I've become something of a junkie for college football recruiting and National Signing Day, which ranks just behind Christmas as an anticipated event. What that means is that I have to learn a whole lot of names of young guys I didn't know before and most of whom I'll never hear of again.
It occurred to me, in following all these names, that there are an unusual number of odd--unique in some cases--names here. Some look like spelling errors. Others attempts at shadowing the classics without benefit of having read them and others a simple effort at being different and owning a name that belongs to one person in the world.
And, so I'm compiling my own baby names book starting with the following (of real top-level prospects who signed with big-time football schools Tuesday):
Da’Rick, Ean, Kenarious, Kendrum, Kolton, Markeith, Rajaan, Rajion, Shynjyn (somebody spilled the Scrabble set), Tai-Ler, Telvin, Seantrel, Dejor, Jakhari (Jack and Harry got married), Taveon, Martavius, Kadron, Michaelee, Tunde, Juwan, Jermarcus, Roszell, Tauheed, Owamagbe (OK, he's an African and that doesn't count), Kony, Devonte , Toquavius, Ferlando, Dequan, Tyrann, Tre’Vante, Anterio (and his brother Posterio, perhaps), Latwan, Trovon, Tharold.
Pick one. Or more. Or, better yet, make one up. The kid will love it. Or not.