Recruiting on television

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The biggest day in "Football's Second Season," college football's annual signing day, is Wednesday and I am busy preparing for my annual appearance on CBS College Sports network's television special. It will be from 10 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. Chicago time.

It is an expansion of my weekly recruiting show with co-host Adam Zucker and former Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer. MaxPreps.com, the leading online high school sports network, will provide information on over 2,000 Division I recruits.

For college football fans, this is New Year's Eve, Mardi Gras and Fourth of July all rolled into one, a celebration of the best high school prospects in the nation finally making a firm commitment to the college of their choice. Who is going where? Which college will sign the best class? Who missed out?

Every year is different. For example, every year in the last five years, some committed kids switched at the last minute. It always happens. This year won't be an exception.

Not too many blue-chippers are uncommitted. Offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson of St. Paul, Minn., the nation's No. 1 player, is a huge story, not just because he is 6-8 and weighs 330 pounds. He is an impact player and no one knows where he is going. His father is the only person in his son's camp who is talking to anyone.

Henderson will be in our studio to make his official announcement during the telecast on Wednesday. He visited Miami this weekend. I thought USC would be his choice until coach Pete Carroll left for the Seattle Seahawks. Now my guess is Ohio State. But he still is considering USC, Ohio State, Miami, Florida, Notre Dame and Minnesota.

Another highly rated player who will be in our studio to announce his decision on Wednesday is 6-4, 220-pound defensive end J.R. Ferguson of Chatham, Va. He is considering LSU, Notre Dame, California, Miami and Florida State.

Neither Henderson nor Ferguson said they had a favorite when I talked to them at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Ferguson said he wants to play early and is concerned about academics, which might give California or Notre Dame an edge.

I'm looking forward to working with Fulmer, a great recruiter. I'm amazed that he isn't coaching again. He is only 59 years old. I'm shocked that he wasn't interviewed for a coaching vacancy. He had a great record at Tennessee. He won a national title. And it isn't easy to recruit for Tennessee, which doesn't have a natural base.

Our five-hour program will be filled with interesting segments. Aside from the Henderson and Ferguson announcements, we'll pick the top 10 recruiting classes and have interviews with several college coaches, including Florida's Urban Meyer, Alabama's Nick Saban, Texas' Mack Brown, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, Pittsburgh's Dave Wannstedt, Georgia's Mark Richt, South Florida's Skip Holtz, Washington's Steve Sarkisian, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier and Akron's Rob Ianello.

We also will have the two top juniors from New Jersey and New York in the studio. Running back Savon Huggins of St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, N.J., and 6-5, 220-pound defensive end Ishaq Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y., will get recruiting tips from Henderson, who wants to study communications in college.

We'll introduce the top 25 juniors in the nation and show a lot of film on them.

One thing is for certain: There will be constant movement. Something will be happening all the time. My gut feeling is a few of the top 100 players in the nation will de-commit. But they won't announce their new schools until signing day so they won't have to take any heat.

On Wednesday, it's all part of the game. I hope you'll join us.

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