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Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Dorial Green-Beckham already has a billboard



Posted by Tom Fornelli


You think they're excited about Dorial Green-Beckham commiting to Missouri in Columbia?

The nation's top recruit made the news official only a few hours ago and there are already billboards up congratulating him for his decision. Which means that the state of Missouri has some of the fastest billboard artists in the world, or there was an inkling where Green-Beckham would end up before that letter of intent came in on Wednesday morning.

Or maybe Dorial put it up himself. He's just that good.

Photo courtesy of Gabe DeArmond

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:00 pm
 

VIDEO: Miss. LB commits with nephew's onesie

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

It seemed unthinkable that any recruit could find a cuter prop for a Signing Day announcement than Georgia commitment Isaiah Crowell's bulldog puppy in 2012. But new Mississsippi State linebacker Richie Brown has come up with a serious challenger, and despite the nickname of his new team in Starkville, he hasn't followed in Crowell's footsteps.

Brown instead borrowed his infant nephew, whose Mississippi State onesie helped the Long Beach (Miss.) linebacker announce his pick of the Bulldogs over Southern Miss, Tennessee and Ole Miss. Video:

Brown has more going for him than clever Signing Day announcements, though. Here's Tom Lemming's scouting report on the 6'2", 228-pound linebacker:

Right now he ranks as the #1 LB prospect in the state. He shows good range and a nose for the ball. Has the frame to weigh 240 in college and can run with the best of them. One of the more competitive ball players in the state.

We're guessing you can go ahead and add "creative" to that last sentence, too.

HT: SBNation

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:07 pm
 

CB Ronald Darby commits to Florida State

Posted by Chip Patterson

Ronald Darby, the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2012 class, quickly became one of the hottest prospects in the nation after decommitting from Notre Dame in early January. On National Signing Day, Darby added himself to an already elite group as he threw up a tomahawk chop and donned a Florida State hat on national television.  

Darby mentioned defensive coordinator Mark Stoops and defensive line coach Odell Haggins as reasons for feeling at home with the Seminoles.  

Tom Lemming calls Darby "the fastest football player in the nation" and ranks the Maryland native as the No. 3 athlete in the 2012 class. Earlier in the day, top quarterback recruit Jameis Winston told ESPN he had been working on recruiting Darby to join him at Florida State.  Like Winston with baseball, Darby plans to be a two-sport athlete and compete on the Florida State track team.

Darby joins a class that was already ranked No. 8 in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. Get the latest on Florida State by following the Seminoles 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 3:05 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 3:05 pm
 

OL Alex Kozan a no-show at signing ceremony

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa, Michigan and Auburn are the three schools waiting on a decision from offensive lineman Alex Kozan, and it's starting to look like they'll all have to wait a bit longer.

Kozan, who had verbally committed to Iowa, was reportedly a no-show at the signing day ceremony being held at his high school, Valor Christian Academy, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Kozan played both offensive and defensive line in high school, but is projected as an offensive lineman on the college level. He measures at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds.

Given that he did not show up to the ceremony or send in a letter of intent, you'd have to think this is a bad sign for Iowa, but this is National Signing Day. So nothing is official until that letter of intent comes in with a signature.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Top 100 OT Avery Young picks Auburn

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A National Signing Day that's already had its peaks and valleys at Auburn hit another peak with Maxpreps top 100 offensive lineman Avery Young announcing he would sign with the Tigers.

A 6'5", 285-pound tackle from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.), Young chose Auburn despite serious interest from Florida and Georgia. The Bulldogs were apparently confident enough in Young's signature that his profile even appeared on the official Georgia website before being pulled down.

The three-and-a-half star Young becomes one of the biggest gets for Gene Chizik's 2012 class, ranking as the nation's No. 87 overall prospect and the No. 12 tackle in the class. Tom Lemming writes on Young:

This LT shows the quickness off the ball and body control needed to play the position in college. He stays low, shows the body control and burst to effectively block out on the second level, does a good job of staying with his blocks until the whistle, and has the frame to weigh well over 300 pounds in college. He's as consistent as they come.

Young made his announcement only minutes after Auburn had received another huge piece of good news: a signature from national No. 16 athlete Ricardo Louis. A 6'2", 215-pound three-star from Miami, Louis had briefly decommitted from Auburn and pledged to Florida State before deciding on the Tigers Wednesday. Louis is expected to play wide receiver at Auburn.

With Louis and Young now safely in the fold, the Tigers move to 18 commitments in the class and have a shot at moving up from their current rank of 22nd in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25 despite prospects like Eddie GoldmanLeonard Williams and Kwon Alexander each electing to go elsewhere.

For updates throughout the day on Auburn's new class, follow our CBSSports Auburn RapidReports. 

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:11 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 1:18 pm
 

WR Quinshad Davis picks UNC over Tennessee, WFU

Posted by Chip Patterson

Wide receiver Quinshad Davis raised the status of Larry Fedora's first North Carolina class on National Signing Day, choosing the Tar Heels over Tennessee and Wake Forest.

"The coaching staff, the players - I felt the most comfortable there," Davis said in a press conference from his high school on Wednesday. "They showed me film and they run basically the same thing we run."

The 6-foot-4, 190 pound wideout helped Gaffney (S.C) High School to the Class AAAA Division I title game with 2,009 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns in his senior season. Davis is listed by Tom Lemming as one of the top wide receivers in the 2012 class.

"Has soft hands, good speed, can get in and out of his cuts quickly, and is consistently able to get separation from man to man coverage," Lemming said of Davis. "He does a good job of selling a fake in his route and can beat the DB with a double move."

Larry Fedora brought offensive coordinator Blake Anderson with him from Southern Miss, and the pair has been tirelessly hitting the recruiting trail to pull prospects that fit their up-tempo offensive scheme. Davis joins quarterback James Summers as notable late additions to the Tar Heels' 2012 class.

Follow North Carolina RapidReports for more on the Tar Heels' class. Keep up with all the latest announcements around the nation throughout the day at Signing Day Central.

Photo: Jamie Dahl, MaxPreps

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:04 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 1:08 pm
 

Trey Williams officially signs with Texas A&M

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Kevin Sumlin has seen some members of his first recruiting class leave for other schools on Wednesday, and he's helped flip some of his own, but the best news he received all day may have been when Trey Williams faxed in his letter of intent to play for the Aggies.

Williams' commitment to the Aggies hasn't really been in doubt since he verbally committed back in April, but given the nature of college football recruiting, and all the flips we've seen already today, Sumlin can move forward knowing he has his running back of the future.

Williams is ranked as the top wingback in the 2012 class by MaxPreps, and the five-star back is ranked #32 over all. He's the highest-rated running back the Aggies have signed since Christine Michael, who Williams could find himself splitting carries with in 2012.

Williams is 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, but he also runs a 4.37 40-yard dash. Williams' signing combined with that of wide receiver Thomas Johnson give the Aggies a couple new offensive playmakers as they make the move to the SEC.

Tom Lemming called him "the most exciting player in south Texas." Though you don't have to take Lemming's word for it, you can just check out some of the highlight videos.

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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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