Five-star running back Keiland Williams committed to LSU on Jan. 23, but when Signing Day rolled around, Southern Cal made a late push. Suddenly unsure, Williams took a couple extra days to think about his decision. But in the end, the draw of early playing time in the SEC proved too much to turn down, and Williams signed with the Tigers on Friday.
"It was a tough decision," Williams told Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell. "That's why I waited, it was just so tough so I didn't want to rush it. USC is a great school and I like the coaches, but LSU was just a better fit. The running back situation is open there and the coaches will play the best players."
Auburn pulls Muschamp from NFL
AuburnSports.com is reportiing that Miami Dolphins assistant head coach Will Muschamp will be named the Tigers defensive coordinator today, replacing David Gibbs, who left the Plains to join the Kansas City Chiefs.
Muschamp was a member of Dolphins head coach Nick Saban's staff at LSU from 2001-04 and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2002. His final year in Baton Rouge, LSU had the nation's third-ranked defense. Last season under Gibbs, his only year as defensive coordinator, Auburn ranked 19th in the nation, allowing 315 yards per game. The previous season, the Tigers allowed just 277 yards per game under defensive coordinator Gene Chizik on their way to a 13-0 record. Chizik left after the 2004 season to take the same job at Texas.
We continue our pos-signing day analysis with a look forward and a look back. First, in this week's edition of The Burning Questions, we ask our experts around the network which players who signed on Wednesday will have an instant impact on the field in the 2006 season.
We also take a look at some of the surprising recruiting classes of the year, schools that quietly laid the groundwork for the future or recruited well despite coming off of a rough season. Check out our Top 10 Overachieving Classes.
Thursday, February 2, 2006
Hazelton could sign this weekend
Rumors have been circulating that five-star WR Vidal Hazelton's father Dexter would only sign a LOI for Penn State and that he wouldn't allow Vidal to attend USC. Dexter Hazelton answered those rumors tonight.
"No, I'm not refusing to sign for USC if that's where Vidal wants to go," Dexter said. "We're going to talk things over this weekend and if that's where he wants to go, then I have no problem signing. And I think that's where he wants to go."
Click here for more on this story from Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell.
'07 JUCO pair recommit to MSU
Mississippi State received the first two commitments for its 2007 class when a pair of Jones County JC teammates committed to the Bulldogs. Linebacker Archie Sims and defensive end Tim Holloway had originally signed with Mississippi State in 2005 before heading off to Jones County.
"I decided I was going back to Mississippi State," said Holloway. "It is a just a good program and they have good coaches." Both Sims and Holloway plan to graduate from Jones County in December and enroll at MSU in January of 2007.
Top talent still undecided
Even with Signing Day in the books for another year, not every prospect is signed, sealed and delivered for the 2006 class. So what kind of talent is left out there? How about five-star talents Vidal Hazelton and Keiland Williams? Or four-star Clifton Geathers?
Less than 24 hours after Arkansas coach Houston Nutt introduced the Razorbacks' 2006 recruiting class, he received the first commitment for the Class of 2007.
Paris, Ark., tight end Grant Freeman went public with a commitment to Arkansas at a morning press conference at his high school. Freeman was one of three in-state juniors recently offered by coach Nutt and was the first to accept.
Click here for more on Freeman and Arkansas recruiting from HawgSports.com.
Pitt adds Florida WR to class
The day after Signing Day, Pittsburgh added another prospect with the signing of receiver Tamarcus Porter to a National Letter of Intent.
The three-star prospect from West Palm Beach, Fla., had narrowed his choices to Pitt and Wake Forest in recent days. Click here for more on Porter and Pitt recruiting from PantherLair.com.
Five-star Williams wants to be sure
Five-star running back Keiland Williams, who attends Hargrave Military Academy committed to LSU last week, but now says he is considering the Tigers along USC and Ole Miss.
"There's been so many players who have signed and then had to transfer because it wasn't right for them," Williams said. "I don't want to be in that situation. I want to be sure, it's a big decision about where I'll be the next three of for years of my life." Click here for more on Williams and Ole Miss recruiting from RebelGrove.com.
