Today is college football’s National Signing Day. It has become one of the biggest days of the year for college football fans, and more importantly, for football programs. Think about it: In one day you get 20-25 players who will form the future of your program.
At the largest schools this is big business and a day that can make or break a coaching staff. However, the smaller programs are much like feeder fish that follow around larger fish to catch the leftovers. Who can blame them? A lot of high school players are holding out for an offer from the big time Division I programs. Oftentimes that offer never comes, so they must then scramble to find a scholarship that may or may not be waiting on them.
Also, for kids who are borderline college players, they too must wait. For them, they must see if the smaller schools miss out on those marginal D-I players. They are hoping that some of the top targets for small programs get bigger offers. This will have a scholarship “trickle-down” effect for them.
We have players in each category in the Augusta area. In Columbia County alone we have Tyler Roberson (Augusta Christian) who is all set. He will play at Tennessee-Chattanooga in the Southern Conference. Then there is Sean Sweeting, also at Augusta Christian, who was mulling offers from small programs versus the option to walk on at major D-I program such as Georgia.
Lakeside has a trio of players who are each in different positions. Alec Leeseburg has offers, but he must choose a school (likely Berry University). Linebacker Javeon Brigham is just hoping to get any offer he can. His lack of size is the only thing holding him back. If he was 6-2, 225 pounds, he would be deciding between a half dozen Southeastern Conference schools.
And then there is McTier Mosley. He has always been thought of as a baseball recruit, but now he has to make a decision. He has parlayed himself in position to likely have a few football offers. Mosley must pick a sport, but he might actually get more football offers than baseball after his All-Region performance at wide receiver this season.
Grovetown’s Juwan Biggers will leave a few offers on the table. There is no doubt the speedster could play on Saturdays this fall. Instead, he has decided to join the Army. Let me go ahead and thank him for his upcoming service and congratulations on making what had to be a tough decision.
No matter the situation, Signing Day will be exciting. It has grown into a day that college football fans mark on their calendar as if it were their team’s season opener.
Evidence of that will be at Wild Wing Café tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. as I broadcast my A.B.’s Sportsline Show live in front of a mix of players, coaches, parents and football fans. Some are there to see the top local signees, while others are simply there to find out about the next crop of players for the school they root for.
No matter the reason for attending, it should be a fun evening, so make plans to be with us tonight if you can.