National Signing Day has been a long-standing tradition for the nation’s top college prospects to tell the world where they’ll be playing football for the next few years.
The first Wednesday in February has lost some of its punch thanks to the early signing window in December, but there’s still plenty of interest.
The kids who aren’t highlighted, however, often turn into the best players.
Consider Jets quarterback Sam Darnold, who was the 179th ranked prospect by Rivals.com for the Class of 2015.
Darnold, who played at San Clemente High School (CA), wasn’t even the highest rated quarterback in that class to commit to USC for Pete’s sake. Those honors went to 127th rated prospect Ricky Town.
Darnold went on to star at USC for two seasons, including an epic Rose Bowl winning performance that turned him into a Heisman Trophy candidate.
Darnold ultimately was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, proving that rankings coming out of high school mean very little.
Need more proof: NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley was the 117th ranked prospect in the same class.