It’s finally National Signing Day, the last bastion of relevance for fax machines across the country. Recruits who have given their oral commitments to Virginia Tech in the past year will finally be able to put pen on paper and send it in, making the pledge official.
I’ll be following it on the blog all day, updating with posts on each player as his letter of intent comes across the ol’ fax machine, starting as early as 7 a.m.. Here’s a story about the antiquated device’s big day, by the way.
So follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates throughout the day. You will get plenty of Twitter updates. I apologize for that. I won’t flood your Facebook feed with it, though, probably just posting some wrap-up stuff on there near the end of the day.
To get things started, a few links:
- Here’s today’s signing day advance. After an eventful final day last year, the Hokies are expecting a drama-free day.
- Yesterday I went back five years to see how Virginia Tech’s 2008 signing class fared over the years.
- I also had a story in Tuesday’s paper about how much the recruiting calendar has been accelerated over the years, with recruits committing earlier and earlier in the process. Virginia Tech already has four commitments for 2014.
- 247Sports National Recruiting Director J.C. Shurburtt gave some brief thoughts about the Hokies’ 2013 class and, on a link from there, what he thinks of Virginia Tech’s news coaches as recruiters.
Virginia Tech had seven January enrollees, which included some holdovers from last year’s signing class. Those players are always tough to classify (do they belong to the 2012 or 2013 class?), so here’s what I’ll do. Here are links to three of the profiles I did on players who signed last year and enrolled in January:
- DE Woody Baron, Nashville, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)
- DE Seth Dooley, Salem (Glenvar)
- RB Jerome Wright, Highland Springs (Fork Union)
Four more players enrolled in January, although they’re new signees, so I haven’t done introductory profiles for them yet. I’ll have those posted early in the day on the blog as separate entities. Those players are cornerback Brandon Facyson, quarterback Carlis Parker and offensive linemen Parker Osterloh and Jonathan McLaughlin.
So check back throughout the day. It’ll be full of signee profiles and then a recap of the day, including Frank Beamer‘s thoughts from his afternoon press conference here in Blacksburg.