National Signing Day 2017: Live Recruit Commitments and Reaction

11:45am UTC Feb 1, 2017New York, N.Y.
Tyler Donohue

National Signing Day arrived Wednesday, presenting an opportunity for college football teams across the country to secure talent that can impact games in 2017 and beyond. Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State and USC were among programs competing for a No. 1 overall recruiting class. We learned the fate of 5-star prospects such as receiver Devonta Smith (Alabama). defensive tackle Marvin Wilson (Florida State) and pass rusher K'Lavon Chaisson (LSU), and college football fans across America already can't wait to see new players in action. Scroll down for a rundown of commitment reaction, announcement videos and analysis from the entire day.

  1. February 1, 2017
  2. Clock Icon11:09 pm

    Conference-By-Conference Look at Top 2017 Recruiting Classes

    The dust is starting to settle late on an eventful National Signing Day, and we can now begin to understand overall outcomes with increased clarity. Some college football programs surged during this final push, while others faltered.

    We've lined up each recruiting class by its Power Five conference, uncovering the upper echelon of each group. Here's a look at the anticipated top five finishers in every conference, based on composite rankings.

    -ACC- 1. Florida State 2. Miami 3. Clemson 4. Virginia Tech 5. North Carolina

    -Big Ten- 1. Ohio State 2. Michigan 3. Penn State 4. Maryland 5. Nebraska

    -Big 12- 1. Oklahoma 2. Texas 3. TCU 4. Oklahoma State 5. Baylor

    -Pac-12- 1. USC 2. Stanford 3. UCLA 4. Oregon 5. Washington

    -SEC- 1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. LSU 4. Auburn 5. Florida

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    Muhammad Ali's Grandson, a Cal Recruit, Channeling 'The Greatest' with Football

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    Muhammad Ali's Grandson, a Cal Recruit, Channeling 'The Greatest' with Football

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  6. February 2, 2017
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    Nico Collins' Commitment Gives Michigan Four Blue-Chip Receivers in Class

    Nico Collins capped off Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh's third National Signing Day in Ann Arbor by committing to Michigan, ending a highly contentious recruitment. SEC squads chased the Alabama standout throughout but he will instead head north to join a bevy of big-time pass targets.

    The Wolverines welcomed top-rated in-state recruit Donovan Peoples-Jones (Detroit) and fellow U.S. Army All-American Tarik Black into this class shortly before Christmas, while 4-star talent Oliver Martin (Iowa) committed Monday.

    Collins, a 6'5", 195-pound prospect, averaged 20.1 yards per catch at Clay-Chalkville High School in 2016, per 247Sports, and pulled in 25 touchdown receptions as an upperclassman. He worked alongside Michigan quarterback signee Dylan McCaffrey at The Opening last summer, as pictured below.

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    Updated Composite Recruiting Class Rankings: 5:30 PM Edition

    It's 5:30 p.m. on the East Coast and we've learned where a vast majority of elite recruits plan to play college football. While there's still a chance for some shuffling among top-tier classes, the outlook is growing more definitive by the minute.

    Here is the current order in composite recruiting class rankings -- comprised of industry leaders' ratings -- with a familiar program on the top perch.

    1. Alabama (29 players; six 5-stars; 18 4-stars)

    2. Ohio State (21 players; five 5-stars; 14 4-stars)

    3. Georgia (26 players; two 5-stars; 18 4-stars)

    4. USC (25 players; two 5-star; 12 4-stars)

    5. Michigan (30 players; two 5-stars; 19 4-stars)

    6. Florida State (24 players; four 5-stars; eight 4-stars)

    7. LSU (24 players; one 5-star; 15 4-stars).

    8. Oklahoma (27 players; 18 4-stars)

    9. Auburn (23 players; one 5-star; 10 4-stars)

    10. Florida (24 players; 11 4-stars)

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    Notre Dame National Signing Day 2017: 5 Takeaways from Fighting Irish's Class

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    QB Tate Martell Becomes Urban Meyer's Ideal Match After Historic HS Career

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  13. Clock Icon10:19 pm

    Oregon Regains Commitment from 4-star CB Deommodore Lenoir

    Los Angeles defensive back Deommodore Lenoir decommitted from the Ducks in late November, coinciding with the dismissal of former head coach Mark Helfrich. Now two months and change later, his collegiate path again leads to Eugene.

