next crop of recruits.
That stated, it does have a history of uncomfortable minutes, and it appears a couple of occur with each brand-new recruiting cycle. This year, there were 3 that captured our attention.
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Whether it’s moms and dads freely disagreeing– or impeding– their kid’s college decision or players actually making their whole recruitment, National Signing Day is not without its weird stories.
Here are a few of the more wilder signing day minutes from the last 10- plus years:
Terrelle Pryor (Ohio State 2008)
Following an extremely expected recruitment, the luxury quarterback held a press conference on National Signing Day to reveal his decision: That he didn’t have one. Pryor would wait up until March 19 to reveal his dedication to Ohio State over Michigan, Penn State and Oregon.
Kevin Hart (Cal/Missouri Western State 2008)
Hart held a press conference at Nevada Fernley High School to reveal that he would play his college football at Cal. One problem: Hart comprised his whole recruitment, a strange story that made national news. Hart later on signed with Division II Missouri Western State in 2012.
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Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama/Auburn, 2011)
Kouandjio, a luxury offending lineman with deals from numerous big- time schools, consisting of Auburn and Alabama, revealed his decision to participate in Auburn on ESPNU. He never ever signed the letter of intent; reports recommended he was second- thinking his decision later on in the day. He ultimately reversed field, joining his older bro Arie at Alabama a couple of days later on.
Landon Collins (Alabama/LSU, 2012)
Collins revealed his decision at the Under Armour All-America Bowl with his family in tow. The Geismar, La., native selected Alabama over LSU, stating “Roll Tide Roll” while his mom showed her annoyance at thedecision “I feel like LSU is a better place for him to be. LSU Tigers, No. 1. Go Tigers,” she stated throughout the statement.
Alex Collins (Arkansas, 2013)
Collins, a four-star running back from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., devoted to Arkansas over in-state schools. His mom declined to sign the letter of intent and took it with her out of the high school. Arkansas coach Bret Bielema sent out another letter, nevertheless, which Collins’ dad signed the following day.
Jacob Copeland (Alabama/Florida/Tennessee, 2018)
Jacob Copeland devoted to Florida on ESPNU, and his mom– who used a Tennessee hat and Alabama sweatshirt– left phase left rapidly. That scene unfolded rapidly and had to do with as strange as you would anticipate. Copeland’s mom later on returned, however it was simply the most recent weird story to come out of National Signing Day.
Bru McCoy (USC/Texas, 2019)
Bru McCoy, a luxury professional athlete from Santa Ana, Calif., ended up being USC’s highest-rated 2019 hire when he signed his National Letter of Intent throughout December’s early signing duration. When on school, nevertheless, McCoy apparently ended up being disenchanted with the program: USC offending organizer Kliff Kingsbury ended his quick stint as offending organizer to take control of as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and McCoy apparently discovered Trojans going through the movements throughout his 2 weeks of practice with theteam It didn’t take wish for McCoy to participate in the NCAA’s transfer website. USC launched him from his letter of intent and he wound up signing with Texas on National Signing Day (after he had actually currently registered there). Once he ultimately moved back to USC after suffering from homesickness, McCoy’s story just got weirder.
George Pickens (Auburn/Georgia, 2019)
George Pickens, the No. 1 gamer in the state of Alabama in the 2019 class, was thought about a heavy Auburn lean heading into National Signing Day. It came as a shock, then, when Georgia dove in relatively from out of no place to snatch the luxury pass receiver. It left Auburn fans and players significantly surprised, however 2 Auburn players– protective lineman Coynis Miller and receiver Anthony Schwartz– took it an action even more, recommending on Twitter that Georgia had actually spent for Pickens’ dedication.
The tweets have actually because been erased, however that’s what screengrabs are for. That likewise does not alter the reality this was a weird event made weirder by the reality it came from active players.
Zachary Evans (2020, Georgia)
Evans could not sign an NLI on signing day due to the fact that he currently signed one with Georgia prior to being launched of that dedication. Evans had actually formerly revealed he signed with Georgia at the All-Americangame It’s belonged to a verbose recruitment procedure for a luxury running back who did not play with his team in the state championship game due to the fact that he broke a team guideline about mobile phone use.
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Detraveon Brown (2020, Ole Miss, North Texas)
Brown (Northwood, Shreveport, La.) broke down in tears while doing interviews after revealing he would play for Lane Kiffin at Ole Miss. The only problem with that? A LOI to Ole Miss did not exist. Ole Miss did not list Brown amongst its signees, and it ends up he signed a phony letter-of-intent.
It’s a weird story, however a minimum of it had an excellent ending for Brown. He signed with North Texas on Thursday.
Jordan Burch (2020, South Carolina)
Burch, among the country’s finest protective ends and a high school colleague of South Carolina coach Will Muschamp’s kid, appeared devoted to the Gamecocks throughout the early signing duration.
Burch, nevertheless, chose to wait up until National Signing Day so he might sign with his colleagues.
However did he send out the NLI? He informed one press reporter “yes” and one press reporter “no,” and his mom rejected that he sent out in the letter. What’s the trouble? Burch’s mom is still not on board with him going to South Carolina, and LSU stays in the hunt for the hire.
When asked what was going on, Muschamp stated, “I don’t know. You’d have to ask them.”