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Jameis Winston made it official Friday, signing with FSU.
How quickly does a recruiting class begin to have an impact in college football? And which teams saw their stock rise or fall the most, as it pertains to immediate on-the-field product, on National Signing Day?
Bret Bielema doesn't like Urban Meyer's relentless recruiting style, preferring a system that's easier for Wisconsin, but not as good for recruits themselves.
Maryland is hosting one of the top receiver recruits in the country.
College football teams can have great recruiting classes despite not-so-great Signing Days, and vice versa. Let's take a look at who had the best and worst results on Feb. 1.
The recruitment of blue-chip receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was both ridiculous and redeeming, but as he moves three hours to the northeast, he will always have the backing of the biggest small town in the country.
SI.com: Why DGB Stayed.
Another dramatic National Signing Day is in the books, featuring flips, major announcements, and a pair of book-learned programs punching well above their weights.
After some delay, the Georgia Bulldogs have finally secured a signature from one of their top two prospects, five-star linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons. His letter of intent didn't arrive until Thursday morning, leading to mounds of speculation that his family was forcing him to choose Florida or Florida State instead, where he'd likely get earlier playing time.
Throughout, JHC insisted he was 100 percent with Georgia, at one point tweeting a line from a local rap song to express just how committed he was. ESPN's Dari Nowkhah quoted the tweet, making for my favorite moment from all of Signing Day. With Harvey-Clemons officially in the fold, the Dawgs have capped another fine recruiting class.
For more on JHC and UGA, visit Georgia blog Dawg Sports. Looking for National Signing Day coverage of other teams or recruits? Head to SB Nation College Football Recruiting. Also, check out more local coverage at our many fine college football blogs.
While Feb. 1 contained much of the excitement over recruits since it was National Signing Day, not all of the top college football prospects made their announcements on Wednesday. Several top prospects are keeping prospective schools waiting with bated breath for these announcements.
Coming from a Chicago high school, offensive lineman Jordan Diamond is waiting to make his announcement on Feb. 3. Diamond is a 4- or 5-star recruit depending on the recruiting service being looked at. He is considering Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Athlete Stefon Diggs will make his announcement on Feb. 10. He is rated as a 4- or 5-star recruit and is likely to play wide receiver wherever he ends up. Auburn, Cal, Florida, Ohio State and Maryland are all finalists. Diggs is visiting the latter school soon before making his announcement. Diggs is from Olney, MD.
Also on Feb. 10, Davonte Neal is expected to make his announcement. He was unable to commit to the Ohio St. Buckeyes on Wednesday and it may have been a result of the school waiting on Diggs' decision. Neal, meanwhile, will visit the Arizona Wildcats over the weekend.
Alabama is once again the champion of National Signing Day, with other big name programs Texas, Florida, Ohio State and Florida State rounding out the top five.
Cal grabbed a top cornerback.
USC hangs on to star receiver recruit Darreus Rogers, dodging a strong move by Arizona State.
Raymond Ford, a three-star rated cornerback according to Rivals, is expected to commit to the California Golden Bears, according to multiple reports.
Look for Gardena Serra defensive back Raymond Ford to sign with Cal.— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) February 1, 2012
An official announcement is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PST Wednesday. Ford, who played for Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, chose the Golden Bears over Nebraska and Colorado the two remaining finalists of the three Ford declared last week.
Ford had been committed to UCLA throughout last season, but the firing of head coach Rick Neuheisel caused the defensive back to reopen his recruitment. According to ESPN, Ford eliminated the Bruins from contention this week, along with SMU, Washington State and Utah.
Ford, listed a 5-foot-10, 180 lb. cornerback, is the nation's 35tth ranked cornerback, and the 46th ranked overall prospect from the state of California. Ford was injured during his senior season at Junipero, but played on both offense and defense.
Aziz Shittu, the No. 3-rated defensive end recruit in the nation according to Rivals, has committed to Stanford, announcing the news on National Signing Day 2012. Shittu, who played for Buhach High School in Atwater, California, chose the Cardinal over USC and Cal, among other schools.
Shittu's decision came after an especially cloudy forecast as to his final destination. The prospect took five visits -- to Cal, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC and Stanford -- and even Tweeted (publicly) to the University of Oregon last week to see they were still recruiting him. According to the Sacremento Bee, Shittu is the kind of recruit that's relished the swarming attention thrust upon a top recruit.
"Aziz loves it," [Bucach head coach Kevin] Swartwood said. "Not so much the drama, but the attention and publicity that goes along with being a D-1 recruit.
