National signing day live blog
Scouts Inc.'s team of recruiting editor Henry Gola and analysts Billy Tucker and Billy Conley will be live blogging wire to wire on national signing day 2008 from the ESPNU studios in Charlotte, N.C. Refresh this page often to keep track of all the entries.
7:11 p.m.: Thanks for following the signing day happenings with us today. Check out the Briefing Room for any news breaking later tonight. See you next year.
6:40 p.m.: Both top-50 RB Milton Knox (Van Nuys, Calif./Birmingham), a UCLA verbal commit, and ESPN 150 LB Uona Kaveinga (Lawndale, Calif./Leuzinger), a BYU verbal commit, will announce who they will sign with tonight on FSN Prime Ticket.
6:18 p.m.: Tracking more previously uncommitted prospects, top-25 quarterback prospect Corey Trisby (San Diego/Hoover) signed with UTEP, a nice get for Mike Price.
Top-30 QB Tommy Reamon Jr. (Gloucester, Va.) signed with D-IAA Old Dominion over South Florida, Buffalo and Missouri.
6:17 p.m.: No. 39 outside linebacker Leandre Lance (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), one of the top remaining committed prospects, has signed with D-IAA Missouri State.
5:43 p.m.: The Sam McGuffie situation is getting stranger.
"I talked to him," Cy-Fair offensive lineman Chris Lathrop, who signed with Texas A&M this morning, told the Houston Chronicle. "It's like a wedding almost. He got cold feet and didn't come to school. He told me that doesn't know where he wants to go."
McGuffie is reportedly now choosing between Texas A&M, Cal and Michigan.
5:24 p.m.: Ole Miss' signing list has a big omission so far, as star in-state running back Darius Barksdale (Batesville, Miss./South Panola) has yet to sign. The Rebels did sign running back Enrique Davis (Hargrave), who signed with Auburn last year.
5:15 p.m.Rutgers' class has finally been posted. It's led by two Floridians -- quarterback D.C. Jefferson (Winter Haven, Fla.), whose initials don't stand for de-commitment despite his switch from Rutgers to LSU and back again, and WR Malcolm Johnson (Bartow, Fla.).
While the Scarlet Knights landed in-state top-25 OT Art Forst (Manasquan, N.J.), they still lost out on five of the top six Garden State prospects.
5:00 p.m.: Texas' class has been posted on its site, with Mack Brown signing nine ESPN 150 players. Texas did a good job of filling needs with quality athletes. The two top-rated players are wide receivers D.J. Grant (Austin, Texas/LBJ) and Dan Buckner (Allen, Texas). This position was crucial for the Longhorns with the graduation of wide outs Limas Sweed, Billy Pittman and Nate Jones.
Four outside linebackers led by No.9-ranked Emmanuel Acho highlight the defensive signees.
4:52 p.m.: Texas A&M is still waiting on the letter of intent of No. 6-rated DT Rodrick Davis (Houston/Eisenhower), and apparently official word will come later tonight.
4:50 p.m.: Running back Montel Harris (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity) dropped Duke for Boston College today.
4:35 p.m.: Comprised of four ESPN 150 members and six prospects with a Scouts Inc. grade of 80 or higher, Rick Neuheisel has to be pleased with the class he inherited (with the help of DaWayne Walker) and signed today.
Aundre Dean (Katy, Texas) was a major land for the Bruins out of the state of Texas; he's a top-10 running back with good explosiveness and burst between the tackles. Joining Dean in the backfield will be quarterback Nick Crissman (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison), no doubt a future stud under the tutelage of Neuheisel.
The offensive class needed young depth at tight end and landed another top-10 positional prospect in Cory Harkey (Chino Hills, Calif.). Underrated No. 6 safety prospect E.J. Woods (Culver City, Calif./Crespi Carmelite) is a balanced run and pass supporter and should fill a void at defensive back with perhaps the fastest safety in this class, Rahim Moore (Los Angeles/Dorsey). Cornerback also got some quality depth and versatility with ESPN 150 prospect Anthony Dye (Corona, Calif./Santiago), while special teams got a big boost with the commitment of Jeff Locke (Glendale, Ariz./ Mountain Ridge).
