Henderson, Dorsey among highlights

Originally Published: February 3, 2010
ESPN.com

Hope springs eternal for college programs on signing day. ESPN.com blogged about the biggest events of day.

6:38 p.m. ET: Texas fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Jackson Jeffcoat (Plano, Texas/Plano West), the No. 2 overall player in the ESPNU 150, has signed his letter of intent.

6:10 p.m. ET: Eric Dungy (Tampa, Fla./Plant), the son of former Colts coach Tony Dungy, signed with Oregon today.

5:43 p.m. ET: Gerry Hamilton checks in with a look at the stars coming out of the state of Texas. You can check out the guys he's talking about here.

5:33 p.m. ET: Seantrel Henderson (Saint Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall), the highest-rated uncommitted recruit, announced his decision to sign with USC. The five-star tackle is the No. 8 overall player in the ESPNU 150 and the top-rated prospect at his postition.

4:37 p.m. ET: UCLA picked up another stud recruit. Dietrich Riley (La Canada, Calif./Saint Francis), the No. 10 safety in the ESPNU 150, signed with the Bruins on Wednesday. From ESPN's Billy Tucker: "Dietrich Riley's signature jumps the Bruins up three spots to No. 12 as they are having one of the better days of any program in the country. Riley is a versatile athlete who could actually play on offense with his great acceleration and ball skills. We like at him safety though and he should make an immediate impact in Westwood with excellent blend of size, range and closing speed."

4:30 p.m. ET: New Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talked about his first recruiting class for the Irish. You can watch the interview here.

3:39 p.m. ET: Christian Green (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) won't be following teammate Chaz Green to Florida. Instead, he'll play for rival Florida State and Jimbo Fisher, he announced on ESPNU. From ESPN's Billy Tucker: "FSU is making a push for a top-five class and Jimbo Fisher has certainly established himself as the new closer in college football. Christian Green is a tremendous athlete who we project will play receiver at the next level. He will need to polish up as a route runner but has potential playmaker ability with his quickness, change-of-direction skill and burst in space."

3:32 p.m. ET: Chaz Green (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic) made it a sweet 16 -- ESPNU 150 commits, that is -- for Florida. The Gators picked up the No. 52 overall player and No. 4 OT in the country. Watch Chaz's commitment here.

3:15 p.m. ET: ESPNDallas.com is reporting that powerhouse program Southlake Carroll had eight players sign letters of intent with Division I programs today.

3:08 p.m. ET: Ivan McCartney (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) signed with West Virginia on Wednesday. The four-star WR turned down offers from Miami and Oregon.

2:54 p.m. ET: ESPNU 150 athlete Keenan Allen (Greensboro, N.C./Northern Guilford) signed with Cal. Allen recently decommitted from Alabama and also considered Clemson and Penn State.

2:35 p.m. ET: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, the nation's No. 2 DE and No. 17 overall, announced his decision to sign with UCLA. Watch his commitment here.

2:23 p.m. ET: In one of the first big signing day surprises, Demar Dorsey, the No. 12 overall recruit in the ESPNU 150, will sign with Michigan. The five-star safety picked the Wolverines over Florida State, USC and Tennessee. From ESPN's Billy Tucker: "Demar Dorsey to Michigan is one of the biggest surprises of the day thus far as we felt Florida State was in position to land this talented five-star. He has yet to sign, but his commitment to play for the Wolverines looks very solid. In Dorsey, Michigan is getting an excellent athlete with arguably the best speed and range in this safety class. Aside from his elite physical ability, Dorsey understands the game, coverage and alignment, and has natural ball skills. A great get for Michigan, which was lacking significant playmakers in this class."

2:11 p.m. ET: Some more video clips from today's signing day announcements: Bjoern Werner will head to Florida State from Germany (via Connecticut) and Hialeah High's (Fla.) Calvin Smith and Corey Lemonier make their commitments to New Mexico and Auburn, respectively.

2:01 p.m. ET: FYI for Alabama fans from SEC blogger Chris Low: The Tide have officially announced 29 signees. Nick Saban will hold his press conference at 5 p.m. ET.

1:51 p.m. ET: Utah lost one of its biggest recruiting prospects, defensive tackle Ricky Heimuli, to Oregon.

1:28 p.m. ET: Wendi Nix catches up with new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley on the Vols' recruiting efforts thus far.

1:20 p.m. ET: ESPN.com blogger Brian Bennett recaps what has been a mixed day for Notre Dame, while Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg says Wisconsin's class is signed, sealed and delivered in what was an unusually strong year for in-state recruits.

1:14 p.m. ET: West recruiting blogger Greg Biggins highlights the Pac-10's productive day, including a couple of Tennessee-turned-USC recruits. ESPN.com's Pac-10 blogger, Ted Miller, looks at some of the coveted recruits still undecided.

1:09 p.m. ET: A couple of video clips for your viewing pleasure, as ESPNU breaks down the state of recruiting for coaches in new places -- Notre Dame's Brian Kelly and USC's Lane Kiffin.

1:01 p.m. ET: ESPNChicago's Scott Powers checks in with safety Corey Cooper, who had originally committed to Illinois, but opted for Nebraska.

12:30 p.m. ET: In case you missed it, here's video of safety Sean Parker deciding to attend Washington.

12:23 p.m. ET: Southwest recruiting blogger JC Shurburtt checks in with news from four Miami Northwestern teammates -- defensive tackle Todd Chandler, offensive lineman Torrian Wilson, receiver Michaelee Harris and running back Corvin Lamb. Hint: none will be playing for the Hurricanes.

