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It's a semi-holiday for college football fans today. As the first Wednesday in February, it's National Signing Day
, or the day when an athlete can officially autograph a binding letter of intent to play sports at a university.
The University of Missouri football program is expected to add 23 players to its roster, including four from the St. Louis area, one of whom is already enrolled for classes in Columbia. While high school players can (and do) commit to a university months before the season begins, today is when they make it official.
Today also marks the official start to recruiting for the 2011-2012 season.
Here are the St. Louis-area players who are expected to sign a letter of intent today:
- Nick Demien (Wentzville), not enrolled.
- Tyler Gabbert (Ballwin), enrolled already.
- Anthony Gatti (St. Louis), not enrolled.
- Jimmie Hunt (Cahokia, Illinois), not enrolled.
Obsessive Mizzou sports website PowerMizzou.com has the full list of football players
expected to sign their letter of intent today, along with high school statistics, a photo and GPA's.