Class of '07 safety commits to OSU
Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel didn't waste any time picking up his first verbal commitment for 2007 as Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward safety Nate Oliver pledged to the Buckeyes Wednesday afternoon. The 6-foot, 195-pounder grew up an Ohio State fan and is a friend of Raymond Small, a class of 2006 prospect who just signed with OSU. The strength of the Buckeyes' 2006 class was one of the things that attracted Oliver.
"When I was down there it was like a family down there, and this class really made me want to go there," Oliver said. A second-team all-state selection, Oliver finished the season with 63 tackles, including 15 for loss.
USC lands Junior All-American
Southern Cal got an early start on a fourth straight national recruiting title Wednesday night when the Trojans picked up their first commitment for the Class of 2007. Linebacker Chris Galippo, a member of the Rivals.com Junior All-America Team, wasted no time when offered a scholarship by Pete Carroll.
"I've always dreamed about playing for USC," Galippo said. "Growing up in Southern California, USC is the school I've always rooted for as long as I can remember. I had already decided a while back that whenever USC offered me, I was going to jump on it." Galippo finished his junior year with 161 tackles and three sacks on defense and also lined up as a slot receiver on offense, catching 22 balls for 380 yards and five touchdowns.
Three-star corner still on the board
National Signing Day came and went without Homestead (Fla.) South Dade three-star defensive back Darin Baldwin signing or sending in a Letter of Intent. The 5-foot-11, 176 pounder was committed to and expected to sign with North Carolina State, but instead he will wait for his qualifying test score and then make a decision. With Florida coming up a couple players short at corner in the class, Baldwin may end up in Gainesville, even if it is as a walk-on at first.
"Coach Doc (Holliday) told me that he will talk to me about it when I see what my test score is," Baldwin said. "He didn't talk to me about having a place for me or getting me in. He said we'll see in two weeks."
Encino (Calif.) Crespi two-way lineman Sione Fua announced tonight that he's headed to Stanford after narrowing his choices to the Cardinal, BYU and Oregon.
"I know right now, Stanford's football program isn't what those other two are but I like the direction the program is going in and I think they're going to turn things around pretty soon here," Fua said. "When I weighed everything, Utah was just a little too far for me and even Oregon was a plane ride away whereas at Stanford, I felt like it was close to home and having my family nearby is a big thing to me."
The four-star receiver from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft was said to be leaning toward Oregon earlier in the day, but as more and more big names headed to Southern Cal, he got caught in the wave of momentum and joined the Trojans. Holland is the No. 33 player in the nation and the No. 4 player from California.
Five-star Williams still undecided
Vidal Hazelton is not the only prospect who has Southern Cal waiting. Five-star prep school back Keiland Williams is also still undecided between the Trojans and LSU, the school to which he committed last week.
TigerBait.com's Mike Scarborough talked to Williams exclusively earlier this evening. It still down to LSU and USC, and there's a possibility that he may sign tonight. The key factor right now is playing time, and both programs have compelling arguments: LSU has injury issues in its backfield, while USC is looking for a workhorse back after losing LenDale white to the NFL. If it does go down tonight, LSU is the likely destination … the longer it goes on, the more the Tiger faithful should be concerned.
Hazelton not a done deal
It appears the story may not be ending on Signing Day for five-star receiver Vidal Hazelton as even with his faxed letter of intent in to Southern Cal, there is still some business to be taken care of.
According to national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell who spoke with Hazelton's father, the dad has not signed the letter-of-intent, which would make the document valid for the Trojans.
It is being reported that Hazelton will return back home to New York where his father would like to discuss with him his future plans and possibly a different school choice in the end. As for now, this deal has yet to be finished and the book has not yet closed.
Three-star QB signs with USC
Three-star quarterback Garrett Green from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame made a Signing Day decision on what school he will attend. The talented all-around athlete had previously narrowed things down to UCLA, USC and Harvard.
"Garrett chose USC," Notre Dame coach Kevin Rooney said. "Garrett is a smart kid and he put everything together and picked USC." Click here for more on Green and USC recruiting from USCFootball.com.
