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Posted on: February 2, 2011 2:55 pm
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Curtis Grant set to join the Buckeyes

Posted by Chip Patterson

Curtis Grant sat behind the microphone, and did not stammer one bit as he announced that he would play his collegiate football at Ohio State .  Grant, the No. 1 ranked inside linebacker, chose the Buckeyes over Florida , North Carolina , and Virginia .  The athletic defender (who played both ways in high school) appeared to be set for Gainesville until Urban Meyer's resignation in December, when Tressel and Buckeyes brought themselves back into the picture.

Grant spoke of competing immediately for a national title, and made it clear he holds head coach Jim Tressel in high regard.  His addition to Ohio State's 2011 class is a big boost, giving the Buckeyes one of the best classes in the Big Ten. 

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More Signing Day coverage  is here  at CBSSports.com.
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:29 am
 

WR Ja'Juan Story selects Florida

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Vaunted wide receiver Ja'Juan Story, a Florida commit who had also been considering Ohio State, reaffirmed his commitment today and signed with the Florida Gators. Story is a big, fast target at 6'3", 190, and he had offers from basically every major college football program.

Being that Story had been a Florida commit for over seven months, Story isn't exactly a huge loss for the OSU recruiting class, but the Buckeyes could still use some good news today -- especially after big-time offensive lineman Aundrey Walker made his commitment to USC official earlier today.

All-American LB Curtis Grant is the next potential signee for Ohio State, and surprise -- Florida is OSU's main competition for Grant too. We'll see if the Gators and Buckeyes split highly touted prospects here or if Florida can fleece Ohio State when it matters the most.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 

Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:04 am
 

CB Marcus Roberson signs with Florida

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the most up-and-down recruitments of the past few weeks has ended with Marcus Roberson signing with the Florida Gators .

A 6'1", 180-pound cornerback out of Fort Lauderdale, Roberson is Maxpreps No. 10 CB and possesses excellent size and fluidity. After initially committed to Texas Tech (and defensive backs coach Otis Mounds, Roberson's uncle) before backing out and committing to Auburn earlier this week. But that commitment lasted less than 48 hours, leaving Roberson free to makes his final decision between the Gators and USC.

By pulling the trigger for Will Muschamp and Co., Roberson becomes just the third new commitment for the Gators since their new head coach's arrival and could help ease the sting if --as many expect -- other top prospects like Curtis Grant and Tim Jernigan sign elsewhere. It remains to be seen how successful a Signing Day this will be for Muschamp, but thanks to Roberson it's off to a top-notch start; according to Maxpreps' Stephen Spiewak, Roberson's decision has pushed the Gators to the cusp of the top 10 in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings .
Posted on: February 2, 2011 12:42 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 12:47 am
 

Big Ten Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Adam Jacobi

With Nebraska joining the already tradition-rich Big Ten, the pressure's going to be on the conference's best teams to keep producing more than ever. Here are some key factors coming into National Signing Day.

Players to Watch

Curtis Grant - With the news on Tuesday night that Ohio State was out of the running for Aundrey Walker, Curtis Grant is one of just two uncommitted prospects left on MaxPreps' Top 100 that's still considering the Buckeyes. If the Buckeyes do land Grant, however, he'll be the trophy of the class; Grant is a beast of a linebacker, with the size and speed to play inside or outside. Ohio State loses star linebackers Brian Rolle and Ross Homan this season, and the depth in the LB corps isn't great; between that and the value a fast, hard-hitting safety brings to special teams, it'd be a shock if Grant didn't get on the field immediately for OSU. The Buckeyes' main competition for Grant's services is Florida, though UNC or Virginia could potentially come into play here.

