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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
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 9:22 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 10:16 am
 

LB Northrup makes switch from 'Canes to 'Noles



Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Blue-chip linebacker Reggie Northrup has backed out of a commitment to Miami and will instead sign with Hurricane archrivals Florida State.

6'2", 220-pound three-star recruit from First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla., Northrup committed to the 'Canes last June but made the Signing Day switch to the 'Noles. Northrup also claimed offers from Arkansas, North Carolina and Ohio State.

Northrup is rated the No. 14 inside linebacker in the class of 2012 by Tom Lemming, who writes the following:

He's a sure tackler with good instincts, shows the ability to go sideline to sideline, and can play either OLB or ILB at the next level. Shows terrific speed to the ball, plays the game on his feet, shows the athleticism to affectively drop back into the passing lane, and is always around the ball. He see and reads keys impressively and is rarely caught out of position.

Northrup gives a big boost to a Seminole class that to date has been extremely high on quality but short on overall numbers. FSU currently ranks 8th in the CBS Sports National Signing Day top 25. Miami's 30-plus-player class, meanwhile, ranks sixth.

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

Photo by Gray Quetti for Maxpreps. 
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, 2012 1:49 pm
 

TE Giacone flips from Rutgers to BC

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Rutgers' 2012 class has suffered its first casualty in the wake of Greg Schiano leaving the school to become head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

MaxPreps is reporting that tight end Michael Giacone of St. Peter's Prep has switched his commitment from Rutgers to Boston College.

Giacone is considered the nation's #21 ranked tight end by MaxPreps. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder played in a run-oriented offense at St. Peter's Prep. As a result, he only had 13 receptions for 191 yards and a touchdown in his senior season.

Giacone may be the first member of Rutgers class to flip since Schiano left and was replaced by Kyle Flood, but it remains to be seen whether or not he'll be the last. Flood and the Rutgers coaching staff has been working extremely hard to keep its 2012 recruiting class in order since Schiano left, but it appears that work wasn't enough to keep Giacone in the fold.

"I realized when I committed to Rutgers too much of my decision was based on coaching," Giacone told EagleAction.com. "You know, when I committed to Rutgers, BC had been my second choice.

"After Coach Schiano left I talked to my coach and he told me to visit a couple of schools to help in my decision."

Giacone becomes the 16th commitment in Boston College's 2012 class. 
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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