Lost in all of the talk of stars, stats and offers, are the families of recruits who have been there when perhaps the dream seemed a bit out of reach.
There is really no proper protocol for players and their families on signing day.
I have seen fathers brought to tears at the sight of their son signing a college football scholarship.
I have seen mothers unable to speak due to the realization that their baby is all grown up and moving on to a new life without her daily supervision and care.
Above all, I have seen pride. Not just the pride of inclusion into the exclusive fraternity that is major college football, but the pride of rising above the crowd and accomplishing something that at times may have seemed impossible.
This whole becoming a student athlete on the college level thing is no easy undertaking at all.
It is a triumph over the odds wrought through hard work, dedication and a willingness to do the things that simply average athletes are unwilling to do.
We celebrate with those that made it and our proud to now call them our own.
A few more photos have now been added to the Bulldog family album.