4:24 p.m.: South Florida gained Jatavious Jackson (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central) while Jamaar Jarrett (San Marcos, Calif./Mission Hills) pulled the ol' switcheroo from Oregon and signed with Arizona State.
4:15 p.m.: Here's the word on the Fighting Zooks. Led by ESPN 150 corner Patrick Nixon (Jacksonville, Fla./Middleburg), Illinois boasts 15 prospects rated 77 or higher. Wide receiver Alfred Jenkins (Jacksonville, Fla./Terry Parker), a potential playmaker at the next level, and Cordale Scott (Cleveland/Glenville), a smooth, big-play possession receiver are solid, skilled athletes. Look for Deries Hodge (Harrisburg, Pa./Milford), an explosive power-back currently prepping at Milford Academy, to get some early carries.
Another good class for Ron Zook who lives up to his recruiting reputation.
3:54 p.m.: Tom O'Brien probably did not achieve the success he desired in his first-year at N.C. State, but off the field, the former BC head coach has built a quality recruiting class.
QB Mike Glennon (Centreville, Va./ Westfield) possesses the size, arm strength and quick release to excel as a college quarterback and the intangibles to lead a rebuilding program. ESPN's No. 8-rated athlete Brandon Barnes (Bunn, NC) is a nice addition. This kid should be able to create mismatches all over the field with his quickness and is a legit dual-threat as a runner and pass receiver; he could also see time on defense. Tight end Mario Carter (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) is one of the more athletic tight ends in this class but will need to recover from a knee injury. O'Brien also landed quality additions in the secondary, wide receiver and on the offensive front as well.
3:42 p.m.: Michigan's class has been posted, and there are some interesting notes. As of 3 p.m. ET, YouTube hero Sam McGuffie (Cypress, Texas/Cy-Fair) is nowhere to be found. However, the Wolverines have officially added former Florida commit Ricky Barnum (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson), former Penn State commit Michael Shaw (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) and former Purdue commit Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison).
3:25 p.m.: Florida State's class is mostly signed, and although Bobby Bowden did not close as strong as usual (the cheating scandal probably did not help), the Seminoles boast a solid group with four top-50 overall prospects and top-5 positional prospects comprise the Seminoles class.
ESPN's No. 5-rated corner Terrance Parks (Fairburn, Ga./Creekside) fits perfect in legendary defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews' 4-3, Cover 2 scheme and could challenge for early playing time; he is already acclimating on campus this spring. Parks teams up with inside linebacker Nigel Bradham (Crawfordville, Fla./Wakulla) and outside linebacker Nigel Carr (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) to give FSU two more talented defensive prospects with the ability to play early.
Help is on the way at quarterback with E.J. Manuel (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside), who may have Jimbo Fisher thinking back to his days of grooming JaMarcus Russell at LSU. Keep your eye out for Jermaine Thomas (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), one of the more impressive and underrated athletes in the country.
Side note from earlier in the day, former Texas A&M commit Sedrick Johnson (Arp, Texas,) signed with Iowa State.
3:18 p.m.: The Pitt Panthers' 2008 recruiting class is finalized and features some good offensive talent. No. 8 wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin (Aliquippa, Pa.) is one of three wideouts signed in the class along with two quarterbacks and two tight ends, which should boost the Panthers' passing attack. Pitt will be the only Big East team to land a top 25 class.
3:05 p.m.: Jerrell Harris just chose Alabama over USC, among others. That solidifies the Tide's spot as the No. 5 class and potentially bumps them up even higher. He's an OLB/DE 'tweener with good pass rushing skills and raw tools who needs to refine his positional fundamentals.
2:44 p.m.: Auburn's class is official. It's a quiet, yet excellent group in terms of top-to-bottom quality. It lost former Class of 2007 signee RB Enrique Davis to Ole Miss but replaced him with RB Eric Smith (Seffner, Fla./Armwood). In need of wideouts, Damion Allen (Orlando/Dr. Phillips), much needed speedy deep threat Harry Adams (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard) and Darvin Adams (Kennesaw, Ga./Harrison) are all in tow.
