WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME YESTERDAY TALKING ABOUT NATIONAL SIGNING DAY (the discussion’s here if you missed it), so we’ll just hit the key points today:
-Andy has a story previewing Virginia Tech’s expected class, which should be one of the most highly ranked in the program’s history. “I think that overall, considering it was the worst Virginia Tech team recordwise in 20 years, they’re going to get probably the best-ranked recruiting class they’ve gotten in some time,” 247Sports national recruiting analyst J.C. Shurburtt said. “So that’s one of those positive things that the Hokies fans can look forward to is the influx of talent.”
-The webcast on Hokiesports.com starts at 11 a.m. Holland Fisher’s LOI arrived at 7:45 a.m. Updated letters received are here.
-Chris Carlson checks in with UVa quarterback recruit Corwin Cutler, who is determined to come back strong from a devastating knee injury.
-Virginia is updating its signees here. The Cavs also will have a signing day celebration at 6 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. It’s open to the public.
-The nation’s top-rated recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, announced this morning that he’s going to Ole Miss.
COMPLETE THIS SENTENCE: Tech’s/UVa’s signing day will be a success if…
HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
-The VHSL upholds the two William Fleming forfeitures. That means Fleming and George Washington will play a one-game playoff for the Western Valley District title at 7 p.m. Thursday at Franklin County. Robert has the details here.
-Chris Moody does an excellent job describing the frantic final second of last night’s Northside-Lord Botetourt game, which saw the Vikings go the length of the court and score for a one-point victory.
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 4/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 7/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 9/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 10/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 10/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 12/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 12/1
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 12/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 15/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 15/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 18/1
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 18/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 18/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 20/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 20/1
Everett Golson (QB Notre Dame) 22/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 25/1
Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 30/1
Jeff Driskel (QB Florida) 30/1
Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 33/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 40/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 40/1
-If Tajh Boyd could replicate his stats from last year — a tall order, for sure — he’d be an awesome choice at 15-to-1.
YIKES: Skiiing star and Zman favorite Lindsey Vonn will have surgery after a scary crash on the slopes.
MORE SMOKE? Yahoo! reports that Ryan Braun’s name is listed in records of the Miami-area clinic alleged to have distributed performance-enhancing drugs to a rash of baseball players. Braun’s name was not linked to any specific PEDs, and Braun says he simply consulted the clinic during his appeal of a positive test following the 2011 season. “I have nothing to hide,” he says.
TOUGH BLOW: Chris Carpenter is unlikely to pitch for the Cardinals this season, and his career might be over because of a nerve issue.
NAME THAT TUNE
To the lights and towns below
Faster than the speed of sound
Faster than we thought we’d go, beneath the sound of hope
Justine never knew the rules,
Hung down with the freaks and the ghouls
No apologies ever need be made, I know you better than you fake it
That we don’t even care
To shake these zipper blues
And we don’t know just where our bones will rest
To dust I guess
Forgotten and absorbed into the earth below
The street heats the urgency of now
As you see there’s no one around