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Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:10 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 11:13 am

Georgia finally gets Harvey-Clemons' LOI

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Georgia's 24-hour nightmare is over. Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons finally sent in his signed letter of intent on Thursday morning.

During National Signing Day on Wednesday, Harvey-Clemons held a televised press conference in which he announced that he'd be signing with Georgia. The problem is, after committing on television, Harvey-Clemons never sent his letter of intent into the school. Rumors quickly began spreading that maybe the linebacker was having second thoughts about his committment.

Rumors that grew only louder when Harvey-Clemons couldn't be contacted throughout the day.

It turns out that Josh's committment never waivered, it's just that he could never get a hold of his grandfather, who also happens to be his legal guardian. His signature was needed on the letter of intent along with Harvey-Clemons'.

There were reports that Woodrow Clemons was making himself hard to find because he wanted his grandson to go to Florida, not Georgia.

Whatever the reasoning behind the situation, as of Thursday morning, Harvey-Clemons is officially a Georgia Bulldog.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 7:32 pm

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: Big 12

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Breaking down who won and who lost in the Big 12 on National Signing Day

WINNER: Mack Brown

Nothing new for Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns on signing day this year, as the Longhorns put together a class of 28 players. Players that were good enough to earn the Longhorns the second spot in our CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. The Longhorns already had a strong class coming into the Wednesday, but flipping players like Torshiro Davis, Bryce Cottrell, and Daje Johnson in the last few days helped put it over the top.

LOSER: Mack Brown

How can you win and lose at the same time? Well, it's not that hard if you're Mack Brown. After all, Brown has long been considered one of the best coaches on the recruiting trail since taking over at Texas. However, the great classes that he's signed haven't done much to help the Longhorns when it comes to picking up victories the last few years. Now with another top class, the expectations that Texas compete for the Big 12 title will only grow that much larger, and considering that Connor Brewer is the only "top" quarterback in his latest class, Brown will really need the rest of his newest class to start contributing right away. If they don't we can't be sure how many more signing days Brown will have, contract extension or not.

WINNER: Boomer Sooner

While Oklahoma's class may not be as highly regarded as Texas, it's still good enough to finish at #8 in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. It has its share of studs in wide receivers Trey Metoyer and Durron Neal, along with lineman Will Latu and quarterback Trevor Knight, but more than anything Bob Stoops and his staff focused on the areas of need in Norman. Of the 25 players in Oklahoma's class, 12 are either receivers, tight ends or defensive lineman. If the Sooners had been able to add another running back or two -- and this isn't a knock on Alex Ross, David Smith, or Damien Williams -- this class would have been ranked even higher.

LOSER: Oklahoma State

It doesn't seem like the Cowboys and Mike Gundy were truly able to capitalize on their first Big 12 title and win in the Fiesta Bowl. While their 2012 class certainly isn't terrible -- I consider it pretty solid to be honest -- it's not exactly the type of class that will wow anybody either. Still, Gundy and company focused on need, and while a class full of three-star recruits isn't going to knock anybody off their feet, it's those same types of recruiting classes that Oklahoma State rode to the Fiesta Bowl last season. So while I have the Cowboys marked a as "loser" here, it's in the context of the National Signing Day. Besides, if four-star quarterback Wes Lunt and receiver C.J. Curry go on to become the next Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, well, then this class will be magnificent won't it?

WINNER: Tommy Tuberville

Texas Tech went out and, quietly, pulled in one of the better classes in the Big 12. In fact, depending on which recruiting service you fancy, the Red Raiders trailed only Texas and Oklahoma in overall quality this season. While four-star receivers Reginald Davis and Dominique Wheeler are the flashier commits, I feel the best sign for Tech's future is the fact that at least 15 of its 26 commits will play on the defensive side of the ball. We already know Texas Tech can light up a scoreboard, but until it starts playing better on defense, it won't be able to win consistently. Recruiting classes like this one will go a long way to making that happen.

LOSER: Iowa State

Again, like I said in the Oklahoma State entry, don't take this "loser" personally. The fact is that Iowa State just isn't the type of program that is going to pull in a lot of 5- and 4-star recruits. Instead Paul Rhoads pulled in a class of 21 players comprised mostly of 3-star players. So while this class may not have a lot of "sex appeal" it could help Iowa State continue to make bowl appearances under Rhoads, and that's all you can ask of Iowa State right now.