In a development that surprised many Cane fans - and, apparently, even the Miami coaching staff - four-star running back LeSean McCoy announced today that he will be attending the University of Miami.
"I'm a Cane. This weekend I'll sign," McCoy said. "I called coach Larry Coker today and told him I'm coming. He was shocked, surprised. He also was excited. I was recruited by them, but I didn't say too much to them about coming until I sat down with my family and decided. I just think it's the best fit for me."
Click here for more on McCoy and Miami recruiting from CaneSport.com.
Four-star RB Ashley picks USC
Saying it was one of the toughest decisions he ever had to make, Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice running back Kenny Ashley decided moments ago to sign with USC over a previous commitment to Mississippi State.
"Man, my head is spinning right now and I jus have a headache from all this," Ashley said. "This was so tough for me and I went back and forth for the last 48 hours. Last night, I thought for sure it was Mississippi State but a lot of that was because I didn't think USC had sent me the letter of intent."
Three-star DB Davis to Illinois
Washington (D.C.) Dunbar cornerback Vontae Davis finally made his decision today, deciding to head to the Midwest. The 6-foot-0, 184-pounder with 4.4-second speed selected Illinois over offers from Michigan State, Maryland and Virginia.
"He decided to go with Illinois," said Dunbar head coach Craig Jeffries. "He really liked coach Zook and saw the opportunity to be in the mix right away to possibly play. I know he really mentioned that he saw they have a definite need for cover corners like him. He also feels that as a team Illinois is on the rise."
Cox flips from LSU to Oklahoma State
Four-star defensive back Perrish Cox from Waco, Texas, committed to LSU on Jan. 22. But when it came time to sign his Letter of Intent, Cox changed his mind and is now headed to Oklahoma State. Why the switch? A simple question of numbers and playing time.
"I think I'll be better off there at Oklahoma State rather than LSU," Cox said. "LSU has 17 DBs. Oklahoma State needed DBs." Cox is the No. 8 corner in the country and the No. 15 player overall from the state of Texas.
The latest on 5-star Williams
This afternoon, Rivals.com national football recruiting analyst Mike Farrell spoke with Hargrave Military Academy head coach Robert Prunty about running back Keiland Williams. Prunty said that Williams, who gave a verbal commitment to LSU last week, likely will not sign a letter-of-intent today and if he does, it will be later this evening. He added that it will likely be tomorrow. Williams is down to USC and LSU.
Earlier today, Hargrave receiver Vidal Hazelton decided to stick with his commitment and sign with USC, despite a late push from Penn State.
Panthers pull in Mathews
They had to wait until very late to find out, but the Pittsburgh Panthers got the answer they were looking for from McKenzie Mathews, a three-star defensive end out of Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y.
Mathews chose the Panthers after also taking official visits to Michigan, Syracuse, Boston College and Ohio State. He also had scholarship offers from several other schools including Miami, North Carolina and Rutgers. He is rated as the fifth-best player in the state of New York by Rivals.com.
'Hollywood' headed to Morgantown
Three-star defensive back Greg Davis from Blue Ridge, Va., had narrowed his list to two schools, but as of late yesterday even his high school coach didn't know what he was thinking. Apparently, he has made a decision, and Mountaineers fans are happy to hear it.
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound defensive back who they call "Hollywood" committed to WVU this afternoon and will soon be sending his signed Letter of Intent to Morgantown. Davis is ranked as the 20th best safety in America by Rivals.com and has been named all-state each of the last two seasons.
Rutgers grabs former Illini commit
Four-star wide receiver Kenny Britt out of Bayonne, N.J. officially made the switch today from Illinois to Rutgers. Last week, the 6-foot-4, 191-pounder committed to the Illini, but the Scarlet Knights coaches never gave up.
"He decided to commit to Rutgers," said Bayonne head coach Frank Blunda. "He had an immediate connection with the coaching staff there and spoke very highly of them. He also really liked the academic advisors and counselors and had a great visit. I can tell he really believes in the coaching staff and thinks the program is headed in the right direction."