Shittu, a 6-foot-3, 275 lb. strongside defensive end, is listed as the fourth best overall prospect in the state of California, and the 27th overall prospect in the nation. His commitment caps a historic haul for the Cardinal, which could finish in the Top 10 recruiting classes nationally.
National Signing Day 2012 has been in full swing for nearly 12 hours now and many schools are coming up roses with extensive classes of commits.
The Stanford Cardinal in particular seem well-prepared for losing some key components of their offensive line to the 2012 NFL Draft. They have picked up no fewer than three five-star offensive linemen in order to protect whichever quarterback they'll hoping will become the next Andrew Luck. These new linemen include Kyle Murphy, a 6'6", 280-pound player from San Clemente who was ranked as the third-best OL in this year's class. Perhaps even better, the commitment keeps Murphy from heading to Pac-12 rival USC.
Speaking of top offensive linemen, the Auburn Tigers scored a bit of a coup with the acquisition of top offensive tackle Avery Young. Young had no shortage of SEC teams to choose from. Among his suitors were Miami, Florida and Georgia, but the four-star recruit -- whose father and brother both played in the NFL -- ultimately chose Auburn.
The Florida St. Seminoles continue to come up big and put together what is looking to be one of the dominant offenses of the near future. In addition to picking up top defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, they also snagged top cornerback prospect Ronald Darby.
Stanford gains an elite offensive tackle recruit.
Washington keeps its star quarterback.
Florida State and USC are charging hard, but it won't be enough to catch Alabama and Texas.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets co-offensive line coach Todd Spencer resigned Wednesday amidst National Signing Day as the school has launched an investigation into text messages he sent recruits in violation of NCAA rules.
Early on National Signing Day, the Georgia Bulldogs landed perhaps the biggest prize of their recruiting class: five-star outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons. The Valdosta native had narrowed his recruitment to UGA, Florida State, Florida and Miami, with rumblings that key members of his family favored Florida and FSU over Georgia, largely due to playing time.
Hours after his announcement, Georgia still doesn't have his signed letter of intent. Mark Richt told Marc Weiszer he's not concerned, and ESPNU reported Harvey-Clemons says he's still "100 percent" ommitted to Georgia. The concern for many Dawgs fans is that Harvey-Clemons' grandfather may be refusing to sign off on his grandson attending Georgia.
Keep your eyes tuned to this one, fans of Signing Day drama. We've had a few flips and a couple surprising announcements, but so far this NSD has been lean on lingering confusion.
The Louisville Cardinals and head coach Charlie Strong are looking at a second-consecutive strong recruiting outing, thanks in large part to Strong's Florida connections. The former assistant in the Sunshine State has pulled some quality talent from there and gotten them to make the trek north to the state of Kentucky.
Nick Dawson, the four-star linebacker whom many consider to be the crown jewel of Charlie Strong's recruiting class of 2012, was the first Louisville commitment to fax in his signed letter of intent on national signing day. He's alsoknows how to rock a killer bowtie.
The only semi-surprise addition of the day thus far has been the signing of Lamar Atkins, a linebacker out of Miami Norland. Atkins is the brother of Louisville signee Keith Brown, another quality Florida pick-up, and had previously been committed to Illinois with Brown.
At the moment, Louisville's 2012 class ranked between second and fifth in the Big East among the major recruiting services, and between 37th and 42nd and overall in the FBS.
Florida State adds another speedster!
Auburn lands a top offensive tackle.
Louis is back as an Auburn Tiger.
The Cardinal received great news with the commitment of Andrus Peat.
Will Washington lose its prized quarterback recruit to USC?
A pair of top-10 offensive weapons flipped on their National Signing Day commitments, as Fresno wide receiver Deontay Greenberry shunned the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the Houston Cougars and Dennis Norfleet left the Cincinnati Bearcats for the Michigan Wolverines. Both are rated as four-star players by recruiting services. Rivals lists Greenberry as its No. 7 wide receiver and Norfleet as its No. 5 all-purpose running back.
An especially surprising pickup for UH as the Coogs have just lost star head coach Kevin Sumlin and longtime quarterback Case Keenum, while Notre Dame has picked up five-star freshman quarterback Gunner Kiel.
For Michigan, adding Norfleet boosts what was already the Big Ten's second best class by far. At five-foot-seven and 170 pounds, he could add a dimension to an offense that has already been a little bit more dynamic than Brady Hoke let on.
