Farrell Awards from 2021 National Signing Day

Farrell Awards from 2021 National Signing Day

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Resiliency Award  

For four-star tight end Roc Taylor, the day he had been waiting for since his commitment to Tennessee nine months ago did not go as expected. However, after surprisingly getting dropped by the Vols on Tuesday, Taylor rebounded nicely and quickly found his future home at Memphis, which jumped at the opportunity. Here’s hoping for a portal-free career with the Tigers and a great future.SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH MEMPHIS FANS AT TIGERSPORTSREPORT.COM

In-State Flip Award  

Four-star defensive tackle Rayshaun Benny had committed to Michigan State back in November, but chose not to sign during the early period. Despite the delay, he seemed bound for East Lansing until the last couple of weeks, when Michigan began to make serious strides. That quickly intensified, which eventually led the Wolverines to be the favorite in the days leading up to National Signing Day despite vehement disagreement from Michigan State fans. Wednesday he made it official by flipping. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH MICHIGAN FANS AT THEWOLVERINE.COMSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH MICHIGAN STATE FANS AT SPARTANMAG.COM

In-State Blow Award  

Nebraska looked ready to pounce on four-star cornerback Avante Dickerson when he decided not to sign with Minnesota during the Early Signing Period. As expected, a de-commitment from the Gophers followed, but when Oregon swooped in on the Omaha native with a late push, the Huskers were left in second place as Dickerson signed with the Ducks.SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH NEBRASKA FANS AT HUSKERONLINE.COMSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH OREGON FANS AT DUCKSPORTSAUTHORITY.COM

In-State Keep Award

If USC wants to regain some of its national recruiting prominence, the Trojans must retain more of the top-level in-state talent. Keeping four-star linebacker Raesjon Davis helps do this. The former LSU commit was a priority for the Trojans from the start, and when he re-opened his process the staff turned up its efforts even more. It was a nice closing job and helped show people that USC should never be disregarded with California talent, despite a strong push from Ohio State. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH USC FANS AT TROJANSPORTS.COM

  Boring and We Like it Award  

Clemson recruiting is not boring, but the lack of drama can be, and that’s exactly what the coaches and fans like. The Tigers had already secured a top 10 class and had nothing to do on Wednesday except watch the festivities.SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH CLEMSON FANS AT TIGERILLUSTRATED.COM

Position Deep Dive Award  

Michigan only added three commitments Wednesday, but all three were on the defensive line. Rayshaun Benny flipped from Michigan State, Iwunnuah Ikechukwu flipped from Colorado and George Rooks, who the Wolverines had beat out Penn State for a commitment a few days ago, add plenty of strength, athleticism and depth to the position. Nice job by the coaching staff, especially with the changeover on defense. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH MICHIGAN FANS AT THEWOLVERINE.COM

Holding On Award

It is no surprise that Kansas has had its fair share of struggles on the field in recent years, but that is why holding on to four-star wide receiver Quaydarius Davis was a fantastic job by the coaching staff. The No. 59 recruit in the nation had offers from many of the top programs in the nation. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH KANSAS FANS AT JAYHAWKSLANT.COM

Robust Redemption Award

Many fingers were pointed at USC after last year’s recruiting disaster. However, the Trojans rebounded amazingly well this year and that should be acknowledged. USC signed 15 Rivals250 prospects in this class, compared with only one last year. The Trojans also did extremely well in California, getting 10 of the top 25 players in the Golden State, compared with just one last year. The class of 2021 is more the norm for the Trojans, so now it will be very interesting to see how the class of 2022 trends.SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH USC FANS AT TROJANSPORTS.COM

  Upward Trend Award  

Three-star offensive lineman Austin Uke was committed to Holy Cross when something interesting started to happen. The FBS offers began to pile up, starting with SMU during his senior season. That offer was quickly followed by Penn State, USC, Vanderbilt, Houston, Florida State and Georgia Tech. He eventually reopened his process and committed to Stanford on Wednesday. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH STANFORD FANS AT CARDINALSPORTSREPORT.COM

Behind Closed Doors Award

Louisiana running back Logan Diggs had a wild ride. He committed to the Irish in the summer, landed an LSU offer he coveted right before the Early Signing Period and then saw the Irish flip running back Audric Estime from Michigan State. And while many thought he didn’t sign, apparently he did in December but wanted out of his letter of intent. Brian Kelly and his staff did a great job allowing cooler heads to prevail, and Diggs is a huge part of this Notre Dame class. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH NOTRE DAME FANS AT BLUEANDGOLD.COM

Two Sports Are Better Than One Award  

Florida defensive back Terrion Arnold chose Alabama over Georgia on Wednesday, but he will also walk on the basketball team. It won’t last long, in my opinion, once he realizes his future and millions of dollars are at stake in football, but it speaks to his athleticism.SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH ALABAMA FANS AT BAMAINSIDER.COM

Two Sports Are Better Than One Award II

Defensive tackle Tywone Malone committed to Ole Miss and will play football and baseball in Oxford. The big lineman is an elite baseball prospect as well, and he will play first base for the Ole Miss baseball team. And yes, I think that lasts for a few seasons.SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH OLE MISS FANS AT REBELGROVE.COM

Two Sports Are Better Than One Award III

Louisiana wide receiver Keon Coleman was committed to Kansas for a long time to play football and also try his hand at basketball, but things didn’t work out. He was rumored to be headed to Tulsa on National Signing Day, but he surprised many when Michigan State was the choice. These are not shabby hoops programs, so obviously this kid can play.SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH MICHIGAN STATE FANS AT SPARTANMAG.COM

Delay Award  

Every year someone delays their decision, and JT Tuimoloau was the biggest name to do so this week. But Louisiana wide receiver Brian Thomas has also left us guessing whether he’ll choose LSU, Alabama or Texas A&M by the weekend.

Gotta Stay Fit Award

Lane Kiffin (AP Images)

Oh, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin missed the Malone announcement on national television because he didn’t remember what time it was at and he was finishing up yoga. You can’t make this stuff up.

Just Not Fair Award  

Alabama’s class of 2021 finished the day with 17 players in the Rivals100. Enough said.SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS WITH ALABAMA FANS AT BAMAINSIDER.COM

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