Andre Sturdivant - One of the top remaining prospects in Big Ten country is Andre "Tank" Sturdivant, who played linebacker this year but looks like a classic convert from MLB to DE; he's big and strong, and plays better north-and-south than in space. He could be a multiple-year starter at DE for most Big Ten teams, and he's still weighing his options for next year. Michigan State and Penn State appear to be neck-and-neck for the defender, while Toledo is the default "close to home" option for the Cleveland, Ohio native. Thing of it is, though, if Ohio State starts missing on its several last-minute prospects once the LOIs start rolling in and still has a scholarship open, we could easily see the Buckeyes make an offer to Sturdivant and let him stay close to home with a better program than MSU or PSU. There's really no telling where this commitment goes.

Darian Cooper - DT Darian Cooper is yet another legitimate D-I prospect from the football factory that is DeMatha HS in Baltimore, and it's easy to see why; Cooper is a cannonball of a defensive lineman, standing at 6'1" and weighing close to three bills. He's still fast enough to have lined up at end at times for DeMatha, and that first step quickness combined with his low point of leverage should be enough to give larger, slower offensive linemen nightmares. Cooper will choose between Michigan, Iowa, and Georgia Tech tomorrow, and considering the lack of depth on both Michigan and Iowa's defensive fronts, it seems like Cooper would find immediate playing time if he went to the Midwest.

Teams to Watch

Penn State - The Nittany Lions have the capacity to to fill up just about all of their 25 allotted signing spots this class. What they don't have are the commits themselves; only 15 players have announced verbal commitments to PSU thus far. Joe Paterno's age is obviously limiting the amount of recruiting he can do, and it can't have helped that defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was thisclose to heading to Pitt in the middle of recruiting season. If opposing teams are citing imminent instability in their negative recruiting against PSU, they're wise, and it's working; this class has no business being so small. Let's see if JoePa can work some magic and bring in some late names to help coax the 2011 freshman class into respectability. 

Indiana - Yes, Indiana. Incoming head coach Kevin Wilson has an uphill battle ahead of him, but if his job keeping commitments on board is any indication of how much recruits like the guy, we could see a turnaround in Bloomington. Wilson kept four-star LB Zack Shaw (an April '10 verbal) in the fold, and just this past weekend TE Jake Reed canceled a visit to Iowa and rebuffed offers from Stanford and Louisville -- where Charlie Strong is recruiting like crazy -- to reaffirm his commitment to the Hoosiers. Those two have set a good example; Wilson now needs the rest of his class to follow suit when it comes time to put pen to paper.

Michigan - Coming into Tuesday, the Wolverines had six known offers out and room to accommodate them all; so far, one has committed and the other five are still available. They're no slouches, either; one is the aforementioned Darian Cooper, and the other five all have several major college offers. Brady Hoke could use a strong finish to an otherwise lackluster first recruiting class (hardly his fault, of course), and what better day for such a finish than Signing Day?

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

It's obviously foolish to grant much immediate importance to recruiting rankings; only rarely do true freshmen substantially contribute to a team's success, and by the time most guys in a recruiting class find their way to the field, it's two or three years later and the work they've put in with the program generally outweighs their recruiting bona fides by then. And yet, it has to be pointed out that despite their recent BCS bowl berths, neither Wisconsin nor Iowa is recruiting at a level that's substantially higher than that of incoming Nebraska. Yes, Iowa and Wisconsin are both on the MaxPreps Top 25, but their inclusion over Nebraska may be due to little more than the fact that the Huskers only have 18 players committed, a relatively small class compared to the Hawkeyes and Badgers. Any illusions Big Ten foes may have harbored about a mediocre Nebraska program should be out the window by now.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 

Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 8:22 pm
 

ACC Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Chip Patterson

Before we get geared up with the madness known as National Signing Day, here is a rundown of some of the last minute names and stories in the ACC.

Players to Watch

Stephone Anthony (pictured), LB, Anson (Wadesboro, NC): The talented outside linebacker has narrowed his choices to Clemson and Virginia Tech, and plans to make his intentions known at 11:30 ET on national television.  MaxPreps has Anthony as the top rated player at his position and number 4 overall.  Anthony is credited as being an "every down type player" who can make an immediate impact if necessary.  Getting Anthony would be great news for Clemson, who said goodbye to Brandon Maye earlier this week.

