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Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:56 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 9:00 am

Chance Allen chooses Oregon over Oklahoma State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Wide receiver Chance Allen of Missouri City, Texas had originally given his verbal to Oklahoma State, but on Wednesday he signed his letter of intent to play at Oregon.

Allen will provide the Ducks with a big target, as he checks in at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. According to MaxPreps' Tom Lemming, Allen is "a dominating red-zone receiver, he runs great routes, knows how to get open, and is as sure handed as they come." 

Allen becomes the 20th commitment in Oregon's class, and the second receiver to commit to the Ducks, along with Dwayne Stanford.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central. 
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:35 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 9:00 am

DT Edmund Ray commits to Texas A&M

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Defensive tackle Edmund Ray had originally given his commitment to Missouri, but nothing is official until a player signs his letter of intent on National Signing Day, and when Ray signed his on Wednesday morning it wasn't directed to Mizzou. Instead Ray commited to Texas A&M.

The St. Louis product is 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, and though he played both defensive tackle and defensive end in high school, he's projected to play defensive tackle in college.

Ray becomes the sixth player to sign a letter of intent with the Aggies in 2012.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central. 
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:25 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 9:00 am

Michael Onuoha chooses Oklahoma

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Defensive end Michael Onuoha put an end to any speculation about where he'd be commiting to on Wednesday when he tweeted "Boomer Sooner." 

The Oklahoma native told SoonerScoop.com that staying close to home played a big factor in his decision.

"I just took it upon myself, I sat down, thought about it, I prayed about it, I talked to my parents, and I can't even go into all that I went over. Ultimately I made my decision on where I should go," said Onuoha. "I made my decision on how far Missouri is from Oklahoma and family always come first for me. I don't want to be all the way in Missouri because if anything happens I want my family to have my back.

"I just felt like Oklahoma was the best place for me." 

The three-star defensive end checks in at 6-foot-7, 225 pounds. He becomes the 22nd commitment in Oklahoma's class, and the third defensive end.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central. 
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:34 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2012 8:34 pm

DE Darius Hamilton chooses Rutgers

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Big East teams aren't supposed to be able to snag nationally-recognized consensus five-star recruits, especially not when that team has undergone a sudden coaching transition just days before signing day. But don't tell that to Darius Hamilton.

The five-star defensive end out of Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey decided that he'd like to stay close to home, announcing that he had committed to Rutgers on Tuesday night.  

A huge recruiting victory for Rutgers, and new head coach Kyle Flood, as Hamilton is not only considered the top player in the state of New Jersey, but MaxPreps has him ranked at #30 in the entire 2012 class.

Making Hamilton's decision even more significant, he chose Rutgers over schools like Miami and Florida. Two schools who may have experienced some struggles in recent seasons, but two programs with a deeper history of success both on the field and on the recruiting trail. So the fact that Flood was able to keep Hamilton in state could be a good omen for his future as a recruiter at Rutgers.

This commitment also erases the sting of seeing tight end Michael Giacone flip his commitment from Rutgers to Boston College earlier on Tuesday. So on the same day Kyle Flood lost his first recruit, he picked up an even bigger one.

A trade off I think Rutgers fans will gladly make over and over again. 

Photo by Vincent Carchietta
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:57 pm

WR Jordan Payton flips from Cal to Washington

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Tosh Lupoi continues to raid Cal's cupboard.

Ever since Lupoi left Cal to join Steve Sarkisian's staff at Washington, the Huskies new recruiting coordinator has been paying dividends.

Late Monday night former Cal commit Shaq Thompson announced that he was flipping his commitment to Washington, and now wide receiver Jordan Payton has done it too, making the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

Taylor is a three-star receiver out of California's Oaks Christian. He's a big target with speed, and measure in at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds.

Taylor becomes the 23rd player to commit to Washington in its 2012 class, and is the fourth receiver in the group, joining Dwayne Washington, Kendyl Taylor and Michael Rector.

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 31, 2012 1:31 pm

Ohio State nabs another for its 2013 class

Posted by Tom Fornelli

At the rate Urban Meyer has been moving since taking over at Ohio State, I fully expect the Buckeyes will have put the finishing touches on their 2016 recruiting class by sometime in May of 2012. Although most schools will be signing off on their 2012 classes on Wednesday, Meyer and the Buckeyes have already picked up the second commitment of their 2013 class.

MaxPreps tells us that Ohio State has received a commitment from junior quarterback Jalin Marshall of Middletown, Ohio.

“It’s one of the biggest decisions of my life, and I feel like I made a great choice,” Marshall told the Middletown Journal. “It’s close to home, and it’s my childhood dream school. When they gave me the opportunity, I kind of knew where I wanted to go.” 

Marshall is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound quarterback that was named co-Offensive Player of the Year in the Greater Miami Conference. He rushed for 1,859 yards, threw for 782 yards and scored a total of 26 touchdowns as a junior.

He joins cornerback Cam Burrows as the second member of Ohio State's 2013 class.

Photo by Michael Noyes 
Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:20 pm

Bryce Cottrell flips to Texas

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a bit of advice for college coaches across the country: if a player has given you his commitment already, do everything in your power to keep that recruit from visiting Texas the weekend before signing day.

Defensive end Bryce Cottrell of Texas' Plano West announced that he'd switched his commitment from Oregon to Texas on Monday night.

“I’m committed to Texas,” Cottrell told the Austin American Statesman. “Texas fit me and my family.”

Cottrell becomes the third player to visit Texas over the weekend that decided to flip his commitment, joining athlete Daje Johnson (previously committed to TCU) and linebacker Dalton Santos (was committed to Tennessee). All of which means that Texas went three-for-three on its visits over the weekend, and if my math is correct, that's a 100% conversion rate.

Cottrell becomes the 27th member of Texas' class, and is the third defensive end to join the fray, along with Hassan Ridgeway and Caleb Bluiett
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