In 2011, recruits in parts of Texas had to worry about an arctic blast that knocked out power and wrecking havoc on Signing Day plans. 2011 Owls' signee Grant Peterson remembers it well:
"I remember walking up real early and just being so anxious to sign, but when I got to school it was pitch black since the power was out. I couldn't even fax over the signed papers. The power would come on and off but I didn't have time to fax the papers. Eventually was able to get the fax send, but the power was still on and off the rest of the day. I remember when the news stations came to record the whole thing they were filming us in complete darkness. I couldn't see anything but a bright light. We were sitting at the table in front of the whole school in complete darkness."