February 1, 2012

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6:13 p.m.: Cal, Washington land four-star recruits late

Signing day news continued to break in the Pac-12 late in the day with a pair of Rivals250 prospects announcing their intentions to sign with Cal and Washington.

Upland (Calif.) wide receiver Kenny Lawler will sign with Cal, picking the Bears over Michigan State.

Compton (Calif.) Dominguez cornerback Brandon Beaver will sign with Washington, picking the Huskies over Nebraska, Oklahoma, UCLA and Utah.


5:33 p.m.: Third five-star prospect picks Stanford

Stanford's march to a historic signing class continued with the announcement of five-star recruit Aziz Shittu. The defensive end from Atwater (Calif.) Buhach gives the Cardinal its third five-star prospect.

Shittu selected Stanford over Cal and USC.

All three of Stanford's five star prospects, including offensive linemen Kyle Murphy and Andrus Peat announced their decisions today.


4:44 p.m.: Another offensive lineman heads to Stanford

Stanford's offensive line class is shaping up to be one of the best at any position in the class with the Signing Day announcement of five-star Kyle Murphy. He selected Stanford over USC.

Murphy's announcement gives Stanford three of the top eight offensive linemen in the 2012 class. Ranked 19th in the country, Murphy is the highest ranked of Stanford's impressive offensive line haul.

Murphy was the second five-star offensive line commit of the day joining Andrus Peat.


4:30 p.m.: Miles sticks with Washington

USC picked up its share of victories on National Signing Day, but the Trojans couldn't land quarterback Cyler Miles.

The Denver Mullen signal-caller started the day committed to Washington and ended the day that way despite USC recruiting him late in the process.

Miles started to examine other options after the departure of offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to Alabama, but the nation's second-ranked dual-threat quarterback elected to play for Nussmeier's replacement, Eric Kiesau.


3:10 p.m.: Harvey-Clemons will make Georgia (or Florida) wait

Valdosta (Ga.) Lowdnes five-star prospect Josh Harvey-Clemons, the top recruit in the state, has not sent a letter of intent to Georgia yet, though he committed to the Bulldogs earlier this morning.

Florida continues to push for Harvey-Clemons while his fate remains uncertain, sources told Rivals.com's Keith Niebuhr today. The Bulldogs and Gators were tied atop his list late in the recruiting process.


2:57 p.m.: Darby continues Florida State's signing day haul

Florida State had a reputation of closing well under Bobby Bowden. That's continuing under Jimbo Fisher.

Rivals100 cornerback Ronald Darby announced he intends to sign with Florida State, opting for the Seminoles over Auburn and Clemson. Darby is the second-ranked cornerback in the class and the second-ranked player from Maryland.

Darby is the fourth player to announce for Florida State today, not including Jameis Winston and Ukeme Eligwe, who reaffirmed their commitments to the Seminoles.


2:07 p.m.: Auburn picks up two key Floridians

A slow morning for Auburn turned into an eventful afternoon thanks to two South Florida prospects.

Miami Beach (Fla.) four-star wide receiver Ricardo Louis signed with Auburn after switching his commitment from the Tigers to Florida State and finally back to Auburn.

Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) four-star offensive tackle Avery Young soon followed with an announcement for Auburn after considering Georgia, Florida, Miami and Alabama.


1:53 p.m.: Alabama breathes sigh of relief

Alabama waited for most of the morning for word from two of its biggest recruits, but the Crimson Tide ended up with letters of intent from both key prospects by early afternoon.

Five-star safety Landon Collins, the top prospect from Louisiana, signed with Alabama after all. Collins originally committed to the Tide during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but his mother voice her disagreement with the decision on national television. Collins stuck with Alabama rather than his mother's choice of LSU.

Rivals100 athlete Cyrus Jones also made Alabama wait for his letter of intent, but he also signed with Alabama in the early afternoon.


1:42 p.m.: Peat another building block for Stanford OL class

Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol offensive tackle Andrus Peat may be the crowning jewel on a standout offensive line class for Stanford.

Peat, the sixth-ranked offensive tackle in the nation, picked Stanford over Nebraska. Peat is the fifth four- or five-star offensive lineman in Stanford's class.


1:36 p.m.: Eligwe still at home with Florida State

Four-star linebacker Ukeme Eligwe had been a longtime Florida State commitment, but he wanted to take a visit to Cal late in the process.

Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher has little reason to sweat with Eligwe reaffirming his decision to go to Florida State.

Eligwe, from Stone Mountain (Ga.), is the second-ranked prospect in Georgia.


