Tag:National Signing Day
Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:30 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 11:48 am

Clemson picks up two more 3-stars late

Posted by Chip Patterson

Big offensive lineman Spencer Region (pictured) played the recruiting game.  One of the top offensive guards in the state of Alabama, he bounced back and forth early between the Tigers and the Tide to a point of frustration for both fan bases.  The 345 pound propspect supposedly had his choices narrowed to Wisconsin and LSU back in December, until Dabo Swinney and the Clemson staff made a late charge.

South Carolina defensive end Roderick Byers was an Oregon commit until National Signing Day, when he stunned the Ducks by announcing his intentions to play for Clemson .  While Region was much more of a wild card, Byers' announcement feels like a steal for the Clemson coaching staff.  At 6-4, 270 pounds, Byers will has a frame similar to Da'Quan Bowers , Clemson's 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year.  Swinney hopes the surprise commit can develop into a simllar pass rushing threat for the Tigers.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:57 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:58 am

DT Darian Cooper selects Iowa over Michigan, GT

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Darian Cooper, a 6'1", 290-pound defensive tackle from DeMatha High School, just gave Iowa's recruiting class a boost by committing to the Hawkeyes this morning. Cooper was expected to select between Iowa, Michigan, and Georgia Tech. The story was first reported by Washington Post reporter Josh Barr. 

Cooper was one of our three uncommitted players to watch in the Big Ten, considering the amount of help both Iowa and Michigan need on their respective defensive lines. Cooper should have a good shot to play as a true freshman, though his physical similarity to top returning DT Mike Daniels means that barring injury to Daniels, Cooper shouldn't expect to start in 2011. Still, he's got a bright future in Iowa City and Iowa coaches are undoubtedly thrilled to have this late addition to the class.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 

Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:34 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:35 am

Troy Niklas chooses ND over USC

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems that Notre Dame's victories over USC these days aren't limited to the football field. What's already been a strong day for Notre Dame on the recruiting front just got a bit better on Wednesday morning, as Troy Niklas chose the Irish over USC.

According to Tom Lemming, the 6'6 255-pound offensive tackle out of Anaheim, CA's Servite High School is one of the top offensive tackles in the 2011 class. 

Niklas is just the latest name to join a recruiting class at Notre Dame that has really put an emphasis on both the offensive and defensive lines. 

More Signing Day coverage is here  at CBS. 
Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:10 am

Darius Jennings picks the Cavaliers

Posted by Chip Patterson

Darius Jennings , the Maryland 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year, has picked Virginia over Ohio State and Wake Forest . Considered a multi-talented athlete, Jennings was offered the chance to play quarterback at Wake Forest (his high school position), but elected to stick with Mike London in Charlottesville.

Virginia's recruiting class desperately needed at least one big name today, with Richmond linebacker Curtis Grant still keeping Virginia in the running. But going up against North Carolina , Florida , and Ohio State make landing both seem like a long shot. This was a huge grab for Mike London and the Cavaliers staff.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 10:04 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:05 am

Stephon Tuitt is headed for South Bend

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame has had a lot of faxes coming in this morning, but perhaps the one the school was anticipating the most belonged to DE Stephon Tuitt. Tuitt, out of Monroe, Georgia, had wavered a bit in his commitment in the last few weeks. He had changed from Notre Dame to Georgia Tech before once again being sold on the Irish, but until that letter of intent came in, nobody could know for sure.

They know now.

Brian Kelly tweeted that Tuitt's LOI had come in, and he's now officially a member of Notre Dame's 2011 class. Tuitt is ranked at 42 in MaxPreps' Top 100 players, and now gives the Irish eight commits from the Top 100.

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:53 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:54 am

Elkino Watson picks USF over Miami and Louisville

Posted by Chip Patterson

Elkino Watson grew up a Miami football fan, and many believed that the standout defensive tackle from Booker T. Washington High School would keep it in Miami-Dade County for his collegiate decision.  But on National Signing Day, Watson shocked the state by picking Skip Holtz and South Florida .

When the 275 pound lineman stared down his hat options, he saw Miami , Florida , and Louisville represented.  But after telling the Miami Herald that he was not focused on theatrics , Watson used the big stage to pull off one of the biggest shocks of the morning thus far.  According to Luke Stampini of 247sports.com, someone emerged from the crowd with a USF hat that Watson donned for his big announcement. 

Just to make sure that no one in attendance misunderstood the situation...

Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:44 am

Notre Dame adds Atkinson, Rabasa

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The fax machine at Notre Dame keeps on rolling this morning. After receiving 13 letters of intent earlier on Wednesday, head coach Brian Kelly reports that two more players have sent their LOIs in and have been approved.

Those players are RB/DB Josh Atkinson and DE Anthony Rabasa.

Those two players bring Notre Dame's signing day total to 15, and when you add that to the five players who enrolled in January, 20 of the 22 recruits in Notre Dame's class are officially in the fold.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:29 am

WR Ja'Juan Story selects Florida

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Vaunted wide receiver Ja'Juan Story, a Florida commit who had also been considering Ohio State, reaffirmed his commitment today and signed with the Florida Gators. Story is a big, fast target at 6'3", 190, and he had offers from basically every major college football program.

Being that Story had been a Florida commit for over seven months, Story isn't exactly a huge loss for the OSU recruiting class, but the Buckeyes could still use some good news today -- especially after big-time offensive lineman Aundrey Walker made his commitment to USC official earlier today.

All-American LB Curtis Grant is the next potential signee for Ohio State, and surprise -- Florida is OSU's main competition for Grant too. We'll see if the Gators and Buckeyes split highly touted prospects here or if Florida can fleece Ohio State when it matters the most.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 

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