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Early signing day is almost here, but why have a college football signing day at all?

Perhaps some would deem it flattering to receive texts and direct messages from Notre Dame officials bearing the message "PLS PLAY FOR THE IRISH."

But Devin O'Rourke can do without the ego boost, thank you very much. O'Rourke is the stud defensive end prospect from Lincoln-Way East in Illinois who verbally committed to Northwestern in March and will sign with the Wildcats on Wednesday.

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