OUR APPROACH TO National Signing Day 2014 was to get as many faces and exclusive content to our readers. Hopefully, you all saw that. We had all but two recruits (late flip Blake McClain and JUCO transfer Jhaustin Thomas) in a face-to-face meeting Wednesday, and all of that content is on GoGamecocks.com.
My assignment was to head to Atlanta to meet USC’s new Peach State recruits — one, because I’m familiar with the run, having done it the past two years as well; two, because I was brave (foolhardy?) enough to volunteer for it.
It started great. As I pulled into my hotel Tuesday, the tire pressure light comes on in the rental. That prompted a late-night run to Hartsfield airport, where I had to take full advantage of Hertz’s 24-hour service.
So with that taken care of, how could anything else go wrong? Here’s how my Signing Day went:
Supplies — fully charged laptop, cell phone, portable wireless hotspot, video camera. Auxiliary electric outlet. Umbrella. Rain jacket. Printed maps in case GPS goes on the fritz. Extra recorder batteries. Three Diet Cokes.
Let’s do this.
8:21 a.m. Crank the car and it’s at the guitar solo in “You Shook Me All Night Long.” I use the steering wheel as frets and right thigh as strings while driving.
Great kid. Very personable. I can see why USC certainly didn’t mind him calling other kids to try and recruit them to USC. He says he feels great about Green coming to Columbia. I up Green’s chances every hour.
9:34 a.m. I have sustained an oozing paper cut on my right middle finger. This will severely affect my communication with other drivers.
2:07 p.m. The radio says Jeremy spoke in class today. Every kid I saw today wasn’t in school.
As the FBI says — Hurt. Agony. Pain.