Tag:National Signing Day
Posted on: February 2, 2011 9:26 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:27 am
 

Notre Dame's fax machine lighting up

Posted by Tom Fornelli

All the snow in the midwest hasn't slowed down the steady stream of faxes coming in to Notre Dame. According to head coach Brian Kelly on Twitter, the Fighting Irish have received 13 letters of intent before 9am local time.

So far DE Ben Councell, WR/DB Matthias Farley, OT/DT Conor Hanratty, DB Eilar Hardy, OT/DE Chase Hounshell, TE/LB Ben Koyack, T/DE Tony Springmann, RB Cam McDaniel, OL/DL Nick Martin, LB Jarrett Grace, WR/RB Davaris Daniels, WR/FS George Atkinson and OL/DL Matt Hegarty have all faxed in their LOIs to Notre Dame.

None of these 13 are a surprise, and the Irish -- whom MaxPreps has ranked with the top class in 2011 -- still have plenty of big names that they're waiting on. Specifically Stephon Tuitt, who MaxPreps has ranked at 70 in its Top 100.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:59 am
 

Michigan lands Ohio LB Frank Clark

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Michigan recruiting class got a bump early today when linebacker Frank Clark, a product of the famed Glenville football program in Cleveland, selected the Wolverines over Michigan State, Minnesota, and North Carolina this morning. Clark is expected to bolster OLB depth on a linebacking corps that struggled early and often last season.

Michigan is still waiting on the decisions of several other prospects today, including DT Darian Cooper and OL Jake Fisher.

More Signing Day coverage is here at CBS. 

Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:13 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 8:21 am
 

Report: Miami lands former USC commit

Posted by Chip Patterson

It won't be official until early in the morning on the West Coast, but a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicates that coveted defensive end Jalen Grimble will sign with Miami.  Grimble, previously committed to USC (where his cousin, Xavier, plays tight end), ranks among the best defensive ends in the country and is widely considered the top prospect in the state.  It is great news for new head coach Al Golden, who was looking to make a splash on National Signing Day to beef up his 2011 class.

Grimble chose the Hurricanes over UCLA after narrowing his list to two a week ago. But Jalen's signing might not be the end of this story.  Jorge Milian, of the Palm Beach Post, reports that there is speculation that Grimble might be part of a package deal - with Xavier planning to transfer to Coral Gables as well.

Related at MaxPreps: Grimble boosts Miami's 2011 class ranking

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Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:31 am
 

Fax machines starting to warm up

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just past 7 AM on the East Coast and fax machines at schools across the country began to hum. Nothing earth-shattering in the first few minutes past the official start of National Signing Day; no breaking commitments or last-minute switches to get the day started unfortunately.

The day is still very young of course.

Union City (NJ) offensive lineman Josue Matias is one of the first to have his letter of intent reported sent to a school. In Matias' case, Florida State is the lucky recipient. Should be the first of many players to sign with the Seminoles in what many are expecting to be a top-three class.

MaxPreps’ Steve Spiewak says that Matias' principal faxed the document in from his home with school being cancelled due to winter weather. That is Signing Day dedication.

Posted on: February 2, 2011 6:48 am
Edited on: February 2, 2011 9:58 am
 

CBS Sports National Signing Day Show

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The Super Bowl is still a few days away but college football's offseason equivalent is finally upon us with National Signing Day 2011. CBS Sports is providing fans across the country with the most extensive multi-media coverage of National Signing Day across the CBS College Sports Network, CBSSports.com, MaxPreps.com and the CBSSports.com College Network.

CBS College Sports Network will have seven hours of coverage in households across the country beginning at 10 AM ET. Featuring recruiting expert Tom Lemming and guest analysis from former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez, the CBS Sports National Signing Day Show will deliver in-depth analysis of all the news throughout the day.

Hosts Adam Zucker and Molly Qerim will be joined in studio by Lemming, Rodriguez and former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer. Brian Jones reports from Austin, Texas, where he will interview many of the nation’s elite prep players, who are gathered for USA Football's Team USA vs. The World game. Aaron Taylor will report from the west coast on Pac-12 football.

Below is a brief rundown of some of the elements of the show, which features interviews with players and coaches from across the country.

Early Show 10 AM – 1 PM ET

10 AM Hour

Tom Lemming’s Top Ten recruiting classes are unveiled and Brian Jones interviews Notre Dame commits George Atkinson III (#12 WR), Josh Atkinson (#25 CB), and Matt Hegarty (#1 OG).

11 AM Hour

A conference-by-conference recruiting breakdown with Lemming and Rodriguez as well as an interview with Nebraska commit Aaron Green (#3 RB).

12 PM Hour

An interview with Texas head coach Mack Brown, new Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and new Miami head coach Al Golden. Brian Jones also interviews Auburn commit Kiehl Frazier (#2QB).

Late Show 3 PM – 7 PM ET

3PM Hour

Tom Lemming will update his Top Ten Recruiting Classes and there will be interviews with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen. Fresh off a win in the BCS National Championship game, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik will discuss the run to the title and the incoming class he hopes fuels the Tigers to another.

