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February 6, 2013

Latest updates: National Signing Day Wire

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News will move fast all day on National Signing Day. Get the quickest updates here.

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5:08 p.m.: Missouri's No. 1 player heads to Ohio State

Running back Ezekiel Elliott, the top-rated player in the state of Missouri, announced his intentions to play at Ohio State. The 6-foot-0, 198-pound Elliott chose the Buckeyes ahead of Missouri.

Elliott is ranked No. 84 in the Rivals100. He attends St. Louis (Mo.) John Burroughs School.

BuckeyeGrove.com has more on Ohio State's highly ranked recruiting class.


4:34 p.m.: Robinson's switch becomes official

Five-star defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson made his move to Alabama official by signing his letter of intent.

Robinson, the No. 33 player in the Rivals100, is the No. 4 defensive tackle. He had been a longtime Texas commit before last weekend.

The Fort Worth Arlington Heights player is ranked second in the state of Texas. He is 6-foot-5 and 304 pounds.


4:15 p.m.: Clemson gets four-star guard

Clemson added a four-star offensive guard to its class when Tyrone Crowder made his announcement on national television. He picked the Tigers over Georgia.

Crowder is the 184th-rated player in the Rivals250 and the No. 11. offensive guard. The 6-foot-2, 315-pounder is from Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County.


3:53 p.m.: Kamara picks Alabama

Alvin Kamara, the No. 2 all-purpose back prospect in the country, elected to leave his home state of Georgia to play at national champion Alabama.

Kamara made his announcement in front of a large crowd at his school, Norcross (Ga.)High. He chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia.

The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Kamara is ranked 45th in the Rivals100 and is a four-star prospect. Visit TideSports.com for more on the Crimson Tide's recruiting class.


3:04 p.m.: Wide receiver going to West Virginia

Four-star wide receiver Shelton Gibson is going to West Virginia.

The No. 129 prospect in the Rivals250 chose the Mountaineers over Ohio State and Tennessee.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Gibson is from Cleveland Heights (Ohio) High School. He is the 15h-ranked wide receiver prospect.


2:27 p.m.: Four-star Grace going to Miami

Jermaine Grace, a four-star linebacker from Miramar (Fla.) High, said he will sign with Miami.

The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Grace is rated 201st in the Rivals250. He is the 17th-ranked outside linebacker.

He chose the Hurricanes instead of USF, Syracuse, Florida State, Kentucky or Tennessee.

According to CaneSport.com, Grace said he chose Miami because he can "have my friends come see me play and the education (is great) and to play with Malcolm (Lewis), Tracy Howard and those guys I grew up with. ... being able to stay home, come home for Sunday dinners and be able to see my friends whenever I wanted, that was a great decision for me."


1:55 p.m.: Four-star defensive tackle goes with Seminoles

Four-star defensive tackle Keith Bryant selected Florida State.

At 6-foot-2 and 306 pounds, Bryant is the 17th-ranked DT prospect in the country. He is from Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic.

Bryant chose the Seminoles over Arkansas, Tennessee, Miami and Purdue.


1:25 p.m.: Liner completes flip to Alabama

Strongside defensive end Dee Liner, who de-committed from Auburn last month, announced that he will attend Alabama.

The four-star Liner is 61st in the Rivals100 and the seventh-rated player at his position. He is also the third-ranked player from the state of Alabama, and his decision gives the Crimson Tide a sweep of the top five players in the state.

Liner de-committed from Auburn in mid-January after his visit to Tuscaloosa.


1:01 p.m.: Coley picks Miami

Four-star wide receiver Stacy Coley, who ranks 111th in the Rivals250, announced that he will sign with Miami.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is from Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast High School. He selected the Hurricanes over Wisconsin, Arkansas, North Carolina, LSU and Vanderbilt.

Coley is the 13th-ranked wide receiver nationally.


12:35 p.m.: Dual-threat quarterback picks UCLA

Four-star quarterback Asiantii Woulard announced his decision to sign with UCLA.

"Obviously, they have a great coaching staff in Jim Mora and the guys they hired under him," said Woulard, who chose the Bruins over Clemson and Kentucky. "Also, for what I want to accomplish after college, it's a great opportunity for networking."

Woulard said he wants to major in mass communications.

At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds from Winter Park (Fla.) High, Woulard is the No. 5 dual-threat QB in the nation. He ranks 141st in the Rivals250.


12:20 p.m.: Powell chooses USC over Florida

Four-star outside linebacker Quinton Powell said he will sign with USC instead of Florida.

Powell, a 6-foot, 190-pounder from Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland, ranks 190th in the Rivals250. He is rated as the 15th-best outside linebacker in the country.