ESPN 150 corner Neiko Lipscomb (Tucker, Ga,) was a great signee on defense with his height and transitional quickness at corner. The Tigers could make a push for a top-15 class by the end of the day.
2:32 p.m.: It looks like ESPN 150 LB Jerrell Harris (Gadsden, Ala.) will be announcing his decision in about a half hour.
2:30 p.m.: Tennessee's current class looks more like 2006 (non top 25) than 2007, when it claimed the No. 5 spot in our final class rankings. The signing of E.J. Abrams-Ward (Thomasville, N.C), a physically-gifted outside linebacker/defensive end hybrid, today gives them a boost on defense or at receiver. There is also good skill on offense with wide receiver Rod Wilks (Smyrna, Tenn.), a receiver with Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals) qualities, and powerful running back Tauren Poole (Toccoa, Ga./Stephens).
Aaron Douglas (Maryville, Tenn.) is ESPN's No. 18-rated tight end prospect and well-balanced in the run and pass. Dual-sport quarterback Casey Kelly (Sarasota, Fla.) has the size, arm strength and poise to be a good one in Knoxville.
Defensively the Tigers signed explosive pass-rushers DE Chancey Aghayere (Garland, Texas) and DE/TE Chase Clement (Thibodaux, La./White Catholic) to fill in vacancies and add depth to the front. The late addition of Greg Shaw (Hialeah, Fla./Pace) gives LSU five offensive linemen in this year's class.
1:58 p.m.: USC may have lost talented athlete Joe Adams (Little Rock, Ark./Central Arkansas Christian) down the stretch, but signing two top undecided prospects today -- defensive end Nick Perry (Detroit/Mackenzie) and No. 2 ranked corner T.J. Bryant (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) -- definitely softens the blow.
This class may not boast as many elite stars and No. 1-ranked prospects as last year's, but the Trojans did an excellent job filling areas of need like offensive line. Matt Kalil (Anaheim, Calif./Servite), Matt Meyer (Stockton, Calif./Lincoln), Tyron Smith (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde), Daniel Campbell (Houston/Aldine) and Khaled Holmes (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) could form one of the better line classes in the country. Tight end Blake Ayles (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) could quickly replace some of Fred Davis' production; he and Holmes are USC's two No. 1 rated positional prospects.
Hauling passes with Ayles in the future will be ESPN 150 signee Brice Butler (Norcross, Ga.), arguably one of the more polished receivers in this class. No. 5-rated athlete D.J. Shoemate (Mira Loma, Calif./Servite) has the physical tools and versatility to potentially shine at receiver, running back or even on defense. Landing outside linebacker Jerrell Harris (Gadsden, Ala.) could complete this class -- we are not sold on the current class at linebacker.
Staying in the state of North Carolina, ESPN 150 QB Mike Glennon (Centreville, Va./Westfield) and ESPN 150 ATH Brandon Barnes (Bunn, N.C.) have officially signed with N.C. State. Glennon looked better in person than on film at the Under Armour game. He showed good poise and leadership commanding the huddle.
1:33 p.m.: One-time Florida commit DE Chaz Sutton (Savannah, Ga./Jenkins) signed with South Carolina. He has great size and natural tools, but he'll need to polish up to become an impact perimeter player at the next level.
1:20: Miami (FL) head coach Randy Shannon needed a shot in the arm after a 5-7 season for the Hurricanes. The late additions of wide receiver Tommy Streeter (Miami/Northwestern) and cornerback Brandon Harris (Miami/BTW) along with the re-commitment of No. 3 outside linebacker Ramon Buchanan (Melbourne, Fla./Palm Bay) is just what the doctor ordered.
The Canes have a great class of defensive players, and for the first time in recent years, they kept most of the best talent in South Florida at home. This top-five class may give Miami the foundation necessary to make a run for a national title.
1:12 p.m.: Let's recap Clemson's big day. Signatures from No. 6 offensive tackle Antoine McClain (Anniston, Ala.), No. 3 tight end Dwayne Allen (Fayetteville, S.C./Terry Sanford), who de-committed from Georgia and No. 3-rated running back Jamie Harper (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) have this class making a strong push toward the top.
