ESPN has expanded the ESPNU National Signing Day Special to more than 11 hours to accommodate a record number of on-air commitments, including the No.1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche. Seventeen players in the ESPN 150 will announce their college decision live on the show which will now begin at 7:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The special will also be available on WatchESPN and ESPN3, in addition to being simulcast on ESPN from 3:30-4 p.m. and live look-ins from SportsCenter throughout the day.
The nation’s most highly touted recruit, defensive end Nkemdiche will kick-off the day’s wall-to-wall coverage by choosing either Florida, LSU or Ole Miss during the first half-hour. Five undecided players in the Top 10 – No.2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 – will also announce live during ESPNU’s National Signing Day coverage. In addition to interviewing the undecided recruits live, ESPNU will also speak with some of the nation’s elite committed players, like No. 2 Carl Lawson, on how they made their decision.
The following ESPN 150 players are expected to announce their college decision on ESPNU (within the hour listed; times subject to change):
|7:30 a.m.||No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche (DE)||Florida, LSU, Ole Miss|
|9 a.m.||No. 6 Matthew Thomas (OLB)||Alabama, FSU, Georgia, Miami, USC|
|No. 144 Denver Kirkland (OT)||Arkansas, FSU|
|No. 5 Laremy Tunsil (OT)||Alabama, FSU, Georgia, Ole Miss|
|No. 13 Montravius Adams (DT)||Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia|
|10 a.m.||No. 50 Vonn Bell (Safety)||Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee|
|No. 107 Jordan Cunningham (WR)||Miami, Stanford, Vanderbilt|
|No. 24 Antonio Conner (Safety)||Alabama, Ole Miss|
|11 a.m.||No. 47 Stacy Coley (WR)||FSU, Miami, Ole Miss, South Florida|
|No. 4 Mackensie Alexander (CB)||Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State, Texas A&M|
|Noon||No. 26 Dee Liner (DT)||Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU|
|No. 99 Quinton Powell (OLB)||Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, USC|
|No. 143 Asiantii Woulard (QB-DT)||Kentucky, NC State, UCLA, South Florida|
|1 p.m.||No. 135 Keith Bryant||FSU, Miami, South Carolina|
|2 p.m.||No. 138 Jermaine Grace||Louisville, Miami, Tennessee|
|3 p.m.||No 32 Alvin Kamara (RB)||Alabama, Georgia|
|4 p.m.||No. 125 Tyrone Crowder (OG)||Clemson, Georgia|
ESPNU will be embedded at 13 of the nation’s top college teams all day interviewing coaches, and providing up-to-the-minute news on each team’s freshman class as the commitments are faxed in. The election-style coverage will be highlighted with a real time recruiting side-panel through all 11 hours, including commercials, with the latest news. ESPN’s RecruitingNation.com will also have reporters at high school announcements and in-depth analysis on its 14 team dedicated nation sites.
In addition to the extensive lineup of live reports, Rece Davis and Dari Nowkhah will again host the network’s all-day studio coverage from Charlotte, N.C. They will be joined by ESPN’s national recruiting director Tom Luginbill and recruiting analyst Craig Haubert, along with college football analysts Mike Bellotti and Rod Gilmore, plus special guest analysts Gene Chizik, former Auburn head coach, and Derek Dooley, former Tennessee head coach.