Tony Steward, MLB/RB, Menendez (St. Augstine, FL): Considered the next best linebacker behind Anthony, Steward also finds himself flirting with Clemson, but also could end up with Florida State after an in-home with Jimbo Fisher on Friday.  Steward will announce before Anthony, also on national television.  If Steward ends up with the Seminoles, there will be much more pressure for Anthony to end up with Clemson (where some of the Twitter rumors on Tuesday have him committing).

Darius Jennings, QB/DB, Gilman (Baltimore, MD): MaxPreps has Jennings ranked as the #5 athlete in the class of 2011, but the Baltimore native has some unique schools left on his final list before National Signing Day.  In addition to Ohio State, Jennings is still considering offers from Virginia and recently added Wake Forest.  His 4.4 speed makes him a threat that could be plugged in at any position, but many believe he may find his spot at defensive back.  Regardless of position, a player of this caliber would be a huge sign for the Cavaliers or the Demon Deacons.

Teams to Watch

Florida State: With six players in the MaxPreps Top 100 and No. 2 ranking from Tom Lemming, Florida State will be the biggest topic of discussion on National Signing Day in the ACC. All of this and the Seminoles still have the possibility of adding Tony Steward and Tim Jernigan. Jimbo Fisher has worked the recruiting trail as hard as anyone in the conference. His message to the Seminole fanbase is to re-establish Florida State's position atop the ACC.

Clemson: Despite a less than stellar season under Dabo Swinney, and some major changes on the coaching staff, the Tigers find themselves right in contention with the best schools in the country coming into National Signing Day. They already have a nationally ranked class, and are battling down to the wire for Tony Steward, Stephone Anthony, and defensive tackle Phillip Dukes, among others.

North Carolina: Despite spending most of the season in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, head coach Butch Davis has been able to keep North Carolina on the list of many top recruits. According to local reports, Davis has been making no promises to recruits regarding possible NCAA sanctions. Davis has been stacking four-star recruits, and still could make a splash on National Signing Day with Curtis Grant.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher needed only one season as head of the program to get them right back to the top of the national scene. After a strong finish that included their first appearance in the ACC Championship Game since 2005, Florida State could end up landing one of the best recruiting classes in nation. If Timmy Jernigan and Tony Steward do end up hopping on board, it could be one of the best classes in a long time in Tallahassee.


More Signing Day coverage
Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 6:24 am
 

Uncommitted recruits' signing times

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Let the hat show begin! Below is a list of some of the top uncommitted prospects in the country and what time they are scheduled to sign. This list will be constantly updated with the latest information as it becomes available.


Time (ET) Player Position Schools
       
8AM Jake Fisher Offensive tackle Signed with Oregon
9AM Jeoffrey Pagan #4 Defensive end Signed with Alabama
  Lamar Dawson #6 Inside Linebacker Signed with USC
  Elkino Watson Defensive tackle Signed with South Florida
  Ja'Juan Story Wide receiver Signed with Florida
9:30AM Darius Jennings #5 Athlete Signed with Virginia
  Erique Florence #5 Safety Signed with Auburn
10AM Tony Steward #2 Inside Linebacker Signed with Clemson
  Nickolas Brassell #11 Wide receiver Signed with Ole Miss
  Antonio Richardson #6 Offensive tackle Signed with Tennessee
  Aundrey Walker #9 Offensive tackle Signed with USC

Troy Niklas #2 Offensive tackle Signed with Notre Dame
  Jalen Grimble Defensive end Signed with Miami (Fla.)
  Kent Turene #12 Inside linebacker Signed with Georgia
10:30AM Spencer Region #20 Offensive lineman Signed with Clemson
11AM Timmy Jernigan #3 Defensive tackle Signed with Florida State
  Javorius Allen Running back Signed with USC

Brent Calloway #3 Outside linebacker Signed with Alabama
11:20AM Delvon Simmons #8 Defensive tackle Signed with North Carolina
11:30AM Stephone Anthony #1 Outside linebacker Signed with Clemson
12PM Cyrus Kouandjio #1 Offensive tackle Signed with Auburn
1:30PM Isaiah Crowell #6 Tailback Signed with Georgia

