This entry in my series on the biggest topics of National Signing Day will cover the top storylines coming out of all the day. There are some that we already knew going in, but there will still plenty of surprises to mess up the status quo. There was enough to sate the appetites of recruitniks nationwide and the casual fan.

DGB Stays Home: One of, if not the, best prospect in the nation shocked some. The pre-NSD buzz had him going to Arkansas, but with less pomp then others, he announced he’ll be staying in-state at Mizzou. Not only is he a dangerous offensive weapon, but he spurned out of state offers from more prestigious programs to stay home. This will only help Mizzou as it transitions to the tough SEC.

Stanford: Some expected them to fall back from their recent run now that Luck has left. That myth has been partially dispelled by the recruiting haul. Headlined by stellar OTs Andrus Peat, Kyle Murphy and Josh Garnett as well as DE Aziz Shittu, this class is loaded in the trenches. There are also playmakers on both sides of the ball that should help coach David Shaw continue the program’s upward trajectory.

Instant Impacts: As much talent as there was available, there are a few incoming freshmen who will make impacts from day one. There is no way a talent like DGB isn’t making plays from game 1, while it is unlikely RB Johnathan Gray will take long to find the endzone in Texas. Shaq Roland will step right into Alshon Jeffery’s spot in South Carolina while DE Noah Spence will terrorize Big Ten QBs from day 1. These and others will have productive freshmen seasons.

Last Minute Defections: Of course it wouldn’t be  NSD without a few surprise commit changes at the last minute. DE Dante Fowler was verbally committed to Florida State for the longest time but flipped to rival Florida when it came time to sign and OLB Torshiro Davis did the same going from in-state LSU to Texas. WR Jordan Payton changed his mind more times then Brett Favre but that’s nothing compared to Deontay Greenberry. The WR was expected to play in South Bend this fall, but decided to head to Houston instead, a decision that still has people wondering.

The Rich Get Richer: Alabama has the #1 class yet again and the top 10 is filled with mainstays like Florida, Florida State, Texas, Ohio State. While there are non-regulars like Stanford and Clemson, this is the reason the top programs are just that. They know how to recruit the best talent for their teams and how to flip recruits from rival programs. Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher and Mack Brown know what they’re doing when pitching their program to these young men.

Tosh Lupoi: Not many people in the country knew who the former Cal defensive line cocach was before he got hired at Washington. Assistant coaches don’t usually make big headlines, but Lupoi’s effect on the Huskies’ recruiting class has made headlines. He is directly responsible for 5 star DB Shaq Thompson flipping from Cal to Washington, while his departure has caused an exodus from Cal. Ellis McCarthy, Jordan Payton and others made new choices because of Lupoi. This is certainly a huge blow to Cal’s 2012 class.

UCLA: The Bruins are sure glad they hired Jim Mora, eh? Ishmael Adams, Devin Fuller and the flipped McCarthy and Payton are just a few of the names in a stellar first class for the new coach. Not only would he have to produce against USC on the field but he would have to prove he could also recruit against Kiffin in Southern California. If his first class is any indication, Mora has gotten off to a great start.

Urban Renewal: When the Jim Tressel scandal broke in Columbus, many were thinking it would knock the Buckeyes from their place as one of the giants of recruiting. While that did happen for awhile, the arrival or Urban Meyer quickly changed things. He stopped the flood of in-state recruits to other programs and got his team back into the top 10.