Wednesday is national football letter-of-intent signing day, and I’ve come to think of it as almost a second season for college football. There’s recruiting season, and then there’s the real season when they play the actual, you know, games. Still, some have come to obsess over signing day and “stars,” and whether their team is keeping up.
Which is something we really won’t know for a couple of years.
I suppose it’s verifiable that a school signing a heavy number of 4- and 5-star prospects is going to fare well competitively. But there are only so many Alabamas and LSUs, and the real meat and potatoes is how schools project and identify the 2- and 3-star recruits, and how they coach them into big-time players. (Chris Petersen, the new Washington coach, did his fare share of this at Boise State.)
For the NFL version of the phenomenon, look no further than the Seahawks. It’s not only first-round draft choices and plum free agents that have made them hum, it’s the diamonds in the rough like Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and even quarterback Russell Wilson that have put them over the top. Evaluation, scheme and coaching are paramount at every level.
So enjoy signing day. Just keep it in perspective.