However, when four-star defensive end Delvin Jones elected to cast his lot with Ole Miss Wednesday, there wasn't the usual element of surprise.
Last week, Jones was rather candid in declaring his admiration for Houston Nutt and the Rebels. With his recruitment trailing off over the preceding weeks, and only three schools showing consistent interest, all signs pointed toward Oxford.
The former Tennessee commitment has yet to take official visits due to grade concerns.
He is currently without a recorded SAT score, a requirement to take official visits. He still opted to sign Wednesday, and will make his first trip to Ole Miss once his academics are in order.
Ranked as Scout.com's No. 32 nationally-ranked defensive end, Jones collected 137 tackles and 37 sacks in his junior and senior seasons at Miami Palmetto Senior High School. He'll join fellow Floridian, three-star linebacker Ralph Williams, in Oxford.
"I have great speed and quickness," the 6-foot-6, 230-pounder said. "I move well and can create mismatches on offense because of my size. I'm very aggressive, but I'm still working on shedding tackles and getting off double teams."
Jones, who will major in Broadcast Journalism while at Ole Miss, reports a 2.8 core GPA. He plans on taking the SAT in the near future.