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FEBRUARY 19, 1996
Besieged by an army of college coaches urging him to sign letters of intent to play for their schools, bewildered Brooks County (Ga.) High defensive end Marcus Stroud made an 11th-hour decision to reneg on a commitment to Florida and sign with Georgia. SI writer Tim Layden described the frenzy that is signing day.
STROUD PLANNED to play at Georgia but committed to Florida after Bulldogs coach Ray Goff was fired in November. New Georgia coach Jim Donnan came back at Stroud in January, attacking from three angles: the chance to start (versus a likely apprenticeship at talent-rich Florida); the chance to play next to his cousin, Travis Stroud, a junior defensive lineman; and the chance to play in his home state. It was 1:15 a.m., and Florida would be expecting his letter in a matter of hours. "These guys, the recruiters, they're good, professional salesmen," Marcus said. "We're just kids. And I'm really confused. At this point, I might just take a Georgia hat and a Florida hat with me to school, and maybe I'll just flip a coin."
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