As the day progressed, No. 3-ranked offensive tackle Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) chose to stay home in the Big Ten at Maryland. Outside linebacker Rashaan Evans of Auburn, Ala., ranked No. 2 nationally at his position, picked Alabama over Auburn. Some considered it a stunner. To others, even at Auburn, it's all part of the enjoyment of signing day.
"All of a sudden, you don't get that guy," Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said, "but you get two that you got in on late. It's really fun."
Everything's fun, apparently, when you're the reigning SEC champion. Fourth-ranked guard Damien Mama of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco started the party at USC with his pledge, followed soon to the Trojans by No. 1 athlete Adoree' Jackson of Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra and third-ranked athlete Juju Smith of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly.
But it wasn't quite so smooth for everyone. Fifth-ranked defensive end Malik McDowell of Southfield, Mich., who announced his choice of Michigan State on Wednesday morning, never shipped the paperwork. Then there was running back Dacorius Law of Haines City, Fla., who appears to have signed with Utah, Ole Miss and a junior college. His situation may take some time to unravel.
Meanwhile, at Penn State, new coach James Franklin signed a class that ranks 24th, in part by flipping five recruits who were considering Vanderbilt, his former school.
Questioned by ESPN's Paul Finebaum, Franklin fired back. "I feel very, very comfortable with what I did professionally," Franklin said. "It bothers me and I'm upset that people are angry with me."
Such is recruiting. People are angry. People are happy. It happens every day, especially on signing day.