Gabe Wright Defensive tackle Signed with Auburn
1:50PM Curtis Grant #1 Inside linebacker Signed with Ohio State
3PM Jermauria Rasco #6 Defensive end Signed with LSU
3:30PM Marqise Lee #14 Athlete Signed with USC
8PM De'Anthony Thomas #2 Athlete Signed with Oregon


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

Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:18 pm
 

SEC Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

As always, National Signing Day promises to be a seismic day in the nation's most cutthroat recruiting conference, the SEC. Here's a rundown of what you'll need to keep an eye on:

Players to Watch

Isaiah Crowell , RB, Carver (Columbus, Ga.): Potentially the final piece in the puzzle of Mark Richt's "Dream Team" of a 2011 class, Crowell will decide between his home-state Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama. The Maxpreps No. 6 running back and No. 55 player overall, Crowell has all the gifts necessary to make a Marcus Lattimore- esque impact, particularly at a Georgia program desperate for a difference-maker at the tailback position. No recruit at any position at any team in the SEC is as big a "must-get" as Crowell appears to be for the Dawgs.

Cyrus Kouandjio , OT, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The No. 3 player in the country according to Tom Lemming, the 6'7", 290-pound prototype tackle (pictured) might hail from Maryland but nonetheless appears to be an intra-state battle between Alabama and Auburn. The Tide can offer Cyrus to chance to play alongside brother Arie Kouandjio (a redshirt freshman at Tuscaloosa) and are considered the team to beat, but the Tigers have made a late charge after Cyrus's visit to the Plains last weekend.

Jermauria Rasco , DE, Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.): Les Miles has already put together a stunning collection of homebred Louisiana talent for his 2011 class, but LSU fans may feel it won't be complete without the explosive Rasco, the Maxpreps No. 6 DE and a top-50 player overall. But to keep one of the most hotly-contested recruits in the country at home, Miles will have to fend off a serious charge from Florida State.

Teams to Watch

Alabama:
Few teams in the country (if any) close as well as the Tide, and if Nick Saban can land Crowell, Kouandjio, and consensus national No. 1 recruit Jadeveon Clowney (who you probably know by now will delay his announcement until Feb. 14), Alabama will lay claim to the nation's top recruiting class once again. Then again, even if they sign only one of the three, the Tide's class is so deep already they'll be in the mix for that honor all the same.

Georgia: It's not just Crowell; the Bulldogs are in play for several other major recruits, like Maxpreps No. 4 defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan and mammoth JUCO defensive tackle Johnathan Jenkins, who could have the same impact as the nose tackle in Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense that Terrence Cody once had at Alabama. Putting the finishing touches on what's already a terrific class could prove to be a critical turning point for Mark Richt's Georgia tenure.

Auburn: As much attention as their competition in Tuscaloosa, Athens and Baton Rouge have received of late, it's Auburn that sits at No. 3 in the Maxpreps team recruiting rankings , and the Tigers could move even higher. No. 5 safety Erique Florence and coveted defensive tackle Gabe Wright are both expected to sign with Auburn, and Gene Chizik could also flip Mississippi State commitment Jermaine Whitehead, a prized defensive back. If Auburn can keep Alabama from re-flipping one-time Tide commitment Brent Calloway, their class should rank right alongside their in-state rivals.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

No one's going to complain too terribly much about Will Muschamp's finish on the recruiting trail, given the limited time with which he and his new staff have had to work. (Not to mention the presence of eye-popping skill position talent like ultra-polished quarterback Jeff Driskel.) But with Georgia and Florida State both poised to bring in substantial hauls, Florida fans still can't be happy about a class that stands at just 16 commitments today, or that Muschamp has added just two players to it since his hire. Finishing with big-time talents like fresh Auburn decommitment Marcus Roberson, blue-chip linebackers Curtis Grant or Stephone Anthony, or defensive tackle Tim Jernigan would go a long way towards soothing any frazzled Gainesville nerves.

