Which five coaches need to come up with a little bit more on the February National Signing Day?
The real National Signing Day is now in December – in what was supposed to be an early signing period – but the first Wednesday in February is when it’s time to close.
The problem? Almost all of the top prospects are gone, meaning that coaches and teams that had a mediocre December have to scramble to boost their respective final classes. But even with a trickle of players still coming in, even two decent prospects can take things to another level.
Here are five coaches who could use – and should make – a wee bit of a surprise or splash on Wednesday.
5. Dino Babers, Syracuse
It’s an okay class for the offensive side, but the defense looked good with the early haul in December. But in terms of building off of the big season and getting one or two big names to get the recruiting world to buzz, that hasn’t happened. At least not yet.
The offense was addressed last year with a huge recruiting season for receivers and running backs, so the idea might be to make 2020 the time to capitalize on the success of 2018. But this year’s class got two terrific-looking linebackers in Lee Kpogba and Mikel Jones, and it went big on defensive ends.
It was a solid early signing period class, and it might have been a wee bit underwhelming because of some speculation that Babers might bolt for a bigger gig. But he’s a great motivator who’s making something happen at Syracuse.
The program should be better than the 50s in the recruiting rankings.