FSU keeps Tallahassee duo home
Word leaked out earlier in the day that Tallahassee North Florida Christian cornerback Ochuko Jenije was headed to Florida State. The only question was, would high school teammate Marcus Sims join him as a Seminole.
As expected, the answer is yes. Sims, a four-star prospect ranked as the No. 4 linebacker in the nation and the No. player in Florida, said earlier in the week that he woudl also like a shot at playing running back in college, and FSU will presumably give him that chance.
Ashley still undecided?
Venice, Calif. running back Kenny Ashley committed to Mississippi State back in early April, but said just in the last couple days he was going to stick to that commitment. Now things don't seem so certain for the 5-foot-8, 210-pounder.
"I'm still open and thinking things over," Ashley said. "I'm debating my decision just between Mississippi State and USC. I haven't signed anywhere yet as I'm talking it over with my parents and coaches still."
Tar Heels add Mullins
North Carolina was hoping the final piece of its recruiting class for 2006 would be Wendell (N.C.) East Wake defensive tackle Aleric Mullins. The Tar Heels got their wish as the three-star standout picked UNC over Auburn and Tennessee on Wednesday.
On the season, Mullins totaled 92 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss on defense. He also saw time at fullback and gained 106 yards and scored five touchdowns on 10 carries. Rivals.com ranks Mullins as the 29th best defensive tackle in America and the 11th best player in the state of North Carolina.
Michigan inks two four-stars
While neither player has held his press conference yet, both Jason Kates and Jonas Mouton have signed letters of intent with Michigan, according to a press release issued by U-M at head coach Lloyd Carr's Signing Day press conference today. The two new commitments become the Wolverines 17th and 18th recruits in the Class of 2006.
Both four-star prospects, Mouton is the third-ranked safety in the country and the No. 45 player overall according to Rivals.com, while Kates is a Rivals250 member and the No. 20 defensive tackle in the country.
Four-star Deas picks LSU
Charles Deas, a four-star defensive tackle prospect out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard, signed with LSU this morning, choosing the Tigers over FSU, Auburn and Nebraska.
Rivals.com lists Deas as the No. 6 player in the country at his position, and he's a member of the Rivals100. He said he signed with LSU because it had a "family atmosphere." Deas said he expects not to redshirt and hopes to compete for time immediately.
'Bama lands Andre Smith
Five-star offensive lineman Andre Smith made his announcement in style ... Alabama style. Sitting at a news conference with LSU, USC and Florida baseball hats in front of him, Smith pulled an old-school Bear Bryant houndstooth hat from under the table and announced that he would be joining the Crimson Tide.
"They're full of tradition, so I'm going down to the University of Alabama," Smith said as he put on the hat. Landing the No. 2 player in the country was huge for Alabama, which had seen in-state targets like Tim Hawthorne and Deantwan Whitehead choose to go elsewhere in recent days.
Moreno officially a Dawg
Georgia added to an already stellar class when Rivals100 running back Knowshon Moreno out of Middletown (N.J.) South picked the Bulldogs over Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, Virginia Tech and others. "He chose Georgia because he felt it was a better fit," Middletown South assistant head coach Al Bigos said. "I think in his mind he knew all along that was the school for him and he was very comfortable after going there last summer for camp. He drew very close to Coach (Mark) Richt during camp and his recruiter Rodney Garner. That was probably the biggest thing on his list, a good rapport with the coaches." Moreno is rated the No. 73 player in the country, No. 10 running back and No. 3 player in New Jersey.
Florida State has Rose's number
Florida State held off late-charging South Carolina and Michigan for the services of Tampa Jefferson offensive line prospect Daron Rose, the No. 4 player in the Sunshine State by Rivals.com. At 6-5, 310 pounds, Rose could play guard or tackle for the Seminoles.
"The opportunity is there to play early and to be able to play for a legend and a school with a great tradition of putting out tackles into the NFL," Rose said. "They already said I could get Walter Jones number (76)." Jones is a six-time Pro Bowl tackle for the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks.