1:12 p.m.: Payton makes switch … again

Rivals100 wide receiver Jordan Payton will sign with UCLA, only a day after flipping his commitment from Cal to Washington.

Payton originally committed to USC, then flipped to Cal at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. His status with the Bears was thrown into question with the departure of assistant Tosh Lupoi to Washington.

Payton is the 16th-ranked player in California and the 15th ranked receiver in the class.


12:58 p.m.: Urban Meyer flips another recruit

Urban Meyer's knack for persuading recruits to switch schools didn't stop on Signing Day. Former Wisconsin offensive tackle commit Kyle Dodson switched his commitment from the Badgers to Ohio State in a news conference at Cleveland (Ohio) Cleveland Heights.

Dodson will help improve depth on an offensive line that added five prospects in this recruiting cycle. Dodson is the 10th-ranked player in Ohio.


12:44 p.m.: Late offer pays off for USC

Inglewood (Calif.) cornerback Devian Shelton once committed to Arizona before the Wildcats fired Mike Stoops. Then he committed to Oregon State.

When his position coach left for Washington, Shelton was close to committing to the Huskies before USC stepped into the picture. Shelton will be the second cornerback prospect in USC's signing class.


12:26 p.m.: South Carolina wide receiver picks Tar Heels

First-year coach Larry Fedora earned an important recruiting victory for North Carolina with an announcement from Gaffney (S.C.) wide receiver Quinshad Davis.

Davis, the second-ranked player in South Carolina and a four-star prospect, chose North Carolina over Tennessee.


12:16 p.m.: USC continues run on Florida players in Agholor

First Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland defensive end Leonard Williams picked USC. Then came an announcement from Tampa (Fla.) Berkley Prep wide receiver Nelson Agholor for the Trojans.

Both picked USC over offers from Florida among others.

Agholor is the third-ranked receiver in the class and the second-ranked player in Florida.


12:09 p.m. Davis makes switch to Texas

Texas is enjoying a rare foray into January and February recruiting with a surprising commitment from four-star linebacker Torshiro Davis. Meanwhile, LSU continued a rough morning by losing an in-state commitment.

Davis did not send a letter of intent to LSU in the morning. Instead, he announced he would head to Texas in a ceremony at Shreveport (La.) Woodlawn on Wednesday.

Texas, which usually does most of its recruiting in the spring and summer, received four commitments since Jan. 28, including Davis.


11:58 a.m.: Leonard Williams heads West

USC continues to make the most out of its limited scholarships with the signing of Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland defensive end Leonard Williams.

Williams is a four-star end who considered Florida and Auburn through the process. At 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, Williams has the potential to be an elite lineman for USC.


11:51 a.m.: Washington continues momentum with Vatuvei

Starting with the hire of defensive line coach and ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi from Cal, Washington has been one of the hottest recruiting teams in the country.

That continued on Signing Day with the signature of Rivals250 defensive end Pio Vatuvei, a former USC commit.

Vatuvei of Patterson (Calif.) is the 22nd-ranked player in California and 11th-ranked defensive end.


11:40 a.m.: Wide receiver delivers Signing Day stunner

Rivals100 wide receiver Deontay Greenberry may have clinched the biggest shocker for 2012's Signing Day and perhaps a few signing days to come.

Greenberry, a onetime Notre Dame commitment, signed with Houston and first-year coach Tony Levine.

Greenberry was the top receiver in Notre Dame's class. The Irish will only bring in two receivers, which was a major priority for the Irish. Greenberry, from Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union, was recruited by assistant Jamie Christian at two schools, first at Arizona State, then at Houston.


11:26 a.m.: Tomlinson picks Alabama

Alabama continued its recruiting success in Georgia with the announcement of McDonough (Ga.) Henry County defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson. The Rivals250 prospect also considered Georgia Tech.

Tomlinson is the seventh Georgia recruit to commit to Alabama.


11:15 a.m.: Oxford (Ala.) teammates pick SEC schools

Alabama dipped into Louisiana for key recruits this season. LSU returned the favor by landing four-star linebacker Kwon Alexander out of Oxford (Ala.). Alexander is the 11th-ranked prospect in Alabama. He considered the Crimson Tide and Auburn.

Alexander's teammate Trae Elston pulled off a minor surprise with his decision to go to Ole Miss. The three-star safety was considered an LSU lean. He also considered Oklahoma State.


11:06 a.m.: Moore makes call for Nebraska

Winnfield (La.) Senior athlete Alonzo Moore ended his public silence on his college choice by selecting Nebraska on Wednesday.

