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Big Ten and SEC commits dominated National Signing Day on Instagram

Photo credit: Donovan Peoples-Jones via Instagram

Earlier this week we took a look at how Instagram has been used to share coverage on National Signing Day. If you were curious which recruits got the most buzz on the social network, look no further than the Big Ten and SEC.

As to be expected, the top five players who got the most interaction on Instagram on signing day just so happen to be going to some of the top schools in the biggest conferences. AA spokesperson from Instagram was kind enough to pass along a short list of the top five players on Instagram from signing day based on interactions, which consist of how many times Instagram users like or comment on a photo or video shared on the network.

Michigan landed the commitment of wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones. According to 247 Sports composite rankings, Peoples-Jones was the top-ranked player in the state of Michigan and the top wide receiver in the Class of 2017. He also happens to be an Instagram star, according to Instagram’s analytics. No player on signing day received more interactions on the network than Peoples-Jones on signing day. Peoples-Jones actually announced his decision to attend Michigan six weeks ago, which he also shared on Instagram, but his signing day photo was a bit of an attention grabber for its Abercrombie-esque pose and imagery.

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You can stay in the Big Ten to find the next two most interactive Instagram updates from signing day, with Nebraska wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and Ohio State wide receiver Trevon Grimes also scoring big with fans on Instagram.

While the Big Ten had the top three players, the SEC was also strongly represented to round out the top five. Florida cornerback Marco Wilson and Georgia linebacker Jaden Hunter each drew a crowd with their signing day posts.

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It should come as no surprise the top five players on Instagram on signing day committed to big programs from the big conferences. Obviously, there are a ton of fans of Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Florida and Georgia, so a player committing to one of those schools has a built-in advantage to sharing an update about their commitment to those schools. More fans of a school will tend to translate to more Instagram comments and likes for a player associated with those programs, compared to a punter committing to Villanova for example.

Beyond simply committing to a big time program, is there anything we can take from this signing day success and call a trend? Clearly, being a highly-rated recruit helps because people will be more interested in those players on signing day, especially if they have not committed before signing day (although Peoples-Jones had previously committed to Michigan and still took the top spot). Key positions may help too. Wide receivers tend to be a little flashy, so maybe there is something to that. Also, wearing a suit with your school’s cap on your head seems to work. Three of these top five players are in a suit, and two of them have a tie.

Instagram users love football players in suits and caps.

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Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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