Five-star McCoy is a Sooner
The battle to land Gerald McCoy, the No. 4 player in the nation, was a tough one for Bob Stoops and Co., but in the end, the five-star defensive tackle knew that Norman is where he wanted to be. The Oklahoma City big man chose the Sooners over Southern Cal this morning and promptly flashed an upside down Hook'Em Horns sign at his press conference.
McCoy is the 28th commitment and the only five-star in an Oklahoma class that has 13 four-stars and is trying to crack the top ten. Earlier in the day, OU also got a commitment from the top tight end in the nation, Ardmore, Okla., prospect Jermaine Gresham.
Parker shuns Miami for FSU
Four-star Palm Beach Atlantic Community High School WR Preston Parker may have taken his last official visit to Miami, but Florida State made the more lasting impression. The 'Canes may feel jilted, as many around the Coral Gables campus believed they would land Parker and teammate Orlando Franklin, a fellow four-star prospect at offensive tackle. Franklin visited with Parker.
UM did get Franklin, but Parker decided he wanted to get out of South Florida for the time being. "I've rooted for (Miami) all my life," Parker said. "I would have got No. 5 if I went there. But I just wanted to go somewhere different. I wanted to go away. I'll be close to home, but not too close."
USC after two from Hargrave
Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military is a hot spot in the recruiting world. Wide receiver Vidal Hazelton and running back Keiland Williams, two five-star prospects, are expected to sign today. According to coach Robert Prunty, Hazelton will sign with Southern Cal. However, his father has not signed the letter and was supposed to be on hand today but didn't make it. This could be nothing, or it could be something that will delay things.
Williams has three envelopes with LOIs from LSU, USC and Ole Miss and is down to the Tigers and Trojans according to Prunty. He is torn between the two and as of this morning might not be able to make a decision today. Stay tuned
Clemson pulls Spiller from Florida
Lake Butler (Fla.) Union County five-star running back C.J. Spiller, the top-rated player in the Sunshine State by Rivals.com, spurned both of the intrastate powers that remained on his list and instead signed with Clemson this morning at a news conference at his school.
Florida State was the early leader, and Florida was believed to be making a late push. But Spiller shocked nearly everyone by picking the Tigers. According to TigerIllustrated.com, Spiller is the highest-rated running back to sign with Clemson in more than 20 years. Of course, the Tigers already have a pretty good running back in James Davis, a former four-star recruit out of Atlanta. He rushed for 879 yards and nine touchdowns last season as was named a Rivals.com Freshman All-American.
Spurrier lands three-star back
West Palm Beach (FL) Palm Beach Gardens safety/running back Emanuel Cook announced his commitment to South Carolina this morning at his school. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Cook chose the Gamecocks for a few different reasons.
"I like that Coach (Steve) Spurrier was just hired, and that he's going to be there for a long time," Cook said. "I also think he's going to do big things there. They want me to come in and play tailback, and I like my chances to compete for some playing time right way."
Peters surprises, picks Kentucky
In a major surprise, Louisville (Ky.) Central defensive lineman Corey Peters, the No. 3 prospect in Kentucky in the Rivals.com player rankings, chose Kentucky over Ohio State and Auburn at a news conference this morning at his high school. Peters made official visits to Michigan, Ohio State, Kentucky, Auburn and Louisville.
The 6-3, 294-pound Peters led his team in tackles and sacks during his senior season. He is the No. 24 defensive tackle prospect in the Rivals.com player rankings. Peters joins Fort Campbell (Ky.) DE Micah Johnson and RB Demetrius Goode of LaGrange (Ga.) as four-star recruits in this class for Rich Brooks. Johnson, who committed at the end of November, had been recruiting Peters hard.
UF stops bleeding with Williams
Four-star running back Mon Williams of Mesquite, Texas, announced this morning that he had signed with Florida. It wasn't an unexpected decision from a young man who had been a fan of the Gators for as long as he could remember. Texas A&M had made a late charge for Williams services, but it was too little, too late.
"I don't know why I started liking the Gators, I just did," Williams said. "I loved watching them play for some reason. They were the dominating team back then. It's going to be fun when we get it back like that."
