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On February 6, 2019, hundreds of Division I and Division II football recruits will be selecting a college and picking a home for their next four years when the regular period of the initial signing date begins. (The football signing period runs through April 1, 2019, for Division I and August 1 for Division II.) Meanwhile, the Division I basketball initial signing date is fast approaching (April 17, 2019) while the date for all other sports already began on November 14, 2018 (occurring through August 1, 2019). It’s an important moment for student-athletes and a culmination of many hours spent hitting the books and gym. So, it’s no surprise that many future college athletes also try to have some fun with this special occasion by adding some style and personality to the moment—sometimes with some pretty entertaining results. Check out some of the wildest and most-creative signing announcements to date below.
In one of the best commitment videos ever, Anderson does his best Point Break impression by jumping out of a perfectly good airplane before making his announcement.
There are plenty of people that can help you make a commitment announcement, but not many are cooler than Snoop Dogg.
Is it even possible to commit from outer space? See how Richardson pulled it off.
Coach probably wouldn’t want one of his athletes shredding the slopes at breakneck speeds, but it does look very cool in this video.
Parks keeps it classy with this vid, wherein he strolls the streets of Paris and announces the end of his recruiting journey.
Who wouldn’t want to be a superhero? In this very cool video, Rice shows off his superpowers.
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No, it’s not a Mission: Impossible sequel. It’s just Chaz Ah You using an actual helicopter in his commitment vid.
Another excellent superhero-themed vid, this one features Hayes channeling The Dark Knight.
Showcasing his heritage, Falo announced his commitment with a fiery haka dance.
This one is actually shout-out to Austin Peay University, which put together this fun video game clip for Nalls to announce his signing.