Today, as you might have heard, is national signing day in college football. While this has become one of the biggest days on the sports calendar for the modern fan, I still don't find it overly appealing. I suspect that wouldn't be the case if I cheered for a team consistently pulling in a top ten recruiting class, but alas, it is not. The truth is, I haven't have seen any of the players who will sign with Louisville today play in person, and I couldn't tell you anything about their strengths and weaknesses that I didn't read or hear somewhere else. Basically, I'm useless.
BUT, for those in desperate need of quality signing day info, there is hope. Jody Demling will be updating his blog throughout the day with the latest news on who will and won't be taking the field inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in the near future.
It's unlikely that any signing today will trump yesterday's news that Dublin (Ohio) quarterback Zach Stoudt was switching his commitment from Pittsburgh to Louisville. The move, coupled with Tino Sunseri's Dec. 10 change of heart, means that the Panthers and Cardinals have essentially swapped incoming freshmen quarterbacks.
Stoudt is billed as a pro-style passer who threw for 3,547 yards and 34 touchdowns in his only season as a starter in high school. He was ranked as the 25th best signal caller in the country by Scout.com.
Some are already saying that Stoudt is a better fit for Steve Kragthorpe's offense than Sunseri, who is smaller and more of a scrambler. I did see Sunseri's Central Catholic team play twice on ESPNU and wasn't overly impressed, but his team's option offense really didn't allow for him to show much. He was advertised as a right-handed Stefan Lefors, complete with the leadership characteristics, and that type of player worked out pretty well for us the first time around.
But it's Stoudt who will commit to the Cards today, and avoid the QB jumble in the Steel City.
"The situation with Pitt never really sat well with me," Stoudt said. "I was never really over the fact they told me I would be the only QB going into this class, and two days after I committed they accepted two other guys."
Again, I haven't seen Stoudt play in what those in the biz refer to as a "game," but I must admit that I do thoroughly enjoy what I see in his highlight video.
Great footwork for a high school kid, big arm, very accurate (of course who isn't in a highlight video?), color me excited.
In keeping with the day's festivities, more recruiting tidbits:
Record-setting Trinity High School quarterback Will Stein is headed to Louisville as a preferred walk-on. He chose the Cards over Dayton.
So that kid who was down to Louisville and Georgia Southern, uh, he didn't pick us.
But Greg Scruggs did.
All right, enjoy the day everybody. And if Terrelle Pryor decides at the last second he wants to be a Card, I'll be all over it.