Bulls fans can sleep well on signing day eve
If you've already set your Rocky the Bull alarm clock for 7 a.m. Wednesday, find yourself scouring Twitter for any 11th-hour flips, and discover your appetite has been compromised by nervous energy, relax.
Then get therapy. But mainly, relax.
Hours before fax machines nationwide are kick-started in surreal synchronicity, the Bulls already appear in fine shape. Those panicking over USF's modest number of non-binding commitments (14) likely haven't been paying attention.
As newcomers go, Coach Willie Taggart and Co. are in stellar shape for 2016.
Suppose the Bulls get no 11th-hour commitments from anyone remaining on their board and receive only 14 signing day signatures. First, that's not likely to occur. Second, the group still ranks as high as second in the American Athletic Conference (247Sports) and no lower than fifth (Rivals, Scout) in national recruiting rankings.
Third, that doesn't paint the entire picture.
Toss in three early enrollees -- OT Glen Bethel, DE LaDarrius Jackson and ATH Trevon Sands -- and the number of newcomers increases to 17. Then add in the heralded transfer players forced to sit out last season -- QB Asiantii Woulard, LB Cecil Cherry, S Austin Hudson, WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling -- and it grows to more than 20.
That's seven players -- all of whom figure to contend for starting jobs -- already enrolled, with 14 more who appear set on signing with the Bulls in the morning.
Anything beyond that is green-and-gold gravy.