Review: National Signing Day

**  Five-star linebacker Ben Davis announced his college choice by donning a houndstooth hat.
**  Coach Nick Saban may one day reach or even exceed the legendary status of Paul “Bear” Bryant at Alabama.  The Crimson Tide has locked up the top recruiting class in the nation for a sixth consecutive year.
**  Barton Simmons, the national scouting director for 247Sports , put it this way:  “Saban isn’t even recruiting anymore; he’s selecting.”  Must be nice.
**  Davis wasn’t the only five-star linebacker to land at Alabama yesterday.  Lyndell Williams also signed.  Both played their high school football in state.
**  Top 100 defensive end Terrell Hall of Washington, D.C., committed too.  He picked the perennial national power over Maryland and others.  Roll Tide, indeed.

**  A signing is sometimes a generational family affair.  Davis’s dad is Wayne Davis, who is the leading tackler in Alabama history.  Safety Nigel Warrior, who’s ranked in the Top 100, is going to Tennessee.  His father is Dale Carter, who was himself a defensive back for the Volunteers
(All-American in 1990).

**  The consensus #1 overall recruit in the nation is defensive tackle Rashan Gary of Paramus,
New Jersey.  He chose Michigan over fast-closing Clemson.  While not unexpected, the decision had to sweeten the celebrity-laced celebration in Ann Arbor  (See February 2 post “Top Recruiting Classes Going into National Signing Day:  Another Coforepr Composite).

**  Ole Miss will be losing three standouts to the NFL Draft:  wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche.  All were part of a loaded 2013 recruiting class.
**  Mississippi’s 2016 class could prove to be just as good.  It features two of the country’s four overall prospects:  quarterback Shea Patterson from Bradenton, Florida, and offensive tackle Gregory Little from Allen, Texas.

**  Texas coach Charlie Strong knows he has to get things turned around in a hurry.  The Longhorns took a step in the right direction with an Alabama-like late push in this year’s recruiting battle.  Texas wasn’t even listed in coforepr ‘s top 30 recruiting classes composite going into National Signing Day but finished close to the Top 10!  Two “flips” helped:  outside linebacker Erick Fowler from L.S.U. and defensive tackle Jordan Elliott from Michigan.


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