National Signing Day 2013

Northeast wide receiver Stacy Coley (center) prepares to sign his Letter of Intent to play for the University of Miami. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Northeast wide receiver Stacy Coley (center) prepares to sign his Letter of Intent to play for the University of Miami. // Photo by Christina De Nicola

Is there a more hectic day of the year?

National Signing Day means scrambling to various schools across South Florida to find out where 17- and 18-year-olds will go to school for collegiate football.

My two cents: It seems like the pressure and publicity are starting to become too much for some of the country’s top recruits.

At Northeast High, wide receiver Stacy Coley, rated the fourth best at his position by ESPN, cried throughout the ceremony. After ESPN U tried to delay his speech and decision several times, he got visibly frustrated (See the below video for him sneaking the UM swag cap behind him).

“It feels good,” Coley said afterwards. “I relieved a big stress off my shoulder and I can be an average kid again.”

Then there’s the bizarre story of South Plantation running back Alex Collins, whose mother took his Letter of Intent and refused to sign it. Reports claim she wants him to attend Miami; Collins announced on TV Monday night he chose Arkansas.

The night before, Collins tweeted, “I went to sleep early so tomorrow would come by faster then I wake up at 3 am! Forced 2 sit here an think about it I can’t go back 2 sleep!”

No drama at St. Thomas Aquinas, where 18 players signed scholarships, including nine to Division I programs.

Defensive lineman Joey Bosa, a four-star recruit ranked seventh at his position by ESPN, will attend Ohio State in the fall. The 6-6, 275-pounder recorded 46 tackles — 19.5 for a loss — and 8.5 sacks this season. Committed since the 2012 spring game, Bosa said he knew Columbus was the right place while visiting the Horsehoe for a game against Nebraska.

Finally, Mark Barr, the team’s leading receiver with 30 catches for 639 yards and six touchdowns, signed with Cincinnati. His position coach, Cris Carter, was recently voted into the NFL Hall of Fame and was in attendance.

Carter offered advice to his college-bound players: “Stay humble, get to practice early, stay late and make sure you get your degree.”

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