National Signing Day 2013: Schools That Won Big on Final Day

Nick JuskewyczContributor IIIFebruary 6, 2013

OXFORD, MS - NOVEMBER 10:  Vincent Sanders #10 of the Ole Miss Rebels catches a touchdown pass over Kenny Ladler #1 and Trey Wilson #8 of the Vanderbilt Commodores during a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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While it's expected that schools like Alabama, Florida and Ohio State were expected to have excellent recruiting classes, some schools make a move and score big on National Signing Day.

By no means are championships won, let alone games on National Signing Day. Although for programs who are trending upward and that land crucial national recruits, the buzz and expectations are taken to another level.

These are schools who won big today that will be serious threats in 2013.

Ole Miss

Hugh Freeze is bringing excitement back to Oxford. Not only did he bring Ole Miss its first winning season and bowl victory since 2009 in his first season, according to Max Preps, he's bringing in a top-10 recruiting class in 2013.

Most notably of the group is the overall No. 1 recruit in defensive end Robert Nkemdiche. For a team that was ranked 60th on defense in the best conference in college football, the Rebels had to make improvements in a division that prides itself on great defense.

Also joining Nkemdiche is offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. According to, both players are ranked No. 1 at their respective positions and both players should have a significant influence on the Rebels becoming SEC West contenders.

It's certainly grabbed LeBron James' attention.

Ole Miss ain't messing around today! Big time recruits coming in. SEC is crazy

— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 6, 2013


Even though Ohio State stole the show as having the best recruiting class in the Big Ten, Michigan had a superb day as well.

Head coach Brady Hoke has the Wolverines going in the right direction, but Michigan is still looking to become national title contenders. 

The Wolverines landed 10 players in the ESPNU top 150, including the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked offensive guards in David Dawson and Patrick Kugler. 

When Hoke spoke with ESPN's Adam Rittenberg, improving on the offensive line was a priority. 

This should go a long way for the Michigan running game to take some of the pressure off of Devin Gardner running the football in 2013.


Is there a new sheriff in town? USC has received a lot of the glory in Los Angeles, but head coach Jim Mora is slowly shifting the power to UCLA.

Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that Kylie Flitts decommitted from the Trojans and said he will join the Bruins. That is exactly what Flitts did today.

The stock continues to drop for USC and rise for UCLA. The Bruins landed the best overall recruiting class in the entire Pac-12 (via Max Preps).

Also, UCLA's strategy of recruiting more outside of California seems to be making strides, according to Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times. The Bruins landed 4-star recruit Priest Willis, a defensive back and wide receiver from Tempe, Arizona.

For a Pac-12 South that struggled significantly in 2012, UCLA is now the head of the class.