4 PM Hour

Rutgers commit Savon Huggins (#1 RB) joins the program for an interview as well has his future head coach Greg Schiano. SEC head coaches Derek Dooley of Tennessee and Nick Saban of Alabama will also discuss their recruiting class of 2011.

5PM Hour

UCF head coach George O’Leary and Boise State’s Chris Petersen join the program to provide prospective from non-BCS conference schools.

6PM Hour

Aaron Taylor will interview new Stanford head coach David Shaw and Cardinal commit Wayne Lyons (#4 safety) will also join the program for an interview. CBSSports.com college football columnist Dennis Dodd will provide his thoughts before the show wraps up with the day’s winning (and losing) recruiting classes.

Tune in and get all the latest about the nation’s best high school athletes and more, only on the CBS College Sports Network. More Signing Day coverage

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Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2011 8:22 pm
 

ACC Signing Day at a glance

Posted by Chip Patterson

Before we get geared up with the madness known as National Signing Day, here is a rundown of some of the last minute names and stories in the ACC.

Players to Watch

Stephone Anthony (pictured), LB, Anson (Wadesboro, NC): The talented outside linebacker has narrowed his choices to Clemson and Virginia Tech, and plans to make his intentions known at 11:30 ET on national television.  MaxPreps has Anthony as the top rated player at his position and number 4 overall.  Anthony is credited as being an "every down type player" who can make an immediate impact if necessary.  Getting Anthony would be great news for Clemson, who said goodbye to Brandon Maye earlier this week.

Tony Steward, MLB/RB, Menendez (St. Augstine, FL): Considered the next best linebacker behind Anthony, Steward also finds himself flirting with Clemson, but also could end up with Florida State after an in-home with Jimbo Fisher on Friday.  Steward will announce before Anthony, also on national television.  If Steward ends up with the Seminoles, there will be much more pressure for Anthony to end up with Clemson (where some of the Twitter rumors on Tuesday have him committing).

Darius Jennings, QB/DB, Gilman (Baltimore, MD): MaxPreps has Jennings ranked as the #5 athlete in the class of 2011, but the Baltimore native has some unique schools left on his final list before National Signing Day.  In addition to Ohio State, Jennings is still considering offers from Virginia and recently added Wake Forest.  His 4.4 speed makes him a threat that could be plugged in at any position, but many believe he may find his spot at defensive back.  Regardless of position, a player of this caliber would be a huge sign for the Cavaliers or the Demon Deacons.

Teams to Watch

Florida State: With six players in the MaxPreps Top 100 and No. 2 ranking from Tom Lemming, Florida State will be the biggest topic of discussion on National Signing Day in the ACC. All of this and the Seminoles still have the possibility of adding Tony Steward and Tim Jernigan. Jimbo Fisher has worked the recruiting trail as hard as anyone in the conference. His message to the Seminole fanbase is to re-establish Florida State's position atop the ACC.

Clemson: Despite a less than stellar season under Dabo Swinney, and some major changes on the coaching staff, the Tigers find themselves right in contention with the best schools in the country coming into National Signing Day. They already have a nationally ranked class, and are battling down to the wire for Tony Steward, Stephone Anthony, and defensive tackle Phillip Dukes, among others.

North Carolina: Despite spending most of the season in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, head coach Butch Davis has been able to keep North Carolina on the list of many top recruits. According to local reports, Davis has been making no promises to recruits regarding possible NCAA sanctions. Davis has been stacking four-star recruits, and still could make a splash on National Signing Day with Curtis Grant.

The Below-the-Radar Storyline You'll Need to Follow

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher needed only one season as head of the program to get them right back to the top of the national scene. After a strong finish that included their first appearance in the ACC Championship Game since 2005, Florida State could end up landing one of the best recruiting classes in nation. If Timmy Jernigan and Tony Steward do end up hopping on board, it could be one of the best classes in a long time in Tallahassee.


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Posted on: January 31, 2011 9:01 pm
 

What athletes will actually sign on Wednesday

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With all the talk of National Signing Day, a lot of people are somewhat confused about what, exactly, the athletes are signing. CNBC’s terrific business reporter Darren Rovell has posted a PDF copy of the 2011-2012 version of the National Letter of Intent (NLI) online for all to see.

The NLI is administered by the Collegiate Commissioners Association and used by schools to establish athletes’ commitment to a particular school. The NLI is actually one of two sets of documents signed, the other being Grant-in-aid papers that are the actual scholarship players receive.

Signing the NLI means that a student-athlete can no longer be recruited by another school and guarantees an athletic scholarship for one year.

Posted on: January 31, 2011 12:44 pm
 

Following the uncommitted recruits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Want to plan your Signing Day itinerary? We already know you’ve got the excuse to tell your boss, now when do all of the top commits sign on the dotted line? Look no further than the MaxPreps list of the top uncommitted players from the Top 100 for the date and time they’re expected to commit.

The list will be updated with all the latest information throughout the week. Also be sure to use the hashag #NSD11 if you're Tweeting on Wednesday.

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