National Signing Day 2013: Live Recruiting Blog and Open Thread


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It’s the day that every college football fan in America can look forward to. It’s the day when winners and losers are named solely in hope and the certainty of a five-star rating. Dreams will be forged and the image of coaches can be tarnished. National Signing Day is the day when college football is born again, out of the harsh cold of February and made anew with the faint aroma of football season that comes with each new fax.

Today we’ll discover a new native land for quarterback-wrecker Robert Nkemdiche, a home for defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes and a stable to house running back Alvin Kamara.

This is Signing Day, folks. Let the ink begin to flow.

Live Blog

4:19pm- After a timely delay, A’Shawn Robinson has finally, officially, signed with Alabama. Robinson was committed to Texas for a year, flirted with USC and ultimately lands in Tuscaloosa. (Bama Hammer)

4:08pm- With a special in-studio announcement on ESPN, guard Tyrone Crowder has decided to play at Clemson.

3:52pm- Four-star running back Alvin Kamara is taking his game to Alabama, choosing the tide over Georgia. Kamara was continuously one of them most impressive back at camps, namely Nike’s The Opening and the Army All-American Bowl. (Bama Hammer)

3:19pm- Reports emanating from Rivals.com that five-star defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes has eliminated USC, leaving Trojan rivals UCLA and Notre Dame as the likely front runners. Vanderdoes will announce his signing at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. (Reign of Troy)

3:12pm- Jermaine Kelly has sent in his LOI to Washington, sticking with Huskies despite a late run from USC. (The Husky Haul)

2:02pm- Jermaine Grace is off to the Miami Hurricanes. He makes up for missing out on Matthew Thomas.

1:59pm- DT Keith Bryant announces on ESPNU that he’ll take his talents to Tallahassee to play for the Florida State Seminoles.

1:52pm- Five-star RB Ty Isaac is on board at USC. He’s the fifth five-star RB to sign with the Trojans in the last 10 years. (Reign of Troy)

1:30pm-Things are starting to slow down as we drift into the afternoon and most of the East Coast has locked up their recruiting classes.

1:16pm- Arizona State picks up 3-star safety Jayme Otomewo.

12:44pm- A weird story is unraveling as 4-star RB, Alex Collins has yet to send in his LOI because ESPN is claiming his mom ‘confiscated’ it and is now nowhere to be found. Speculation is that he is favoring a different school than her. (Fansided)

12:31pm-Dual threat QB, Asiantii Woulard announces for UCLA and continues their strong class. (Go Joe Bruin)

12:23pm-LB Isaac Savaiinaea announces for UCLA.

12:16pm-USC lands 5-star LB, Quinton Powell. (Reign of Troy)

12:08pm-Rumors continue to swirl about Eddie Vanderdoes committing to Notre Dame. The Irish ‘accidentally’ included him in their press release. (Slap the Sign)

12:06pm-5-star DT, Dee Liner, commits to Alabama. (Bama Hammer)

11:58am-Tashawn Bower signs his LOI to play for LSU. There was plenty of drama following him today as he essentially flipped between Auburn, Florida, and LSU.

11:46am-Maryland lands athlete, Jacquille Veii. (Terrapin Station MD)

11:42am-After inputting that Oregon is having a nice day, the Ducks steals away a USC commit Torrodney Prevot, a 4-star defensive end. (Autzen Zoo)

11:30am-Oregon’s class is shaping up nice, keeping the Robinson twins and the addition of OL Cameron Hunt. (Autzen Zoo)

11:20am-It’s official 5-star LB Reuben Foster has signed with Alabama and he will now need to remove the Auburn tattoo. (Bama Hammer)

11:13am-4-star and top WR on the West Coast, Damore’ea Stringfellow, stays with his verbal to Washington, signs LOI. (The Husky Haul)

11:13am-5-star CB, Mackensie Alexander, announces that he will play at Clemson. (Ole Hotty Toddy)

11:09am-Stacey Coley, one of the top receivers, elects to go to Miami by donning a hat that read “SWAG”.

11:08am-Florida State is able to grab 5-star CB, Jalen Ramsey, a one-time USC commit.

11:04am-Washington, however, was able to steal 3-star DE Joe Sanders from Tennessee. (The Husky Haul) UPDATE: He may now be signing with a Community College.

10:59am-Texas A&M flips 4-star DE Daeshon Hall from Washington. (The Husky Haul)

10:49am-5-star Safety, Antonio (Tony) Cooper has announced to play for Ole Miss. They are having themselves a nice day.

10:47am-OL Jack Powers has sent in his LOI to Arizona State. (Devils In Detail)

10:42am-Washington State Cougars add 3-star WR River Cracraft. (All Coug’d Up)

10:34am- The Washington Huskies have added their 6th LOI with Darrell Daniels, a 4-star WR. (The Husky Haul)

10:28am- Charlotte 49ers, are putting together a nice class as they now have 11. (Pick Axe Digest)

10:22am-WR Jordan Cunningham elects to play at Vanderbilt.

