There's drama abound as we approach a pivotal moment in America this week. The importance of the subject matter, however, will have far different opinions depending on who you ask.
Is it going to be Mitt or Newt? Tracy or Nelson?
Whoa, before all of you reading this column start scouring recruiting boards to figure out where Mitt and Newt play, please know that this recruiting stuff really, in the whole scheme of things, is not quite that important.
So before we get any further, if your registration card calls for you to do so, get out and vote in the presidential primary today.
OK, that's done. Tracy or Nelson? Where will they end up?
Great question and you can be sure that these tight-lipped stars are not letting anything slip as their moment in the spotlight comes tomorrow, National Signing Day.
This year's class of top-rated prospects can forget about ever landing a government job. They are too good at keeping things top secret. There's no leak in the boardroom here … not even a sneak in personnel.
For the first time in several years, state college football coaches are going to be hovering over their fax machines Wednesday morning as if they're waiting on the winning Lotto numbers. And for some, it will be nearly the same thing.
At stake for Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher and Florida coach Will Muschamp are the services of some darned good football players who have yet to divulge their destination. One player who both coaches are fighting for is super athlete Nelson Agholor of Tampa Berkeley Prep. Agholor has played as many as six different positions for Berkeley and can literally fit in anywhere a coach might need him.
He'll likely be a wide receiver at the next level. Fisher and Muschamp might even let him coach if he'll just sign on the right line. Besides fighting off each other, Notre Dame and Southern Cal coaches are also in the mix and will be hovering at their fax machines, as well.
(Do they even use fax machines anymore? Doesn't matter.)
Agholor, the No. 1-ranked player in the Sentinel's Florida Top 100, is a football player who likes to do everything. He was miffed when Charlie Weis left for Kansas, but why? Charlie Weis is boring. The Gators now have former Boise State mastermind Brent Pease. Seems a guy like Agholor would love to play for a gun-slinger like Pease.
Careful though, while all of that was going on, Florida State was boiling up a caldron full of Nelson Potion that may have just swung the 6-foot-2, 180-pound phenom. And surely after the Seminoles beat the pants off the Irish, well, sorta, Agholor would never pick Notre Dame. Right?
Don't you just love signing day drama? But wait, there's more.
Miramar's Tracy Howard, the No. 1 cornerback in the nation and the player whose mother invited Muschamp to join her for her son's Class 8A state title game against Plant at the Citrus Bowl, has Florida and Florida State on his board. Most everyone already has him penciled in as a Gator.
What's that? Rumblings from the south? Oh yeah, there's a guy named Golden causing a stir down in Coral Gables. Howard visited there on Saturday. The Al Golden sales pitch has players jumping aboard at such a high rate you'd never know the U faces serious sanctions from alleged recruiting violations.
Miami is socking away prospects so often that Golden is expected to make an appearance on an upcoming episode of A&E's "Hoarders." He also has designs on OT Avery Young of Palm Beach Central, as well as a few others, like New Jersey Don Bosco Prep's OL Darius Hamilton, who visited this past weekend. Hamilton is supposed to announce Tuesday night.
He's down to Rutgers, Florida and Miami, with Rutgers a big maybe now that Greg Schiano has taken the Tampa Bay Bucs coaching position.
The Golden Boys even got Georgia Tech commit Antonio Crawford of Tampa Plant to decommit and join the UM fold. C'mon, Al. How 'bout a little help for the other guys?
The Hurricanes even had Mainland DE Leonard Williams in for an official. Williams has had a Robin Leach tour of America's rich and famous football programs this month. He's been to UF, FSU, UM, Southern Cal
Miami has 32 commitments to the 2012 Class. Supposedly you can only sign 25, but the new math used by NCAA regulators gets me every time.
Another to watch out for on Wednesday will be Georgia linebacker Josh Harvey Clemmons and Maryland speedster Ronald Darby, both of whom FSU is trying to land. UF also wants Clemmons (6-4, 207 of Valdosta Lowndes).
The Gators are hoping to reel in Maryland's high-stepping wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who has been as tight-lipped as the rest of them.
This class is so secretive that even Agholor's teammate LB Schyler Miles has said he's already committed to a school. It's just that nobody knows where.
This should be a fun one.