As ESPN's No. 1-rated overall prospect DaQuan Bowers (Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt) was already hitting the books on Clemson's campus, Tommy Bowden and staff were still hitting the recruiting trail hard closing on fellow Under Armour All-Americans like Brandon Thompson (Thomasville, Ga.) and Kenneth Page (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora). Youth and size on the interior of the defensive line was a major need, and the potential penetration and havoc caused by Thompson and Bowers should have Tiger fans excited.
Speed and athleticism were added in the secondary with Spencer Adams (Matthews, N.C./Butler). Undersized signal-caller Kyle Parker (Jacksonville, Fla./Bartram Trail) was a great pickup at quarterback.
1:02 p.m.: Brandon Harris (Miami/BTW) chose Miami (FL) over Ohio State. With his father Tim "Ice" Harris being such a well-respected coach in South Florida (he coaches Booker T. Washington), it had to be a tough sell to get Brandon to leave the state.
Despite being a bit undersized, the No. 3 cornerback is tough and one of the best competitors in the entire class. Miami's defensive class is downright awesome -- it has most of the country's finest outside linebackers and now a legit cover corner.
1:00 p.m.: T.J. Bryant (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) has signed with USC, reports ESPN affiliate WeAreSC.com.
12:51 p.m.: ESPN 150 RB Darrell Scott picked Colorado over Texas. Colorado is putting together a tremendous class, especially considering its subpar season. Landing Scott gives CU an immediate impact player at running back. Others in this class who could see the field right away are Jon Major (Ponderosa, Colo.) and Lynn Katoa (Salt Lake City/Cottonwood).
Although Scott is ranked as the No. 2 back, he and Oklahoma signee Jermie Calhoun are really Nos. 1 and 1A. Scott's more straight-lined as a runner but he could possess a more complete package of size, power and speed.
12:45 p.m.: Notre Dame's class is in, an excellent group with 10 ESPN 150 players. Charlie Weis looks to have shored up his defensive front by signing nine players who can play on the front line or linebacker. One of those talented athletes is the no. 6 defensive end Ethan Johnson (Portland, Ore./Lincoln).
On offense, No. 2 QB Dayne Crist (Sherman Oaks, Calif./Notre Dame) and athletic wide receiver Mike Floyd (Saint Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall) lead the group. Even though this Notre Dame class isn't as talented as some in the recent past, it does meet some key needs for the Irish.
Also of note, Kapron Lewis-Moore (Weatherford, Texas), originally a verbal commit to Texas A&M, signed with the Irish.
12:37 p.m.: Los Angeles Times reporting formerly undecided DE Nick Perry (Detroit/MacKenzie) chose USC over Michigan and Michigan State. He rose up our board after a great senior season. He's still raw, but his straight line and vertical burst are tremendous.
12:35 p.m.: Athlete/wide receiver prospect T.J. Lawrence (Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen) has faxed his letter of intent to Florida. He will appear on ESPNU shortly to talk about his decision. Lawrence is one of the most underrated athletes in the entire class and he will likely play receiver for the Gators. He could develop into a go-to, big-play guy.
12:33 p.m.: No. 2 overall prospect Julio Jones (Foley, Ala.) announced he'll stay in-state and sign with Alabama. This makes the Tide's class one of their better ones in recent years.
Jones brings excellent size and smoothness to the position and has the speed after the catch to become an immediate playmaker for Saban next fall. That ability to step in right away might have lured the county's No. 1 receiver prospect to Tuscaloosa, but some added pressure will likely come to help revive the in-state program. Currently holding the No. 9 class in the country filled with many prospects with good value at need positions, the signing of Jones -- along with recent addition RB Mark Ingram (Flint, Mich./Southwestern Academy) -- should propel the Tide up the class rankings .
12:24 p.m.: No. 3 RB Jamie Harper (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) just picked Clemson. The Tigers are making the most noise today and could be pushing for No. 1 class.
