On the morning Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, hundreds of young men woke to sign the most important piece of paper of their young lives.
Yup. It’s National Signing Day, a day where new age technology is an afterthought and ancient technology like the fax machine is the way to go.
And today was the day that over 20 young men committed to play football for Michigan State University under head coach Mark Dantonio. For a unique list of all the players, complete with what Dantonio had to say about each player, and a highlight video on them, click here.
One name the list does not include though is Malik McDowell, one of the top defensive lineman in the country out of Southfield, Mich. McDowell, whose parents weren’t totally on board for MSU, committed to be a Spartan Wednesday morning over other schools such as Ohio State and Florida State but has yet to send in his letter of intent, leaving him off the list for now released by MSU at an press conference Wednesday afternoon.
However, at the press conference, Dantonio did say he expects all committed players who have not sent paper work in yet to do so eventually.
“Very, very excited about the people we’ve got coming in and I think we’ve addressed some issues across the board that we needed to based on graduation,” Dantonio said.
“I think it’s a dominant class,” Dantonio went on to say. “We have very good players. I would say top to bottom, and I don’t mean to disrespect our other classes but top to bottom, I feel this is a very, very powerful class in terms of players that will get on the field very quickly and make a name for themselves.”
Finally, after Dantonio was through addressing the media, the auditorium in the Clara Bell Smith Center turned into a frenzy, as the assistant coaches, as well as early enrollee Matt Sokol, talked to reporters about signing day.
As the video and flash bulbs of cameras below show, there was certainly a lot to talk about.