National Signing Day

National Signing Day

Several Canadians took advantage of this year’s National Signing Day spotlight.

National Signing Day is the opportunity for top high school seniors in North America to sign their letters of intent to participate in NCAA college football programs.

Hundreds of young stars have already committed to Canadian University programs ( has a frequently updated and very comprehensive list of players who have committed to Canadian University football squads this fall ).

In addition to these players, seven young Canadians chose the NCAA route and took their turn under this year’s National Signing Day spotlight – a spotlight that grows in intensity every year.

ESPNU dedicated 11.5 hours of coverage on February 6, placing reporters at 13 U.S. colleges. Fox Sports teamed with to employ a team of 35 recruiting reporters.

Several schools also offered live webcasts of the proceedings (last season Notre Dame’s webcast attracted more than 48,000 page views).

Here in Canada, TSN had three reporters providing comprehensive coverage of any signing involving a Canadian player. Duane Ford’s fine work on the topic can be found here

While USA Today’s Mike Lopresti characterizes National Signing Day as being about “boosters and media obsessed with the hourly whims of teenagers,” the event has definitely arrived as a significant date on the average football fan’s calendar.

“The phenomenon only grows more torrid each February with social media now the booster rocket,” said Lopresti.

Here are seven Canadians who signed National Signing Day letters to join NCAA football teams for the 2013 season:

  • Brantford Ontario’s David Knevel (OT) will attend the University of Nebraska.
  • Pickering Ontario’s Josiah St. John (OT), will attend The University of Oklahoma.
  • Aurora Ontario’s Peter Godber (OG) will attend Rice University in Texas.
  • North Bay Ontario’s Ryan Hunter (OG) will attend Bowling Green University.
  • Delta British Columbia’s Riley Feenan (OT), will attend Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania.
  • Former University of Toronto Varsity Blue James Bodanis (DT) will transfer to the Michigan State Spartans.
  • Hamilton Ontario’s Justin Vaughn (DT/LB), will attend Fordham University.

Photo of James Bodanis, courtesy University of Toronto