Sorry for the dilatory Jumbo Package today. There was just so much stuff to sift through. Enjoy; there are a ton of NSD reactions to digest.
There is a lesson to be learned here straight out of The Process® handbook which is to get your class locked down and make sure everyone is 100% committed to your team.
First, start with CB's excellent wrap-up of Alabama's own efforts. He and BT did a helluva' job over the weeks and months leading up to NSD 15, and yesterday was excellent (of course.)
The class of 2015 is the fifth straight for Bama finishing No. 1 ... It's not much of a stretch to say Saban's program, with all those blue-chip prospects over the years, is the most talented in the history of the sport.
Excellent overview (and deserved praise) of Alabama's 2015 class, as seen from the outside.
Missouri lost at Alabama (14-8, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) Thursday 62-49 in another ugly shooting performance that featured a slew of air balls on 32 percent shooting.
There was also a basketball game yesterday, with the Tide getting a very needed win. Roger's recap is here (Bama Beats Missouri, 62-49 - Roll 'Bama Roll.)
''One of the very good things about this class is we didn't have a lot of drama today,'' Alabama coach Nick Saban said. ... "That's not the way to get the most attention from the media but that certainly speaks highly of what a commitment means.''
As CB noted, there is a lesson to be learned: solidify your class early, move on to the next year. I'm sure Saban and Co. are already evaluating NSD '17. More than his X's and O's Saban will go down as one of the greatest for revolutionizing the way programs are run, commitments are gained, and talent is evaluated.
"One of our main goals is to win the state of Alabama and we feel like we did that this year," Malzahn said.
Not everyone appreciates national recruiting, apparently. Having lost on the field, Malzahn makes much of Auburn's in-state haul.
Some of the conference's teams did really well, some of them did not so well, and some of them landed in between. Here are some of the most important results
This is a fantastic look at some lesser-known facts about NSD '15, aside from "winners and losers." For instance, while Arkansas was just 10th in the SEC, it was 25th in the nation. More importantly, it was Bret Bielema's highest ranked class ever. So, yeah, some teams are not going away. Which brings us to...
The Volunteers went into last season lacking depth and experience along the offensive and defensive lines. Coach Butch Jones and his staff changed that on signing day.
Tennessee. Butch already has his kids playing very tough, and Vol Nation believes. Add to that his third consecutive great class (and back to back Top 5 classes,) and we may have to take the Garbage Truck Worker Convention seriously again. Which brings us to our final (major) rival, the LSU Tigers.
He joined FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel on National Signing Day to discuss the options, and said he isn't opposed to pursuing a graduate transfer to address the QB situation.
LSU, as usual, had a stellar class and Miles waxes rhapsodical over it. More importantly, in the video above, he throws out that he's not averse to taking a senior/grad transfer. The mismanagement of QBs could not be worse. This undermines not only one, but both, of 2015's starters by publicly doubting their ability to get it done.
Urban Meyer’s haul was without peer in the Big Ten, as he inked a consensus Top 10 class in the nation, one that has seven of the conference’s top nine commits, according to 247sports.com.
Speaking of getting it done, and teams not going away, the most hateable man in college football continued to dominate on the recruiting trail. It's still the Buckeyes, Spartans and Ten Rust Belt Dwarfs.
Defending Big 12 co-champions Baylor and TCU won't crack any top 25 lists with their signing classes, but were able to fill specific needs.
You know who did not have a good day? The Big Twelve. Texas and OU signed a solid class, but the Big Twelve had ONE five star commitment as a conference. Texas A&M had three.
Clay Travis loves it; Petros Papadakis thinks it has gone too far.
This video is typical Fox patter: Millenials vs. Geezers. God help me, but I'm on the side of Clay Travis.
In possibly the final signing day of its kind, college football grabbed the spotlight for its annual, offseason showcase of the bizarre.
It may not matter if you love or hate NSD shenanigans. The entire format may be going away.
The dotted lines are signed and the ink is drying, so let's take a look at national signing day's winners and losers around the SEC.
Finally, for those of you who prefer your takes a little less scorching, AL.com has your very "conventional wisdomish" SEC NSD wrapup.
No. 6 Alabama hosts No. 11 Auburn in Coleman Coliseum this Friday at 7 p.m. for the next chapter of a rivalry that has been lopsided over the last few decades. Despite the hype, Alabama coach Dana Duckworth said her team isn’t talking about maintaining the 110-meet streak, but focusing instead on making weekly improvements.
Moving along, Alabama gymnasts put their 110-meet winning streak vs. Auburn on the line this Friday night. This meet, as with Power of Pink, are sure sell-outs, so get your tickets early. That said, later today on the RBR Facebook and Twitters, we will be holding a contest to give away a pair of tickets the Gymnastics Iron Bowl.
Alabama Opens Against No. 23 South Alabama Thursday Before Heading to the Sand Dollar Classic on Friday
Later today, we'll have your preview for this one. But, the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide start their season today!
The University of Alabama baseball team will hold its annual Fan Day this Saturday at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, where all the team's home games will be played this year. Activities begin at 10 a.m.
Finally, Alabama Baseball's Fan Day is this Saturday at the Met. All activities and parking are free, and the last intrasquad scrimmage begins at 2:30. The season starts next Friday, February 13.