Today is college football’s National Signing Day. In our era of 24-hour news cycles, sports talk radio and the World Wide Web, Signing Day has become almost as big as the actual games themselves.
In big-time college football there is a feeding frenzy among the powerhouse schools to secure the nation’s top high school talent. In today’s college football, a couple of poor recruiting classes could cost a coach his job.
Among the big programs today, recruiting is as cutthroat as it gets. Recruiters will do almost anything to get the signature of the country’s premier talent.
There is also a great aspect of what today is all about, and to me it is what we should focus on. For a majority of the signees, today is the culmination of a lot of hard work.
Blood, sweat and tears were shed so that today could happen. For most, it is the chance to play the game they love, and use it to get a free education.
Once again this season, Columbia County will have several players sign scholarships and make their college choice official. Here is a look at several players who will be playing on Saturdays this fall.
Several players likely will make their choice after signing day, and some may choose to walk on after signing day as well. I will feature those players as I get the information.
Mark Weidenaar (Lakeside): The 6-foot-4 quarterback will sign with Georgia State University today. The fledgling football team getting a steal here. Had Weidenaar played his junior season, many people feel like he would be signing with an SEC or ACC school.
Michael Clifton (Augusta Christian): Clifton has played offensive lineman and tight end for the Lions and is turning down offers from several smaller programs to accept a preferred walk-on spot at Auburn University. Clifton is a kid who could be a real sleeper for Auburn. It would not surprise me at all if he earns a scholarship by next season.
Jahvon Hardrick (Greenbrier): Hardrick, a running back who rushed for more than 2,000 yards the last two seasons for the ’Pack, will decide between Furman, Georgia Southern or a preferred walk-on spot at the University of Georgia.
Thomas Brown (Greenbrier): Brown has been a standout safety for Greenbrier since his sophomore season. He may be headed to the U.S. Air Force Academy, although Kentucky is showing a lot of late interest.
Rhett Stanley (Greenbrier): Stanley, a wide receiver, likely is headed to LaGrange College or Birmingham Southern.
A busy day at Lakeside
Lakeside could have a half-dozen players sign, and maybe even a few others who accept walk-on spots. Grovetown will certainly have a couple of players sign at some point, and as many as four or five that could end up on a roster next fall. When the dust settles on the recruiting season there could be as many as 16 or 17 county players on college rosters next season.