SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Signing day is special

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 05:46 PM.

College football season might have ended a few weeks ago with Alabama destroying Notre Dame to claim the BCS National Championship, but that only started the next big season for college teams — recruiting season.

I follow recruiting, or at least the University of Tennessee's recruiting.

I'm really hoping the Vols can sign five-star safety Vonn Bell and maybe surprise some folks by swinging five-star defensive end Carl Lawson from Auburn. I will celebrate the recruiting victories and try to be realistic about my beloved Big Orange's recruiting losses.

All of the work by players seeking scholarships — and the coaches and schools trying to coax players to sign with State U — ends today as recruiting season climaxes with National Signing Day.

While my heart might be with Rocky Top, wondering about who signs with Tennessee, my energy and focus will be at Crestview High School. There, a trio of Bulldog football players will sign National Letters of Intent during an 11 a.m. celebration in the school's auditorium.

Running back Micah Reed is expected to sign with Central Florida. Tyler Henderson will sign with Florida Atlantic University, where he also will have a chance to play baseball. Justin Rebholz will continue his playing career and education at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

I'll be at Baker later in the day as Gator volleyball player Katie Wickery signs to play for Lake-Sumter Community College, where she will join former Baker star Laurie Steele.

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