Every year, National Signing Day has a bunch of celebrities’ kids joining college football programs.
One of the upsetting things about college football is that the players perpetually stay the same age but we, the watchers of the sport, continually get older.
It brings me no pleasure to report that you have never been older than you are right now. To prove it, here’s a list of college football recruits who are joining teams in 2019. Bear in mind that most of these players were born in the year 2000, which was after the 1990s.
(Here’s the list from 2018. These guys are now sophomores. We are all so old.)
Shilo Sanders, South Carolina CB commit
Deion Sanders is his dad. Shilo’s a high-three-star recruit out on the 247Sports Composite, but some evaluators rate him as a four-star recruit. (He’s in the ESPN 300.) He played his high school football at Trinity Christian near Dallas.
His dad occasionally showed up at skills camps where Shilo was playing, including giving a hundred-some players a talk at a 2018 Under Armour camp.
Unless you’re, like, Bo Jackson’s or maybe LeBron James’ kid, it’s hard to imagine having better bloodlines to be a star athlete.
Joey Porter Jr., Penn State CB signee
The son of former All-Pro Steelers linebacker Joey Porter is a four-star DB. He played his high school ball at North Allegheny, also near Pittsburgh. Porter Jr. told me last year he took quickly to the secondary, and his dad didn’t try to force him to play linebacker. At a listed 6’2 and 185 pounds, he’s a true corner and probably not moving anywhere.
Cross Patton, Oregon RB commit
OutKast and solo rapper Big Boi, also known as Antwan Patton, is the new Duck’s dad.
Home Visit Today with @jim_mastro ! @oregonfootball @CrossPatton #WeBoomingOverHere #GoDucks pic.twitter.com/zzPxNo4Tsw
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) January 20, 2019
Derek Stingley Jr., LSU DB signee
The No. 1 DB (and some say the No. 1 overall player) in the country is the son of Derek Stingley, who played baseball in the Phillies’ minor league system, briefly played defensive back for the Jets, and has had a long run as an arena league player and coach.
Luke McCaffrey, Nebraska ATH signee
He’s part of the now-famous McCaffrey football family. His dad Ed was an NFL receiver. His brother Christian is a Stanford legend now starring with the Panthers. His brother Dylan is now a quarterback at Michigan.
Logan Holgorsen, Houston QB commit
His dad’s the Cougars’ head coach, Dana Holgorsen. He’d previously committed to Bowling Green, but after the Falcons fired Mike Jinks and his dad went to Houston, he flipped to UH.
John Emery Jr., LSU RB signee
The five-star LSU running back commit’s dad, John Emery, played linebacker at Tennessee. But Dad seems very much onboard with his son playing elsewhere in the SEC. Emery Jr. was committed to Georgia before flipping to the Tigers late in the cycle.
Dino Tomlin, Maryland WR signee
Mike Tomlin is his dad. Dino’s a three-star with smooth hands out of Shadyside Academy near Pittsburgh. He’s spent the last decade in close proximity to Antonio Brown, and his dad’s a former receiver, so the chances seem good that he’ll be technically sound.
Logan Snead, Virginia LB commit
The son of Rams GM Les Snead is going to Charlottesville as a preferred walk-on.
These recruits aren’t all going to make you feel that old. I feel much older knowing that Deion Sanders has a kid in college football now than I do knowing that Les Snead has a kid in college football now. And I’m not even that old! But it’s going to get worse, because …
… coming in 2020 …
… is one of the worst “you’re old as hell” recruits in history: Chad Johnson Jr. Ochocinco’s four-star WR son is currently committed to Herm Edwards’ Arizona State.
Did I miss anyone?
Probably. There are a ton of recruits. Let me know.