WINNER: Fax machine distributors of the United States

Hope you made enough money this year to tide you over until next signing day.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:10 pm

Dorial Green-Beckham already has a billboard

Posted by Tom Fornelli

You think they're excited about Dorial Green-Beckham commiting to Missouri in Columbia?

The nation's top recruit made the news official only a few hours ago and there are already billboards up congratulating him for his decision. Which means that the state of Missouri has some of the fastest billboard artists in the world, or there was an inkling where Green-Beckham would end up before that letter of intent came in on Wednesday morning.

Or maybe Dorial put it up himself. He's just that good.

Photo courtesy of Gabe DeArmond

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central. 
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:50 pm

Report: Davonte Neal to visit Arizona

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's important to remember that just because it's National Signing Day, that doesn't mean that all players have to sign their letters of intent to their respective schools on Wednesday. It's just that Wednesday was the first day a recruit could make things official. Others still need to take some time making a decision.

Others like wide receiver Davonte Neal.

The four-star wide receiver is one of the highest-rated recruits out there that is yet to give a commitment, and it doesn't look like he'll be giving one before the weekend. That's when Neal will reportedly be visiting Arizona on an official visit, according to his father.

Along with Arizona, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Arkansas, North Carolina and Oklahoma are all still considered in the running for Neal's services.

Neal is a 5-foot-10, 180-pound receiver out of Chapparal High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:05 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 3:05 pm

OL Alex Kozan a no-show at signing ceremony

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa, Michigan and Auburn are the three schools waiting on a decision from offensive lineman Alex Kozan, and it's starting to look like they'll all have to wait a bit longer.

Kozan, who had verbally committed to Iowa, was reportedly a no-show at the signing day ceremony being held at his high school, Valor Christian Academy, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Kozan played both offensive and defensive line in high school, but is projected as an offensive lineman on the college level. He measures at 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds.

Given that he did not show up to the ceremony or send in a letter of intent, you'd have to think this is a bad sign for Iowa, but this is National Signing Day. So nothing is official until that letter of intent comes in with a signature.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:29 pm

DT Vincent Valentine signs with Nebraska

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Nebraska added a good player and an even better name to its defensive line on Wednesday when defensive tackle Vincent Valentine signed his letter of intent to play with the Cornhuskers.

Valentine is out of Edwardsville, Illinois and is ranked #18 amongst all defensive tackles in the 2012 class by MaxPreps.

At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, the three-star Valentine should prove to be an anchor on the Nebraska line and a run-stuffer. Though he's also agile enough that he'll be able to get after the quarterback from time to time.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.

Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:48 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 1:48 pm

Stanford lands top ten tackle Andrus Peat

Posted by Tom Fornelli

David Shaw and Stanford picked up a big commit on Wednesday, literally and figuratively, when offensive tackle Andrus Peat announced he'd be attending Stanford.

Peat is ranked as the #8 overall player by MaxPreps in the 2012 class, and is ranked second amongst offensive tackles, trailing only Georgia's John Theus.

The Arizona product stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs 310 pounds. He's the younger brother of Todd Peat Jr., who committed to play at Nebraska last season and just finished his freshman season with the Cornhuskers. Nebraska had been in the running for Andrus, as was USC, but it seems the appeal of attending school at Stanford was too great to reunite the brothers once again.

Tom Lemming says Peat is "as nimble-footed as they come" and could be "a college All-American and future All-Pro."

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:04 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 1:08 pm

Trey Williams officially signs with Texas A&M

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Kevin Sumlin has seen some members of his first recruiting class leave for other schools on Wednesday, and he's helped flip some of his own, but the best news he received all day may have been when Trey Williams faxed in his letter of intent to play for the Aggies.

Williams' commitment to the Aggies hasn't really been in doubt since he verbally committed back in April, but given the nature of college football recruiting, and all the flips we've seen already today, Sumlin can move forward knowing he has his running back of the future.

Williams is ranked as the top wingback in the 2012 class by MaxPreps, and the five-star back is ranked #32 over all. He's the highest-rated running back the Aggies have signed since Christine Michael, who Williams could find himself splitting carries with in 2012.

Williams is 5-foot-10 and 176 pounds, but he also runs a 4.37 40-yard dash. Williams' signing combined with that of wide receiver Thomas Johnson give the Aggies a couple new offensive playmakers as they make the move to the SEC.

Tom Lemming called him "the most exciting player in south Texas." Though you don't have to take Lemming's word for it, you can just check out some of the highlight videos.

Keep up with all the latest from National Signing Day at CBSSports.com's National Signing Day Central.
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