A day of new beginnings

2012 National Signing Day arrives with LSU poised to sign a new wave of players.

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The big day has arrived.


The first Wednesday in February always marks National Signing Day, and this year the 2012 class brings another recruiting season to an end on the first day of the month.


For LSU fans, it’s a day without much drama expected – a sign that the coaching staff is doing things the right way by locking up prospects early and keeping them on board until the pen hits the dotted line.


With 23 commitments likely headed to the Tigers on National Signing Day, LSU kicked off the week in style by landing two pledges on Monday: Oxford, Miss., quarterback Jeremy Liggins and safety Corey Thompson from Missouri City, Texas.


Liggins, who grew up a stone’s throw from the Ole Miss campus, bucked the home team at an announcement ceremony in downtown Oxford on Monday, putting on Mardi Gras beads and a purple LSU cap as he went public with his pledge.


Thompson also turned away from the home team, choosing the Tigers despite being committed to Texas A&M since last spring. Thompson even spent the final weekend before the dead period in College Station with the new Aggies staff.


In the end, both are expected to sign with the Tigers on Wednesday, as are the rest of the 23 current pledges.


Where does the staff go from there?


The three prospects that have the Tigers among their finalists are Oxford, Ala., teammates Kwon Alexander and Trae Elston and Hutchinson Community College wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.


Alexander and Elston will announce from their school at 10 a.m. on ESPNU. Patterson will announce from Hutchinson at 10:30 a.m.


Stay tuned with TigerSportsDigest.com and Scout.com for all the news of the day, including an updated timeline as the commitments roll in. We will also have a presence on the Bayou Bash at the Baton Rouge River Center.

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