5 Examples Why National Signing Day Is Overhyped Lameness

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There's the hat trick, where Mr. College Football Recruit (who often turns out to be a bust) tries to do the fake-out thing with which hat he'll put on his dome; the flip-flopper who can't make up his mind; and, if you happen to choose the Georgia Bulldogs, the token puppy.

Today (a.k.a. the first Wednesday of February), ESPNU will devote hours of coverage to National Signing Day, where highly rated high-school seniors will stage press conferences that usually turn out to be nauseating displays, much like these five video examples.

Watch at your own risk.

5. Joe McKnight

McKnight's foot-in-mouth routine after his anticlimactic choice -- the future USC Trojan told reporters that he had spoken to alumnus Reggie Bush and then coach Pete Carroll the day before on a conference call, which is a huge no-no according to NCAA rules -- proves that high-school seniors don't need the circus that is National Signing Day.

4. Isaiah Crowell

Warning: You will cringe when you see what Crowell gets after putting on a Georgia cap.

3. Cyrus Kouandjio

Not convinced that the

Sporting News

' top recruit in 2011 is going to Auburn? You have great intuition. The offensive tackle didn't end up faxing in the paperwork to Auburn and, a few days later, he flip-flopped his commitment to Alabama.

2. Dre Kirkpatrick

This is so trying too hard for the current Alabama cornerback who picked the Crimson Tide because Texas doesn't have enough swagger (apparently).

1. Syvelle Newton

The reaction to Newton's production during National Signing Day 2003 -- where he "wanted to be a Clemson man for a little while" before picking South Carolina -- is amazing. Maybe he shouldn't have ditched the Clemson cap because Newton's performance with the Gamecocks was good enough for him to earn a paycheck in the Arena Football League.

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