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The Wildest Recruit Commitment Announcements Ever

Andre Smith

Andre Smith

Lee Corso isn’t the only one who gets to make a bold statement via headgear and mascots.

Wild recruiting announcements have become part of the sport’s fabric, a tradition befitting of the wackiness of college football.

We applaud the best of these announcements and moments. National Signing Day is the culmination of coaches fawning over high school recruits, and once that ink is dry, these recruits may learn that the coach who recruited him is not nearly as nice as the coach who leads practice.

Certainly, these won’t be the last great announcements in recruiting, but they all get points for originality.

Signing Day 2015: The Wildest Recruit Commitment Announcements Ever

Lee Corso isn’t the only one who gets to make a bold statement with headgear and mascots.

Wild recruiting announcements have become part of the sport’s fabric, a tradition befitting of the wackiness of college football.

We applaud the best of these announcements and moments. National Signing Day is the culmination of coaches fawning over high school recruits, and once that ink is dry, these recruits may learn that the coach who recruited him is not nearly as nice as the coach who leads practice.

Certainly, these won’t be the last great announcements in recruiting, but they all get points for originality.

Andre Smith, Alabama (class of 2006)

Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman offensive tackle Andre Smith set the gold standard for hat-based commitment announcements. Sitting in front of baseball caps form LSU, USC and Florida, Smith said “I brought my own hat” and pulled out an iconic houndstooth hat made famous by legendary Alabama coach Bear Bryant. The coach Smith committed to, though, was a little less legendary — Mike Shula.

Isaiah Crowell, Georgia (class of 2011)

Columbus (Ga.) Carver running back Isaiah Crowell turned an over-the-top moment into “awww” by bringing a bulldog puppy with an UGA sweater to his announcement to Georgia. The second best part? “Is that a real dog?” overheard in the background. The response: “It ain’t fake.”

George Brown Jr., Florida (class of 2015)

What’s the next logical step after someone announces a commitment using a puppy? Cincinnati Winton Woods lineman George Brown Jr. committed to “the Swamp” with a baby alligator in tow (though in this video, it could very well be a lizard. Either way, ew.) Brown later changed his commitment to LSU, presumably without a live tiger.

Solomon Thomas, Stanford (class of 2014)

What should you do if you’re committing to a school whose mascot is a tree? First, bring a tree. Second, do what Coppell (Texas) defensive end Solomon Thomas did. Thomas revealed a small tree and then put on the taped glasses that had been the trademark of Stanford’s “Nerd Nation” team that year. Also a nice touch: Thomas saying “I’ll be graduating from” Stanford rather than simply committing to Stanford.

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Landon Collins, Alabama (class of 2012)

Geismar (La.) Dutchtown safety Landon Collins’ live announcement during the Under Armour All-America game set the gold standard for awkward signing announcements. Collins picked Alabama, but his mother wanted him to go to LSU. In-family disagreements aren’t uncommon in recruiting, but rarely this public. “LSU is a better place for him to be,” mom said. “LSU Tigers No. 1. Go Tigers.” Live TV, everyone!

Gerald Willis III, Florida (class of 2014)

By the time Collins’ brother announced his commitment at the Under Armour All-America game, the awkward was still in the room. New Orleans Edna Karr defensive lineman Gerald Willis III picked Florida, but mom, again, favored LSU. “It is what it is. Florida Gators that’s where we’ll be.” Not necessarily.

Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (class of 2007)

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian quarterback Jimmy Clausen wasn’t the first to have an over-the-top commitment announcement, but few did it bigger than him. The spiked-hair No. 1 prospect rolled up in a stretch Hummer limousine to the College Football Hall of Fame (then located in South Bend, Ind.) to commit to Notre Dame and then-coach Charlie Weis.

Richie Brown, Mississippi State (class of 2012)

We knew this day was coming. First puppies, then babies. Long Beach (Miss.) linebacker Richie Brown said during his announcement that his infant nephew “has something to show us all.” That something was a Mississippi State shirt.

Jamal Adams, LSU (class of 2014)

Another year, another baby. Carrollton (Texas) Hebron safety brought his eight-month old niece to help him commit to the “University of LSU.” Our favorite part, though: “The American Family Insurance verbal commitment.” Because amateurism.

Leonard Fournette, LSU (class of 2014)

New Orleans St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette was another recruit who committed to “the university of LSU.” One thing Fournette would not commit to, though, was the duration of time he’d spend at the university of Louisiana State University — “three or four years.”

Keith Kelsey, Louisville (class of 2013)

Every year, at least one recruit pulls the hat switcheroo. Few did it with such gusto as Gainesville (Fla.) linebacker Keith Kelsey Jr. Who knew the word “sike” was still in the teenager lexicon on 2013?

Kyle Dodson, Ohio State (class of 2012)

Who says the commitment announcements are all about the recruit? Cleveland (Ohio) Cleveland Heights offensive tackle gets the award for best audience participation with his announcement.

Soso Jamabo, TBD (class of 2015)

None of our recruits on this list have taken the public aspect of the recruiting process too seriously. That includes Plano (Texas) athlete Soso Jamabo, who announced he would be deciding between University of Phoenix or ITT Tech. (He’ll really pick from Texas, Texas A&M, Notre Dame and UCLA.)