UF is in a neck-and-neck race with Southern Cal for the top honor in Rivals.com's team recruiting rankings.
Announcements rolling in
The commitments are starting to roll in for some of the best players in the nation ... here is a list of players who have announced in the last 45 minutes:
Auburn has picked up a huge Signing Day commitment from one of the nation's top defensive ends. Miami (Fla.) Central four-star prospect Bryant Miller committed to the Tigers Wednesday morning at a press conference at his school.
"I committed to Auburn. I told everybody what time it is. It's Auburn," said the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Miller. "It's going to be an experience for me. I'm going to be away from home, but sometimes change is for the better."
Five-star Jones staying home
In the end, Reshad Jones decided that his heart was still at home. The five-star safety from Atlanta Booker T. Washington had his hands full choosing between Georgia and LSU, but as many expected all along, he will not be leaving the state.
"It was very hard to turn down LSU," Jones said. "But Georgia is the right choice for me." The 6-foot-1, 173-pound Jones is the top safety and the No. 14 prospect in the nation as rated by Rivals.com.
Vols lose Goggans to Auburn
Auburn has added another big commitment Wednesday as Alexander City (Ala.) Benjamin Russell tight end Michael Goggans has elected to de-commit from his earlier pledge to Tennessee and sign with the Tigers.
"I'm going to Auburn University," said Goggans Wednesday. "I decided to stay close to home and stay in-state. I think I made the right decision." The 6-foot-2, 247-pound Goggans is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com.
Hawgs hold on for Dominguez
Arkansas has survived a late scare from Florida State after Razorbacks commit Ray Dominguez quietly visited Tallahassee last weekend. After the visit, it looked like Dominguez would switch his commitment after reporting an FSU scholarship offer. But now it turns out the Bainbridge, Ga., tackle is sticking with the Hawgs
Dominguez previously had committed to Southern Miss after a Jan. 13 visit. A two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Dominguez then chose Arkansas over offers from Florida State, UAB, Southern Miss. and UCF.
Volcano delays Robinson signing
Four-star Tampa Chamberlain running back Kylan Robinson was expected to sign with the University of Miami at 8 a.m. ET today, but it didn't happen. It's not that Robinson changed his mind, his signing has just been delayed ... by a volcano. Robinson's mother, who needs to co-sign the Letter of Intent for it to be binding, couldn't get out of Alaska as scheduled yesterday because of a volcano eruption.
Not to worry, Miami fans, she caught a red-eye flight and is expected to arrive in Tampa later this morning, at which point she will make things official. Robinson is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 11 running back in the country and the No. 12 player overall in the state of Florida.
FSU lands hometown cornerback
Tallahassee North Florida Christian standout Ochuko Jenije was scheduled to announce his choice later today, but apparently he couldn't wait and has already signed with the hometown school, Florida State. It comes as no surprise as the four-star cornerback was at FSU this past weekend for his final official visit and couldn't say enough about the campus, coaches and players.
"It's was great," Jenije told Warchant.com. "I might give it a 10 (out of 10). There was just a connection with the players. You could tell from the ACC Championship and all, there was something different about Florida State." Click here for more on Jenije and Florida State recruiting from Warchant.com.
Louisville picks up Florida QB
The pipeline from Godby, Fla., to Louisville is still flowing. Three-star dual-threat quarterback Emanuel Francis chose to sign with the Cardinals today over offers from Michigan State and Memphis.
"I'm going to be a Louisville Cardinal," Francis told FlaVarsity.com. "It was a tough choice because Michigan State and Memphis were both great schools, but I just really loved the coaching staff at Louisville. They were just so down to earth, and it made the choice easy when I broke everything down." Francis threw for more than 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for more than 400 yards during his senior season.
Akron picks up top receiver
Pittsburgh Penn Hills receiver David Harvey was one of the most heavily recruited players last year and was ranked as the nation's No. 16 receiver. However, he didn't have his academics in order and was forced to sit out this season to get back on track. That has been accomplished, and he's heading to Akron.
