December’s early Signing Period may have skewed that rush forward a few weeks, leading to decisions like Wallace’s, but it is too soon to gauge that effect of the new recruiting timetables.
Tags: Ben Koyack , Durham Smythe , Equanimeous St. Brown , Troy Niklas , Tyler Eifert , Will Fuller Of the many pertinent effects of the early signing period back in December, lowest on the list would be it created more of a January lull when discussing college football.
McGlinchey turned down the chance to be a first-round NFL draft pick to return, and both Bivin and Smythe had options to transfer elsewhere for a final season with more playing time and perhaps more prominent roles.
Neither were the likes of Mitch Trubisky (at North Carolina), Deshaun Watson (at Clemson) or Christian McCaffrey (at Stanford), three of the top-12 picks in last year’s NFL draft.
While Alabama made it fashionable to insist freshmen are universally ready to play by relying on first-year players at quarterback, running back, receiver and left tackle on its national championship-winning drive, those were anomalies.
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