ESPNU National Signing Day Presented by Under Armour: Nine Hours of Multiplatform Coverage; Live Reports from USC, Tennessee, UF
Owamagbe Odighizuwa and Christian Jones to Announce During National Signing Day Show
ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will headline ESPN’s multiplatform coverage of National Signing Day with a two-set live studio show, ESPNU Recruiting Insider: National Signing Day Presented by Under Armour, Wednesday, Feb 3. The fifth annual show will originate from ESPNU’s studios in Charlotte, N.C. and air from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET; the full show simulcast on ESPN360.com for the first time.
The National Singing Day show, hosted by ESPNU’s Lowell Galindo, will feature analysis from Tom Luginbill, ESPN national recruiting director, Todd McShay, Robert Smith, Charles Arbuckle and fellow ESPN recruiting analyst Craig Haubert; Anish Shroff will provide updates throughout the day and conduct live interviews. The show will showcase exclusive, live announcements from ESPNU 150-ranked players, live interviews with some of the nation’s top college coaches, in-depth analysis, news and highlights, and reports from ESPN.com recruiting bloggers. For the first time, the show will include live updates by ESPN reporters from three key universities that figure prominently in this year’s recruiting stories: Wendi Nix from Tennessee, Joe Schad from Florida and Shelley Smith from USC. Additionally, ESPN College Football analysts Mark May and Kirk Herbstreit will join the show to provide their overall analysis of signing day. The final 30 minutes will recap the show and the top recruiting classes for 2010.
Ten recruits will announce their college commitments live during the National Signing Day show, including Owamagbe Odighizuwa, No. 17, ESPNU 150 (No. 2 defensive end – Portland, Ore.); Christian Jones, No. 27, ESPNU 150 (No. 2 outside linebacker – Oviedo, Fla.); Sean Parker, No. 49, ESPNU 150 (No. 5 safety – Harbor City, Calf.); and Chaz Green, No. 52 in ESPNU 150 (No. 4 offensive tackle – Tampa, Fla.), Christian Green, No. 53, ESPNU 150 (No. 9 athlete – Tampa, Fla.).
Additional ESPN coverage details include:
ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNEWS – SportsCenter and ESPNEWS will provide live updates, look-ins and updates on high-ranking commits throughout the day.
ESPN360.com – will simulcast the entire National Signing Day Show from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; the ESPN360.com player will feature live updates and be tagged within stream every time a player commits.
ESPN.com – will complement On the Trail’s daily updates leading up to National Signing Day with an ongoing blog, day of, from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring commitment updates as they occur; class rankings, grades by conference, instant impact players and unsigned players leftovers; ESPN.com will also cover National Signing Day live from 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
ESPNRISE.com – coverage to include articles on class of 2010 uncommitted recruits and adding resource pieces on recruiting for class of 2011 prospects.
Final ESPN Top 25 Class Rankings will be available Thursday, Feb. 4.