For more on the parties involved, visit SB Nation Detroit and SB Nation Houston, plus Notre Dame blog One Foot Downand Cincinnati blog Down the Drive. For more, stay tuned to SB Nation's college football recruiting hub and our many fine college football blogs.
Texas and Alabama continue to battle for the top spot. Fresher recruiting rankings update here.
Kyle Dodson, a four-star recruit according to Rivals, has committed to Ohio State, announcing the news at a ceremony at his school on National Signing Day and opting for Urban Meyer's team over Wisconsin, USC, and Michigan State.
Rivals rates Dodson as the No. 16 offensive tackle in the country, and he has the size, at 6'6" and 315 pounds, to turn into a road-grader for an Ohio State line that will need to both protect Braxton Miller and open holes for what could be a revival of Meyer's spread running game. The Buckeyes will need that running game in 2012 and the near future, as Miller develops, and while Dodson is unlikely to be a starter from Day One, he could provide much-needed depth immediately.
USC and LSU are two of the biggest names in college football, and figure to be among a handful of national championship contenders in 2012. But the momentum for the two schools couldn't be much different for the Trojans and Tigers: USC is trending up, while LSU is having some trouble.
USC struck gold on Signing Day in the state of Florida, snagging defensive end Leonard Williams' commitment and big-time athlete Nelson Agholor's pledge and giving Lane Kiffin two more victories on the recruiting trail against the Florida Gators, whom he memorably sparred with during his one season at Tennessee. The Trojans don't have a large class, but are stocking up on premium talent, and well-positioned to weather the NCAA sanctions that have limited their roster.
LSU, on the other hand, has no current shortage of depth or talent, but has to be worried about sentiments about its program. Kwon Alexander is Baton Rouge-bound, but fellow linebacker Torshiro Davis, a long-time LSU commitment, has flipped his commitment to Texas, possibly because of the dark cloud of dissatisfaction that has settled over LSU since its 2012 BCS National Championship Game shutout at the hands of Alabama.
And just think: about a month ago, there were legitimate wonders about whether LSU was on its way to an undefeated season ranking among the finest in college football history that would merely be a prologue to a more impressive 2012. In college football, plenty can change in a blink.
Westlake Village, CA's Jordan Payton, Rivals' No. 15 wide receiver in the country, has already committed to the USC Trojans and California Golden Bears in his time. Earlier in the week, he flipped on Cal for the Washington Huskies. Now, on National Signing Day, multiple reports are breaking that he could land with the UCLA Bruins, attaching him to a full third of the Pac-12 at one point or another.
@latsondheimer An Oaks Christian counselor says WR Jordan Payton of Oaks Christian is headed to UCLA, according to Coach Bill Redell. Stunner.
Your jokes about Gunner Kiel are now irrelevant, while he's got a long way to go to reach Tate Forcier status. Payton also visited the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan Wolverines, so let's hold out hope for another step or two along the way, yes?
For more on the parties involved, visit UCLA blog Bruins Nation and Washington blog UW Dawg Pound. For more, stay tuned to SB Nation's college football recruiting hub and our many fine college football blogs.
Greensboro, NC guard D.J. Reader announced his commitment to play for the Clemson Tigers over the Maryland Terrapins on National Signing Day. He's rated a three star by most recruiting services, with Rivals listing him as the No. 19 guard prospect in the country. Standing 6-foot-3 and 309 pounds, he already boasts plenty of size for the ACC.
Clemson and Maryland were his only two visits, though he also had offers from Auburn, Miami and others. He was expected to choose the Terps over the Tigers, according to a late report.
Reader is yet another fine offensive lineman in a class heavy with them -- the Tigers already have four offensive linemen in the boat, with another expected on Signing Day.
For more on the parties involved, visit Clemson blog Shakin' the Southland and Maryland blog Testudo Times. For more, stay tuned to SB Nation's college football recruiting hub and our many fine college football blogs.
USC added an explosive playmaker in Nelson Agholor.
The LSU Tigers gained one outside linebacker on National Signing Day, but have lost another. Edge rusher Torshiro Davis, a four-star according to most recruiting services, decommitted from LSU and will join the Texas Longhorns. LSU looked to have a strong pair of outside 'backes after Kwon Alexander announced via bow tie, but there goes that plan:
@BFLT_at_BON It's official. Torshiro Davis to Texas. I'm working on post right now for Burnt Orange Nation. HUGE NEWS.
Davis is six-foot-three and 222 pounds and took December visits to Texas and Nebraska. However, his last visit was to Baton Rouge, and he seemed to be set to head to Death Valley. He's likely to soon fill a major need for Texas, which will need pass-rushing help in a big way in the coming years.
