Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:18 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 1:15 pm

Torshiro Davis chooses Texas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There have been quite a few surprises on National Signing Day, and the latest involves outside linebacker Torshiro Davis.

Davis, from Shreveport, Louisiana, had originally committed to play football at LSU nearly a year ago to the day. Then, surprisingly,when he signed his letter of intent on Wednesday it was Texas he was committing to. Davis had visited Texas along with Alabama in spite of his commitment to Texas, but maintained throughout the process that he was strongly leaning toward LSU the entire time.

It seems that changed in the last few days.

When asked what had changed for Davis, he said "some of the players don't seem happy down there [at LSU]."

Davis stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 222 pounds. He also runs a 4.56 40-yard dash, and will be a welcome addition to the Longhorns pass rush in the years to come.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:23 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 11:23 am

Trae Elston chooses Ole Miss

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Trae Elston, a cornerback from Oxford, Alabama, is going from one Oxford to another.

Elston announced on Wednesday morning in a televised press conference that he'd be going to Ole Miss, giving new head coach Hugh Freeze an excellent addition on the defensive side of the ball. Elston made the announcement by pulling off his jacket to reveal a white shirt and red tie before putting on his Ole Miss hat.

The three-star prospect is ranked at #122 in the 2012 recruiting class by MaxPreps. 

Elston stands at 6-feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He was a high school teammate of Kwon Alexander, who announced he'd be attending LSU a few minutes before Elston made his announcement.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:20 am

Top 100 LB Kwon Alexander picks LSU

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the nation's top linebackers has chosen to go spurn an offer from his home state at Auburn and sign with LSU.

Oxford (Ala.) blue-chip linebacker Kwon Alexander announced he will sign with the Bayou Bengals despite a long recruitment from their SEC West rivals on the Plains. A 6'3", 215-pound prospect who entered his senior season as one of the nation's top handful of recruits before an ACL injury, Alexander still finished at No. 96 overall in the Maxpreps top 100 and the No. 4 outside linebacker.

Tom Lemming writes about Alexander's ability:

Here's a defender who can run with the backs. He impresses you with his overall game, makes plays from sideline to sideline, is an effective pass rusher and also does an outstanding job when dropping back into the passing lanes. The No. 1 defensive player in Alabama.

Alexander also sported offers from Alabama, Florida and Florida State.

Alexander is LSU's second big defensive addition of the day following safety Corey Thompson's late switch from Texas A&M. The Tigers now have 23 commitments and could move up in the CBS Sports National Signing Day top 25.

For more updates throughout the day on LSU's Signing Day, follow our CBSSports.com LSU RapidReports.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:54 am

Top 100 DE Fowler signs with Florida over 'Noles

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It turns out that photo of Dante Fowler in a Florida jersey doing the Gator chomp with his brothers was a bad omen for Florida State after all.

The four-and-a-half star defensive end had pronounced himself "100 percent" behind his longtime commitment to the Seminoles earlier this week, but decided Wednesday his heart was with the Gators and has signed with Florida.

While no one at Tallahassee will mourn too intensely after landing Eddie GoldmanFowler's switch is a huge boost for Will Muschamp and the Gators. Fowler is ranked as the No. 44 player in the nation in the Maxpreps top 100 and the No. 6 defensive end in the class. Tom Lemming writes about Fowler:

Here is a DE who will not stay blocked. Relentless, tough and aggressive, he has outstanding closing speed. He's a quarterback's nightmare ... exceptionally quick off the ball, has a remarkable first step which allows him to beat almost every defender he goes up against, shows a great motor, is relentless in pursuit, plays hard until the whistle, and has the frame to weigh 270 in college. A dynamic playmaker who comes off the edge better than any DE prospect in the country ... He needs to be double and sometimes triple-teamed at all times.

Fowler also turned down offers from Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, and others. He is expected to play the "buck" outside linebacker position in Muschamp's 3-4 defense.

The switch gives the Gators a total of 22 commitments and counting, a number that has put them solidly in the top five of the CBS Sports National Signing Day top 25.

For updates throughout the day on Florida's 2012 class, follow our CBSSports.com Florida RapidReports.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:33 am

Safety Corey Thompson switches from A&M to LSU

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

LSU and Texas A&M had a long traditional rivalry on the football field restored by the Aggies' move to the SEC. Now the two schools are reacquainting their rivalry on the recruiting trail as well.

The Tigers made a late push for Aggie safety commitment Corey Thompson and on Signing Day won the 6'2", 195-pound prospect's signature. Thompson hails from Elkins High School in the Houston area, a location for frequent battles between the Tigers and Aggies--and no doubt even more in the future.

