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Daily Round: February 6, 2018

Academy Sports & Outdoors Bowl - Texas v Missouri Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Signing day is almost here!

After Strong’s firing, Tom Herman managed to make an immediate impact on the recruiting trail, getting to work early on filling out the 2018 class. Having a strong presence in Texas, one of the nation’s premiere hubs for high school football talent, can give the Longhorns a competitive edge both on and off the field.

Texas has the No. 3 recruiting class (or No. 5, depending on who you ask) this year.

Head coach Tom Herman’s first season in Austin brought only a two-win improvement from the two 5–7 seasons that led to the firing of Charlie Strong, and Texas may not make a huge leap on the field in 2018, but it is filling its depth chart with the caliber of player needed to rise into contention for College Football Playoff berths in short order.

Where do the best college football players come from? Harris, Dallas, and Tarrant counties rank in the top 10 counties in the nation.

Did the new signing rules make the NSD obsolete?

More than 70% of the players who will sign in the class of 2018 signed in December. Only 25 of the top 200 players in the 247Sports.com composite remain unsigned. Does this mean all the drama will be sucked from Wednesday? Maybe not.

This year’s recruiting class is loaded with players with some famous DNA.

Can Chip Kelly recreate magic at UCLA?

Things are looking up in San Marcos. Texas State’s program is on the move. Head coach Everett Withers has built up the roster and he could have one of the best linebacking corps in the Sun Belt.

Nothing good comes from politicians sticking their nose into college sports. Purdue’s president has an idea about how to fix college the NCAA.

Rob Gronkowski lost the Super Bowl and then this.

This is an amusing look at times animals interrupted football games.