Deontay Anderson is, by all accounts, a great football player and a fine college prospect. But on National Signing Day, we know him first and foremost for one thing: His decision to verbally commit while skydiving.
Video of the jump was captured by Bleacher Report, which has made a habit out of convincing recruits to pull elaborate stunts while making their announcements. While it feels a bit exploitative and antithetical to the spirit of college athletics, few will argue that it's a creative, interesting idea.
Anderson leaps out of the plane and free-falls amid numerous aerial targets representing different schools. He falls through three targets, which signify his top three school choices.
Then he reveals his decision.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 3, 2016
For what it's worth, Anderson appears to have a great time producing the piece. It's worth wondering, though, how much Ole Miss and other schools like seeing their student-athletes do such over-the-top stunts -- it doesn't exactly instill a sense of humility, and it creates expectations of celebrity and special treatment that might not come to fruition at school.
Anderson is the No. 2 safety prospect in the nation, according to 247 Sports. Here's a look at his highlight reel: