CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- If you have any kind of life whatsoever, you probably don't realize the significance of today, Wednesday, Dec. 19.
Yes, of course, it's Warren Sapp's birthday. It's six days before Christmas. And, if you mix Internet crazies with the end of the Mayan calendar and the alignment of the winter solstice and Milky Way, you'll get that it's two days before the end of the world.
Aside from that little matter, though, today begins the NCAA football signing period of midyear junior college transfers.
And, yes, West Virginia University's football program will be announcing signings.
Among those signings expected to be released by the school is that of Dreamius Smith, a 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back from Butler County (Kan.) Community College.
Smith has apparently selected WVU over Oklahoma State after rushing for 984 yards for the Butler Grizzlies. He had 17 touchdowns and averaged a whopping 8.2 yards on 120 carries in 11 games. The sophomore was a first-team All-KJCCC selection. (If you really don't know, KJCCC stands for Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.)
Word is, there won't be repeat signings of players who previously signed with WVU and didn't qualify academically. Receiver Deon Long, who went to Iowa Western Community College, is headed to Maryland. Receiver Quantavius Leslie, a 2010 Mountaineer signee, is headed to LSU. Receiver Jatavius Stewart, now at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, is not midyear eligible. (WVU is, however, still interested there, along with Georgia, Tennessee and Toledo.)
One player Dana Holgorsen and company will not be signing today, but waiting on, is four-star quarterback Tanner McEvoy, a most interesting prospect.
McEvoy is a 6-6, 220-pound QB who transferred from South Carolina to Arizona Western in Yuma. At South Carolina, McEvoy was redshirted before being arrested on an alcohol-related charge and then buried on the depth chart.
At Western, however, McEvoy had a terrific season, throwing for nearly 2,000 yards, rushing for over 400, throwing 31 TD passes and heaving only six interceptions. He was the most valuable player of the El Toro Bowl and offensive player of the year in the ACCAC. (That's Arizona Community College Athletic Conference. Must I explain everything?)
Anyway, when reached on Tuesday, McEvoy said he's whittled his list of suitors to WVU and Oregon.
"I made a trip to West Virginia this past weekend and am visiting Oregon on Jan. 11," said the QB. "After that, I'll make my decision."
McEvoy's host on the trip to Morgantown was Mountaineer linebacker Doug Rigg. The two went to high school together at Bergen [N.J.] Catholic High.
"I know some of the guys, but I wanted to see the facilities and school, meet with the coaches," McEvoy said. "I liked Coach Holgorsen and
his personality. I'm looking for a good program, school and opportunity."