Harper will benefit from sitting behind C.J. Spiller and James Davis and learning the system. With Davis graduating after next season and Spiller potentially declaring early for the NFL draft, Haper could take over the reigns in 2009.
12:21 p.m.: The Birmingham News is reporting undecided DE Robert Quinn (North Charleston, S.C./Fort Dorchester) chose North Carolina over Alabama, though UNC has not yet reported it on its official site.
12:06 p.m.: Terrelle Pryor on ESPNU, "I will not make my commitment. ... I haven't that much time to concentrate on the recruiting process and need more time."
Pryor also said Oregon is back in the mix; he is choosing between Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Oregon. He has until April 1st to make his decision.
12:04 p.m.: Clemson just keeps on rolling. Undecided offensive tackle Antoine McClain (Anniston, Ala.) picked the Tigers. The 6-foot-6, 315-pound monster carries his weight well and has the ability to play early.
11:56 a.m.: Aaron Boyd (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay), one of the top remaining uncommitted wide receivers, has signed with Kentucky. Also, Derrick Hall's letter has arrived at Texas A&M.
11:42 a.m.: Billy just talked to Dwayne Allen about his switch to Clemson.
"Their recruiting coordinator Coach [Billy] Napier told me to come down and check them out and did not try to sell me hard. He said, 'I think you will like it,' and, well, when I went a few weeks ago -- I liked it," said Allen.
11:39 a.m.: Cyrus Gray's (Dallas/DeSoto) letter has arrived at Texas A&M.
11:38 a.m.: Stanford is reporting 15 signees so far, including ESPN 150 QB Andrew Luck (Houston/Stratford) and DE Chase Thomas (Marietta, Ga./Walton). Already a polished passer, Luck will benefit from the tutelage of Jim Harbaugh.
11:33 a.m.: Running back Joe Adams (Central Arkansas Christian) has switched from USC to sign with Arkansas, a nice pickup for Bobby Petrino. He's a versatile athlete who probably saw an opportunity to get on the field quicker at Arkansas. He could be utilized like Percy Harvin is at Florida.
11:30 a.m.: Shocking news just breaking. ESPN 150 TE Dwayne Allen (Fayetteville, N.C./Sanford) has signed with Clemson after saying at a news conference Monday that he would be sticking with his commitment to Georgia. He's one of the most well balanced tight ends in this class. Clemson continues to add to an already impressive class.
11:22 a.m.: Twenty-one inked for Missouri so far, led by ESPN 150 QB Blaine Gabbert (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway West). Gabbert was originally ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in the class, but his stock slid with a disappointing senior season mixed with injuries and sometimes poor decision-making. However, he has great size and a great arm and is deceptively athletic. It's a great situation for him to learn under rising senior Chase Daniel for a year.
11:18 a.m.: After a miserable 1-11 first season, head coach and respected recruiter Tim Brewster has put together an impressive class for Minnesota, and the signees are starting to roll in. It's a solid class filled with in-state talent and prospects from 12 states outside of Minnesota. The faxes from MarQueis Gray (Indianapolis/Ben Davis), ESPN's No. 13 rated signal-caller, and Keanon Cooper (Dallas/Skyline) the Golden Gophers' top-rated defensive and overall player, have come across as well as most of their top-tier players.
11:15 a.m.: Previously uncommitted No. 16 OT Greg Shaw (Miami/Pace) has signed with LSU. He's a bit raw and could benefit from a redshirt year, but he has great size and all the tools. He is the fifth offensive lineman in LSU's class.
11:13 a.m.: The Ohio State Buckeyes are on their way to signing the top class in the Big Ten. Led by offensive linemen Michael Brewster (Orlando/Edgewater) and Mike Adams (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin-Coffman) with J.B. Shugarts (Spring, Texas/Klein) to follow, the Buckeyes will end up with an ESPN top 10 class. Linebackers Etienne Sabino (Miami/Dr. Krop) and Andrew Sweat (Washington, Pa./Trinity) are the defensive standouts of the 2008 recruiting class.
