Is it me, or did the NSD drama seem to run out of gas early this year?
Seems like the faxes have come in earlier this year, not as many late afternoon signing ceremonies as in the past (here or around the country), and by noon most of the drama was gone.
In the past, I remember Trent Richardson's decision coming very late in the day, the Cyrus Kouandjio controversy dragging on, the Alex Colllins (Arkansas/Miami) deal last year, and just not really having a grip on where things would finally shake out until at least 3 or 4pm or beyond. This year, it seemed like the cake was baked and out of the oven by noon.
Not that I'm complaining....either about our class or the lack of late-day suspense. We certainly got our thrill with Evans.
I hope this is the way of the future and that signing days become less of a circus. Some of the more dramatic hat ceremonies had gotten over the top, and hopefully we continue to see more and more commitments stick it out. I like seeing young men like Humphrey (and even Elam, though he didn't choose us) announce their decisions ahead of time once their mind is made up rather than dragging it out. Sometimes you'll have a guy like Evans or Cyrus who is genuinely torn until the end, but that is really the exception.
For a program like ours that doesn't have to put a lot of eggs into just a few baskets, I think a more orderly process pays dividends.