National Signing Day Is Only Part of the Story
As we head toward National Signing Day, Auburn is headed for its fifth consecutive Top 10 finish per the experts. Wake me up when they finish in the Top 10 where it counts. Recruiting services are silly.
There is as much politics as ability involved in getting those recruiting stars. Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville told me a story years ago about discovering a quarterback in the Atlanta area. He was under the radar and got little attention. Once Auburn and then Georgia showed interest, the kid garnered three-stars by the services. Prior to that, he was a blip.
I’ve never understood why these websites don’t wait five years to rate the classes. That’s when it means something. Actually, we do know why they do it now. It’s huge business and means millions of dollars for these websites.
There will be far more misses on Wednesday than hits. Future three-stars will become All Americans in time, while some five-star can’t miss guys will ultimately transfer to other programs and never be heard from again.
Some will hit the mark. Some won’t. Stars are optional.
Signing day is fun. Just understand, it’s mainly for entertainment purposes. Nick Saban gets a lot of attention for his recruiting classes. Where he makes his money is developing them into players. Don’t get me wrong. Talent is important. Being able to scientifically rate it from coast-to-coast is horse crap.
Kids come from big schools and small ones. They come from large cities and tiny communities. Some are mature enough to handle the transition. Others are stuck in the glory days of high school.
In four years about half of Auburn’s class will be gone. That’s normal. More important than the stars beside their names is whether they have the intangibles and work ethic to make it. Running a 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds is important. But it’s hardly that simple.
Enjoy National Signing Day. But, take it for what it is…