No longer the marquee event, the second signing day still important for college football

No longer the marquee event, the second signing day still important for college football

February 6, 2019

The big reveal is set for Wednesday afternoon. If all goes as planned, it will be televised nationally. Will it be LSU, Alabama or maybe Oregon for Ishmael Sopsher, the big defensive tackle from Amite (La.) High School? Will his teammate Devonta Lee choose LSU, Texas A&M or Kentucky?

The moment promises to be that perfect mesh of shtick and dramatic tension – much of it real, some of it manufactured, all of it over the top – that not so long ago was a nearly ubiquitous feature, nonstop, of national signing day.

Now, though? Most of the drama played out back in December, when the vast majority of football recruits signed their letters during the early signing period. The first Wednesday in February has become essentially supplemental.

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