North Carolina lands a top receiver.
USC landed a great prospect in Williams.
Courtney Gardner, a four-star JUCO transfer receiver, will play for Oklahoma, not Arkansas.
Trae Elston, a three-star safety in the Class of 2012 according to Rivals, has committed to Mississippi during ESPNU's National Signing Day special.
Elston, a high school teammate of four-star linebacker Kwon Alexander, was considering LSU and Oklahoma State along with Ole Miss, but chose to go with the Rebels and Hugh Freeze's new staff over the more established national powers. Elston cited feeling like family and the chance to change the culture in Oxford as parts of his decision, and unzipped a hoodie to reveal a Rebel red tie to announce it.
Elston is a big pick-up for Freeze, who will have to do a lot of work to build Ole Miss into a contender in the SEC West. But any time Mississippi can snag a player who was considering LSU, the Rebels will likely be happy with his commitment.
For more on Mississippi recruiting, visit Red Cup Rebellion.
Texas decommit Thomas Johnson, one of the country's best wide receivers, has committed to play for the ...
Top linebacker Kwon Alexander is headed to LSU.
Jamal Marcus is a Buckeye!
National Signing Day 2012 has already seen a handful of major recruits become commits. And, in news that should surprise no one, the South is where the biggest stars seem to want to be. This explains so much about Missouri!
The Tigers got the biggest recruit of the day so far when massive wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham committed to Missouri over Arkansas and Oklahoma. Green-Beckham is the nation's top wideout, and, at 6'6" and 220 pounds, should be a big-time target for James Franklin as Missouri transitions to SEC play in 2012.
Josh Harvey-Clemons, whose recruitment has been marked by weirdness — Florida's Will Muschamp went to church with the big-time linebacker/wide receiver, while Georgia coach Mark Richt went to jail with him — made the most obvious choice in the end. Harvey-Clemons signed with Georgia and will be staying in the Peach State. The 6'5" Harvey-Clemons could be a nightmare for SEC offensive tackles for some time to come.
Florida's National Signing Day woes continued with the next major commitment of the day when the Gators missed on a longtime lean, Tracy Howard. Howard committed to Miami instead of joining Muschamp's troops in Gainesville, opting for his hometown team and Al Golden's plan over the Gators.
And Florida State may have secured the literal biggest commitment of the day from Eddie Goldman. The hulking defensive tackle chose FSU over Auburn, and joins a loaded Seminoles recruiting class and an especially imposing set of defensive line commits.
Florida coaches can't be happy about that one, either, but they may have benefited from FSU's embarrasment of riches up front: the Gators flipped Dante Fowler from FSU. And all is not lost: Muschamp and company still have chances at Nelson Agholor and Leonard Williams later in the day, though they will be competing with a familiar foe, USC's Lane Kiffin, for both guys.
For more on Georgia recruiting, visit the Dawg Sports. For more on Miami recruiting, visit the Seventh Floor Blog. For more on Florida State recruiting, visit Tomahawk Nation. For more on Florida recruiting, check out Alligator Army. For more on Missouri recruiting, check out Rock M Nation.
Florida takes Dante Fowler from the 'Noles.
Missouri landed a very special receiver prospect today.
Eddie Goldman could be an instant-impact defensive tackle for the Noles.
Tracy Howard, long coveted as one of the Sunshine State's finest prospects by Florida's big three schools, has finally picked one of them. Howard committed to Florida during a National Signing Day special on ESPNU, choosing to sign with his hometown Miami Hurricanes over Florida and Florida State.
Howard, one of the top cornerbacks in the country, is out of Miramar High School (Fla.), and holds four or five stars from most of the major recruiting services. He stands 5'11", weighs in at 180 pounds, and has more than held his own against some of the top competition in the country as part of Miramar's "Dark Side" defense.
Howard has excellent man coverage skills and could be an early starter for Miami. He's also a major symbolic get for the Hurricanes: Will Muschamp and Jimbo Fisher tried to dip into the renowned "state of Miami" to snag Howard's commitment, but a strong late push from Al Golden's staff swayed him to stay home.
Georgia lands a top linebacker.
Ken Ekanem could be Virginia Tech's next great pass rusher.
Syracuse grabs a top defensive back.
Florida State takes a four-star linebacker from Miami.
Virginia Tech grabs a major playmaker!
Korren Kirven picks Alabama over Virginia Tech
A big JUCO receiver for Tennessee!
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