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College football recruiting fraught with drama



All of that commotion you hear outside your window today is the celebrating, lamenting and absolute craziness known throughout the sporting world as national signing day.

After months of courting, coddling and concocting, college football coaches everywhere finally get the official word on who is becoming a part of their respective programs.

Those who keep their fingers firmly pressed to the pulse of college football know recruiting is the lifeblood of every program, no matter how big or small. They also should know that no matter how ballyhooed a crop of recruits may be, it's going to take some time before they realize its true value.

Of course, that's not going to stop the fanatics from turning into virtual drama queens as the process winds down to the big day. Their emotions hinge on every rumor.

By Thursday morning, recruiting services will release their final evaluations as to who harvested the best 2008 crop and how they stack up nationally.

You will be able to get an in-depth look into why Artesia, N.M., quarterback Landry Jones picked the University of Oklahoma, and how his early arrival on campus will help bolster his future opportunity with the Sooners.

There will be inside information about highly touted defensive back Victor Johnson from Waco, Texas, and what the determining factors were for his decision to choose Oklahoma State.

Message boards will buzz loudly with cyberspace high-fives and various fanatics bemoaning the life-altering decision of some kid who had a last-minute change of heart.

Oh, the drama. "Jay C. Upchurch



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