The Ole Miss Rebels stole the show on National Signing Day when they were able to come out of nowhere and land a top five recruiting class in the nation that included three players who were ranked as the No. 1 recruit for their respective position — Robert Nkemdiche (No. 1 overall, No. 1 DE), Laremy Tunsil (OT) and Laquon Treadwell (WR).
While there was some doubt that Ole Miss would land Tunsil down the stretch after coming on late in the process, the Ole Miss coaches knew at 9:00 a.m. ET on the big day that they would be getting the nation’s top offensive tackle.
However, you would have never guessed that Ole Miss knew the Tunsil signing a half hour before it was announced by the way that the Rebels coaches reacted for the cameras. Here was how the moment played out on TV:
Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples revealed that Tunsil’s fax made it’s way to Oxford before the announcement on TV, but why would the Ole Miss coaches go to such lengths to play up the signing for the camera? It’s simple — drama.
ESPN has turned National Signing Day into a money making machine and the coaches have set times for their “war room” appearances. If they don’t play up the situations for the cameras, then the television product could lose all of it’s appeal. In the end, it doesn’t matter whether or not they acted up for the cameras. What matters is that they were able to secure an incredible recruiting class and set themselves up for some future success in the SEC.
[H/T: Larry Brown Sports]