Signing Day Drama

Remember the drama surrounding players such as Roscoe Crosby, Mike McIntosh and Antonio Clay on National Signing Day? CUTigers.com takes you on a walk down memory lane.

Every year, it seems unavoidable.

Drama.

Signing Day drama.

The past five or six years at Clemson have seen more drama than an episode of Days of Our Lives or Melrose Place.

And it's not just Clemson, it actually happens at schools all across the country. You've seen it before: a five-star running back ends up in the ACC instead of the SEC or four-star wide receiver chooses the arch rival of the school he's been committed to for months.

Sometimes it works out to your benefit, while other times it doesn't.

With that in mind, CUTigers.com takes a look back at some of the great, and not so great signing day moments of the last six years at Clemson University:

Signing Day 2001
The Player: WR Roscoe Crosby ()
What We Thought: Crosby, one of the most highly thought of athletes to ever come out of the high school ranks in South Carolina and the No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the country, could have played football at any school he wanted. However, in the days leading up to National Signing Day, there was a thought Clemson had a good chance to sign him. While it was far from a lock, the Tigers appeared to be in decent shape.

What Happened: Crosby held a press conference at Union where he unveiled a Clemson jersey to a thunderous applause. Unfortunately, Crosby would be hampered by injuries throughout Clemson career, including suffering a broken nose during a post-game celebration at Georgia Tech, and never truly had a chance to live up to the recruiting hype.

Signing Day 2004
The Player: WR Mike McIntosh ()
What We Thought: McIntosh, who was verbally committed to Clemson for months, would sign with the Tigers and become the next big playmaker in an aggressive, downfield passing game.

What Happened: McIntosh ended up spending a day with Florida head coach Ron Zook the previous weekend and ultimately signed with Florida. Injuries prevented him from the seeing the field before he transferred to Georgia Southern. Scrambling to find another wide receiver, the Tigers ultimately signed Miami native Andrew Diomande, who was always drawing heavy interest from Auburn.

Signing Day 2005
The Player: LB Antonio Clay ()
What We Thought: While it was rumored that Clemson was still in the mix for his services, the prevailing thought was Clay would sign with Oklahoma during the weeks leading up to signing day.

What Happened: As it turns out, Clay had been committed to Clemson for quite some time behind the scenes. However, after second-guessing his decision just moments before signing his Letter of Intent, it would be several hours before he officially chose the Tigers over the Sooners. In fact, as he put pen to paper, he stopped, took a step back, before returning two hours later to officially sign with Clemson. Clay has since started a handful of games at linebacker and figures to be a started headed into his junior season this year.

Signing Day 2006
The Player: RB C.J. Spiller ()
What We Thought: While most experts considered him a long-shot to sign to Clemson, speculation mounted in the weeks leading up to signing day that C.J. Spiller would indeed stay in his home state of Florida. And why wouldn't he? Gainesville was essentially in his own backyard and he grew up idolizing former FSU running back Warrick Dunn. Surely he wouldn't leave the Sunshine State ... right?

What Happened: As rumors began to circulate that Spiller was favoring Clemson 48 hours before signing day, all he had to do was get up in front of a packed auditorium of Gator and Seminole fans and announce he was leaving the state. As the Clemson coaching staff held its collective breath, Spiller announced for the Tigers in a press conference that was seemingly broadcast worldwide. And as a side note, Spiller let his good friend James Davis know first with a text message indicating he was coming to Clemson just moments before making his decision public on the airwaves. In his first year in college, Spiller led all ACC running backs in yards per carry (7.4) and finished second in the ACC Rookie of the Year voting.

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