Thompson's decision gives LSU a total of 22 commitments, and a shot at moving up from their current perch of 13th in the CBS National Signing Day Top 25.

Signing Day hasn't worked out well for the Aggies so far, with Thompson the second longtime Aggie commitment to make a late switch following the defection of receiver Bralon Addison to Oregon. 

For more updates throughout the day on LSU's Signing Day, follow our CBSSports.com LSU RapidReports.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:29 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 8:31 am

Blue-chip juco WR Patterson to sign with Vols

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

After a tough couple of daysTennessee began its National Signing Day by bouncing back in a big way with a commit from Cordarrelle Patterson.

Multiple reports have stated that the 6'4", 205-pound juco wide receiver from Hutchinson Community College will sign with the Vols Wednesday over offers from most of the SEC, including Georgia, Ole Miss, Auburn, and LSU. Patterson caught 61 passes for 924 yards with 15 touchdowns for Hutchinson in 2011.

Patterson is widely considered the nation's top juco prospect at the wide receiving position and should give the Vols an immediate-impact starter to balance the field opposite Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter.

The Vols now have 21 recruits in a class currently ranked 20th in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25, and could move up by the day's end. 

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Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:46 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 9:46 pm

Fast-rising S Jordan Moore pledges to TCU

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

TCU hasn't had the best of luck on the trail over the past week, losing key commitments to Texas and Texas A&M. But the horned Frogs took a big step back in the right direction Tuesday night with a pledge from fast-rising Georgia safety Jordan Moore.

Moore made the announcement on the SportSouth network.

"Coach [Gary] Patterson is a great guy," Moore said. "[He and coach] Rusty Burns were essential in recruiting me in this process."

Thanks to a transfer of schools and injuries, Moore was a largely unknown quantity as recently as January, before his senior film and sprinter's speed earned him a host of late offers from some of the nation's top programs. Moore chose the Frogs over co-finalist Auburn, Ohio State, North Carolina and others.

6'2", 205-pound recruit from M.L. King High in Lithonia, Moore is the two-time defending Georgia state champion in the 110-meter hurdles and had originally planned to go to LSU on a track scholarship. Combine that speed with his protypical safety size, and it's easy to understand why so many schools were eager to extend an offer even this close to signing day.

“He just kind of blew up over night. When the colleges looked at his senior film, they couldn’t believe what they saw," King head coach Mike Carson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in mid-January. "They love his size and his speed, and they are shocked to see how physical he is.”

Thanks in part to Moore's impact on defense, King finished their season 12-1 and 7-0 in their conference.

Moore's commitment brings the Frogs back to 20 commitments for their 2012 class. The news stings for Auburn, though, still sitting on an SEC-low 15 commitments entering signing day. The Tigers currently rank 21st in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25, and with several huge names like defensive tackle Eddie Goldmandefensive back Ronald Darby and linebacker Kwon Alexander still on the Auburn board, the Tigers could make a big move up--or drop out of the top 25 entirely.

For live updates on Auburn's signees throughout signing day, follow our CBSSports.com Auburn RapidReports

Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:50 pm

Memphis CB Dawson picks Georgia over Ole Miss

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A long night for Ole Miss got even longer as the Rebels' Memphis target Sheldon Dawson committed to Georgia Monday instead.

A top athlete projected to play cornerback at the collegiate level, Dawson had long been committed to hometown Memphis but was expected to flip to either the Bulldogs or the nearby Rebels once he began receiving SEC offers. Dawson told Scout.com that he is "100 percent committed" to Georgia and will not consider a late switch to any other team.

"I am definitely signing with Georgia, and I feel relieved to end this process," Dawson said. In addition to the Bulldogs' and Rebels' offers, Dawson visited Cincinnati and claimed interest from Arkansas, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

Maxpreps' Tom Lemming agrees with the consensus that Dawson -- a 5'11", 170-pound athlete from Memphis's Ridgeway High School that has also seen time at running back and wideout -- is "best suited" for cornerback:

Proves to be a flexible athlete with excellent speed, he can flip his hips and run vertically, can support the run, and is also an explosive punt returner.

Dawson is Georgia's 17th commitment for 2012, a class currently ranked 22nd in the Maxpreps team recruiting top 25. For Ole Miss, Dawson's decision was insult to the already sizable injury of seeing hometown quarterback Jeremy Liggins announce in downtown Oxford he would be signing with LSU instead.

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