    Lenoir, rated No. 7 nationally among cornerback recruits in Scout.com rankings, returns to Oregon's class after official visits to Mississippi State, Nebraska and USC. This commitment should stabalize the Ducks as a top-25 finisher today, something that seemed improbable when head coach Willie Taggart arrived from South Florida.

    Lenoir excelled in ever phase of the game at Salesian High School. Per MaxPreps, he accounted for 2,430 offensive yards, 52 tackles and 26 total touchdowns -- including two special teams return scores -- in 2016.

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    B/R Recruiting Breakdown: Scouting 5-star DT Marvin Wilson

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    Florida State Wins Marvin Wilson Sweepstakes

    The Seminoles waited for the right time to make major noise on National Signing Day, securing 5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson. The 6'4", 329-pound prospect kept plenty of people guessing deep into a recruitment that featured other high-profile suitors such as LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

    Wilson, an emotional competitor who labels himself a "Real Life Goon", was considered the No. 1 overall player on our "best available" list entering National Signing Day. He bullied blue-chip offensive linemen in bunches at The Opening last summer before tallying 19 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a senior.

    The Seminoles certainly warrant a long look while assembling this cycle's top five recruiting classes. Along with Wilson, this Florida State haul features four other players considered top-five overall prospects at their respective position in Scout.com rankings -- running backs Cam Akers and Khalan Laborn, defensive end Joshua Kaindoh and cornerback Stanford Samuels III.

  16. Clock Icon9:41 pm

    "Calibraska" Connection Comes Through Again for the Cornhuskers

    The process of building a conference champion often requires strong recruiting efforts beyond conference territory. Nebraska, aiming to make strides in Big Ten standings, has certainly discovered a sweet spot in California.

    Though the Cornhuskers saw 4-star receiver Jamire Calvin (Los Angeles) flip to Washington State today, Nebraska netted another top-tier West Coast recruit. Cornerback Elijah Blades, one of the true "high ceiling" defensive backs in this cycle, announced he's headed to Lincoln.

    Blades, a 4-star cornerback who stands 6'3", ended his seven-month Florida Gators commitment last week. He is the fourth blue-chip California product to join Nebraska's class.

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    USC Surges into Top 5 Recruiting Class Rankings After Teammates Commit

    Alabama, LSU and a select few other schools can make a case for most successful National Signing Day, but USC set the bar high. The Trojans tacked on two more commitments this hour, adding Hawkins High School (Los Angeles) teammates Greg Johnson and Joseph Lewis.

    Lewis, considered a 5-star receiver by Scout.com, mulled offers from Nebraska, Oregon and elsewehere before pulling the trigger on a pledge. Johnson, a 4-star athlete, could contribute on either side of the ball at receiver or defensive back.

    USC now sits No. 5 overall in composite recruiting class rankings, nine spots ahead of the nearest Pac-12 program (Stanford). Just like its 2016 season, this squad is finishing the 2017 cycle in emphatic fashion.

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    Third Time Is the Charm for 4-star California WR Jamire Calvin

    For the third time in four weeks, Jamire Calvin committed to a college. This time it should stick, as he submitted a national letter of intent with Washington State.

    A bizarre final stretch toward National Signing Day started Jan. 7 at the Army All-American Bowl, where Calvin pledged to Oregon State. His verbal pact with the Beavers lasted 10 days, leading to a late January commitment to Nebraska.

    However, it turns out he will compete in the Pac-12 after all following a last-second flip to the Cougars. Calvin collected 86 receptions for 1,312 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2016 at Cathedral High School (Los Angeles).

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    4-star OL Thayer Munford Helps Ohio State Put Finishing Touches on Elite Class

    You can put another top-five class in the books for Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer, who also dominated recruiting efforts during his Florida Gators tenure. Ohio State put a bow on its 2017 class Wednesday with a commitment from 4-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford.

    The in-state product, considered a top-25 prospect at his position, didn't surprise anyone on the staff, as Jeremy Birmingham of LandOf10.com documents below. He joins All-American offensive linemen Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis to stablize the Buckeyes' trenches in future seasons.

    Ohio State is tied with Alabama for most 5-star players (six) in this cycle, and only the Crimson Tide carry more top-100 overall recruits (12) in Scout.com rankings.

  20. Clock Icon8:48 pm

    Florida Changes Course, Decides to Accept Commitment from 4-star WR

    A perceived leader for 4-star receiver James Robinson throughout much of this cycle, the Gators weren't expected to send a national letter of intent today. This development was the result of a misdeamenor marijuana possession charge that occurred during his recent visit to Ohio State.

    Robinson publicly apologized this week and reports surfaced that Florida head coach Jim McElwain was actually attempting to help him find another collegiate fit. Instead, Gainesville is the destination after all.

    There will be plenty of questions about what happened behind the scenes here but the Gators snag a key commodity on offense.

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    The Rich Get Richer ... Again: Alabama Set to Sign 5-star WR Devonta Smith

    It's become safer to assume Alabama is headed toward a seventh straight No. 1 recruiting class in composite rankings. After securing three 4-star commitments earlier today, head coach Nick Saban now brings 5-star receiver Devonta Smith into the fold.

    Smith, a 6'1", 167-pound product of Louisiana, was long considered a Crimson Tide lean, but a preseason commitment postponement and visits elsewhere left the door open. While Florida State, LSU and Miami attempted to make up ground, this was Alabama's race to lose.

    Saban now carries five blue-chip receiver recruits in this class, including 4-star "athlete" Chadarius Townsend.

  22. Clock Icon8:12 pm

    B/R VIDEO EXLUSIVE: Top Uncommitted TE Josh Falo Announces His Choice

    California tight end Josh Falo paid homage to his ancestral heritage on National Signing Day with this B/R commitment video. Several schools gave chase in this recruitiment, though it ultimately seemed to become a battle between Pac-12 rivals Oregon and USC.

    A great day got even better for the Trojans when Falo revealed he's headed to Los Angeles. The 6'5", 230-pound prospect caught eight touchdowns in 2016, per MaxPreps, and was among the most impressive pass targets, regardless of position, at The Opening last summer.

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    Updated Composite Class Rankings for 2017 Cycle

    There are still several hours of National Signing Day action ahead of us, including multiple 5-star commitments, but here's a peek at where things presently stand (2:50 p.m. ET) in composite class rankings, which take Scout.com, ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals.com into consideration.

    1. Alabama (28 players; five 5-stars; 18 4-stars)

    2. Ohio State (21 players; five 5-stars; 14 4-stars)

    3. Georgia (26 players; two 5-stars; 18 4-stars)

    4. Michigan (29 players; two 5-stars; 18 4-stars)

    5. LSU (24 players; one 5-star; 15 4-stars)

    6. Florida State (23 players; three 5-stars; eight 4-stars)

    7. USC (22 players; one 5-star; 10 4-stars)

    8. Oklahoma (27 players; 18 4-stars)

    9. Auburn (23 players; one 5-star; 10 4-stars)

    10. Notre Dame (21 players; 10 4-stars)

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    Penn State Plucks 4-star CB Away from Rival Big Ten Territory

    As we alluded to earlier today, Maryland might sign its finest recruiting class in at least a decade, built largely on local talent. However, the Terps must deal with in-state cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields as an opposing player.

    The 6'1", 177-pound prospect announced intentions to attend Penn State. Along with Maryland, the Nittany Lions also contended with Alabama in this race, through it's unclear whether he would've been a "take" for the Crimson Tide so late.

    Considered a top-30 cornerback recruit in Scout.com rankings, he pairs with 5-star early enrollee Lamont Wade to create a position of strength in this Penn State class.

  25. Clock Icon7:31 pm

    New Baylor Head Coach Matt Rhule Helps Bears Rebound Late in 2017 Cycle

    Baylor carried just one 2017 commitment when Matt Rhule arrived from Temple University in December. Fast forward to national signing day and the Bears now hold 27 players in a class that added two players today.

    Rhule reeled in commitments from 6'7" Arkansas athlete B.J. Thompson and 6'6" Louisiana defensive end Justin Harris. Thompson was all over the field for England High School last season, tallying 10 touchdown receptions and 7.5 sacks.

    This tandem continues a run on out-of-state talent, which also extended to Florida (defensive end DeMarco Artis) and New Jersey (athlete Johnathan Lovett) during recent days.

    There's a long way to go for Baylor to reshape its public image in the aftermath of widespread sexual assault allegations against players under former head coach Art Briles, but Rhule is piecing together the components of a fresh foundation.

  26. Clock Icon7:18 pm

    Alabama Already Has No. 1 Recruit Najee Harris on Campus

    We've spent plenty of time detailing Nick Saban's latest National Signing Day haul, as he now carries three 4-star commitments today and may not be done quite yet. It's also worth noting Alabama already welcomed 12 prospects to campus last month as early enrollees.

    It's a group that features Elite 11 MVP quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and 5-star offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, but no Crimson Tide newcomer carries more national clout than running back Najee Harris.

    He finished No. 1 overall in Scout.com rankings and our recently published B/R Top 50. Harris, who logged three straight 2,000-yard seasons at Antioch High School (Antioch, Calif.) was the subject of a recent feature story that puts his senior campaign -- one that began with a meniscus tear -- and future Crimson Tide career into focus.

  27. Clock Icon7:03 pm

    A Look Ahead at the Commitments to Know This Afternoon

    National Signing Day always seems to progress rapidly, and we've suddenly reached the seven-hour mark of our live stream here. There is still plenty to dissect from earlier developments but for now let's take a peek toward upcoming commitment announcements.

    Here's a rundown of anticipated pledge times (Eastern), and programs hoping for positive results.

    2 p.m. hour

    4-star cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields, Riverdale Baptist High School (Upper Marlboro, Md.)

    Contenders: Alabama, Maryland and Penn State

    4-star receiver Nico Collins, Clay-Chalkville High School (Pinson, Ala.)

    Contenders: Alabama, Georgia and Michigan

    3-star athlete Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Bethel High School (Hampton, Va.)

    Contenders: Michigan State and Notre Dame

    3-star defensive end B.J. Thompson, England High School (England, Ark.)

    Contenders: Baylor, Florida State, Texas, Utah and Washington State

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    4 p.m. hour

    5-star receiver Joseph Lewis, Augustus Hawkins High School (Los Angeles)

    Contenders: Nebraska, Oregon and USC

    5-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Texas)

    Contenders: Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma

    4-star athlete Greg Johnson, Augustus Hawkins High School (Los Angeles)

    Contenders: Nebraska, Oregon and USC

  28. Clock Icon6:56 pm

    B/R VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star DB Chaz Ah You Announces Commitment

    Utah safety Chaz Ah You joined forces with Bleacher Report's video team to produce our third commitment video of National Signing Day. The Timpview High School product picked in-state BYU after weighing options at schools such as Stanford, UCLA and Washington.

    Rated the No. 12 safety in this cycle by Scout.com, Ah You is a huge pickup for the Cougars. He recorded 56 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions last season, per MaxPreps.

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    Another Stud Headed to Tuscaloosa: DE LaBryan Ray Commits to Crimson Tide

    Alabama head coach Nick Saban doesn't rebuild; he reloads.

    The Crimson Tide claimed a third 4-star pledge today, as priority in-state prospect LaBryan Ray joined fellow edge rusher Jarez Parks and receiver Henry Ruggs as class newcomers. This 6'4", 255-pound prospect makes plays across the defensive front and could potentially take reps out of a stand-up position in Tuscaloosa.

    Ray, rated No. 6 nationally among defensive ends in Scout.com rankings, provides Alabama with another push toward a seventh consecutive No. 1 recruiting class.

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    Clemson Officially Signs Two National Elite 11 Finalists at Quarterback

    There will undoubtedly be some bumps in the road following quaterback Deshaun Watson's departure from Clemson. However, Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney has ensured his offensive cupboard won't be bare moving forward.

    The Tigers signed longtime commit Chase Brice today, placing him alongside enrolled blue-chip quarterback Hunter Johnson. These are two of the 24 quarterbacks who competed at natonal Elite 11 finals last June.

    Brice helped guide Georgia heavyweight Grayson High School to a 14-win season as a senior. Johnson, a former Tennessee commit, tossed 56 touchdowns in 2016 at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, per MaxPreps.

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    Impressive USC Close Continues with a Pair of 5-Star Prospects

    USC finished the 2016 college football season on fire, and appear primed to enter College Football Playoff contention with rising star Sam Darnold at quarterback. The Trojans are also enjoying tremendous momentum on the recruiting trail, further evidenced by back-to-back commitments from 5-star recruits Jay Tufele (defensive tackle) and Austin Jackson (offensive tackle).

    These pledges deal a significant blow to Pac-12 programs in the home state of each player. Arizona State whiffed on Jackson, while Utah failed to keep Tufele on local turf. USC is now in great position to sign a top-10 class, which will sit atop Pac-12 rankings.

  32. Clock Icon6:06 pm

    Report: Alabama to Apply Grayshirt Status for Jarez Parks

    Sorting through the sequence of events at Sebastian River High School (Sebastian, Fla.), it appears there was indeed a numbers issue when it came to matching up 4-star Jarez Parks and Alabama, his collegiate choice.

    Rather than explore other options for a role during the 2017 season, the edge rusher has decided to accept grayshirt status from head coach Nick Saban, according to Andrew Bone of Rivals.com. If this is how the program proceeds, we won't see Parks in an Alabama uniform until 2018 spring practice.

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    Recruiting Saga Over for 4-star Jarez Parks? He Says That's the Case

    Less than an hour ago, news surfaced that 4-star Florida defensive end Jarez Parks was delaying his decision. An emotional signing day ceremony at Sebastian River High School seemed to throw everything for a loop -- a surprising development that led to speculation about whether Alabama would have room for him in its recruiting class.

    It didn't take long for Parks to clear the air. He tweeted a pledge to the Crimson Tide is "finally official", while sharing a commitment video via B/R.

    Considered the No. 7 defensive end recruit in Scout.com rankings, Parks is a candidate to play linebacker in Alabama's 3-4 front.

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    LSU Lands Elite DE K'Lavon Chaisson: Is Another 5-Star Commitment on the Way?

    The Tigers entered National Signing Day with immense expectations, and head coach Ed Orgeron is well on his way toward meeting them. Hours after picking up a pledge from prized in-state safety Todd Harris, LSU was on the receiving end of a commitment from 5-star defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson.

    As you can hear in the video below, LSU's staff was ecstatic abut this development. Chaisson is perhaps the best pure pass rusher in this cycle, and the Houston product erupted onto a national stage with 21 sacks as a junior.

    Now attention turns to fellow 5-star Texan Marvin Wilson, who announces in the 4 p.m. hour. He is considered the country's top defensive tackle and LSU is battling for his services alongside Florida State, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

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    Charlie Strong Closing Well During First NSD at South Florida

    The Bulls bagged three Carol City High School (Opa Locka, Fla.) standouts today, accepting commitments from safety Naytron Cullpepper, receiver Kevaughn Dingle and safety Donelle Thomas. It's a nice bounce-back moment for head coach Charlie Strong, who recently lost a slew of established pledges to former USF coach Willie Taggart (now at Oregon).

    Dingle, who decommitted from Miami in December, is especially important after multiple pass targets flipped to the Ducks. Strong proved he could close on the recruiting trail at Texas and history is repeating itself in Tampa.

  36. Clock Icon5:16 pm

    Drama Unfolds During Announcement Ceremony for 4-star Jarez Parks

    National Signing Day is filled with celebrations on an annual basis but we've become accustomed to witnessing emotional moments go the other way each year. Unfortunately that seems to be the case at Sebastian River High School (Sebastian, Fla.), where 4-star defensive end Jarez Parks delayed his decision.

    Considered an Alabama lean, there is late discussion about whether or not room remained for him in the Crimson Tide's class. Regardless if that's the case here, schools such as Auburn, Georgia and Miami present possible landing spots moving forward.

    Parks, who stands 6'5", 255 pounds, is rated No. 7 nationally among defensive ends in Scout.com rankings.

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    Noon Hour Loaded with Notable Commitments

    It's time to put a jam-packed morning behind us and focus on upcoming commitments that will define a frenzied afternoon in college football.

    Follow along during your lunch break, as we examine the impact of these announcements scheduled for the next 60 minutes, according to Scout.com.

    5-star defensive end LaBryan Ray, James Clemens High School (Madison, Ala.) *pictured

    Contenders: Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss and Tennessee

    4-star cornerback Christopher Henderson, Columbus High School (Miami)

    Contenders: Alabama, Florida and Miami

    4-star offensive tackle Austin Jackson, North Canyon High School (Phoenix, Ariz.)

    Contenders: Arizona State, USC and Washington

    3-star cornerback Brian Edwards, Miramar High School (Hollywood, Fla.)

    Contenders: Florida, Louisville and Miami

    3-star running back Morgan Ellison, Pickerington Central High School (Pickerington, Ohio)

    Contenders: Bowling Green, Indiana and Ohio

    3-star receiver Michael Onyemaobi, Chaparral High School (Temecula, Calif.)

    Contenders: Iowa State, Nebraska and TCU

    3-star athlete Kam White, Clinton High School (Clinton, Miss.)

    Contenders: Minnesota and Ole Miss

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    4-Star DB Chevin Calloway Is Headed to the SEC

    Former Iowa Hawkeyes commit Chevin Calloway is among this class' fiercest competitors in the defensive secondary. Arkansas now becomes a beneficiary of that attitude, as the Razorbacks beat out Nebraska, Ole Miss and Texas for his commitment.

    Calloway, who combines authoratative run coverage with deep-range ball skills, is considerd a top-25 cornerback prospect in Scout.com rankings. He secured 61 tackles -- 12 for loss -- and three interceptions as a senior.

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    Cornhuskers Claim Commitment from Texas Defensive Tackle

    Texas prospects departing their home state remains a major storyline this morning. You can now add Dunne High School (Dallas) defensive tackle Damion Daniels to the list.

    The 6'2", 320-pound linemen pledged to Nebraska over Colorado and Texas-San Antonio, giving the Cornhuskers another bump toward finishing with a top 25 class. Daniels totaled 78 tackles -- 26 for loss -- and nine sacks in 2016.

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    Auburn Edges Out SEC Rivals for 4-star Defensive End Markaviest Bryant

    Count this one among the early upsets of National Signing Day.

    Markaviest Bryant, a 6'4", 226-pound edge rusher from Crisp County High School (Cordele, Georgia), was projected to land with LSU by 68 percent of experts' predictions in 247Sports' crystal ball. The in-state Bulldogs claimed the remaining 32 percent of picks, meaning Auburn's emergence here stunned plenty of recruiting analysts.

    Bryant recorded 102 tackles -- 36 for loss -- and 15.5 sacks as a senior.

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    4-star WR Henry Ruggs Joins Nation's Top-Ranked Class

    The rich get richer in Tuscaloosa, as Alabama secured a commitment from in-state receiver Henry Ruggs. Ranked No. 5 on our "best available" board entering the day, this 6'0", 173-pound playmaker began to focus on football as a top priority during the second half of his high school career and quickly ascended recruit rankings.