11:10 a.m.: Texas A&M reporting 21 signings, though its top three commits are not yet among them -- RB Cyrus Gray (DeSoto, Texas), ATH Derrick Hall (Beaumont, Texas/Central) and DT Rodrick Davis (Houston/Eisenhower). We'll keep on an eye out for those letters.
10:50 a.m.: Former Michigan commit ESPN 150 RB/LB Christian Wilson (McKees Rocks, Pa./Montour) signed with North Carolina over Boston College. We projected him as an outside linebacker, but he also has the size, speed and excellent hands to be inserted as a running back or fullback/H-back. He's a good land for UNC, which is struggling to match last year's top 10 effort.
UNC did not land E.J. Abrams-Ward (Thomasville, N.C.), according to the Greensboro (N.C.) News-Record. The 6-foot-5-inch Abrams-Ward -- an athletic player with the frame to get bigger -- signed with Tennessee. He is projected as a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end and is also a basketball player.
Also, Terrelle Pryor confirmed to the Associated Press that he will not sign today.
10:47 a.m.: ESPN 150 prospect Kye Staley (Guthrie, Okla.), who played quarterback in high school but projects as a college runner, signed with Oklahoma State after reportedly wavering on his verbal commitment to the Cowboys. Staley has good power and deceptive quickness. He has the physical tools to challenge for early reps.
10:42 a.m.: No. 1 running back Jermie Calhoun (Van, Texas) just faxed in his letter of intent to Oklahoma. He has a good blend of size and speed with a surprising second gear, a strong runner with great vision.
10:36 a.m.: ESPN 150 QB E.J. Manuel (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) is officially a Seminole. This dual-threat quarterback dropped in the rankings a little because he still needs some polish on his mechanics and decision-making. Still, with his size and arm strength, he draws comparisons to Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell.
10:25 a.m.: Florida has received 17 letters of intent. As reported earlier, Ramon Buchanan, who will sign with Miami, and Ricky Barnum (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson), who will sign with Michigan, are not among them. The country's top two safeties, Will Hill (West Orange, N.J./St. Peter's) and Dee Finley (Auburn, Ala.), are on board.
10:13 a.m.: Previously uncommitted Under Armour All-American wide receiver Martin Bayless Jr. (Fresno, Texas/Hightower) chose Northwestern over other, more prominent BCS schools like Ohio State and Cal. He has a better chance to play right away, though he needs more polish to become a complete receiver. His father, Martin Bayless Sr., played in the NFL and is an assistant coach with the Houston Texans.
10:03 a.m.: Twenty-two signees in for Mississippi State. This class has a big emphasis on the front seven, highlighted by No. 9 DT Templeton Hardy (Como, Miss./North Panola). The Bulldogs' transformation on the gridiron has paid off big time for Sly Croom on the recruiting trail.
10:00 a.m.: Recent Texas A&M de-commit Lamar Harris (Gilmer, Texas) has indeed signed with the Sooners. He's a taller, quick receiver who will need to get bigger to beat the press coverage off the line of scrimmage.
9:59: Tom Luginbill reports Miami has picked up No. 3 OLB Ramon Buchanan (Melbourne, Fla./Palm Bay), who originally committed to the Hurricanes and then switched for Florida, and WR Tommy Streeter (Miami/Northwestern), the seventh prospect from Miami-Northwestern to go to the 'Canes in this class. Streeter was impressive on film with his size and speed, but he looked even better live against Southlake Carroll with his fluidity and overall athleticism for a 6-foot-6 receiver.
9:53: Virginia Tech reporting 26 signatures so far, with six athletes among them. That should bolster Tech's usually strong special teams. No. 4 RB Ryan Williams (Manassas, Va./Jackson-Manassas) is in a good situation to learn behind rising senior Brandon Ore. Two underrated guys to keep an eye out for are DE Dwight Tucker (Oviedo, Fla.) and ILB Allen Stephens (South Boston, Va./Halifax County).
HG, 9:42: The state of North Carolina is more zoned in on tonight's Duke-UNC basketball tilt, but some signatures have been received. N.C. State has a bunch, though nothing yet from ESPN 150 QB Mike Glennon (Centreville, Va./Westfield) or ESPN 150 ATH Brandon Barnes (Bunn, N.C.).
