RB Savon Huggins (Rutgers Commit)
Everyone saw Huggins’ commitment act were he donned a UNC hat before tearing it from his head to reveal another cap underneath and announcing his intent to stay home and play with Rutgers, but it was actually Notre Dame that had the inside track as the number two school.
“It would be a tie with Notre Dame and Carolina, they were neck and neck. Notre Dame had the prestigious program and a need at running back. I would have been able to come right in with Cierre Wood and maybe split carries. They needed more depth there, so I could come in early and get more playing time.”
WR Jaxon Shipley (Texas Commit)
It was not an easy task for the Longhorn legacy to come up with a solid number two, after all he has always considered himself a Longhorn, but then it dawned on him. He is also a TCU legacy. So if Texas were no longer a school it would be the Horned Frogs signing this talented player today.
“I really have not thought about it actually. I always liked USC and TCU because my uncle went there. I would probably say TCU because my uncle played there and he was the second all-time leading receiver there (Steven Shipley).”
QB Kevin Hogan (Stanford Commit)
Stanford presents the total package for some guys and Hogan feels like there is an opportunity there for him to get on the field as well as get a good education, but if he were not going all of the way to the West Coast he would stay home and play for the Cavaliers of Virginia.
Stanford is a popular second, but for Hogan it was a first.
“Probably Virginia. It was close to home and my family could go to games. It was kinda similar to where I am from. It is a good schools and I had a good relationship with the coaches.”
MLB Ryan Simmons (Oklahoma State Commit)
Simmons picked up a lot of scholarship offers down the road to signing day, but only took one official visit to the school he committed: Oklahoma State. Still if it were not for an offer from the Pokes he would be inking to sign with a team from the ACC.
“Wake Forest; that is the other school it came down to. Stanford and Oregon had dropped out.”
CB Josh Turner (Texas Commit)
Turner is the second top ranked player in a row to leave Oklahoma to go and play in Texas, but at the end of the day it was not the Sooners, Cowboys or even childhood favorite Miami sitting in second place. It was the Cornhuskers.
“Nebraska. The coaches, they were cool and they were great. The football is great and Nebraska is just a great place to be.”
DT Michael Bennett (Ohio State Commit)
Bennett was much like Shipley. He always grew up with the Buckeyes on his mind and in his heart, but if his scholarship was no longer out there to play in Columbus he would have a tough choice to make. But he would make one.
“I would have to get my mind around it. I would have to go visit more places, but probably Stanford. They are just the next best balance after Ohio State with academics and football.”
OT Kiaro Holts (North Carolina Commit)
Holts decided to roll the dice with the Tarheels. He likes the coaching staff and sees an opportunity to come in and earn some early playing time, but if not for the recruiting job by Butch Davis he would be inking his letter to play alongside his teammates at Va. Tech.
“Probably Va. Tech. I have been there a whole bunch of times and I have a (former) teammate there Darren Evans, so it would have been comfortable.”
OT Matt Hegarty (Notre Dame)
Schools from all over the country came to Hegarty with scholarships and at the end of the day if ND did not present the total package he would be inking a schollie to sign with a school that he believes did.
“Probably Stanford. It had the same stuff as Notre Dame, but at the end of the day I just think that Notre Dame had a little more emphasis on football.”