Ten bold signing day predictions

National signing day is one in which fans should expect surprises

Originally Published: February 5, 2013
By Jeremy Crabtree | ESPN RecruitingNation

The only thing to expect on national singing day is the unexpected.

Signing days of the past have produced plenty of surprises. SEC fans will never forget how Cyrus Kouandjio made his declaration for Auburn in 2011 in front of ESPN television cameras, only to change his mind and send his letter of intent instead rival Alabama three days later.

And there was Jonathan Colon, who produced what might have been the strangest signing day drama ever.

In a 48-hour period in 2000, Colon, one of the nation's most heralded offensive line recruits from Miami Central, flipped from Miami to Florida back to Miami and then set in two letters of intent -- one with the Canes and one with the Gators.

Things got even weirder when Colon's mother alleged that a woman named "Coach Squeak" showed up at her house the night before signing day, asking her to sign scholarship papers to Miami.

Turns out Colon's mother had actually signed a LOI to Miami. It was determined that because the letter to Miami was signed first, it meant Colon was officially a Hurricane. Then-Miami coach Butch Davis and then-Florida coach Steve Spurrier traded barbs back and forth in the media about Colon's recruitment, and eventually the Canes released him from his paperwork and he was free to be a Gator.

There's no telling if Wednesday will produce the same type of drama, but don't be surprised if something wild happens. Here are some bold predictions for what will go down on signing day.

Mississippi has the strongest class

This really isn't a tough prediction to make if you've been paying attention the past two weeks. The Ole Miss Rebels are in a great position with two of the nation's top five players -- the ESPN 150's No. 1-ranked player, Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), and No. 5 overall Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) -- and also could pull in Antonio Conner (Batesville, Miss./South Panola) and Austin Golson Prattville, Ala./Prattville). If Chris Jones (Houston, Miss./Houston) flips from Mississippi State, we could be talking about a top-five class nationally.


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Jeremy Crabtree

RecruitingNation, Reporter