Signing Day Movers and Shakers: Rap Game Jim Mora, Coach Boom and the Undisputed Champions
National Signing Day is over, barring a few stragglers. Winners and losers will be found out on the field. But, here are some programs that made some decisive, finish line moves and had better days than poor Tim Beckman.
Rap Game Jim Mora… Well, Jim Mora can definitely recruit. He already had the nation’s top QB Josh Rosen (No. 12 overall) on campus and DE Keisan Lucier-South (No. 17 overall) as a firm commitment. On Signing Day, he boxed out Texas for RB Soso Jamabo (No. 32 overall), Georgia for LB Roquan Smith (No. 47 overall, pending LOI signature) and Team Harbaugh for TE Chris Clark (No. 85 overall). Mora also signed Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus (to join Diddy’s son). Jury still out on whether Mora and staff can coach these players.
Still Fighting On… UCLA is now the preeminent recruiting…oh wait USC still brought in a better class. The Trojans are through with recruiting restrictions. Steve Sarkisian racked up CB Iman Marshall (No. 4 overall), DT Rasheem Green (No. 23 overall) and OLB John Houston (No. 49 overall) on the final day. USC finished a hair behind Alabama for the No. 1 overall class in the 2015 247 Composite rankings.
Coach Boom… Will Muschamp and Auburn won three battles with Florida on Signing Day. The Tigers took DE Byron Cowart (No. 3 overall) from the Gators, as well as LB Jeffrey Holland (No. 116 overall) and WR Ryan Davis (No. 188 overall). The Tigers took five total Top 200 recruits in the front seven on defense to help with Muschamp’s rebuilding.
Florida Gators… Jim McElwain was not the sexiest hire on paper. But he closed with gusto to build some momentum. The Gators landed two five-star players at key positions OT Martez Ivey (No. 2 overall) and DE CeCe Jefferson (No. 7 overall). That vaults what had been an underwhelming class into the Top 20. Might have been even higher if not for the aforementioned Muschamp raids. Like Jim Harbaugh, McElwain’s next class will be the critical one.
Team Undisputed… Urban Meyer is one of the nation’s best recruiters. Shockingly, he did well for himself coming off a national title. On Signing Day, The Buckeyes fended off multiple schools for QB Torrance Gibson (No. 76 overall), Michigan for RB Mike Weber (No. 78 overall), Maryland for OT Isaiah Prince (No. 105 overall), and Arkansas for WR K.J. Hill (No. 152 overall). The total class has eight players ranked in the Top 110 overall on the 247 Composite.
Tennessee... The Tennessee Volunteers have, somehow, made the math work on bringing in 61 kids over the last two classes. Many are quite talented and will even get full scholarships. Butch Jones inked five of the nation’s Top 60 recruits. Three of them including No. 6 overall DT Khalil Mckenzie are on the defensive line. OT Drew Richmond (No. 54 overall) gave the Vols a major, late flip from Ole Miss. Tennessee has punched above its weight under Jones. In the next couple years, the Vols should pack on pounds. At the very least, Tennessee now tops the Dapper Power Index.
Mundane to Mention… But obligatory… Roll Tide