Tag:National Signing Day Updates
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:29 pm
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National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big East



Posted by Chip Patterson


Breaking down who won and lost in the Big East on National Signing Day

WINNER: Rutgers

Losing your head coach less than a week before National Signing Day should be recruiting suicide, but Kyle Flood was able to not only hold on to most of the Scarlet Knights' class but sign one of the top recruits in the state of New Jersey. The addition of defensive end Darius Hamilton (pictured above, No. 29 overall prospect) gives Rutgers the only Big East class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25.



LOSER: The Big East's national stock

The Big East was not a huge player in National Signing Day this year. Much of that is likely due to the uncertain football future of the league. While schools like San Diego State and Boise State may use the future move to their advantage in recruiting, an existing Big East school cannot promise a future with a BCS automatic bid.

WINNER: West Virginia

With 27 commits in the Class of 2012, Dana Holgorsen is bringing in a healthy load of talent to the Mountaineers program. There were only two National Signing Day commitments, but both were significant additions to the class. Adam Pankey is a 6-foot-5, 290 pound offensive lineman who chose West Virginia after being committed to Pittsburgh since October 2011. Talented athlete Travares Copeland was the eighth Florida prospect in the 2012 class, a new hot spot for West Virginia apparently.



LOSER: West Virginia

Head coach Dana Holgorsen mentioned on National Signing Day that the "in between" stage of the West Virginia program as they transition from the Big East to the Big 12 hurt them on the recruiting trail. While some recruits may have heightened their interest in the Mountaineers because of the opportunity to play in the Big 12, competing schools used the ongoing legal battle as a reason to turn recruits away from Morgantown.  The Mountaineers' staff was able to keep many of the commitments they expected to sign, but it could have made West Virginia a bigger player for top prospects down the stretch.

WINNER: Louisville

Charlie Strong didn't shock anyone with a big National Signing Day surprise, but the Cardinals were able to hold on to a solid class of recruits that ranks among the best in the Big East. Strong once again dipped into the Sunshine State, pulling nearly a third of Louisville's class from the state of Florida. On a day when few Big East hats were on the table for top prospects, holding on to your commits was the best case scenario for the Cardinals.

LOSER: Syracuse

While Louisville was able to hold on to some of their prized recruits, Orange head coach Doug Marrone was not so lucky. Four Syracuse verbal commits changed their mind before National Signing Day, most notably defensive lineman Harold Brantley. Brantley, a 6-foot-3, 280 pound recruit from Hershey, Pa., committed to the Orange on June 29 but had a late change of heart after visiting Missouri this past weekend. Syracuse also lost linebacker Tashon Whitehurst, who signed with South Florida.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:28 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: ACC



Posted by Chip Patterson

Breaking down who won and lost in the ACC on National Signing Day

WINNER: Florida State

For the second year in a row, multiple top uncommitted prospects picked Florida State in widely publicized National Signing Day announcements. Cornerback Ronald Darby (pictured above, No. 3 athlete in 2012 class) never even told head coach Jimbo Fisher he was definitely coming to Florida State, but when decision time came he reached for the Seminoles' hat. It started with Mario Edwards, Jr. signing his letter on ESPN in the morning, then on to Eddie Goldman's commitment and Jameis Winston's public recruitment of Darby just before the cornerback's announcement. For Florida State, the revolution was televised.



LOSER: North Carolina schools

Recently, high school football in the state of North Carolina has been on the rise. Unfortunately, it has not resulted in a boost to any of the North Carolina schools in the ACC. North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and Duke missed out on every North Carolina prospect in Tom Lemming's Top 100 Players, and allowed 31 of the 55 in-state prospects to sign with out-of-state schools. If these football programs want to shake the "basketball school" reputation of Tobacco Road, they need to stop letting the best in-state talent get poached by other programs.

WINNER: Miami

The Hurricanes got a jump start on the competition due to self-imposed bowl ineligibility, and those early verbal commits helped secure enough to talent to keep the Hurricanes as a Top 10 class despite some defections. Miami also got a much-needed boost in the secondary with the commitment of Tracy Howard, and defensive end Tyriq McCord signed his letter despite rumors he may flip to USC or South Carolina. The heart of Golden's 2012 recruiting class lies right in Miami's backyard, with over half of the class from Southern Florida - many from Broward-Dade County area. Several Hurricanes' signees openly spoke about expecting NCAA action, and are willing to follow Golden's plan for success anyway.



