For the fourth year in a row, ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, will headline ESPN's multi-network coverage of National Signing Day with a comprehensive studio show, "ESPNU Recruiting Insider: National Signing Day", Wednesday, Feb. 4. This year's show will increase from seven hours to nine hours beginning at 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. ET. The show will be highlighted by exclusive live player announcements, in-depth analysis, news and highlights of top recruits and collegiate programs from around the country. The final 30 minutes of coverage will recap the show and the top recruiting classes for 2009 from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ESPN360.com will simulcast ESPNU's coverage from 3-5:30 p.m.
Lowell Galindo will host the Signing Day special along with ESPN's Scouts, Inc. national recruiting director Tom Luginbill, ESPNU college football analyst Charles Arbuckle and former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. David Amber will anchor another news desk at the Charlotte studios that will track notable developments and offer additional analysis and commentary from two more ESPN Scouts, Inc. analysts -- Craig Haubert and Bill Conley. The show will also integrate fan comments from ESPN.com and ESPNU.com and will feature a matrix graphic that will display constant updates of school recruiting classes.
Several players ranked by the ESPNU 150 are expected to announce their decision live, including No. 2 Manti Te'o, OLB (Punahou/Honolulu, Hawaii); No. 4 Dre Kirkpatrick, CB (Gadsden/Gadsden, Ala.); No. 9 Jelani Jenkins, OLB (Good Counsel/Wheaton, Md.); No. 24 Marlon Brown, WR, (Harding Academy/Memphis, Tenn.); No. 27 Sam Montgomery, DE (Greenwood/Greenwood, S.C.); No. 29 Frankie Telfort, OLB (Gulliver Prep School/Miami, Fla.); No. 35 Xavier Su'a-Filo, OT (Timpview/Pleasant Grove, Utah); No. 39 Darren Myles, Jr., S (Carver/Atlanta, Ga.); No. 66 Kendall Kelly, WR (Gadsen/Gadsen, Ala.) and No. 71 Bryon Moore, Jr., ATH (Narbonne/Harbor City, Calif.).
Guest interviews include: USC recruit and No. 1 in the ESPNU150 Matt Barkley (Mater Dei/Santa Ana, Calif.); LSU recruit and third-ranked Russell Shepard (Cypress Ridge/Houston, Texas); North Carolina recruit and 56th-ranked Jeheranie Boyd (Ashbrook/Gastonia, N.C.); Florida head coach Urban Meyer; LSU head coach Les Miles, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham and North Carolina head coach Butch Davis.
In addition, ESPN2 will televise a special hour-long edition of College Football Live at 2 p.m., with host Kevin Negandhi, who will be joined by ESPN Scouts, Inc. analyst Todd McShay and former Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden.