Tuesday, January 31, 2012

National Signing Day Coverage

Fax machines in college athletic departments across the country will be turning-and-burning throughout the day on Wednesday as prospective student-athletes make their official commitments as part of National Signing Day.

For college football fans, it's a can't-miss day on their calendars; that day when hope springs eternal and everyone is still undefeated for another seven months. Fans will scrutinize their favorite school's newest recruits, compare them to their rivals and wait for their coaches to size 'em all up.

At Tennessee, fans will actually be able to watch online the fax machine as it goes into overdrive with NLI's. Hopefully someone remembers to load it up with paper tonight.

At UC Davis, we're not going to have a webcam on our fax machine, lest all those offers of free trips to the Bahamas get more play time than they actually deserve. But we are going to bring you more and quicker coverage than ever before. And not just of the Aggie football team's newest members, but also those for men's and women's soccer and field hockey as well which also have signing days on Wednesday.

We'll have plenty of ways for you to follow all the action.

UCDAVISAGGIES.COM - Your home for all things Aggies is your home for all things NLI on National Signing Day. Jump on our first-ever Football Signing Day Central Page as we add the names of the Aggies' signees as soon as their paperwork is approved. Check out the list of names, where they're from and all the other particulars as soon as we receive them in Athletics Communications.

Of course, at the end of the day, we'll have complete news releases with bios, coaches comments and other key data for all of our signees across the different sports.

TWITTER AND FACEBOOK - All signees, whether they're for football, soccer or field hockey, will be immediately tweeted to nearly 2,000 followers of the official UC Davis Athletics twitter page. We'll give you the important up-front details so you'll know almost the exact moment we know. Want to be part of that group? Follow UC Davis Athletics by going here.

FOOTBALL SIGNING PARTY - Come on out to Aggie Stadium - future home for those newest UC Davis football players - and join the football coaching staff and other supporters for a celebration of the recruiting class on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Head coach Bob Biggs will talk about the newest Aggies and will show a highlight film (which will be available on the website in coming days). Note: Per NCAA rules, no prospects or family of prospects are permitted to be in attendance.

There's a lot going on throughout the day Wednesday. It's more than we've every done before and we hope you're a part of it.

And our fax machine is loaded with paper and ready to go.

Mike Robles, assistant athletics director for athletics communications. 

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