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National Signing Day and the Packers Connection

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National Signing Day and the Packers Connection

Wednesday was known national signing day when high school football players sign letters of intent to enroll at the college football institution of their choice. In other words, it's the NFL Draft of college football.

Seeing as high school football is a long way from the professional ranks, there's not a lot of Packers-related material, but I was unable to unearth a few connections.

First off, the son of three-time Packers Pro Bowler Mark Chmura, Dylan Chmura, is becoming part of Michigan State's class of 2013. A tight end just like his father, the junior Chmura played his prep football at Waukesha West in Wisconsin.

A story is also shared at Varsity, the official online magazine for University of Wisconsin athletics, about Badgers recruit Sojourn Shelton.

According to columnist Mike Lucas, Shelton de-committed from Florida State and signed on with Wisconsin when he learned that former Packers first-round draft choice Terrell Buckley moved on from his role as a graduate assistant with Seminoles to join Terry Bowden's staff as a position coach at Akron.

As a diminutive 5-9, 157-pound cornerback, Shelton felt a connection to Buckley, but liked what new Badgers head coach Gary Andersen was offering at Wisconsin.

Finally, Jordy Nelson is held up as an example of players who weren't offered a scholarship but have still gone on to have success at Kansas State. More on Nelson comes from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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