Today, we all get to experience that thrilling sensation that only comes around once a year — the sweet smoke of football optimism will be blown up our asses once again!
This is going to be the best signing day ever!
Snark aside, this year’s class looks to be pretty solid — especially given all the seasoned transfers who can play immediately. It’s ranked third in the Mountain West by the recruiting savants Rivals keeps chained in its basement, it filled some immediate needs like offensive line, and it even has a pretty keen feel-good story.
But before you bend over to receive your warming blast of unicorn breath, I’d like to just throw out a little reminder: This whole recruiting business is … um … somewhat of an inexact science. So get excited at your own risk.
You know this already, of course, but just to beat you over the head with that fact, I thought I’d present — without comment — a children’s treasury of excerpts from past SDSU recruiting stories:
San Diego State’s most prominent football recruit in 15 years wavered among Washington, Arizona State and the Aztecs until Tuesday night in the family living room.
La Quinta High running back Frederick Collins …
In addition to Hamilton, SDSU received a last-minute commitment from City College of San Francisco wide receiver Willie Dixon (6-0, 190), a speedster who was the No. 3-ranked high school wide receiver when he signed with Miami out of Stockton Brookside Christian in 2001.
“They have the top class in the conference,” said Jeremy Crabtree of Rivals.com. “Hamilton is an incredible signing for them. He’s one of the best players at his position, period. And getting Willie Dixon is huge.”
San Diego State football coach Tom Craft continues to expand another impressive recruiting class, securing verbal commitments from two top out-of-state high school players. Safety Josh Walker (6-foot-2, 180 pounds) of Jefferson High in Tampa, Fla., and running back Micah Strickland of Kahuku High in Hawaii said they will play for the Aztecs.
Rivals and PrepStar rank SDSU’s recruiting class as the best recruiting class in the Mountain West Conference for the second consecutive year.
The nugget of the group is Whitley Fehoko, a 6-foot-1, 320-pound offensive lineman from Honolulu’s Farrington High. Fehoko, who was tabbed a Parade All-American yesterday, also had scholarship offers from LSU, Oklahoma and Nebraska.
Anthony Miller, a 6-foot, 220-pound running back from Dallas Carter High, could make an immediate impact. … Considered the 45th-best running back prospect in the nation by the recruiting service Rivals.com, Miller rushed for 1,025 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.
Are these unfair comparisons? You bet. And I’m certainly not saying this class is all smoke and mirrors and non-qualifiers like some of those in years past. That coach doesn’t work here anymore.
What am I saying?