South Carolina football's greatest moments from National Signing Day

Though the Early Signing Day has changed the landscape of recruiting, National Signing Day used to be the biggest non-gameday of the year. Let's look back at some of South Carolina football's top National Signing Day moments.

South Carolina football wide receiver Nyck Harbor when he chose the Gamecocks on last year's National Signing Day.
South Carolina football wide receiver Nyck Harbor when he chose the Gamecocks on last year's National Signing Day. / Jack Gruber-USA TODAY
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South Carolina Football's Top National Signing Day Moments:
Todd Ellis Picks the Gamecocks

Way back in the day before recruiting websites and national coverage, recruiting news was learned from phone-in information directories or local news outlets. That was the story in 1985 when the nation's top quarterback prospect was a Greensboro, North Carolina native named Todd Ellis.

Ellis decided to have a ceremony for his commitment announcement, one that came shortly before Signing Day (it was sometimes called Letter of Intent Day back then). It was covered by ABC Columbia as the Gamecocks were heavily involved, and the coverage paid off.

You can watch Ellis' announcement in the video below.

After choosing the South Carolina football program, Ellis would stamp his name all over the USC record books. He is still the school's all-time leading passer and now works as the play-by-play man for Carolina football radio broadcasts alongside fellow quarterback legend Tommy Suggs.