    He caught a 61-yard touchdown pass in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and displays the ability to turn short tosses into game-changing gains. Ruggs, who also considered Florida State, is the fourth blue-chip receiver to pledge to the Crimson Tide, joining Jerry Jeudy, Tyrell Shavers and Chadarius Townsend.

  42. Clock Icon4:23 pm

    Miami Adds Another WR in Former West Virginia Commit

    The Hurricanes suddenly have depth at receiver in this cycle, pairing Michael Harley with 4-star Jeff Thomas. Harley, who helped Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High School win another state title this season, decommitted from West Virginia in late January.

    Miami has enjoyed a strong morning and is well on its way toward a top-three class in the ACC.

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    Late-Morning Commitments to Monitor

    Here's a rundown of anticipated pledge announcement expected to occur before noon, according to Scout.com.

    5-star defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson, North Shore High School (Houston) *pictured

    Contenders: LSU, Texas and USC

    5-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele, Bingham High School (South Jordan, Utah)

    Contenders: BYU, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Utah

    4-star defensive end Markaviest Bryant, Crisp County High School (Cordele, Ga.)

    Contenders: Auburn, Georgia and LSU

    4-star cornerback Chevin Calloway, Bishop Dunne High School (Dallas)

    Contenders: Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas

    3-star defensive tackle Damion Daniels, Bishop Dunne High School (Dallas)

    Contenders: Colorado, Nebraska and Texas-San Antonio

  44. Clock Icon4:00 pm

    Under Armour All-America Game MVP Commits to Miami

    The Hurricanes landed an explosive offensive playmaker this morning when 4-star receiver Jeff Thomas joined Miami's class. This East St. Louis High School (East St. Louis, Ill.) standout reminded a national audience of the impact he can make on a passing attack last month.

    Thomas took home MVP honors at the Under Armour All-America Game, turning three receptions into 148 yards and two scores. The Hurricanes prevail in a pursuit that also featured Louisville, Illinois and Oregon.

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    Dabo Swinney's Son Joins Clemson Roster

    A great year just got better for Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney, who is just weeks removed from leading Clemson to the College Football Playoff title. His son, Will, signed a national letter of intent this morning and plans to join the team as a walk-on.

    It's at this point we remind you championship game star Hunter Renfrow originally arrived on campus as a walk-on. Swinney also served up a solid joke during Clemson's signing day ceremony, according to TigerNet.com.

    "I have been recruiting this kid for 18 years and paid his mother a lot," he said.

  46. Clock Icon3:38 pm

    5-Star DT Aubrey Solomon Returns to Michigan's Class

    Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh will sign a 5-star defensive tackle for the second straight cycle, as Georgia native Aubrey Solomon is set to join No. 1 overall 2016 recruit Rashan Gary. A former member of Michigan's class, he backed off his verbal pledge in August and remained uncommitted until today.

    The 6'3", 304-pound interior anchor was the No. 2 player on my "best available" board entering National Signing Day. A late push from Harbaugh's staff sent the Wolverines surging past Alabama, USC and the in-state Bulldogs.

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    LSU Lands 4-star In-State Safety

    College football analysts regularly toss the "DBU" title toward LSU. Annual elite additions to the secondary make this reputation sustainable, and the Tigers just secured another stud.

    Todd Harris, rated No. 9 nationally among safety recruits in Scout.com rankings, will sign with LSU. The 6'0", 185-pound playmaker, a product of in-state Plaquemine High School, pledged to the Tigers over alternative contenders Alabama, Arizona State and TCU.

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    UCLA Signs Nation's Top-Rated Defensive Prospect

    Jaelan Phillips is officially a Bruin. The 6'6", 250-pound defensive end finalized plans early this morning, giving head coach Jim Mora a player who belongs in the No. 1 overall recruit conversation.

    Phillips, a true physical freak and U.S. Army All-American Player of the Year finalist, tallied 142 tackles and 21 sacks in 11 games as a senior, per MaxPreps. He has served as the catalyst for this class since committing in April.

