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Signing Day's biggest losers

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07:36 AM ET 02.06 | On the flip side from Alabama, which programs were Signing Day's biggest losers? UCLA -- The Bruins thought they had a chance at Adoree Jackson. He went to USC. They thought they might get Malachi Dupre. He went to LSU. They hoped to get Budda Baker. He went to Washington. It was still a good class for Jim Mora (ranked 18th), but he swung for the fences a few times and whiffed. Michigan -- The Wolverines felt the effects of a disappointing 7-6 season and their class slumped to 31st in the national rankings. Michigan needs some instant help this fall and, outside of top corner Jabril Peppers, it fell short. Virginia Tech -- The Hokies received a major blow when top DT Derrick Nnadi signed with FSU. They missed out on Isaiah McKenzie, who signed with Georgia. A top receiver commit, Javon Harrison, also jumped ship.

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February 6, 2014  07:43 AM ET

In the case of Michigan and Va Tech it is obvious there is a sinking ship effect going on, so I can understand the interest on the part of a recruit and then a decision not to sign. No one likes uncertainty and in the case of Michigan and Va Tech there is definite uncertainty in the coaching ranks.

Hot seats for both.

February 6, 2014  08:18 AM ET

Signing day was a little boring for UTK, but in a good way. That was a nice switchup.

February 6, 2014  08:39 AM ET

I get a kick out of the first names on some of these kids.

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February 6, 2014  10:56 AM ET
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This I agree with. 2014 is Hoke's make or break season.

Agreed, great out of the gates, sophomore slump and then last year's debacle, I hope he's got answers for the weakness between the tackles on the o-line because platooning SIX guys certainly wasn't it..........

February 6, 2014  11:38 AM ET
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This I agree with. 2014 is Hoke's make or break season.

The fact michigan has such a low ranked class has nothing to do with them going 7-6. It has to do with the fact they only had 18 available scholarships to offer. So exactly how are you going to rank when the other teams have 20/25 or in Tenn. case 33 scholarships to offer players. So you get 5-10 more players of course your team is going to rank higher.

February 6, 2014  11:45 AM ET

Ave. stars per recruit. Michigan ranks #15.

February 6, 2014  11:57 AM ET
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The fact michigan has such a low ranked class has nothing to do with them going 7-6.

I've got nothing against Michigan. As far as the B1G goes, I actually like Michigan.

That being said, you're kidding yourself. Michigan is in disarray, and will remain so until they dump Hoke, IMO.

February 6, 2014  12:49 PM ET

USC gets Adoree, Juju, and Mama on NSD - all 5 stars. Finishes with a top-10 recruiting class (per Rivals.com). Best of all USCs wins on signing day were UCLAs losses. Prediction: USC will be in the first-ever final-4 for college football in 2014-15. Fight on for ol' SC!!!

February 6, 2014  12:57 PM ET
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I've got nothing against Michigan. As far as the B1G goes, I actually like Michigan.That being said, you're kidding yourself. Michigan is in disarray, and will remain so until they dump Hoke, IMO.

To be honest it is in disarray. But i don't think it is as far off as people think. The def. could be good no one knows. Cause its hard to be on the field 75% of the game when you off. goes 3 and out 60% of the time. The offense/ Off. line is where the problem was this past year but if you follow Michigan everyone knew they would only go as far as that line held up. Which it didn't do at all. I am certainly excited to see what the new O.C. brings to the table. Some new thoughts and plans, I hope. That or another long year or two followed by a new coach search.

February 6, 2014  01:48 PM ET
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This will sound overtly racist on my part but why these names from the African American community?

Derrick, Jabril (or Gabriel but North African for an African American, sound reasonable), Isaiah (from the Bible). Really???

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February 6, 2014  02:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

USC gets Adoree, Juju, and Mama on NSD - all 5 stars. Finishes with a top-10 recruiting class (per Rivals.com). Best of all USCs wins on signing day were UCLAs losses. Prediction: USC will be in the first-ever final-4 for college football in 2014-15. Fight on for ol' SC!!!

So based on them signing those 3- 5 star recruits they are going to be in the final 4?

February 6, 2014  03:12 PM ET

The real losers are those 9 guys that Saban has to cut to make room for the FNG's.

February 6, 2014  04:16 PM ET
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Yeah, this seems racist.

February 6, 2014  04:36 PM ET
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Derrick, Jabril (or Gabriel but North African for an African American, sound reasonable), Isaiah (from the Bible). Really???

It seems to me that people can make-up their kids names if they want to. Isn't a name like "Knowshon" better then an old school name like Merle, George or Orville? The coolest name I ever heard was for an 80's era Louisville basketball player... "Baskerville Holmes!" That's a real name, look it up.

February 6, 2014  04:42 PM ET

I am a bit surprised that Brady Hoke has fallen on the hard times that he has. He began by saying all the right things and had success the first year. He was a breath of fresh air after RichieRod. This year's recruiting class started strong (with Peppers) but tapered off. A 31st ranking is real low for UM, though they only signed 16 kids. I'd like to know why they couldn't land the stud DE McDowell who is a local Detroit area kid. Maybe Yooper can jump in here, but if Hoke doesn't compete for the B1G Championship this year the natives will be restless... are those drums I'm hearing?

February 6, 2014  05:19 PM ET
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The real losers are those 9 guys that Saban has to cut to make room for the FNG's.

Now that's funny right there.

 
February 6, 2014  05:22 PM ET
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It seems to me that people can make-up their kids names if they want to. Isn't a name like "Knowshon" better then an old school name like Merle, George or Orville? The coolest name I ever heard was for an 80's era Louisville basketball player... "Baskerville Holmes!" That's a real name, look it up.

Reminds me of the scene in one of the Cheech and Chong movies. Cheech is giving Chong hell about how Asians name their newborns. Cheech acuses them of just going into the kitchen, getting some silverware, dropping it in the floor and naming the kid whatever the sound is.

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