Despite the blustery and snowy conditions, national signing day will go on today as planned around northeast Indiana. It just might not have the ceremonial aspect. Like most events this week, those gatherings to celebrate the signings will most likely be delayed.
But the players, especially some Division I football recruits around the area, will still sign the letters of intent and make their college commitments official.
One will be Bishop Dwenger senior Remound Wright, who will reaffirm his commitment to Stanford despite coach Jim Harbaugh leaving for the NFL and despite some overtures from other schools.
I am thinking thats what Stanford would prefer, Wrights father, Remound Wright III, said of signing today. They would like it to be there by 7:30 a.m. their time (today). Coaches want to make sure they have their recruits signed.
The ceremony for Wright and fellow Saints senior Tony Springmann (to Notre Dame) is scheduled for 10 a.m. today, weather permitting. If school is canceled, as expected, the ceremony will be pushed back to 10 a.m. Thursday at Dwenger.
I would believe their universities will want them to fax it, and then we would just have a ceremony where they would sign just a copy of it, Dwenger coach Chris Svarczkopf said.
After Harbaugh left the Cardinal for the San Francisco 49ers last month, things were temporarily up in the air for Wright, a Class 4A all-state running back.
It was very interesting, and it was very tough at times, his father said. The volume of coaching calls was impossible for him to keep up with. He had made a couple of commitments at the brief window before Stanford named the new coach (David Shaw) to keep his options open just in case there were things we had to consider that we hadnt considered; like removing the entire staff or bringing a head coach in there who wanted to run a different offensive scheme.
He decided not to go to (visit) Iowa as originally scheduled, and at the core his reasoning was he really knew he wanted to be at Stanford.
Wright wasnt the only Fort Wayne prospect to deal with a coach leaving, or in the case of Bishop Luers teammates Kenny Mullen and Quyuan Mattox, being removed.
Mullen will still sign with Indiana and new coach Kevin Wilson, but Mattox is not headed to Ball State and Pete Lembo as originally planned.
After the coaching change, I didnt know what to expect, Mullen said. I didnt know if they would honor the scholarship or if they even wanted me. But after talking with coach Wilson, and he had reviewed my film, he said they were very interested and wanted me. After talking to him, I sealed the deal and locked in the recruiting and felt very comfortable and very confident with my decision.