11:53 a.m.: Twins still flying with Ducks

After publicly voicing displeasure over the decision of Chip Kelly to leave Oregon, twins Tyree Robinson and Tyrell Robinson will stick with the Pac-12 program.

Both players are listed as athletes in the Rivals.com database. Tyrell is No. 138 in the Rivals250, and Tyree is No. 153.

From San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln, both players explored options at USC, Ohio State and Washington.

Tyree cleared up any speculation early this morning with his signature.

"I just got to my school, and I am getting ready to go inside and sign," he said. "I am going to sign with Oregon and will send them the fax right after I sign it."


11:23 a.m.: Twins split up

Twin brothers Mackensie and Mackenro Alexander were rumored to be a package deal for much of the recruiting process, but on National Signing Day the pair shocked many by going their separate ways.

Hailing from Immokalee (Fla.) High, Mackensie chose to play for Dabo Swinney at Clemson. Mackenro elected to go to Auburn.

Mackensie was a cornerback at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and rated as a four-star player.

Three-star Mackenro played linebacker at Immokalee but projects to play safety at Auburn.

Mackenro spoke last week, saying that teams who thought they could jump in on him late to secure his brother were not going to be successful.

"I'm going to just stay true to me and to the teams that have been on me since the start, even when I was going through some troubles and some things," he said.

"Wherever I go I'm going to make them love me. I'm going to make so many plays, and I'll be deadly out there."


11:16 a.m.: Four-star safety picks South Carolina

South Carolina gained a commitment at a position of need when four-star safety Skai Moore made the decision to join the Gamecocks class.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound player chose the program over Rutgers and Vanderbilt.

The Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School prospect was recruited to the school by Grady Brown.

He is expected to make an immediate impact.

For more on the South Carolina class, visit GamecockCentral.com.


10:32 a.m.: Cunningham elects to Anchor Down

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School wide receiver Jordan Cunningham elected to Anchor Down and attend Vanderbilt on National Signing Day.

Cunningham is No. 183 in the Rivals250. He chose the SEC program over Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Stanford.

Cunningham is a 6-foot-3, 175-pound player who said he chose Vanderbilt because of its academics and athletics combination.

For move on the class, visit VandySports.com.


10:22 a.m.: Tunsil headed to Ole Miss

While Laremy Tunsil has drawn comparisons to D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Ole Miss fans could more than welcome a second version of Michael Oher.

The five-star offensive tackle from Lake City (Fla.) Columbia made his announcement on national television, saying he was excited to head to the SEC program.

Many, including Bulldogs pledge Brandon Kublanow, expected the 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle to be a Georgia announcement.

"I was really shocked," Kublanow said. "Me and him have a pretty good relationship, and I've pretty much talked with him a ton this past couple of months, and he seemed locked into coming here (to UGA)."

For more on the continually improving Ole Miss class, visit RebelGrove.com.


10:14 a.m.: Bell goes for Ohio State

The No. 4-ranked safety in the Rivals100 is headed north. Vonn Bell of Ridgeland (Ga.) Rossville made it known that he will play his college football at Ohio State over Alabama and Tennessee.

Tennessee was given the last visit, but ultimately it came down to relationships with the staff and Bell's belief in Urban Meyer.

"Coach Meyer is my boy, man," Bell said. "He is really a player's coach kind of guy. He's real close to his players, just seeing how their life is and helping them with any problems. He is always behind them and showing that he cares for them. He did the same thing at Florida; he always has a friendship with his players like later on down the road."

After an undefeated season in Columbus, Meyer may have locked up the No. 2 spot in the Rivals.com team rankings.

For more on Bell and the rest of the class, visit BuckeyeGrove.com.


9:57 a.m.: Adams to Auburn

Five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams closed the book on his recruitment on National Signing Day by announcing his choice to play for Auburn.

The No. 25-ranked player in the Rivals100 was down Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and Alabama.

Adams is from Vienna (Ga.) Dooly Country. He was an Auburn lean through much of the process, but with the coaching turnover at the program it was speculated that he could go elsewhere.

It is the second major commitment in the morning for Auburn. The program signed Elijah Daniel of Avon (Ind.) High.

Follow the rest of the class on AuburnSports.com.


9:48 a.m.: Five-star Thomas to Florida State

Florida State signed its first five-star of the Class of 2013 when Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington linebacker Matthew Thomas announced on national television his intention to play for the Seminoles.

Thomas said he wanted to stay in the state so that his family could see him play.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder was the top-ranked player at his position in the nation.

He will likely be joined by Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy cornerback Jalen Ramsey as the two five-stars for the class.

WarChant.com has more on Thomas and the rest of the Seminoles class.