The four-star prospect told Nebraska coaches weeks ago of his decision, but he did not announce publicly until today.

Moore could play cornerback for Nebraska but first he needs to qualify academically.


10:58 a.m.: Pittsburgh gets another late addition

Pittsburgh continued to build its defense Wednesday with a signature from McKees Rocks (Pa.) Sto-Rox linebacker Deaysean Rippy. The four-star prospect is the ninth-ranked prospect in Pennsylvania.

Rippy narrowed his list to Pitt, West Virginia and Arizona before settling on the Panthers. Pitt also received a signing day decision from three-star safety Bam Bradley.


10:40 a.m.: Fowler Jr. makes switch

After missing on a few recruits this morning, Florida received some good news with a signature from five-star defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.

The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood end had been committed to Florida State but hinted he could change his choice in recent months.

Despite the loss of Fowler Jr., Florida State will retain one of the top defensive line classes in the country with Eddie Goldman, Mario Edwards and Chris Casher.


10:34 a.m.: Good news continues for Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech picked up its second major prospect of the day with the arrival of Clifton (Va.) Centreville linebacker Ken Ekanem.

Ekanem, a Rivals250 prospect, joins Rivals100 athlete Joel Caleb in picking Virginia Tech today. Ekanem picked the Hokies over Notre Dame.


10:19 a.m.: Green-Beckham makes call for Missouri

Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who had kept his school decision quiet for most the process, will sign with Missouri.

Green-Beckham, from Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest, was long believed to be leaning toward Arkansas, but an official visit with the Tigers in the final weekend of recruiting may have swayed him.

In December, Green-Beckham trimmed his list to five including Texas, Oklahoma and Auburn, but Missouri made the biggest late impression. Tigers coach Gary Pinkel landed at Green-Beckham's high school via helicopter, followed by a bus full of Missouri assistants in mid-January.

Green-Beckham gives Missouri an elite 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver as the Tigers enter the SEC next season.


10:02 a.m.: Goldman joins standout Florida State DL class

Florida State bolstered an already strong defensive line class with the addition of five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, the seventh-ranked prospect in the class.

Goldman, from Washington D.C. Friendship Collegiate Academy, picked Florida State over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Clemson and Miami.

He is the third five-star defensive lineman in the class joining tackle Mario Edwards and end Dante Fowler Jr.


9:53 a.m.: Top cornerback heading to Miami

Miami landed perhaps the biggest recruit of Al Golden's tenure with the signature of Miramar (Fla.) cornerback Tracy Howard on Wednesday.

Howard, the top prospect in Florida and top cornerback, announced he will attend Miami after trimming his list to Alabama, Florida, Florida State, USC and West Virginia.

Howard is breaking a school tradition by joining the Hurricanes, who play down the road from Miramar's campus. Miramar High had become a pipeline to West Virginia, providing the Mountaineers with quarterback Geno Smith and wide receivers Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney.

Miami will have one of the largest classes in the country with 33 potential signees.


9:47 a.m. Blake heads to Florida State

Florida State landed a Rivals250 prospect from Texas on Wednesday when it received a letter of intent from San Antonio Brandeis cornerback Colin Blake.

Blake, the 21st-ranked prospect in Texas and 13th-ranked corner, will leave Big 12 country after picking the Seminoles over Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and TCU.


9:40 a.m: Pitt lands Bradley

Trotwood (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison safety Bam Bradley will join his brother at Pittsburgh after Bradley signed with the Panthers on Wednesday.

Bradley considered offers from Arizona, Stanford among others. Bradley's brother is linebacker Nicholas Grigsby, who signed in last year's class.


9:26 a.m.: Four-star JUCO prospect signs with Arizona State

Marion Grice, a four-star junior college prospect, said last week he may take some extra time to make a decision.

The Blinn Community College running back didn't take too much time to deliberate Wednesday when he signed with Arizona State.

He also considered Houston and Ole Miss.


9:22 a.m.: Georgia's top prospect stays in state

Georgia took its recruiting losses in state this season, but the Bulldogs will hang onto the top prospect in the Peach State.

Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes athlete Josh Harvey-Clemons announced he will sign with Georgia, giving the Bulldogs a five-star prospect.

Harvey-Clemons, a potential linebacker, was in demand in the Southeast with a late push from Florida and Florida State.


9:18 a.m.: Addison joins Allen at Oregon

Missouri City (Texas) Hightower wide receiver Bralon Addison will head to Oregon after all. The Rivals250 prospect was once committed to Texas A&M but signed with the Ducks on Wednesday.

