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Hot Reads: Winning and Losing on Signing Day

February 08, 2018

Now that all the fanfare and faxing is over, it's time to declare winners and losers. Well, actually, it was that time by about 4 p.m. yesterday because the first rule of modern living is that everything must be done instantly, but of course we're used to that by now. 

And if you were ready to know which schools "won" and "lost" signing day, there was no shortage of options: USA Today, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, and ABC News just to grab a few.

Of the 10 or so tallies I looked at, the only list I saw Nebraska land on was Woody Wommack's "winner" list for Rivals:

Another school in transition after a coaching change, the Huskers' staff had to work quickly after staying at UCF to coach the Knights in the Peach Bowl. Much like Florida State, the Huskers started to make breakthroughs as January moved along and capped it off with a very strong National Signing Day. The Huskers did enough to finish inside of the top 25, while winning five battles on Wednesday.
The group is led by one-time Georgia commit Caleb Tannor, who signed with the Huskers over SEC programs Auburn and Florida. Under Armour Game MVP Maurice Washington made his commitment to the Huskers on national TV, while three-star Southeast prospects Cameron Taylor and Willie Canty also announced and signed. Late in the day the Huskers also added three-star wide receiver Andre Hunt.

Wommack hits on one of the popular takeaways from the day: New faces in new places fared pretty well. Aside from Georgia, which landed what some consider the best class in a decade or so, Florida State (Willie Taggart) and Texas A&M (Jimbo Fisher) showed up often on most "winner" lists. Florida and Nebraska showed up on the good side of the ledger a time or two. Oregon and UCLA landed top-20 classes. For transition classes, a lot of new coaching staffs seemingly transitioned pretty well.

But not all of them. Tennessee under new coach Jeremy Pruitt aimed high on recruits, and lost most of those battles to established southern powers putting the Vols on many "loser" lists. And then there was Arizona State.

“Signing Day is a little bit unusual for me, because in pro football, you get to draft them," Herm Edwards said on ESPN. "In college, they get to pick you!”

Imagine hearing the head coach of your school say that. Three years from now Maurice Washington is going to be so happy he took off his Sun Devil jacket to reveal a Nebraska shirt.

And with winners and losers so declared, now we can actually start the clock on the 2018 class and go about actually determining which schools won and lost. Check back in a few years.

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