10:20am- Max Redfield, a 5-star QB, sends in his LOI to Notre Dame. It wasn’t a surprise but still a huge pick up for the Irish. (Slap the Sign)

10:18am- Tyler Boyd, a 3-star WR, teased Tennessee late in the process but has sent in his LOI to Pitt.

10:14am- The first big West Coast commitment as the Robinson twins (Tyree and Tyrell) have decided to stay with their original commitment to Oregon. There was a chance they would flip to Washington.

9:51am- Montravius Adams announced that he will play for the Auburn Tigers.

9:36am- No. 1 OT Laremy Tunsil has signed with Ole Miss. The Rebels now have the top OT, DE and WR in the nation.

9:21am- OT Denver Kirkland has selected the Arkansas Razorbacks.

9:15am- Matthew Thomas has selected Florida State over Miami and USC. (Reign of Troy)

9:03- Carl Lawson has re-affirmed his commitment to Auburn has signed with the Tigers.

8:55am- Penn State has signed ESPN’s No. 1 quarterback, Christian Hackenberg. (Victory Bell Rings)

8:37am- Rumors are swirling that 5-star defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes is headed to Notre Dame. He’s announcing at 8pm ET/5pm PT tonight. (Reign of Troy)

8:17am- LB Jaylon Smith, the nation’s No. 3 overall recruit is officially a member of the Fighting Irish. (Slap the Sign)

8:09am- Derrick Green, the nation’s top running back, is in for Michigan. (GBMWolverine)
7:47am- Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 recruit, has decided to play at Ole Miss.

7:33am- Five-star DE Elijah Daniel has spurned Ole Miss and has signed with Auburn. (247Sports)

7:25am- Bill O’Brien has his first signee of 2013 and it’s Garrett Sickels. (Victory Bell Rings)

7:16am- Michael Deeb, a three-star linebacker out of Florida is the first signee on Signing Day for Notre Dame. (Slap The Sign)

7:00am- And away we go. Players are now permitted to submit their LOIs via fax. The first fax announced on Twitter is four-star quarterback Shane Morris, who has signed with Michigan.

Big Board

#1 Robert Nkemdiche — Ole Miss
#14 Laremy Tunsil — Ole Miss
#15 Matthew Thomas –Florida State
#17 Montravius Adams –Auburn
#21 Eddie Vanderdoes (8:00 pm ET on MaxPreps.com)
#32 Vonn Bell — Ohio State
#33 A’Shawn Robinson –Alabama
#42 Mackensie Alexander — Clemson
#45 Alvin Kamara –Alabama
#61 Dee Liner — Alabama
#86 Antonio Conner — Ole Miss
#88 Yannick Ngakoue — Maryland
#111 Stacy Coley — Miami
#118 Austin Golson — Ole Miss
#141 Asiantii Woulard — UCLA
#157 Cornelius Elder — (won’t announce today)
#166 Denver Kirkland –Arkansas
#183 Jordan Cunningham — Vanderbilt
#184 Tyrone Crowder –Clemson
#190 Quinton Powell — USC
#194 L.J. Moore — (6:00 pm ET)
#197 James Hearns
#201 Jermaine Grace — Miami
#213 Cameron Hunt — Oregon
#214 Taj Williams
#221 Jason Hatcher –Kentucky
* – ranked by the Rivals 250

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  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    Crazy morning already

  • Kyle Kensing

    Ole Miss, turning that worm in the SEC

  • Kyle Kensing

    Bret Bielema’s defensive mind + Jim Chaney’s high tempo offense + A stellar recruiting class = WPS

  • Kyle Kensing

    A biggie: Tennessee gets Joshua Dobbs

  • Kyle Kensing

    Alex Collins reportedly a no-show at his ceremony. His announcement on Monday sounded labored to say the least. Wonder if we’ve got a Davonte Neal situation…

  • papreps

    Temple signs Player of the Year in New Jersey, QB P.J. Walker, and the a first-team All-American kicker in Jim Cooper Jr.

    • Kyle Kensing

      Walker’s a huge get for the Owls, also had an offer from in-state Rutgers and a very good Toledo team.

  • Kyle Kensing

    Irish Illustrated tweets that a press release on Notre Dame’s website listing Eddie Vanderdoes as a commit was an error. Vanderdoes’ announcement comes at 5 p.m. PT tonight and it remains a mystery.

  • Kyle Kensing

    Pretty strong class Kiffin put together, regardless where Vanderdoes signs.

  • Kyle Kensing
  • Kyle Kensing

    Reports now are that Alex Collins’ mom confiscated his paperwork. Davonte Neal situation 2.0.

  • Kyle Kensing