HG, 9:33: Boomer Sooner with some important signatures landing in Norman. Wide receiver Josh Jarboe (Decatur, Ga./Cedar Grove) is on board, but all of Sooner nation will wait with bated breath to see if No. 1 WR Julio Jones (Foley, Ala.) will join him.
BT: The Sooners had the No. 6 class heading into signing day. The class has a good offensive nucleus slated to sign with ESPN 150 QB Landry Jones (Artesia, N.M.), Jarboe and ESPN 150 RB Jermie Calhoun (Van, Texas).
HG, 9:28: Davin Meggett (Clinton, Md./Surrattsville), son of former NFL scatback Dave Meggett, has signed with Maryland. Another chance to look at that little Meggett run.
HG, 9:23: No. 7 guard prospect Josh Jenkins (Vienna, W. Va./Parkersburg) is back on board with West Virginia. He decommitted after Rich Rodriguez left, looked around and then ended up signing with the Mountaineers today.
BT: Jenkins played mainly tackle in high school, we project he'll slide down to guard to take advantage of his good size and interior quickness.
BC: Good note here -- he could be the only in-state prospect WVU signs today.
HG, 9:13 a.m.: Sixteen signees in for the Georgia Bulldogs. No. 5 overall prospect A.J. Green (Ridgeville, S.C./Summerville) has yet to fax, but DT DeAngelo Tyson (Statesboro, Ga.) and RB Richard Samuel (Cartersville, Ga./Cass) are in.
BT: Georgia had the No. 3 class heading into signing day with a bunch of early impact guys on offense.
BC: The Bulldogs are looking to sign four running backs, four offensive linemen, two wide receivers and two tight ends.
BT: It's worth noting that Samuel could end up playing linebacker or running back.
HG, 8:58 a.m.: News from Atlanta. Georgia Tech has received a big bulk of its signatures, highlighted by No. 20-ranked athlete prospect Malcolm Munroe (Miami/Coral Reef).
BT: Munroe's a great athlete with great size. He has the potential to fill out and play outside linebacker or slide down to defensive end. New coach Paul Johnson lost a few guys in the transition after Chan Gailey was fired, but he has put together a respectable class down the stretch.
HG: Side note, Antonio Wilson (Decatur, Ga./Columbia) switched his commitment from Vanderbilt and signed with Ga. Tech.
HG, 8:52 a.m.: Illinois received ESPN 150 CB Patrick Nixon's (Jacksonville, Fla./Middleburg) letter, he is the Illini's top-rated prospect in this class.
BT: This kid's best days are ahead of him. He's a leaner corner with the build to put on 20 pounds and offer scheme versatility at safety or corner.
HG, 8:35 a.m.: Some programming notes -- Jamie Harper, Julio Jones, T.J. Lawrence, Darrell Scott and Brandon Harris are all scheduled to announce their decisions live today on ESPNU's Recruiting Insider Special starting at noon today.
BC, 8:30 a.m.: Running back Mark Ingram (Flint, Mich./Southwestern Academy) chose Alabama over a host of Big Ten schools Tuesday. Ingram is a physical back who has good acceleration and the ability to break tackles in the open field. Nick Saban continues to haul in key talent in his second season for the Crimson Tide. Meanwhile, Tide fans are anxious to see if No. 1 ranked wideout Julio Jones (Foley, Ala.,) is Alabama bound.
HG, 8:20 a.m.: Indiana on the board with some signatures, highlighted by Darius Willis (Indianapolis/Franklin Central) and Kyle Kozak (Columbus, Ohio/Hargrave Military), the cousin of ESPN feature producer extraordinaire Kory Kozak.
BT: Willis is one of the top players out of the state of Indiana, so it was important to keep him at home. He was the one of the prolific rushers in the state, he ranks as the No. 48 running back in the country blending good size and speed.
HG, 8:10 a.m: Clemson reporting four letters of intent in addition to six early enrollees. QB Jon Richt, K Dawson Zimmerman, ESPN 150 safety Spencer Adams and ESPN 150 RB Andre Ellington have signed their letters.