Posted on: January 28, 2011 2:23 pm
 

ACC needs, commits and hopes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Boston College    
Biggest need: Linemen. Three offensive line starters depart, including talented tackle Anthony Castonzo. Things are great depth-wise on the defensive line either. The Eagles have already lost out on lineman Brandon Clemons to Michigan State. 


Best verbal commit: Defensive back Albert Louis-Jean.

Hope to get: Linebacker Graham Stewart, who is being persued by Florida and Syracuse.

Clemson 

Biggest need: Defensive line. Clemson loses one of the best defensive ends in the country in Da’Quan Bowers to the NFL Draft while depth for the future is somewhat lacking beyond the upcoming season. The two quarterbacks who enrolled early will be a big help for a team that had just one on scholarship beforehand. 

Best verbal commit: Running back Mike Bellamy

Hope to get: Linebackers Tony Steward or Stephone Anthony.

Duke 

Biggest need: Defensive line. The Blue Devils have to replace two starters and will likely have to replace two more after this season. Finding some quality D-line guys will also go a long ways in helping other positions on defense. 

Best verbal commit: Athlete Blair Holliday

Hope to get: Tight end Cameron Clear.

Florida State 

Biggest need: Offensive line starters Rodney Hudson and Ryan McMahon will be tough to replace with freshmen but the key to continued success will lie in grabbing offensive lineman on Signing Day. 

Best verbal commit: Running back James Wilder Jr. 

Hope to get: Linebacker Tony Steward or defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.

Georgia Tech 

Biggest need: Outside linebacker/defensive end. Defensive coordinator Al Groh plays a 3-4 scheme so the outside linebackers are key in getting pressure on the quarterback as well as mixing things up in the passing game. Higher caliber athletes and more of them are big this recruiting class. 

Best verbal commit: Linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days. 

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Darian Cooper.

Maryland 

Biggest need: Secondary. Safety Antwine Perez graduated and at least two starters will be seniors in 2011 so finding a few players who might be ready to contribute early will be key. 

Best verbal commit: Offensive lineman Nathaniel Clarke 

Hope to get: Cornerback Jeremiah Hendy, who has also looked at Virginia and Iowa following the coaching change.

Miami 

Biggest need: Quarterback. Jacory Harris is a senior and Stephen Morris figures to challenge or win the starting spot but beyond that, the pickings are slim. Grabbing a quarterback, at the very least for depth, is a must. 

Best verbal commit: Defensive end Anthony Chickillo

Hope to get: Quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

North Carolina 

Biggest need: Running back. It was tough last year with the injuries that hit the team but one group that seemed to really get banged up was the running backs. Ryan Houston returns as a redshirt senior but finding a nice, young compliment to him will be key. 

Best verbal commit: Offensive lineman Kiaro Holts.

Hope to get: Linebacker Curtis Grant.

North Carolina State 

Biggest need: Kicker. Laugh if you will but the Wolfpack must replace their starting kicker and punter. 

Best verbal commit: Wide receiver Hakeem Flowers

Hope to get: Defensive tackle Ty McGill.



Virginia 

Biggest need: Defensive line. After Zane Parr's puzzling defection to the NFL Draft, the Cavaliers will need to find quality guys to replace him and at least one defensive tackle.

Best verbal commit: Defensive back Brandon Phelps.

Hope to get: Linebacker Curtis Grant.

Virginia Tech 

Biggest need: Running back. The double whammy of Ryan Williams and Darren Evans leaving for the NFL has created a big hole for a team that will also be breaking in a new quarterback. 

Best verbal commit: Defensive tackle Kris Harley

Hope to get: Linebacker Stephone Anthony.

Wake Forest 

Biggest need: Linebacker. More than anything, Wake needs to find athletes at this position if they are to improve defensively. 

Best verbal commit: Quarterback Kevin Sousa.

Hope to get: Athlete Darius Jennings.
 
 
 
 
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