Addison, the 18th-ranked receiver in the country, and Missouri City (Texas) Elkins wide receiver Chance Allen hinted earlier this week they may try to play at the same school.

That will happen with Allen signing with the Ducks earlier this morning.


9:09 a.m.: Signing Day surprises continue with Ray

St. Louis Ritenour defensive tackle Edmund Ray signed with Texas A&M on Wednesday, breaking off a commitment to Missouri.

Ray, the ninth-ranked prospect in Missouri, had been committed to the Tigers since July 31.


9:00 a.m.: Curry opts for Nebraska

Nebraska scored a Big Ten recruiting victory Wednesday with a signature of Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge defensive tackle Aaron Curry.

Curry, the 43rd-ranked prospect in Texas, chose Nebraska over Iowa.


8:51 a.m.: Allen heads to Oregon, could Addison follow?

Missouri City (Texas) Elkins wide receiver Chance Allen signed with Oregon on Wednesday, breaking off a commitment to Oklahoma State.

The three-star prospect is close friends with Missouri City (Texas) Hightower wide receiver Bralon Addison, a Texas A&M commitment. The two have indicated they may attend the same school.


8:45 a.m.: Kentucky lands Signing Day surprise

Kentucky earned a National Signing Day surprise at the expense of… Alabama?

Atlanta Washington running back Justin Taylor, a former Alabama commitment, signed with Kentucky on Wednesday.

Taylor is a three-star running back ranked 52nd in Georgia.


8:35 a.m: Virginia Tech nabs Caleb

Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill athlete Joel Caleb will remain in state after signing with Virginia Tech on Wednesday morning.

Despite a push from Ohio State and West Virginia, Caleb joined the Hokies' class. The Rivals100 prospect is ranked third in Virginia.


8:31 a.m: One of Virginia's best heads to Alabama

Alabama continued to nab top prospects out of state with the signature from Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville defensive tackle Korren Kirven.

Kirven, the seventh-ranked player in Virginia, picked the Crimson Tide over Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.


8:20 a.m: Thomas signs with Rutgers

New Rutgers coach Kyle Flood continued to get good news in his first days on the job with a letter of intent from Reistertown (Md.) Franklin wide receiver Ian Thomas.

The three-star wideout also considered Vanderbilt and Iowa before announcing for the Scarlet Knights on Wednesday morning. He is the fourth receiver in the class.


8:18 a.m.: Announcement schedule

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8:30 a.m.
Joel Caleb, four-star ATH, Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill
•Ohio State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

8:45 a.m.
Will Adams, three-star OT, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek
•Ga Tech commit now between GT and Auburn

Laiu Moeakiola, three-star S, Euless (Texas) Trinity
•Arizona State and Baylor

Aaron Curry, three-star DT, Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge
•Nebraska and Iowa

9 a.m.
Ken Ekanem, four-star LB, Clifton (Va.) Centreville
•Virginia Tech and Notre Dame

Bralon Addison - four-star WR, Missouri City (Texas) Hightower
•Texas A&M and Oregon

Jela Duncan, three-star RB, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
•Wake, ECU, Duke, Purdue

Bam Bradley, three-star S, Trotwood (Ohio) Madison
•Pitt, Ohio State, Stanford

9:05 a.m.
Mario Edwards, five-star DL, Denton (Texas) Ryan
•FSU commit

9:15 a.m.
Josh Harvey-Clemons, five-star ATH, Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes
•Florida or Georgia

9:30 a.m.
Travares Copeland, three-star ATH, Port St. Lucie (Fla.) Treasure Coast
•FIU, West Virginia

9:50 a.m.
Tracy Howard, five-star CB, Miramar (Fla.) High
•Florida, Miami, USC

Adam Pankey, three-star OT, Hamilton (Ohio) High
•Pitt, West Virginia

10 a.m.
Colin Blake, four-star CB, San Antonio (Texas) Brandeis
•Florida State, Oklahoma, TCU

Alonzo Moore, four-star ATH, Winnfield (La.) Senior
•La. Tech, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Northwestern State

Josh Dawson, four-star DE, Tucker (Ga.) High
•Vandy commit now between Vandy and Georgia

Gary Simon, three-star CB, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs
•Arkansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma

Ty Law, three-star CB, Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland
•Ball State, MTSU, SMU

Justin Taylor, three-star RB, Atlanta (Ga.) Washington
• Alabama commit. Also considering Ole Miss and Kentucky

Terrell Jackson, three-star DT, Columbus (Ohio) Marion-Franklin
•Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Pitt

