Sometimes it just becomes so very obvious that some people really know what they are talking about. When rock icon Tom Petty wrote the words to this classic song he clearly was talking about National Signing Day:
The waiting is the hardest part, every day you get one more yard,
You take take it on faith, you take it to the heart,
Yeah, the waiting is the hardest part.
Never did those words ring any truer than today as grown men (and women) who count themsleves among the many millions of college football fans all across this great Country sit and wait for some high school kids to give them some news, any news, on the day before the annual ritual known as National Signing Day.
Tomorrow, the first Wednesday in February, fans will skip out on school, work and other pressing personal responsibilities and stay glued to their televisions and their computers as they scour every sports channel and the Internet for the latest up-to-date information about which highly sought after high school football players have signed official letters of intent with their teams.
University of Miami fans will be no different than those from Florida State, USC, Alabama, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, LSU, Oregon or Ohio State as they wait patiently, no make that anxiously, to hear about the newer, and therefore automatically better, talent that is soon to arrive at their respective schools.
This year Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is desperately seeking another infusion of new talent in Coral Gables. After two seasons that have not produced the results on the field that he or Miami fans might have hoped for, Golden knows that his team needs to get better and get better fast.
Unlike last year when UM had a huge recruiting class and signed around 30 players, this recruiting class will be much smaller by comparison. With fewer scholarships to offer it will be quality, not quantity, that is the key as any recruiting misses or mistakes will become magnified.
Still nobody can predict what might happen on National Signing Day, when it all becomes official when the formal Letters of Intent begin to arrive at the Hecht Athletic Center in Coral Gables.
Until then we wait. And as Tom Petty knows, the waiting is the hardest part.