With the last weekend of official visits now over it is time to get down to serious business.
While some recruits were visiting their final schools of choice this weekend coaches at other universities were out there hoping, and wishing and dreaming that many of the most prized four and five star recruits would please "save the last dance for me."
If you are familiar with the song originally performed by The Drifters and more recently by singing sensation Michael Buble the words go like this:
Oh I know
That the music's fine
Like sparkling wine
Go and have your fun
Laugh and sing
But while we're apart
Don't give your heart
And don't forget who's taking you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darling, save the last dance for me
So don't forget who's taking you home
Or in who's arms you're gonna be
So darling save the last dance for me
Oh baby, won't you save the last dance for me
Ooh, you make a promise
That you'll save the last dance for me
Save the last dance
The very last dance
After this last weekend of dancing with high school recruits from all over the United States is done the dancing, flirting, courting and convincing that is all part of sometimes dirty and occasionally nasty little college football recruiting game is finally over.
The time has now come for some serious committment. Verbal committments are nice but now it is time to put up or shut up as recruits will be signing on the dotted line of a National Letter of Intent.
The moment fans all across the Country have all been so desperately waiting for is just around the corner. National Signing Day (NSD) is now only three days away and the excitement and energy is growing and building into crescendo that will crest on Wednesday morning.
As Phil Collins would say: "Can U feel it coming in the air tonight..."
NSD has become so big and so important that it will absolutely make or break the entire year and/or football season for some coaches and fans. The seriously addicted die-hards who follow recruiting as a religion are not sleeping well at night, are beginning having stress-related health problems and are trying to come up with reasons to call in sick to work on Wednesday just so they can follow the recruiting news minute-by-minute on NSD.
The day of reconing is Wednesday, February 2. National Letters of Intent will beging streaming in via fax as early as 8 AM and continue throughout the day.
Here is a list of Miami's verbal commitments as of today courtesy of Canesport:
|Committed/Not Yet Signed|
Add to that list B.J. Dubose from Northeast HS in Oakland Park, FL who verbally committed to Miami this morning. Dubose was the Class 5A-6A Defensive Player of the Year who finished the season with 60 tackles, 11 sacks and one INT.
Miami hopes to add QB Jacoby Brissett or QB Kevin Sousa to that list along with DT Jalen Grimble, OL Kaleb Johnson and a few others who may be secret "silents" to the Hurricanes.
UM will have a NSD special with live chats, live video and interviews with Um coaches and recruits as they sign their National Letters of Intent. There is even a free party Wednesday night from 7-9 PM at Monty's in the Grove to celebrate the day's catch.
Click on this link to join the activities, real-time conversation and party: