ESPNU will televise the college announcements of 17 of the nation’s top players on Signing Day on Wednesday, equaling the most the network has shown. Among those 17 are four of the top five players and six of the top 10 of the ESPN 300.
The announcements are part of ESPNU’s 11-hour Signing Day Special that begins at 8 a.m. ET. The coverage also will be available on WatchESPN.
Byron Cowart, a defensive end from Seffner, Fla.. (Armwood), is ranked as the No. 1 player in the nation and will chose between Florida and Auburn during the 9 a.m. ET hour.
The network also has the announcements of No. 2 Terry Beckner Jr., a defensive tackle from East St. Louis, Ill., in the 10 a.m. hour; No. 5 Martez Ivey, an offensive tackle from Apopka, Fla., in the 11 a.m. hour; and No. 4 Iman Marshall, a defensive back from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, in the 4 p.m. hour.
Among the other names to know is Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) wide receiver Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dog. He will be among four players to announce during the 2 p.m. hour, which will be simulcast on ESPN.
“In the years we’re covered it, 17 kids announcing ties for the most we’ve ever done, but we have six of the top 10 and five players ranked No. 1 at their position,” said Dan Margulis, ESPN’s senior director of college sports programming. “We have other vehicles throughout the year such as the High School Showcase and the Under Armour Game where kids announce. But it seems as if there are more uncommitted kids on the day of than we’ve had. It should make for a pretty interesting television show.”
Recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill will be on the set all 11 hours, the only person on the coverage team pulling the entire marathon. ESPN will have a reporters at 14 colleges and have interviews with more than 25 coaches, including all four coaches whose teams were in the College Football Playoff — Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Oregon’s Mark Helfrich, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher.
Here is the schedule of announcements:
No. 111 Chris Clark, TE, Avon, Conn. — Michigan or UCLA
No. 1 Byron Cowart, DE, Seffner, Fla. — Auburn or Florida
No. 28 SoSo Jamabo, ATH, Plano, Texas — Texas or UCLA
No. 46 Jeffrey Holland, OLB, Jacksonville — Auburn, Florida or UCLA
No. 2 Terry Beckner Jr., DT, East St. Louis, Ill. — Auburn, Florida State, Missouri or Ohio State
No. 105 Josh Wariboko, G, Oklahoma City, Okla. — Oklahoma, Ohio State or UCLA
No. 29 Roquan Smith, OLB, Montezuma, Ga. — Georgia, Michigan, Texas A&M or UCLA
No. 5 Martez Ivey, OT, Apopka, Fla. — Auburn or Florida
No. 57 DaMarkus Lodge, WR, Cedar Hill, Texas — Ole Miss, Texas or Texas A&M
No. 6 Daylon Mack, DT, Gladewater, Texas — Texas, Texas A&M or TCU
No. 9 CeCe Jefferson, DE, Glen St. Mary, Fla. — Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU or Ole Miss
No. 41 Rasheem Green, DT, Gardena, Calif. — Arizona State, Miami (Fla.), Oregon or USC
No. 56 John Houston Jr., ILB, Gardena, Calif. — Arizona State, Miami (Fla.), Oklahoma, Oregon or USC
No. 130 Cordell Broadus, WR, Las Vegas — Arizona State, LSU, UCLA or USC
No. 63 Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Anaheim, Calif. — Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA or USC
No. 4 Iman Marshall, DB, Long Beach, Calif. — Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, UCLA or USC
No. 172 Joseph Wicker, DT, Long Beach, Calif., — Arizona State, Texas Tech or UCLA
Selections in the 2 p.m. hour also will be simulcast on ESPN.