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2016 National Signing Day: RichRod isn't a fan of the hoopla surrounding recruits' decisions

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There’s plenty of pageantry that surrounds National Signing Day and kids find more creative ways to announce their decision year after year. One person who isn’t a fan of all the hoopla is Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez.

“I just think if you wanna go, sign a paper. If you got a paper in front of you, sign the contract,” Rodriguez said at his press conference Wednesday.

Simple enough, right?

Don’t get RichRod wrong – he likes to have fun with National Signing Day and enjoys participating in director of on-campus recruiting and player personnel Matt Dudek’s OKGDay show for the school’s website that has garnered him some notoriety. He just doesn’t like how the process can make putting together recruiting classes more difficult.

“There’s a lot of fun in recruiting that fans enjoy seeing… I’m talking about the guys that put out four hats and the hats don’t mean anything. And some guy put out four cakes, and he didn’t pick one of the cakes. I’m like ‘ah, come on!’,” Rodriguez said at his Wednesday press conference. “It’s fun for people who follow recruiting, but it’s pain for organizing your roster.”

At the end of the day, Rodriguez asserted, how recruits pick their school shouldn’t be at the top of their list of achievements.

“Was that the pinnacle of their athletic career, or would their pinnacle be standing in New York with the Heisman Trophy or holding the crystal ball after winning the national championship?” Rodriguez said.

Arizona’s 2016 class is highlighted by four-star prospects Khalil Tate (QB) Michael Eletise (#9 OG according to ESPN) and Kahi Neves, ESPN’s No. 14 inside linebacker in the class of 2016 and a guy who could potentially fill in for Scooby Wright, a famed former two-star recruit who hopes to hear his name called in the 2016 NFL Draft.