10:05 a.m.
Eddie Goldman, five-star DT, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy
•Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Florida State, Miami

10:10 a.m.
Jake Meador, three-star OT, Whiteland (Ind.) High
•Florida, Missouri, Wisconsin

10:15 a.m.
Dorial Green-Beckham, five-star WR, Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest
•Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

11 a.m.
Kameron Davis, three-star OT, Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast
•South Florida, West Virginia

Leonard Williams, four-star DE, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland
•Florida, USC, Auburn, Florida State

11:05 a.m.
Kwon Alexander, four-star LB, Oxford (Ala.) High
•Alabama, Auburn, LSU

11:10 a.m.
Trae Elston, three-star S, Oxford (Ala.) High
•Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, LSU

11:20 a.m.
Thomas Johnson, four-star WR, Dallas (Texas) Skyline
•Cal, Oregon, TCU, Texas A&M

11:30 a.m.
Cordarrelle Patterson, four-star WR, Hutchinson (Kan.) Hutchinson C.C.
•Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee

Noon
Richie Brown, four-star LB, Long Beach (Miss.) High
•Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tennessee

Quinshad Davis, four-star WR, Gaffney (S.C) High
•North Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest

Javon Williams, four-star WR, Chandler (Ariz.) High
•Arkansas, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon State

D.J. Reader, three-star OG, Greensboro (N.C.) Grinsley
•Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina

Schyler Miles, three-star LB, Tampa (Fla.) Berkely Prep
•Florida, Kansas, West Virginia

12:15 p.m.
Kyle Dodson, four-star OT, Cleveland (Ohio) Heights
•Soft verbal to Wisconsin, also looking at Ohio State, USC and Michigan State

12:20 p.m.
Nelson Agholor, five-star WR, Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep
•Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC

1 p.m.
Vincent Valentine, three-star DT, Edwardsville (Ill.) High
•Florida, Illinois, Nebraska

1•2 p.m.
Ricardo Louis, four-star WR, Miami Beach (Fla.) High
•Florida State, Auburn

1:35 p.m.
Andrus Peat, five-star OT, Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol
•Florida State, Nebraska, Stanford, USC

1:45 p.m.
Courtney Gardner, four-star WR, Roseville (Calif.) Sierra C.C.
•Arkansas or Oklahoma

2 p.m.
Ike Spearman, three-star LB, St. John (Ind.) Lake Central
•Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Illinois

Avery Young, four-star OT, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High
•Auburn, Florida, Georgia

2:30 p.m.
Ronald Darby, four-star CB, Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac
•Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland

4 p.m.
Kyle Murphy, five-star OT, San Clemente (Calif.) High
•Florida, Oregon, Stanford, USC

5 p.m.
Aziz Shittu, five-star DE, Atwater (Calif.) Buhach
•Stanford, Cal, USC, UCLA

6 p.m.
Jamie Gilmore, three-star RB, Citra (Fla.) North Marion
•Temple, Western Kentucky

6-8 p.m.
Kenny Lawler, four-star WR, Upland (Calif.) High
•Cal, Michigan State, Arizona State, Nebraska, Oregon State, Washington

Brandon Beaver, four-star CB, Crompton (Calif.) Dominguez
•Nebraska, Oklahoma, UCLA, Utah, Washington

Darreus Rogers, four-star WR, Carson (Calif.) High
•Soft verbal to USC, looking at Arizona State, Oregon, SMU, UCLA, Washington, Miami

Randall Goforth, three-star CB, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
•Soft verbal to Arizona State, looking at Cal, UCLA, Washington

Bryce Treggs, four-star WR, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
•Committed to Cal, but expected to sign with either Cal, UCLA or USC

Bryan Harper, three-star ATH, Ontario (Calif.) Colony
•Oregon, UCLA, Washington

9:30 p.m.
Seth Jacobs, four-star LB, Arroyo Grande (Calif.) High
•Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma State


7:22 a.m.: Michigan pulls Signing Day stunner

Michigan provided the first surprise for National Signing Day by landing Rivals250 running back Dennis Norfleet, who had been committed previously to Cincinnati.

Norfleet, from Detroit Martin Luther King, was surprised by the sudden scholarship offer from the Wolverines on the eve of National Signing Day.

"It's been a crazy night," Norfleet told Rivals.com. "I was coming off a loss in our basketball game and then getting something I've been waiting for. This is just one of the best nights of my life."

The 5-foot-7, 180-pound Norfleet could be a return specialist, slot receiver and running back for the Wolverines.


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