Tag:SEC
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:03 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 12:36 pm
 

DE Williams signs with USC over SEC schools

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

If it's National Signing Day, it must mean Lane Kiffin is somewhere landing blue-chip recruits. And that hasn't changed in 2012.

The latest example: defensive end Leonard Williams, from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach (Fla.), who announced he would sign with Kiffin's USC over Auburn, Florida and Florida State. A 6'5", 260-pound strongside end who could grow into a defensive tackle, Williams is a high-upside prospect ranked by Maxpreps as the nation's No. 25 defensive end

Tom Lemming writes of Williams:

Leonard has been blessed with long arms, quick feet, and excellent mobility. He started out slow but developed into a blue chip prospect by the end of the season. Exceptional against the run, he's pretty good against the pass. Shows good straight line speed, is excellent in pursuit, and is able to stack, shed, and display some good change of direction ability. A big-framed player who could weigh 300 pounds in college and wind up playing DT.

Thanks to NCAA sanctions the Trojans have one of the smallest classes in the CBS Sports National Signing Day top 25, with only 13 commitments. But those 13 are still strong enough to put Kiffin's team at No. 12 in those rankings.

For updates on the newest Trojans throughout National Signing Day, follow our CBSSports.com USC RapidReports.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:37 am
 

Top 100 WR Thomas Johnson signs with Texas A&M

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Texas's loss was Texas A&M's gain as top 100 wide receiver and former Longhorn commitment Thomas Johnson turned the Aggies' Signing Day around in a big way by heading to College Station.

A 6'0", 180-pound three-and-a-half star prospect from Dallas's Skyline High School, Johnson chose the Aggies over local offers from teams like TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma and national programs like Cal and Oregon.

Johnson ranks as the class of 2012's No. 84 overall prospect in the Maxpreps top 100, and the nation's No. 8 wide receiver--meaning his signature will go a long way (and then some) towards easing the sting from receiver Bralon Addison's defection to Oregon earlier Wednesday.

Tom Lemming writes of Johnson:

He is a home run threat who gets significant yardage after the catch, runs precise routes, shows soft hands, brilliant speed, quickness, does a great job of beating the press, and catches the ball with his hands and away from his body. A go-to type of guy with average size and above average speed and athletic ability.

Johnson offers a big boost to a strong Aggie class that currently ranks 11th in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25

For regular updates on the Aggies' Signing Day, follow our CBSsports.com Texas A&M RapidReports.

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

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

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.
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 10:33 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.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:30 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 10:40 am
 

Dorial Green-Beckham chooses Missouri

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The entire college football world has been wondering where wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham would play his college ball, and the kid known as DGB put an end to the suspense on Wednesday morning.

Green-Beckham announced that he'd be signing his letter of intent to play at Missouri, choosing to stay closer to home.

The other schools in the running for Green-Beckham's services were Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Obviously, this is a huge signing for Missouri and head coach Gary Pinkel as the school gets ready to join the SEC. You need playmakers to win in the SEC, and the Tigers may have signed the best one available.

Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 225 pounds, Green-Beckham is considered the top player in the country by MaxPreps, and has often been compared to Randy Moss thanks to his size, athleticism and skill.

"It's taken 17 years but I've finally found a wide receiver who is as good as Randy Moss," says Tom Lemming. "For years I've said Randy Moss was the best high school player I have seen, and Mr. Beckham has similar skills. He has great size, long arms, a true F.A.T. 100-meter time of 10.5, and superior production. The nation's No. 1 player, he appears to have no weaknesses. He will be the most celebrated prep football player in the country."

No word on whether or not this signing will lead to a giant boost in helicopter rentals. 

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:13 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 10:16 am
 

LB Kenneth Bynum delays signing

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Linebacker Kenneth Bynum had given his commitment to Cincinnati, but he will not be signing his letter of intent on Wednesday.

Bynum's father confirmed to CBSSports.com on Wednesday morning that his son would delay signing so that he could visit Tennessee this weekend.

The Raines (Fla.) product measures at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds and is considered a three-star prospect.

While February 1st is the first day that recruits can officially sign letters of intent to a school, players don't have to sign right away. Last year Jadeveon Clowney, the top player in the country, didn't sign his letter of intent to play at South Carolina until February 14th.

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