Should high school athletes have signing ceremonies?

Leading Off: Has signing day become too hyped?

Published: Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 - 2:09 pm

National signing day is a major milestone for top high school football players. It's quite a feat to land an athletic scholarship, and players want to share the honor with their high schools, family, classmates and friends with a signing ceremony.

But in some instances, signing day has becomes a chaotic circus because of the soaring popularity of college football, the impact freshmen can have on a college program and intense media coverage.

Placer's Eddie Vanderdoes, a top national recruit, wanted to make his announcement at his school Wednesday after he faxed his letter at 4:30 p.m. But Notre Dame blew his cover hours earlier by including his name on a list of Fighting Irish signees, which went viral through social media. Notre Dame quickly admitted its mistake and issued a revised list without Vanderdoes' name.

Then, while Vanderdoes was explaining at a a nearly packed Placer auditorium why he selected the Irish, a reporter from KCRA (Channel 3) interrupted him with a live announcement of his decision, in a near-yelling voice, freezing Vanderdoes, shocking the crowd and enraging four other media outlets that also were doing live reports.

The reporter added, "This isn't about me."

That's right. It's about the players – and how far signing day has come.

What to watch I

Golf, Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, noon, GOLF: The scenery on a big screen in high definition can't be beat.

What to watch II

NBA, L.A. Clippers at Miami, 5 p.m., ESPN: It's a battle of division leaders and potential NBA champs.

Today's poll

Should high school athletes have signing ceremonies?

• Yes, they should celebrate the achievement.

• No, it's gotten out of hand.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Thursday's poll results

Who will finish with the better record in 2013?

• A's: 32%

• Giants: 68%

Total votes: 199

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