Harvey's family confirmed that he signed a national letter of intent with the Zips early this morning, giving Akron another major boost in what looks to be the top class in the MAC. Harvey is 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds. By sitting out a season and not playing a year, according to a Rivals.com policy, Harvey's ranking is one star level lower than what he was in the last year.
Maryland holds on to Alaeze
Five-star prep school defensive end Melvin Alaeze from Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military faxed his letter of intent to Maryland this morning around 7:30 AM ET. The nation's top defensive end a year ago signed with the Terps for 2005 but didn't qualify academically. During the past year, numerous schools tried to sway him from Maryland, but he's a Terp again.
"I'm all done," he said. "I sent it this morning first thing. I wanted to make sure there were no doubts" Alaeze caused some anxiety Monday when he said that Penn State had sent him a LOI as well, and if he didn't sign with the Terps he might consider the Nittany Lions or USC.
Clemson gets Spiller's last call
Five-star running back C.J. Spiller will announce his decision at 10:30 ET this morning, but when he went to bed last night the decision had not been made. Spiller's final three are Clemson, Florida and Florida State. When he spoke to TigerIllustrated.com last night, Spiller had just gotten off the phone with Urban Meyer and was about to call the Clemson coaches, his final call of the evening.
"I'm going to make one more call, then talk with my mother and go to sleep on things," Spiller said. "I put all three schools down in no particular order, and they're even. I don't know where I'm going as of tonight, but I know that God will lead me." Click here for more on
Spiller and Clemson recruiting from TigerIllustrated.com.
Wright makes it official
The soap opera that was the recruitment of linebacker Recardo Wright appears to have come to an end. Wright was a firm Alabama commitment until visiting Florida State two weeks ago. Ever since, rumors had been flying that he might be a Seminole, and his personal webpage said his commitment to Alabama was 50-50. Tuesday afternoon, reports surfaced that four-star prospect made a commitment to the Seminoles, but Wright insisted he was still undecided.
But early this morning Warchant.com confirmed that Wright has signed with Florida State, giving the Seminoles 25 commits/signees in a class that has climbed to the No. 3 spot in the Rivals.com team rankings. Click here for more on Wright and Florida State recruiting on Warchant.com.
Signing Day Announcements
Here is our current list of big announcement press conferences today ... we will continue to update this list ... (ALL TIMES EASTERN)
In a story that illustrates how quickly things can change in recruiting, Southern Cal picked up a surprise commitment late Tuesday night as they make a run at the national recruiting title. Three-star Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Alfred Rowe, previously an Oregon State commit, jumped at a late offer from the Trojans and became their 21st commitment.
According to Rowe's father, Pete Carroll told his son that a spot opened up for him because Jonas Mouton told USC it was out of the running for his services. "Pete Carroll spoke with us ... and was real up front and broke everything down for us. Pete was honest and said they had a few other players rated a little higher but they still felt Alfred could play at SC and they wanted him to be a part of the program."
USC now stands 18 points behind leader Florida, definitely within striking distance, although getting Mouton instead would have made things even more interesting.
Former UF commit now a 'Nole
For nearly a month, four-star wide receiver Damon McDaniel, who was previously committed to Florida, has been under a self-imposed media blackout. As a result, everybody has been in the dark about where the Rivals100 member might end up. He broke the silence late Tuesday night.
"I'm going to be a Seminole," McDaniel said. "That's the best overall place for me and my family." McDaniel will sign the letter of intent at his high school at 3:00 p.m. ET. Click here for more on McDaniel and Florida State recruiting from Warchant.com.
USC makes push for recruiting title
Just a few weeks ago everybody assumed that Florida's lead in the Rivals.com team recruiting rankings was safe and the Gators would be crowned the recruiting national champions. Not so fast. After landing four-star linebacker Michael Morgan late on Tuesday night, the USC Trojans are now 15 points behind Florida in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The Trojans now have five five-star players and 12 four-star commitments.
Hang on, because it's going to be wild ride on signing day as USC and Florida both have several players on the board that could easily shift the way things finish out. Can USC land the nation's No. 1 class for the third year in a row? Stay tuned.