All quiet on Signing Day Eve for Bulls
It's close enough to national signing day where the kids who haven't decided at this point will wait for the pageantry and excitement of making an announcement the same day they sign, saving the suspense and buildup until they reach down and put on the crisp new ballcap of their future home.
Toward that end, there's remarkably little news Tuesday night in terms of firm "I'm going here" kind of confirmations, but at the same time, a lot of the iffy stuff seems to be pointing in the Bulls' favor.
The biggest question mark might be at linebacker, a need position, where Hollywood Chaminade's Ruben Narcisse texted me Tuesday night that USF had called him Tuesday and told him they were done at linebacker. That doesn't mean we know who they have -- Narcisse's friend and Chaminade teammate, Hans Louis, is a Marshall commitment strongly considering the Bulls.
"IDK," Narcisse texted -- that's i-don't-know for you who don't speak text. "I personally think he is goin to be a BULL."
Along the same lines, I talked Tuesday night with Hillsborough cornerback Terrence "T-Rex" Mitchell, arguably the jewel of USF's class at this point, and he believes his friend and middle school teammate, Miami Northwestern defensive tackle Todd Chandler, will be joining him at USF this fall. Chandler's keeping mum, but there seems to be a positive vibe on Fowler Avenue about him joining the Bulls after what has at least publicly been an on-again, off-again romance in the past month.
I hear the same thing about Miami Central offensive lineman Jose Jose -- who might weigh as much as 370 pounds -- picking USF even while as many as five high school teammates choose Central Florida.
The biggest name still bantered about? Atlanta linebacker Michael Taylor, part of Florida's top-rated commitment class, had turned off his phone Tuesday night, such that his coach at Westlake High, Greg Minnis, said he didn't know where he would be signing at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. "He's keeping us us all in limbo," Minnis said. "He could pull the old switcheroo."
So check back with us early and often on Wednesday -- we'll have lots of updates, interviews and pictures from signing day ceremonies from all over USF's incoming class.
-- On a side note, I take personal pride in knowing that if you type the phrase "National Singing Day" into Google, the first link is, yes, this very blog, being extra silly two years ago. But I've found at least three other sites who inadvertently transposed the G and N to my favorite fake holiday -- congrats to Crimson Confidential, to Garnet and Black Attack, and to the unforgettable Progress-Index.com. And congrats to ESPN.com's Brian Bennett for acknowledging the special day.