9:41 a.m.: Dobbs to Vols

Longtime Arizona State quarterback commitment Joshua Dobbs was a late target for Butch Jones and his staff at Tennessee, but the January push worked. Dobbs sent his Letter of Intent to Knoxville on Wednesday morning.

Dobbs is listed at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, and he is the No. 20-ranked pro-style quarterback in the nation. He had been committed to Arizona State since the middle of June.

Tennessee received the last visit for Dobbs and caused him to stay closer to his Alpharetta (Ga.) High.

For more on the Tennessee class visit VolQuest.com.


9:32 a.m.: Signing Surprise for Hawgs

Rivals250 offensive lineman Denver Kirkland was the center of a controversy surrounding his commitment in the days leading up to National Signing Day as Miami coach Al Golden offered him an ultimatum to commit or lose his offer.

The Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington elected not to give his pledge and then spurned the school by committing to Arkansas on Wednesday morning.

The No. 166-ranked player in the nation was a major gain for the Arkansas class of Bret Bielema and was aided largely by the relationship between Razorbacks assistant Randy Shannon and high school coach Tim "Ice" Harris.

For more on the Arkansas class, visit HawgSports.com.


9:18 a.m.: Outlaw picks Texas Tech

Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King offensive lineman Joshua Outlaw made his decision early on signing day, and the three-star selected Texas Tech.

Outlaw had been believed to be a favorite to head to Oklahoma after de-committing from Florida, but the 6-foot-4, 290-pound lineman became the first major victory for Kliff Kingsbury on the recruiting trail.

Outlaw had been silent with the media over the last few weeks of the process as he chose among Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

Visit RedRaiderSports.com for more on Texas Tech's class.


9:03 a.m.: Bostwick signs with Florida

Once the owner of No. 1-ranked class in the country, Florida continues to battle for a No. 2 finish. It took a step in that direction with the signing of four-star defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick.

His final decision was between Florida and Miami.

Bostwick announced early this morning that he would leave the South Florida area and move north to fill in the class in Gainesville.

The loss was big for Miami, which has struggled to land front seven players on defense.

For more on the Gators class, log on to InsideTheGators.com.


8:45 a.m.: Vols gets highly recruited three-star

Major attention on National Signing Day is generally reserved for top-tier players, but Tennessee coaches are very happy to land three-star defensive end Jaylen Miller from Gaffney (S.C.) High.

Miller was a hotly recruited player in the region with near 20 offers and many major colleges looking to secure his services.

The last time on the field, Miller made analysts notice his play at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

Rivals.com regional analyst Woody Wommack wrote of the player, "The thing that stood out most about Miller on Monday was his explosiveness off the line. He was halfway in the backfield before opposing offensive linemen got their hands on him. Miller has deceptive strength, is physical and showed a good rip move to beat the opposition."

For more on the Tennessee class, visit VolQuest.com.


7:47 a.m.: Nkemdiche selects Ole Miss

One of the worst-kept secrets in the recruiting world was made public when Loganville (Ga.) Grayson defensive end Robert Nkemdiche announced and signed with Ole Miss early on National Signing Day.

Nkemdiche was the top-ranked player in the Rivals100 from wire-to-wire and showed his dominance at the Under Armour All-America Game.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound end will join his brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, on the defensive side of the ball, and he is expected to make an immediate impact.


7:40 a.m.: Rivals250 defensive end flips

As the world waited for No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdiche to announce which school he would attend, four-star defensive end Elijah Daniel made the first major flip of the day.

Daniel is the No. 107 player in the Rivals250. He had been an Ole Miss commitment since late November, but he signed and faxed his National Letter of Intent to Auburn.

Daniel is a 6-foot-3, 249-pound strongside end from Avon (Ind.) High who took his last official visit to Auburn during the last official visit weekend of the recruiting season.

For more on both classes, log on to AuburnSports.com and RebelGrove.com.


7:29 a.m.: No. 1 fullback flips to Miami

The top-ranked fullback in the country has chosen a new home -- Miami.

Augustus Edwards of Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville had been a Syracuse commitment since July but the surprising departure of Doug Marrone to the NFL reopened the recruiting process for Edwards.

At 6-foot-1 and 222-pounds, Edwards is listed as the No. 4 player in the state of New York and a three-star prospect overall.

His season totals of 1,411 yards and 16 scores impressed Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell.

"(He) is a tall back who plays a bit upright, but he's clearly a very good athlete. He catches the ball naturally, and he has a gliding speed about him that makes him appear to be running with little effort."

For more on Miami and this signing class, log on to CaneSport.com.


