Western Kentucky fans,
Welcome to our (okay, my) official FREE National Signing Day blog.
Unlike the last few years--when the previous coaching staff released hints on Twitter about letters received through the day--we reporters will be mostly on our own for information.
Luckily, you've came to the right place. I've already confirmed most of the signee's (and non-signee's), and should have some quotes and pictures throughout the day (before full stories go online tomorrow night and later in the week.)
Every update, starting at 6 am CST (to 3 pm), will be posted on this blog (or on our forums) with a timestamp, so it can be easily refreshed from your place of employment, home, etc.
Example post: 6:15 am--Dupont Manual safety Juwan Gardner has faxed his letter-of-intent to Western Kentucky. (Insert quotes/pictures when available).
Most of this will also be available FREE on Twitter (@JWellsFOX), if you prefer to follow there. I also welcome questions from Twitter and I may (if time allots) post the Q and A's on the blog.
Thank you all for deciding to spend this day with us. And now--National Signing Day can begin.
Pre-6 am CST post: Our subscriber-only full schedule of expected LOI's from WKU's verbal commits is on our message boards (CLICK HERE). To start the morning slot off (6-8am CST), I'm told both Juwan Gardner and Justin Martinez will be sending their letters in--and there could be several others. If you want to try our 7-day free trial for access to the schedule, CLICK HERE.
Some recruits will fax their LOI's early this morning, but may not make their signing public until later this afternoon.
If I receive confirmation of any letters received, I'll post quotes/pictures/video/recruiting analysis when available. I might not make another post until 8 am or so, depending on the pace of the early morning. Again, Twitter will be a great place for fans to start (@JWellsFOX). So for now, relax and get ready for an (always) fun day!
7:20 am: St. Lucie West Centennial offensive lineman Justin Martinez is the first reported NLI received by the Hilltoppers.
Martinez is one of the better (if not best) offensive lineman pickups for WKU in this class. Very aggressive, strong in the trenches.
"Honestly, it's the best feeling ever to finally be signing and ending this..I got alot of schools trying for me lately, but I didn't even listen to them much because WKU is home for me and I feel that in my heart. I'm so happy to sign tomorrow so I can focus on school, graduate, and hurry up and get to WKU and take somebody's job, and win a championship under Coach (Bobby) Petrino."-Justin Martinez.
7:45am: Vestavia Hills DE Kalvin Robinson is WKU's second reported NLI.
Robinson is a recent pickup, flipped his commitment from UAB to WKU after visiting the Hilltoppers over the Jan. 25 weekend.
He was recruited by both new WKU assistants Nick Holt and Jeff Brohm.
"I can't wait to be back in the beautiful city of Bowling Green to the college I will fall in love with. WKU is a special place where I'm ready to work hard and bring home a BCS bowl game trophy under my new head coach, Bobby Petrino."
"As far as the recruiting process, lets just say I'm happy it's peacefully sleeping in its grave."-Kalvin Robinson
Mid-year enrollee Kyle Jones.
Jones is one of nine members of this class already enrolled and on-campus taking classes.
8:45am: The Hilltoppers reportedly add their 3rd and 4th NLI's from Nicholas Norris and Donald Rocker.
Norris is a 5-foot-10 speedy wideout from Booker T. Washington (Fla.) HS, while Rocker is a 6-foot-4, 298 pound offensive lineman from Sandalwood HS (Fla.).
Donald is also the cousin of current WKU defensive end Gavin Rocker.
"I'm glad the stress is off and I can focus now."-Donald Rocker.