LOSER: Georgia Tech

Recruiting is just not a great time for the public image of Georgia Tech football. Head coach Paul Johnson was publicly critical of oversigning again, and the Yellow Jackets' stiff academic requirements have become a topic of conversations when competing against the SEC for in-state talent. But Georgia Tech did have a hat on the table when defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was making his decision between the Yellow Jackets, Alabama, and Georgia on National Signing Day. Tomlinson, one of the top uncommitted in-state recruits, paused on the Georgia Tech hat, only to publicly spurn the Yellow Jackets and commit to Alabama. Additionally, Georgia Tech offensive line coach Todd Spencer resigned amidst potential NCAA violations from impermissible text messaging. Just not a good PR day for Georgia Tech.

WINNER: Maryland

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (No. 14 overall prospect) did not commit on National Signing Day. The top ranked unsigned recruit is strongly considering Florida, Auburn, and Maryland. While many believe the Gators are in the lead for Diggs, MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak writes that Maryland still might have a chance. Former Illinois head coach Ron Zook believes that new Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who has a great relationship with Diggs' family, could convince the Olney, Md. standout to stay in-state. With Locksley playing catch up in the recruiting game, every day without a Diggs commitment is likely to Maryland's advantage.

LOSER: Virginia Tech

While the Hokies pulled in another solid class, including talented wide receiver Joel Caleb, there was one decommit that caused an unwanted scene. Linebacker Jawand Blue, a Boca Raton, Fla. native, was committed to the Hokies until an opportunity arose at the last minute to jump in with Miami. When he called Virginia Tech, the phone conversation apparently did not go well. Unfortunately, a local reporter heard the conversation (from Blue's end) and began tweeting quotes "from Frank Beamer." A Virginia Tech spokesperson later clarified it was not Beamer, but assistant coach Charley Wiles. For more on the interaction, you can check out ACCSports.com's Signing Day blog. Blue was not a make-or-break recruit for Beamer, but the whole situation was a loss on a very public day for all recruiting news.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Top California OL/DL picks Stanford over Cal, USC

Posted by Chip Patterson

As National Signing Day unfolded, Stanford's recruiting class got a huge boost from late commitments from three top rated linemen. After Andrus Peat (No. 8 overall prospect) and Kyle Murphy (No. 41 overall prospect) both announced their plans to join the Cardinal, head coach David Shaw wrapped his 2012 recruiting class with OL/DL Aziz Shittu.

Shittu, a 6-foot-3, 275 pound lineman from Atwater, Calif., chose Stanford over USC and Cal, among other schools. A fast and physical force on the defensive side of the ball, Shittu will be able to create competition immediately on the practice field at several difference positions. Difference scouting services have listed as an offensive lineman, defensive tackle, and defensive end. Regardless of position, Shittu's status as a top prospect is unanimous.

While the fallout from Stanford's Fiesta Bowl loss included questions about a potential drop-off from their recent success, the 2012 recruiting class finishes as arguably one of the best in the nation. David Shaw brings in six players from Tom Lemming's Top 100, adding his name alongside Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, and Jimbo Fisher as the only coaches to do so in 2012.

For much more on Stanford's impressive 2012 recruiting class, check out Cardinal RapidReport. For updates and analysis from National Signing Day, check out the Eye On Recruiting.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:27 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 5:26 pm
 

Florida State wins big on National Signing Day



Posted by Chip Patterson


Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher injected new life into the Seminoles' football program a year ago, grabbing top recruits at nearly every position on the field and finishing with a top three class. After a few 2012 verbal commits decided to look elsewhere, it appeared as though Fisher and his staff might not be able to recreate the top ranking of 2011 National Signing Day. Even worse, the Seminoles might fall behind Miami in the ACC.

Note to self: never doubt Jimbo Fisher and his staff on the recruiting trail.

Florida State arguably was the biggest winner in the ACC on National Signing Day, securing commitments from six players in Tom Lemming's Top 100 and moving above Miami to No. 6 in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. Only Alabama and Ohio State have as many top players in their 2012 recruiting class as the Seminoles.

The day began at 9 a.m. when Florida State's staff got to watch defensive end Mario Edwards (No. 4 overall prospect) physically sign his letter-of-intent on national television. Edwards, along with defensive end Chris Casher, were going to be the backbone of a strong group of defensive prospects. With just Casher and Edwards on board to join star quarterback Jameis Winston, the Seminoles already had a Top 10 class.

Then things began to start falling Florida State's way when defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (No. 17 overall prospect) announced his decision to join the Seminoles, giving the camera a big smile and tomahawk chop. Around the same time, Miami verbal commit Reggie Northrup, the No. 14 inside linebacker in the class of 2012, flipped his commitment to Florida State. For the second year in a row, National Signing Day surprises were favoring Florida State.

Then with the bases loaded, Florida State hit a grand slam with the commitment of Notre Dame decommit Ronald Darby. The two-sport athlete from Potomac, M.D. gave credit to the Florida state coaching staff for making Tallahassee feel like home. Darby will have the opportunity to run track at Florida State, where he said he hoped to improve "as an athlete and an as a person."

