Tag:Recruiting
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:22 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 10:29 am
 

Florida State gets commit from DT Eddie Goldman

Posted by Chip Patterson

Eddie Goldman, ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle (No. 17 overall prospect) in the 2012 class, is the latest to join a star-studded class for Jimbo Fisher and Florida State.

"This fall, I will attend Florida State University," Goldman announced on Wednesday in a television appearance on ESPN. "It's going to be a great thing, I'm going to be surrounded by a lot of talent. I'm just going to try to do my best to contribute."

Goldman joins Mario Edwards (No. 4 overall prospect) as top defensive linemen from the 2012 class to commit to Florida State. The Seminoles' defense has become a force since Fisher was promoted to head coach in 2010, allowing less than 20 points per game in the last two seasons.

Howard joins a Seminoles class currently ranked No. 8 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.

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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 30, 2012 6:59 pm
 

DE Junior Gnonkonde picks UNC after visit

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Georgia Tech commit Junior Gnonkonde verbally committed to North Carolina on Sunday, and is expected to sign with the Tar Heels on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5, 225 pound weakside defensive end was committed to the Yellow Jackets before head coach Paul Johnson withdrew the offer for academic reasons. The Lanier County (Ga.) High School standout was one of the earliest commits in Johnson's 2012 class, but the head coach informed the family on Jan. 20 that Gnonkonde's test scores were too low.

Gnonkonde visited North Carolina this past weekend, meeting with North Carolina's athletic director and director of admissions in addition to head coach Larry Fedora. After the visit, Gnonkonde selected the Tar Heels.

“He met with the head coach before the basketball game and said ‘I’m comfortable; I don’t need to look anywhere else,’” said Lanier County athletics director John White, who is also Junior’s legal guardian.

“I tried to get him to wait and Junior said that he didn’t need to wait, so he went ahead and committed.”

White informed the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that North Carolina will not require Gnonkonde to retake any tests, but the defensive end will do so anyway.

Gnonkonde picked North Carolina after receiving offers from South Carolina, Wake Forest, Central Florida, Syracuse, and Louisiana Tech.

For more on the Tar Heels' 2012 recruiting class, check out the ACC Signing Day Overview.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:19 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 1:21 pm
 

Florida DB flips from Georgia Tech to Miami

Posted by Chip Patterson

Defensive back Antonio Crawford, from Tampa, Fla., has flipped his commitment from Georgia Tech to Miami.

“It was a pretty hard decision because I’ve been committed to Georgia Tech for a long time.” Crawford told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I got to know the coaches and I got to know some of the other recruits. It was pretty tough to do it, but they respected my decision and I respected them for that.”

Crawford had been committed to the Yellow Jackets since last summer, but received a last-minute offer from the Hurricanes last week and took a recruiting trip over the weekend. After a weekend in Coral Gables, Crawford returned home with a change of heart.

Georgia Tech assistant Charles Kelly hoped that Crawford would remain committed to the Yellow Jackets after the visit, but apparently took the news of the de-commit well on Sunday.

"No, I'm not surprised [by Georgia Tech's reaction]," Crawford said. "The Georgia Tech people are real classy. They are respectable people, and I know they wouldn't do anything like be angry and mad at me."

For Miami head coach Al Golden, Crawford's commitment is another payoff from an aggressive recruiting effort that began in early December. When the school made themselves ineligible for postseason play due to the ongoing NCAA investigation, Golden and his staff hit the recruiting trail hard in an effort to build for the future.

Miami's 2012 class, currently with 31 verbal commitments, is ranked No. 6 nationally by MaxPreps. For more on the Hurricanes, check out the ACC Signing Day Overview.

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Posted on: January 30, 2012 11:17 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Coach denies Green-Beckham to Missouri report

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: CBSSports.com's Dennis Dodd spoke with John Beckham, Green-Beckham's high school coach and adoptive father, who denied the Tulsa World report.



The nation's No. 1 recruit, Dorial Green-Beckham, has the college football world scratching their heads wondering where the 6-foot-6, 225 pound wide receiver will sign on National Signing Day?

The standout from Springfield, Mo. has kept his decision-making process under wraps throughout his recruitment, only recently narrowing his list to Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Which school will add Green-Beckham to their 2012 recruiting class has been a matter of intense debate among recruiting experts for weeks.

A report from Tulsa World reporter John Hoover on Monday morning suggested that Missouri has moved into the top spot and will be Green-Beckham's selection on Wednesday.

"Extremely good source just told me Dorial Green-Beckham to Missouri," Hoover reported from his Twitter account. "Influential visit last weekend. Things can change but I trust him."

The combination of Green-Beckham's potential and the uncertainty regarding his decision will likely lead to plenty of "sourced" reports over the next two days, but one certainly is worth some attention. To catch up on Green-Beckaham's recruitment and learn more about the school's hoping to receive his commitment, check out Stephen Spiewak's profile from Monday at MaxPreps.com.



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Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:59 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 5:00 pm
 

QB Summers flips commitment from NC State to UNC

Posted by Chip Patterson

NC State verbal commit James Summers has decided to take his talents a half-hour down Interstate 40 to North Carolina, switching his commitment on Thursday.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound quarterback from Greensboro (N.C.) Page, considered one of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2012 class, led his team to the 4AA state title in 2011. Summers collected MVP honors after completing 11 of 16 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns while adding 116 yards rushing and an interception on defense in the title game. He was a runner-up for AP state player of the year, and previously committed to the Wolfpack in April 2011.

Summers' arrival is a huge boost to Larry Fedora's first class at North Carolina, after losing top QB recruit Patton Robinette to Vanderbilt during UNC orientation earlier this month. Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, who served in the same position under Fedora at Southern Miss, continued to recruit Summers despite his commitment to the Wolfpack. The dynamic quarterback also had offers from Clemson and East Carolina.

Another factor in Summers' decision may have been the transfer of Colorado State quarterback Pete Thomas. Thomas will first be eligible to play for NC State in 2013, with two seasons of eligibility remaining. If the transfer works out well for Thomas, the in-state quarterback may not see the field until 2015. At North Carolina, the competition is wide open behind junior quarterback Bryn Renner.

For much more on North Carolina and NC State, check out the ACC Signing Day Overview as well as Tar Heels RapidReports and Wolfpack RapidReports.

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