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National Signing Day: Will Adele Decide College Football’s Recruiting War?

A singing fax machine, skydiving and assault with a paintball gun – it’s decision day in college football, and everyone’s doing it big

Jim McElwain; Florida Gators; AdeleJim McElwain; Florida Gators; Adele

The Florida Gators have a secret weapon: A fax machine that sings Adele.

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Much like pulling a baby animal out of a hat or grown men threatening teenagers on Twitter, the lowly fax machine has long been a part of college football’s National Signing Day circus, mostly because it used to be the only way recruits could send letters of intent to their future alma maters.

Of course, these days, thanks to the wonders of email and scanners, fax machines have become obsolete in the recruiting game – save for a few schools that still hold on to tradition.

Like the University of Florida, where the Gators’ fax machine is not only surviving, it’s thriving, with a Twitter account that’s been churning out gold all day long…and dropping poignant covers of Adele’s “Hello” for good measure. Seriously, try not to get all misty while listening to this.

If that’s not enough to make a potential FSU recruit reconsider his options, then we don’t know what is. Then again, a fax machine singing Adele is only like the fifth most ridiculous thing we’ve seen on Signing Day. Take defensive tackle prospect Michail Carter, who revealed his decision to attend Georgia by bringing an adorable bulldog to his press conference. Or four-star safety Brandon Burton, who upped the ante by firing paintballs at his buddies to announce he was going to UCLA. And then there’s Deontay Anderson, who put them all to shame by jumping out of a plane before revealing that he was headed to Ole Miss.

No wonder Deontay’s excited. Getting an education is important!

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