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Tag:2012 National Signing Day
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Dorial Green-Beckham already has a billboard



Posted by Tom Fornelli


You think they're excited about Dorial Green-Beckham commiting to Missouri in Columbia?

The nation's top recruit made the news official only a few hours ago and there are already billboards up congratulating him for his decision. Which means that the state of Missouri has some of the fastest billboard artists in the world, or there was an inkling where Green-Beckham would end up before that letter of intent came in on Wednesday morning.

Or maybe Dorial put it up himself. He's just that good.

Photo courtesy of Gabe DeArmond

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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 3:05 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 3:05 pm
 

OL Alex Kozan a no-show at signing ceremony

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa, Michigan and Auburn are the three schools waiting on a decision from offensive lineman Alex Kozan, and it's starting to look like they'll all have to wait a bit longer.

Kozan, who had verbally committed to Iowa, was reportedly a no-show at the signing day ceremony being held at his high school, Valor Christian Academy, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Kozan played both offensive and defensive line in high school, but is projected as an offensive lineman on the college level. He measures at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds.

Given that he did not show up to the ceremony or send in a letter of intent, you'd have to think this is a bad sign for Iowa, but this is National Signing Day. So nothing is official until that letter of intent comes in with a signature.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:29 pm
 

DT Vincent Valentine signs with Nebraska

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Nebraska added a good player and an even better name to its defensive line on Wednesday when defensive tackle Vincent Valentine signed his letter of intent to play with the Cornhuskers.

Valentine is out of Edwardsville, Illinois and is ranked #18 amongst all defensive tackles in the 2012 class by MaxPreps.

At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, the three-star Valentine should prove to be an anchor on the Nebraska line and a run-stuffer. Though he's also agile enough that he'll be able to get after the quarterback from time to time.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.

 
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:48 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 1:48 pm
 

Stanford lands top ten tackle Andrus Peat

Posted by Tom Fornelli

David Shaw and Stanford picked up a big commit on Wednesday, literally and figuratively, when offensive tackle Andrus Peat announced he'd be attending Stanford.

Peat is ranked as the #8 overall player by MaxPreps in the 2012 class, and is ranked second amongst offensive tackles, trailing only Georgia's John Theus.

The Arizona product stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs 310 pounds. He's the younger brother of Todd Peat Jr., who committed to play at Nebraska last season and just finished his freshman season with the Cornhuskers. Nebraska had been in the running for Andrus, as was USC, but it seems the appeal of attending school at Stanford was too great to reunite the brothers once again.

Tom Lemming says Peat is "as nimble-footed as they come" and could be "a college All-American and future All-Pro."

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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 1:04 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Trey Williams officially signs with Texas A&M

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Kevin Sumlin has seen some members of his first recruiting class leave for other schools on Wednesday, and he's helped flip some of his own, but the best news he received all day may have been when Trey Williams faxed in his letter of intent to play for the Aggies.

Williams' commitment to the Aggies hasn't really been in doubt since he verbally committed back in April, but given the nature of college football recruiting, and all the flips we've seen already today, Sumlin can move forward knowing he has his running back of the future.

Williams is ranked as the top wingback in the 2012 class by MaxPreps, and the five-star back is ranked #32 over all. He's the highest-rated running back the Aggies have signed since Christine Michael, who Williams could find himself splitting carries with in 2012.

Williams is 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, but he also runs a 4.37 40-yard dash. Williams' signing combined with that of wide receiver Thomas Johnson give the Aggies a couple new offensive playmakers as they make the move to the SEC.

Tom Lemming called him "the most exciting player in south Texas." Though you don't have to take Lemming's word for it, you can just check out some of the highlight videos.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
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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