'Twas the night before signing day, soon their names they’d be writing
Not a creature was stirring, ’cept for those still deciding.
The pens were laid out, with tender loving care,
In hopes that their letters of intent, soon would be there.
Vernon Hargreaves III was nestled all snug in his bed,
While visions of intercepting Aaron Murray next year danced in his head.
Alvin Bailey was deciding on a hat, and should he wear it?
Excited that next year he’d be teammates with Jordan Sherit.
When next to the bed, there arose such a clatter,
Ernest Suttles sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
He looked at the phone, to see why it hissed
Just another text, from a recruiting analyst
The moon was so bright, it created such a gleam
That it was keeping him awake, so up rose Ryan Green
When, what to his wondering eyes should appear,
The Griffin twins, offering him some UCF gear
But Green said he’s solid, no point in trying to lure,
He’s committed to being teammates with Jeremy Kerr
Besides, you have Pete DiNovo, now I’m going back to bed
Big day tomorrow, big things ahead.
Further north slept a Breida, and a Hambrick and Bronson
Further south, snoozing away, were four kids, last name Johnson
There’s Benjamin, squared, convinced their schools fit just right
Zach is headed for USF, to join Godwin, Sanchez and Wright
Today’s the day for Wes Bullock, and a day for Mike Love,
For guys like Bruce Hector, it’s like a gift from above.
If Leon McQuay III were here, I bet he’d be jammin’,
Guess we’ll leave that for the big boys, like Madison and Salmon.
It’s Navy for Will Worth, and Bama for Jeremiah Green,
It isn’t about school size, but rather all points in between.
It’s a day for our best to remember and cherish,
Whether you’re Anclote’s Terrell Martin, or Hillsborough’s Nigel Harris.
Now remember, adults, let’s not get mad and be bitter
If a kid picks differently, just back away from your Twitter
Let the experts add the stars, rank classes from best down to worst
But before all of that, it’s first things first:
“Now, Stevenson! Now, Valdes! Now, Bostick from Plant!
On Covington! On Ivie! On Adams and Grant!
To the top of the podium! The very best who played ball
Now sign away! Sign away! Sign away all!”
Times’ Tampa Bay top 25
1. Vernon Hargreaves III, Wharton CB 5-11/185 Florida
2. Ryan Green, St. Petersburg Cath. RB 5-10/187 Florida St.
3. Leon McQuay III, Armwood DB 6-2/175 USC
4. Alvin Bailey, Armwood WR 5-11/170 Florida
5. Joey Ivie, Pasco DL 6-5/270 Florida
6. Jordan Sherit, Hillsborough DE 6-4/230 Florida
7. Paris Bostick, Plant DB 6-1/203 Georgia
8. Janarion Grant, Pasco ATH 6-0/185 Rutgers
9. Ernest Suttles, Gaither DE 6-5/240 Nebraska
10. Mike Love, Countryside DE 6-4/205 USF
11. Travis Johnson, Jesuit WR 6-4/200 Undecided
12. Rodney Adams, Lakewood WR 6-1/166 Undecided
13. Shaquill Griffin, Lakewood DB 6-0/184 UCF
14. Robert Davis, Carrollwood Day RB 5-7/160 Undecided
15. Richard Benjamin, TBT ATH 6-1/173 Louisville
16. Mike Stevenson, CCC S 6-0/175 Wake Forest
17. Devyn Salmon, Plant City DT 6-2/277 Michigan St.
18. Nate Godwin, Freedom DB 6-0/190 USF
19. Nigel Harris, Hillsborough LB 6-2/195 USF
20. Pete DiNovo, East Lake QB 6-1/190 UCF
21. Marquez Valdes, Lakewood WR 6-3/195 Undecided
22. Justin Madison, Robinson OLB 6-4/205 Iowa State
23. Shaquem Griffin, Lakewood DB 6-1/183 UCF
24. Jeremy Kerr, St. Petersburg TE 6-6/254 Florida St.
25. Bruce Hector, Robinson G 6-2/270 USF
John C. Cotey can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @JohnnyHomeTeam.