By mark rogers
February 4, 2009

National Signing Day has come and gone. On the national scene, Alabama jumped LSU for the coveted Rivals.com recruiting class title with 27 commits and 2786 total points.

The totals are based on the number of recruits and how each recruit is rated so if a school has a huge number of players, its rating is going to be much higher.

The Top 10 are Alabama, LSU, USC, Ohio State, Texas, Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

In my opinion the rankings should be based on the average rating of each athlete. Basically who has the best all-around players rather than who was the most good players.

If you look at it that way, Florida would be #1 since they have an average rating of 3.9 (based on a 5-star rating scale - a 5 is the top players in the nation). USC would be #2, Texas would be 3, then LSU and Georgia.

You could argue those are going to be the Top 5 teams in the country next year but the real evaluation of these classes won't be accurate until four years from now after we know which players in this class made an impact, which were arrested and which never panned out.

Tech ended with a good class and coaches expect Will Ford to get some playing time at either corner or safety. They like his field smarts and ability to make plays around the ball.

Stephen Warren ended up committing to Valdosta State...great move for him.

Check out the Abilene Reporter News sports page in the morning for all the local signing day action. Unfortunately I had to work today and was not able to attend multiple signings like I have been able to do in the past.

This is a big day for many high school seniors. It's the start of their journeys...a new way of life...the beginning of an era they'll never forget.

I wish every local high school athlete that will play at the next level the very best and hope they all are able to stay injury free and perform well and work hard through these next four or five years.

Next up? Spring football, then the NFL draft, then training/fall camp, then the first college football game.

And, of course, the Cowboys' world is still filled with drama. If you're not caught up on the Bob Hayes' "letter of controversy" you need to get caught up. It's pretty typical of a story involving the Cowboys...and also pretty sad.



This site does not necessarily agree with comments posted below.

Zach Garza on February 5, 2009 11:06 AM

I am interested to see what happens to Russell Shepard out of Cy Ridge in Houston. I had the opportunity to scout him in the playoffs this year and was blown away with what I saw. He is not much of a passer, but the kid can move. He had something like 850+ yrds rushing and 11 touchdowns in Cy Ridge's three playoff games. He committed to LSU expecting to play quarterback. Keep an eye out for him next year, as he will surely be on the field somewhere for the Tigers...

and way to blow the Dan Reeves deal Cowboys. Yeesh...

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