BT: Some of Clemson's early impact guys like No. 1 overall prospect DaQuan Bowers and QB Kyle Parker are already enrolled and have now officially signed. Bowers destroyed the competition at the Under Armour All-America Game and rose to No. 1 with his performance. Despite Parker's height (listed at a questionable 6-foot-1), he showed the intangibles during his successful week in Orlando.
HG, 8:05 a.m.: Recapping the biggest commitment news of the past two days, ESPN 150 OLB Keanon Cooper (Dallas/Skyline) switched from Texas Tech to Minnesota and ESPN 150 ATH Charles Mitchell (Clarksdale, Miss.,) committed to Mississippi State. Billy, what's your take on Cooper?
Billy: When we spoke with Cooper last week he sounded confident in his decision with Tech, but it looks like the influence of Skyline teammates Troy Stoudermire and Spencer Reeves, who are committed to the Golden Golphers, could have lured him away. We feel Cooper is one of the more underrated defensive prospects in this class and offers great scheme versatility with his ability to play outside linebacker and strong safety. Tim Brewster has done a tremendous job building a great recruiting class after an abysmal 2007 season.
HG: Bill, how about Mitchell?
Bill: ESPN's No. 10-ranked athlete Mitchell could very well be the most talented athlete to sign with Mississippi State today. He has the speed, agility and athleticism to play on either side of the ball for the Bulldogs. Sylvester Croom keeps building off his success.
HG, 7:58 a.m.: Washington is up early on the West Coast, reporting WR Chris Polk (Redlands, Calif.,) as part of its 2008 class. Polk enrolled early and is already on campus.
Henry, 7:30 a.m.: Good morning from Charlotte. What started years ago as a dream for almost every kid who put on pads in pee-wee football comes true for the select few who will sign letters of intent today.
Joining me today to bring perspective to what always is an exciting, whirlwind day are Billy Tucker and Bill Conley. We're piping in the sound of fax machines so Bill, who served as Ohio State's recruiting coordinator for 17 years, doesn't feel out of place.
The latest news breaking last night is Terrelle Pryor is "100 percent sure" he's not signing today, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He was scheduled to kick off ESPNU's Recruiting Insider special just after 12 p.m. ET today and still may appear. According to the paper, Oregon is no longer an option.
"It's a tough decision and I'm still trying to decide between Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State," he told the Tribune-Review.
Meanwhile in Nevada, an investigation has begun into the Kevin Hart situation. Hart committed to Cal at a news conference at Fernley (Nev.) High School citing his bond with Jeff Tedford only to find out he had been duped and never actually spoke to the coach or was offered a scholarship. Pryor likely won't have the same problem and can safely sign on the dotted line with the school of his choice when he makes up his mind.
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National signing day 2008
What schools have the best classes? Where are the top undecided recruits heading? ESPN.com and Scouts Inc. have you covered in the final month leading up to national signing day.
• Top 25 class rankings
• Team grades: ACC | Big East | Big Ten | SEC
• Team grades: Big 12 | Pac-10 | Best of the rest
• Lawlor: Pryor's choice is not to choose just yet
• Hudson: Jones stays home to play for Alabama
• Signing day blog
• Signing day chat wrap
• Behind the scenes on signing day
• Tucker: Top uncommitted prospects
• Schlabach: Michigan's future could hinge on Pryor
• Forde: Verbals can be risky business
• Florida climbs to No. 1 in class rankings
• WIR: Pryor announcement could be on hold
• Dinich: Recruiting pipelines
• Lawlor: Proud HS coaches
• Dinich: Long and winding road for assistants
• Conley: What happens on home visits
• WIR: Watching the early entries
• Top 10 undecided prospects
• Conley: The final push
• WIR: Uncommitted prospects hit the road
• DaQuan Bowers tops final ESPN 150
• Pac-10 part one | Part two
• ACC Atlantic | ACC Coastal
• Big Ten part one | Part two
• Big 12 North | Big 12 South
• Big East
• Notre Dame and best of non-BCS
• SEC East | SEC West
• Follow the latest commitments