With Goldman, Northrup, and Darby all joining an already highly ranked class - and only losing defensive end Dante Fowler - Florida State avoided a let down from the memorable 2011 National Signing Day. Once again, Jimbo Fisher and his staff were able to put in the work to secure the big names at the last minute. All that is left for the good folks in Tallahassee to do is receive that letter from Jameis Winston. Winston told ESPN, "I'm a 'Nole," and said he planned to send his letter in when he returned home.  The quarterback also said he had worked hard to recruit Ronald Darby to join him at Florida State.

After watching Darby's announcement later in the day, Florida State fans already feel like the pieces are in place for something special in 2012.

For more on Florida State check out Seminoles RapidReports. Keep up with all the latest announcements around the nation throughout the day at Signing Day Central.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:07 pm
 

CB Ronald Darby commits to Florida State

Posted by Chip Patterson

Ronald Darby, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2012 class, quickly became one of the hottest prospects in the nation after decommitting from Notre Dame in early January. On National Signing Day, Darby added himself to an already elite group as he threw up a tomahawk chop and donned a Florida State hat on national television.  

Darby mentioned defensive coordinator Mark Stoops and defensive line coach Odell Haggins as reasons for feeling at home with the Seminoles.  

Tom Lemming calls Darby "the fastest football player in the nation" and ranks the Maryland native as the No. 3 athlete in the 2012 class. Earlier in the day, top quarterback recruit Jameis Winston told ESPN he had been working on recruiting Darby to join him at Florida State.  Like Winston with baseball, Darby plans to be a two-sport athlete and compete on the Florida State track team.

Darby joins a class that was already ranked No. 8 in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. Get the latest on Florida State by following the Seminoles RapidReports.

Keep up with all the latest announcements around the nation throughout the day at Signing Day Central.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:11 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 1:18 pm
 

WR Quinshad Davis picks UNC over Tennessee, WFU

Posted by Chip Patterson

Wide receiver Quinshad Davis raised the status of Larry Fedora's first North Carolina class on National Signing Day, choosing the Tar Heels over Tennessee and Wake Forest.

"The coaching staff, the players - I felt the most comfortable there," Davis said in a press conference from his high school on Wednesday. "They showed me film and they run basically the same thing we run."

The 6-foot-4, 190 pound wideout helped Gaffney (S.C) High School to the Class AAAA Division I title game with 2,009 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns in his senior season. Davis is listed by Tom Lemming as one of the top wide receivers in the 2012 class.

"Has soft hands, good speed, can get in and out of his cuts quickly, and is consistently able to get separation from man to man coverage," Lemming said of Davis. "He does a good job of selling a fake in his route and can beat the DB with a double move."

Larry Fedora brought offensive coordinator Blake Anderson with him from Southern Miss, and the pair has been tirelessly hitting the recruiting trail to pull prospects that fit their up-tempo offensive scheme. Davis joins quarterback James Summers as notable late additions to the Tar Heels' 2012 class.

Follow North Carolina RapidReports for more on the Tar Heels' class. Keep up with all the latest announcements around the nation throughout the day at Signing Day Central.

Photo: Jamie Dahl, MaxPreps

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:18 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 12:19 pm
 

USC verbal commit Vatuvei signs with Washington

Posted by Chip Patterson

Defensive end Pio Vatuvei (Patterson, Calif.) verbally committed to USC before the start of his senior season. But on National Signing Day, the four-star lineman signed with Pac-12 rival Washington.

The 6-foot-2, 265 pound Vatuvei played weakside defensive end and fullback for Patterson, and chose the Huskies after receiving offers from Arizona, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah, Washington State, and USC, among others.

Washington's 2012 recruiting class broke into the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25 on Wednesday after several late flips. It is likely no coincidence to see this late surge just weeks after Washington hired highly-touted recruiting coordinator Tosh Lupoi from California.

Keep up with all the latest announcements around the nation throughout the day at Signing Day Central.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:46 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 11:00 am
 

POLL: 2012 National Signing Day

Posted by Eye On Recruiting

National Signing Day has become one of the most anticipated dates in the college football offseason, with coaches, players, and fans awaiting the Letter of Intent from the most prized recruits in the nation.  

We want to hear your opinion on the biggest topics of the day, and the results will be shown during the National Signing Day Special on CBS Sports Network



Don't forget to also check the MaxPreps' Team Recruiting Rankings page to see how the teams stack up as the players put pen to paper on Signing Day. You can also sort the committed recruits by conference and check out Tom Lemming's Top 100 Recruits for the class of 2011. More Recruiting Coverage
 
 
 
 
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