Tag:Letter of Intent
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:57 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 10:04 am
 

Top CB Tracy Howard chooses Miami

Posted by Chip Patterson

Tracy Howard, one of the top cornerbacks in the 2012 class, announced his intentions to sign with Miami.

"I chose the University of Miami because I looked at the overall picture of it from an academic standpoint to an opportunity standpoint," Howard said in a live announcement on ESPN.  "I had a great bond with the coaches. Why not win in my hometown, in my city. Why not do it there?"

Howard narrowed his choices to the Florida, Florida State, and the Hurricanes before making his decision known on National Signing Day. The 5-foot-11, 170 pound cornerback from Mirmar (Fla.) High School is considered by many to be one of the top cover corners in the class, and arguably the top recruit in the state of Florida. For the three Sunshine State powerhouses, Howard was one of the top in-state targets.

"[Howard] shows above average acceleration and change of direction," says Tom Lemming. "He closes quickly on the ball and is not overly aggressive or physical against the run, he's more of a cover corner with very good instincts."

Howard joins a Hurricanes class currently ranked No. 6 in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. Keep up with all the latest announcements around the nation throughout the day at Signing Day Central.

Photo: Stuart Browning, Max Preps

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:17 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 9:24 am
 

ATH Joel Caleb to sign with Virginia Tech

Posted by Chip Patterson


Wide receiver Joel Caleb, the No. 6 athlete (No. 46 overall prospect) in the 2012 class, has committed to Virginia Tech over West Virginia and Ohio State.

Caleb was a dual-threat quarterback and defensive back at Clover Hill (Midlothian, Va.), throwing for 747 yards and rushing for 737 in a senior season shortened by injury.  He is expected to play wide receiver for the Hokies, and is one of Virginia Tech's top ranked commits in the 2012 class. 

Virginia Tech had a few top prospects left uncommitted heading into National Signing Day, and Caleb was at the top of the wish list. As of his commitment, the Hokies have the No. 17 recruiting class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25.



For more on Virginia Tech's 2012 class, check out Hokies 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 8:45 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 8:54 am
 

Virginia DT Korren Kirven picks Alabama

Posted by Chip Patterson

Alabama added more beef to their 2012 class early on National Signing Day when Korren Kirven picked the Tide over in-state favorite Virginia Tech.

Kirven had also considered Maryland and Tennessee before narrowing his choices and announcing and making his announcement on Wednesday at Brookville High in Lynchburg.

The 6-foot-3, 270 pound defensive tackle attends the same high school as current Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas and defensive end Zack McCray, but chose to commit to Nick Saban and the defending national champions.

Kirven is considered a top defensive end prospect by MaxPreps.com's Tom Lemming, and adds plenty of depth to an already healthy Crimson Tide recruiting class. The announcement is a much bigger blow to the Hokies, who had Kirven as one of their last big prospects yet to commit.

For more on Kirven check out Crimson Tide RapidReports and the SEC Eye On Recruiting. Keep up with all the latest announcements around the nation throughout the day at Signing Day Central.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 4:29 pm
 

New rule changes how some recruits may be counted

Posted by Bryan Fischer

As fans, coaches, administrators, boosters and the media eagerly await National Signing Day on Wednesday, one recently enacted rule change has flown under just about everyone’s radar. While most in the media have talked about a new oversigning rule put in place this year - one that limits schools to 28 signees during the signing period - there’s another impactful rule also on the books.

Passed in early January at the NCAA's annual convention, the new rule – Proposal 2010-78 – specifies that an initial counter (an incoming player who receives financial aid in a sport for the first time) can replace a midyear graduate in either the current or following year's class. Like the rule limiting schools to 28 signees, 2010-78 was sponsored by the SEC.

“We really started it at the institutional level and, on this particular proposal, about a year ago one of our universities submitted the idea to change the rule as it’s presented,” Greg Sankey, SEC Associate Commissioner of Compliance said. “The basis was before 2010-78, if you had a midyear graduate and you’re at your 85 maximum (number of scholarships), you can replace that person but you’d have to count the initial counter forward.

“If they’ve done things well and graduated a player and been under the initial counter limit for the current year, why not allow us the flexibility to count that individual for the current year as an initial counter?”

The proposal sailed through the NCAA pipeline without comment or challenge from any cabinet or committee. NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn confirmed that the rule is in effect now unless an override vote is called for. 

“It was ultimately seen as a good idea nationally based on the outcome of the convention vote,” Sankey added.

In essence, if a school fails to use the full initial counter limit in a recruiting class and graduates a few players early, they can maximize the number of players they can bring in. Oversigning though, is not the term one uses when talking about 2010-78.

“It’s actually tied to not oversigning,” Sankey said. “You would have to have someone on your 85-man limit leave for graduation. I think we all agree that’s a positive. And then you have to have room in your current initial counters to bring someone new in. You’re not, in any way, disenfranchising someone.”

Indeed, the new rule should provide a competitive advantage to schools that graduate players early. Many would consider this a good thing. It could also mean some players are pushed to graduate early in order to get them out and bring new players in. Given the time constraints already placed on some student-athletes, it could be something schools use to push their athletes academically to their detriment and the school's benefit.

Regardless of how the process is played out and the rule used, the topic of signing players is not going away in the near future.

“At our annual meetings, I anticipate there will be some ideas that will alter what was identified as the signing limit in the past,” Sankey said. “It’s been an active issue, certainly before any attention this week.”

With Signing Day approaching, you bet that this is an issue that will continue to be a topic for discussion.

 
 
 
 
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