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National Signing Day 2014: What to Watch

Kyle Flood is still waiting on some recruits to make their decision. Will they be wearing Scarlet once the day is over?

Rich Schultz

This is it folks. The last big college football event until Spring ball is upon us. Rutgers has a very large class coming in for 2014, but a few recruits are still pending for the Scarlet Knights. Kyle Flood has scoured the State of Rutgers and beyond to round this class after the numerous decommitments, so it shouldn't be at all surprising that he tries to make a run at a few more players before the letters of intent get sent. Here are some of the storylines Rutgers fans should keep an eye on throughout the day:

The Sam Martin Saga

Martin is a 6'3" 180 lb. wideout from Colorado who has had quite the recruitment so far. He was originally committed to Miami (OH), flipped to Rutgers within the past week, and then flipped back to the RedHawks. He is a three-star composite recruit and can fill in the void left by Adonis Jennings. Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger believes that Martin will honor his commitment to the RedHawks:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>WR Sam Martin seems &quot;firm&quot; on decision of Miami (OH) over <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rutgers&amp;src=hash">#Rutgers</a>. A furious finish to a long process <a href="http://t.co/dwqladaAbM">http://t.co/dwqladaAbM</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23rfootball&amp;src=hash">#rfootball</a></p>&mdash; Mike Vorkunov (@Mike_Vorkunov) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mike_Vorkunov/statuses/430811937538977792">February 4, 2014</a></blockquote>

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This is National Signing Day. Never say never until the LOI is in the hands of the coach.

Shaedon Meadors down to App State & Rutgers

Meadors is a speedster wide receiver with 4.5 speed to get separation from defenders. From Chas Dodd's very own Byrnes High, Meadors is a great sleeper prospect that Rutgers can use to bolster the receiving corps. He intends to make his decision in front of a live audience at his 4PM signing ceremony tomorrow, so there's a chance you can see the block 'R' hat on a player by the end of the day:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hope everyone comes out and support all of the people signing tomorrow at the Fine Arts Center at 4 <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BeThere&amp;src=hash">#BeThere</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23NSD&amp;src=hash">#NSD</a>✒️🙏✊💯 <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23GDB&amp;src=hash">#GDB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Blessed&amp;src=hash">#Blessed</a>🙏</p>&mdash; GetDoughBoys#⃣6⃣ (@ShaedonMeadors) <a href="https://twitter.com/ShaedonMeadors/statuses/430905171904692225">February 5, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Rutgers reaches tentative agreement to exit American Athletic Conference

Rutgers is by no means the first school to leave for greener pastures in conference realignment, so it shouldn't be surprising that the Knights were able to negotiate an exit plan for the Big Ten. Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions CEO and the closest thing RU has to a mega booster, is credited as being the primary bean-spiller on the agreement. Financial details are not yet known, so look out for news on the exit fee if things get really slow.