12:12 p.m. ET: For fans of TCU, SMU and North Texas football -- or just recruiting junkies in general -- ESPNDallas is keeping track of all the recruiting action concerning the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

12:08 p.m. ET: There's an international flavor to signing day this year, as Germany's Bjoern Werner announced he'll experience American football at Florida State.

11:55 a.m. ET: Southwest recruiting blogger Gerry Hamilton checks in with news from Texas A&M. And it's not great. The Aggies missed out on playmaking linebacker Corey Nelson (Oklahoma) and saw previously-committed receiver Jarrett Fobbs opt for LSU.

11:47 a.m. ET: Charlotte native and Notre Dame signee Prince Shembo stopped by ESPNU's studio to talk about his commitment to the Fighting Irish.

11:43 a.m. ET: Florida State and Penn State are rising in Scouts Inc.'s updated recruiting rankings.

11:41 a.m. ET: Heather Dinich says Georgia Tech's signing day work is done, as all of the Yellow Jackets' letters of intent are in, with 14 in-state players in their recruiting haul.

11:36 a.m. ET: Not to rain on the signing day parade, but Bruce Feldman checks in with how some "can't-miss" recruits failed to live up to lofty expectations coming out of high school.

11:32 a.m. ET: Good news for new Tennessee coach Derek Dooley. Offensive tackle James Stone just donned a Vols cap on ESPNU.

11:28 a.m. ET: ESPNDallas sends word of an impressive recruiting haul for Skyline High School, a Dallas-Fort Worth area school that has 11 players signing Division 1 scholarships.

11:24 a.m. ET: Like father, like son. ESPNChicago's Scott Powers checks in with QB Taylor Graham, who will follow in his father's footsteps at Ohio State. The younger Graham says, however, he never felt obligated to choose the Buckeyes because his father played there.

11:13 a.m. ET: Turns out Mississippi State and Ole Miss split the difference. Two of the most coveted in-state players, offensive tackle Damien Robinson (Bulldogs) and receiver Vincent Sanders (Rebels), were undeclared until today, according to SEC blogger Chris Low, who also updates the scorecard for the SEC rivals.

11:00 a.m. ET: ESPNU's Midwest blogger Bill Kurelic brings good news for Virginia fans. Offensive lineman Morgan Moses (Fork Union, Va./ Military Academy), who was considering Ohio State and LSU, is sticking with the Cavaliers.

10:25 a.m. ET: ESPNU's first live commitments: Sean Parker to Washington and Christian Jones to Florida State.

10:20 a.m. ET: Another huge get for USC? It looks like the highest-rated uncommitted prospect on our board, Seantrel Henderson, will pick the Trojans today, according to JC Shurburtt.

10:11 a.m. ET: It's early, but we already have a new top 25. It's not good news for Georgia fans. We'll be updating the rankings throughout the day, as we get more information.

10 a.m. ET: The official start to ESPN's coverage of signing day. You can follow along on ESPNU, ESPN360.com, and of course, ESPN.com. Chat with experts and get the latest news here.

9:37 a.m. ET: ESPNU 150 receiver Kadron Boone has decommitted from Texas Tech and will sign with LSU, reports Gerry Hamilton.

9:22 a.m. ET: Bruce Feldman will be tweeting recruiting updates, follow him here. He is reporting that Mississippi State has picked up a commitment from Kaleb Eulls. If you don't remember who Eulls is, read about his heroics here.

9:01 a.m. ET: We are now under an hour to go until the fun officially kicks off. The star-studded cast including Tom Luginbill, Craig Haubert, Lowell Galindo, Robert Smith and Todd McShay will have all the news, analysis and a few surprises starting at 10 a.m. on ESPNU.

8:56 a.m. ET: The sun isn't even up in Los Angeles and Lane Kiffin has grabbed another recruit. JC Shurburtt is reporting that ESPNU 150 receiver Markeith Ambles announced his decision to go to USC over Tennessee on Fox 5 TV in Atlanta.

8:52 a.m. ET: If you can't follow national signing day on TV or ESPN.com, take the action with you with the ESPN Mobile Web or you can get alerts of all the signing day news sent to your phone by signing up for alerts.

8:47 a.m. ET: Don't worry Auburn fans, the rumors that Michael Dyer, the nation's top running back, is jumping ship for Arkansas aren't true, according to JC Shurburtt.

8:40 a.m. ET: Many of the top players are still undecided including Seantrel Henderson and Christian Jones. Tom Luginbill takes a look at the top uncommitted players.

8:30 a.m. ET: What would signing day be without some drama in the SEC? The Georgia Bulldogs have lost two recruits, according to Scouts Inc. ESPNU 150 corner Nickell Robey is headed to USC while Under Armour All-American receiver Da'Rick Rogers will join Derek Dooley's first class at Tennessee. SEC blogger Chris Low has more.

8:23 a.m. ET: New USC coach Lane Kiffin is starting off signing day with a nice surprise: Hayes Pullard (Los Angeles/Crenshaw), a three-star athlete, has decided not to become a Bruin after all. The former UCLA commit plans to sign with USC today, writes ESPN blogger Greg Biggins.

7:55 a.m. ET: We have our first switch of the day. JC Shurburtt is reporting that Sean Tapley (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines), a four-star WR who has been committed to South Carolina since his junior year, will sign with North Carolina.

7 a.m. ET: Fax machines are warming up at college campuses. Recruits around the country are getting ready to sign their letters of intent. You can follow all of the action here and on Signing Day Live.