Tag:SEC
Posted on: February 1, 2012 10:10 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 10:13 am
 

Auburn signs top 100 WR Williams, OL Adams

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Still stinging from Jordan Moore's decision to head to TCU Tuesday nightAuburn rebounded in a big way by signing a pair of teammates from the Peach State.

Wide receiver JaQuay Williams and offensive lineman Will Adams both announced they would sign with the Tigers at their Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga. The headliner of the pair is undoubtedly the four-star Williams, the nation's No. 53 overall prospect according to the Maxpreps top 100 and the No. 4 receiver in the class.

The 6'4", 201-pound Williams had been committed to Auburn since early 2011 but had taken a recent visit to Georgia and was considering a late flip to the Bulldogs.

Adams, meanwhile, had been a longtime Georgia Tech commitment before the Tigers stepped in with a late offer. A 6'5", 280-pound lineman that could play multiple positions on the line, Adams' decision will help ease Auburn's pain on (reportedly) losing out on guard Alex Kozan

After starting the day with the fewest number of commitments in the SEC, the additions of Adams and Phenix City (Ala.) quarterback Jonathan Wallace bring the Tigers to 17 signees. Auburn currently ranks 21st in the CBS Sports National signing Day Top 25.

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

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:36 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Top 100 DB/LB Harvey-Clemons picks Georgia

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Update, 3 p.m. ET: CBSSports.com's Fletcher Page reports that Harvey-Clemons has yet to deliver his letter of intent to Georgia and could still be considering Florida, at the request of his family. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Harvey-Clemons' grandfather -- and legal guardian -- has not signed the letter. Stay tuned.

Despite a recruitment with plenty of drama and twists and turns, Maxpreps top 100 safety Josh Harvey-Clemons has elected to remain in his home state of Georgia and will play for Mark Richt's Georgia Bulldogs.

6'5", 225-pound heavy-hitter from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., Harvey-Clemons received offers from across the nation, and particularly from the SEC--Florida was widely believed to be the Bulldogs' closest competition, with Florida State, Miami and Alabama also in the mix.

“I knew when I went there I wanted to go after the visit," Harvey-Clemons said. "It felt like home.”  

Harvey-Clemons is ranked as the No. 93 prospect overall in the class of 2012 and the No. 3 outside linebacker by Tom Lemming--an indication of the four-star's versatility and potential to fill out his 6'5" frame. 

His decision is huge boost for a Bulldog class that ranked 22nd in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25 entering Wednesday. He becomes Georgia's 18th commitment of their class of 2012.

For updates on Georgia's new class throughout Signing Day, follow our CBSSports.com Georgia RapidReports.

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

RB Taylor declines Tide offer, signs with 'Cats

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

One of the poster children for the SEC's new oversigning policies has officially declined an offer to "grayshirt" at Alabama and will be a Kentucky Wildcat instead.

Washington High School running back Justin Taylora three-star prospect out of Atlanta, signed with the 'Cats this morning despite being a long-time Crimson Tide commitment. Taylor made national headlines recently when he was told by Nick Saban he would have to wait until 2013 to enroll at Alabama, thanks to a torn ACL suffered this past season and the Tide having reached their newly-imposed 25-player limit for the class of 2012.

Saban promised Taylor that he would put his 2013 offer in writing and Taylor initially accepted before backing off.

Though the ACL tear limited Taylor's senior season, Tom Lemming saw plenty in the 5'10", 205-pound prospect before the injury:

The scouts were impressed with Justin's elusiveness, strength, balance, and vision. Not a burner but he can accelerate on a dime. Shows good toughness as an inside runner, can catch the ball, and rarely puts the ball on the ground. Hails from a school that has produced several big-time backs.

Taylor gives Kentucky a class of 24 recruits.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's NSD Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 8:45 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 8:54 am
 

Virginia DT Korren Kirven picks Alabama

Posted by Chip Patterson

Alabama added more beef to their 2012 class early on National Signing Day when Korren Kirven picked the Tide over in-state favorite Virginia Tech.

Kirven had also considered Maryland and Tennessee before narrowing his choices and announcing and making his announcement on Wednesday at Brookville High in Lynchburg.

The 6-foot-3, 270 pound defensive tackle attends the same high school as current Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas and defensive end Zack McCray, but chose to commit to Nick Saban and the defending national champions.

Kirven is considered a top defensive end prospect by MaxPreps.com's Tom Lemming, and adds plenty of depth to an already healthy Crimson Tide recruiting class. The announcement is a much bigger blow to the Hokies, who had Kirven as one of their last big prospects yet to commit.

For more on Kirven check out Crimson Tide RapidReports and the SEC Eye On Recruiting. 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 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 8:29 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. 

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
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 5:22 pm
 

LB Otha Peters flips to Arkansas from Vols

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Help is on the way for Arkansas's occasionally porous defense, though it's coming at the expense of suddenly backsliding Tennessee.

Already stung by Texas linebacker Dalton Santos switching his commitment  from the Vols' "UT" to the Longhorn version this past weekend, Derek Dooley's class took another blow Tuesday when Covington (La.) linebacker Otha Peters committed to Bobby Petrino's Razorbacks following an official visit to Fayetteville. Peters was also visited last week in Covington by Petrino and new defensive coordinator Paul Haynes.

In addition to the Razorbacks and Volunteers, Peters also claimed offers from Texas A&M, Ole Miss, TCU and Nebraska.

Peters' high school coach Malter Scobel told the Times Picayune that Peters had concerns about Dooley's job stability after the Vols' lackluster 2011 season.

“Otha had some valid reasons to make his change,” Scobel said. “It wasn’t anything silly. Tennessee’s up against a different challenge than they are in Arkansas. Otha was very straightforward with Tennessee about the decision, and I think they still would like to have him.”

We don't doubt it--the 6'1", 220-pound Peters was named 5A All-State even in talent-rich Louisiana, having recorded north of 14 tackles per game.

The Vols and Hogs are two of five SEC teams clustered between 20 and 25 in the current edition of the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25, with Tennessee four spots ahead of Arkansas. But the way both teams are trending, that may not be the case for long.

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