As the college football world obsesses over high school seniors sending faxes on National Signing Day, some of the Redskins players remembered their declaring moment. Below are texts from a number of Redskins players about their signing day. For some, it was a big deal. For others, it wasn't. If there is any lesson in this, remember, some current NFL players were not highly recruited, so don't go freaking out if an 18-year-old picks the wrong hat.
- Mason Foster - University of Washington - "I remember waking up super early and sending it in before they could change their minds."
- Martrell Spaight - University of Arkansas - "I remember the significant feeling of accomplishment and I remember my parents crying, just knowing their sacrifices are paying off in me going in the right direction."
- Will Blackmon - Boston College - "My recruiting was wild, but I decided to end it, probably around December. I didn't have the big reveal with the hat or anything."
- Will Compton - University of Nebraska - "Announcing on a Nebraska radio station and the celebratory song being 'Straight Outta Compton'."
- A.J. Francis - University of Maryland - "I remember I wore a red sport coat, and I remember that when I sent the paper through the fax machine I knew I did everything I needed to in my life up to that point to be successful. I also remember being salty my teammate Cam Johnson had TV stations come see him sign to UVA and nobody cared I signed at UMD (lol)."
- Nick Sundberg - University of California - "I didn't get recruited in high school so I honestly didn't even know when signing day was."
- Trent Murphy - Stanford University - "I committed to Coach Harbaugh. I just remember being pretty excited to go with my parents to signing day and put on that Cardinal S. Was a no brainer for me."
- Tress Way - University of Oklahoma - "I was just thankful Oklahoma wanted me to play for them so I had my family there with me. Oh yes, I asked the hottest girl in school to go to prom with me in front of the whole school after I signed and she said yes (haha)."
- Dustin Hopkins - Florida State University - "I remember being so honored to be in such select company not only within our school, but across the country. Our school allowed all the players committing that day to come to the gym and take pictures with our families, our coaches, and together for the media. Directly after pictures, I remember sneaking off with my folks to a Denny's across the street from school for a celebratory long lunch!"
- Nate Sudfeld - Indiana University - "Nothing too special for me that day, just had a little ceremony in our basketball gym. It was pretty cool to have classmates, coaches, and teachers there who somewhat felt like they had a hand in my development (which they did) and then I could tell moving forward how they all were living vicariously through me!"
And one for good luck from a former Redskins player.
- Fred Smoot - Mississippi State University - "It's nerve wracking and exciting at the same time. You are happy because it's one step closer but you are also afraid about if you made the right decision. It's an emotional roller coaster."
Smoot is generally the coolest dude in the room, so if the emotions of signing day even got to him, imagine what the high school kids are feeling now. The coverage is unprecedented. So remember college football fans, before you send that @ tweet, take a deep breath.
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