7:03 a.m.: Today's announcement schedule

FIVE-STAR PROSPECTS

Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
When: NSD, 7:35 a.m. EST
Top Schools: Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss

Carl Lawson, DE, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton
When: NSD, 9:10 a.m. EST
Top Schools: Auburn, Tennessee

Matthew Thomas, LB, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
When: NSD, 9:15 a.m. EST
Top Schools: Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, USC

Montravius Adams, DT, Vienna (Ga.) Dooly County
When: NSD, 9:30 a.m. ET on ESPNU
Top Schools: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia

Vonn Bell, DB, Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland
When: NSD, 10 a.m. ET on ESPN/ESPNU
Top Schools: Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Nashville (Tenn.) Brentwood Academy
When: NSD, 11 a.m. ET
Top Schools: Florida, Florida State, USC

Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Placer (Calif) Placer
When: NSD, 8 p.m. ET at his high school
Top Schools: Alabama, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Washington

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
When: NSD, 9:45 p.m. ET on ESPN
Top Schools: Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Ole Miss

FOUR-STAR PROSPECTS

Christian Morris, OL, Memphis (Tenn.) Memphis East
When: NSD, 9 a.m. ET at his high school
Top Schools: Tennessee, UCLA, Washington

Denver Kirkland, OT, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
When: NSD, 9:20 a.m. EST
Top Schools: Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Rutgers, South Florida

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Immokalee (Fla.) Immokalee
When: NSD, 10 a.m. EST
Top Schools: Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, South Florida

Tyler Boyd, WR, Clairton (Pa.)
When: NSD, 10 a.m. EST
Top Schools: Pitt, Tennessee, West Virginia

Skai Moore, OLB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
When: NSD, 10 a.m. EST
Top Schools: Rutgers, South Carolina, Vanderbilt

Jordan Cunningham, WR, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
When: NSD, 10:20 a.m. EST
Top Schools: Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, Stanford, Vanderbbilt

Yannick Ngakoue, LB, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy
When: NSD, 10:30 a.m. ET at his high school
Top Schools: Florida State, South Carolina

Antonio Conner, S, Batesville (Miss.) South Panola
When: NSD, 10:45 a.m. EST
Top Schools: Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas A&M

Cameron Hunt, OT, Corona (Calif.) Centennial
When: NSD, 11 a.m. ET at his high school
Top Schools: Cal, Oregon, Michigan

Stacy Coley, WR, Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast
When: NSD, 11:05 a.m. EST
Top Schools:Clemson, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin, UCF

Torrodney Prevot, DE, Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor
When: NSD, 11:20 a.m. ET at his high school
Top Schools: Texas A&M, USC

Shelton Gibson, WR, Cleveland Heights (Ohio)
When: NSD, noon ET at his high school
Top Schools: West Virginia, Tennessee

Dee Liner, DE, Muscle Shoals (Ala.) Muscle Shoals
When: NSD, noon ET on ESPN
Top Schools: Alabama, Miami

Quinton Powell, LB, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland
When: NSD, 12:15 p.m. EST
Top Schools: Florida, USC

Asiantii Woulard, QB, Winter Park (Fla.) Winter Park
When: NSD, 12:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Top Schools: Clemson, Kentucky, UCLA

Keith Bryant, DT, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic
When: NSD, 1:30 p.m. EST
Top Schools: Alabama, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee

Jermaine Grace, LB, Miramar (Fla.) Miramar
When: NSD, 2 p.m. EST
Top Schools: Bowling Green, Florida State, Kentucky, Miami, Syracuse

Alvin Kamara, RB, Norcross (Ga.)
When: NSD, 3:35 p.m. ET on ESPNU
Top Schools: Alabama, Georgia

Myles Jack, LB, Bellevue (Wash.)
When: NSD, 4 p.m. ET at his high school
Top Schools: Arizona State, Georgia, UCLA, Washington

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, St. Louis (Mo.) John Burroughs School
When: NSD, 4 p.m. ET at his high school
Top Schools: Missouri, Ohio State

Tyrone Crowder, OG, Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond County
When: NSD, 4:05 p.m. EST
Top Schools: Clemson, Georgia

Nico Falah, OT, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
When: NSD, 7:30 p.m. ET at his high school
Top Schools: USC, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington

Jaynard Bostwick, DT, Port St. Lucie (Fla.) St. Lucie West Centennial
When: NSD, 8 p.m. EST
Top Schools: Alabama, Florida, Miami


6:13 a.m.: Early start for No. 1

Five-star DE Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top prospect, will be one of the first uncommitted prospects to announce his school of choice when he commits around 7:30 a.m. at his high school.

While most consider Nkemdiche a lock to join his brother at Ole Miss, he did visit LSU over the weekend, and the Tigers gave him plenty to think about.

For more on Nkemdiche, check out Woody Wommack's story previewing his commitment.




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