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Today is National Signing Day

High school players across the country are signing their National Letters of Intent.

In celebration of National Signing Day, take a look at some of the Bucs during their college days.


Across the country, high school athlete's dreams of playing football at the next level are coming true.

Many players have made verbal commitments to schools, some haven't. On National Signing Day, these players officially bind themselves to a university by signing their National Letters of Intent.

Back in 2007, defensive tackle Da'Quan Bowers was one of the most coveted recruits in the country. He was ranked as a five-start recruit, per Rivals, and the second-best player in the country. Bowers signed with Clemson.

Fellow defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was also a five-star recruit, and ranked the No. 4 overall prospect in the country. He had offers from LSU, Miami (FL), USC and Notre Dame, but committed to Oklahoma on signing day in 2006.

For wide receiver Mike Evans, things were a little different. Evans, who was a standout basketball player in high school as well, had three offers - Colorado State, Tulane and Texas A&M, where he eventually signed. Evans signed as an "athlete", not a wide receiver.

But a player's high school rating is not the end-all. In this past Super Bowl, not one starter was a former five-star prospect.


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