    "My pitch [to Bruins targets] is we're building something that's a revolution," he said in December during a visit to B/R's New York City office. "You'll be able to stand out at UCLA and make a difference. This is a program that's been successful in past years but hasn't reached its top potential, so we can be part of the group that comes in and changes everything. It feels like something special is building."

  49. Clock Icon3:16 pm

    4-star RB Cordarrian Richardson Announces Decision on Bleacher Report

    Former Clemson commit Cordarrian Richardson set his sights toward the sky in this commitment video. His decision came down to Maryland, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Ole Miss.

    Richardson, who broke out as a junior with 2,390 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, per MaxPreps, chose the Terps. You can make a case that Maryland is the "Cinderella story" of this recruiting cycle.

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    Another Wave of Crucial Commitments Upcoming

    Another wave of compelling commitments gets underway shortly. Early morning developments have helped shed light on several storylines, but the pace picks up considerably as we move closer toward noon ET.

    Here's list of prospect pledge announcements, per Scout.com, we'll keep close tabs on as national signing day rolls on.

    10 a.m. hour

    4-star linebacker Willie Gay, Starkville High School (Starkville, Miss.)

    Contenders: LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss

    4-star safety Todd Harris, Plaquemine High School (Plaquemine, La.)

    Contenders: Alabama, Arizona State, LSU and TCU

    4-star defensive end Jarez Parks, Sebastian River High School (Sebastian, Fla.)

    Contenders: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and North Carolina

    4-star receiver Jeff Thomas, East St. Louis High School (East St. Louis, Ill.) *pictured

    Contenders: Louisville, Miami and Oregon

    3-star defensive end Aaron Sterling, Tucker High School (Tucker, Ga.)

    Contenders: Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee

    11 a.m. hour

    5-star defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson, North Shore High School (Houston)

    Contenders: LSU, Texas and USC

    5-star defensive tackle Jay Tufele, Bingham High School (South Jordan, Utah)

    Contenders: BYU, Michigan, Ohio State, USC and Utah

    4-star defensive end Markaviest Bryant, Crisp County High School (Cordele, Ga.)

    Contenders: Auburn, Georgia and LSU

    4-star cornerback Chevin Calloway, Bishop Dunne High School (Dallas)

    Contenders: Arkansas, Ole Miss and Texas

    3-star defensive tackle Damion Daniels, Bishop Dunne High School (Dallas)

    Contenders: Colorado, Nebraska and Texas-San Antonio

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    Can New Texas Staff Make a Late Surge?

    After missing on local 4-star offensive tackle Stephan Zabie (UCLA) this morning, there don't seem to be an abundance of blue-chip options remaining for the Longhorns. As Geoff Ketchum of OrangeBloods.com notes here, Texas isn't expected to reel in 5-star Houston defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson.

    Along with being locked out of the overall top 10 for in-state recruiting, head coach Tom Herman may end up with just one top-20 Texas recruit (former Georgia Bulldogs running back commit Toneil Carter) in Scout.com rankings when the dust settles.

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    Alabama Celebrates Incoming Athletes with Billboards

    Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has a chance to sign his seventh straight No. 1 overall recruiting class in composite rankings today. Alabama isn't wasting anytime elevating its signees.

    The program tweeted out photos of defensive back Daniel Wright and linebacker Vandarius Cowan being featured on billboards. We expect Alabama will need a few more blank canvasas to save room for more committed players later today.

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    TD's Top Uncommitted Recruits

    This list will be updated throughout the day as prospects pick colleges, but as things stand now (9:40 a.m. ET), here's how my big board of available players shapes up:

    1. Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, Episcopal High School (Bellaire, Texas) *pictured

    2. Defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon, Lee County High School (Leesburg, Ga.)

    3. Offensive tackle Austin Jackson, North Canyon High School (Phoenix, Ariz.)

    4. Receiver Jeff Thomas, East St. Louis High School (East St. Louis, Ill.)

    5. Receiver Henry Ruggs, Lee High School (Montgomery, Ala.)

    6. Receiver Jospeh Lewis, Augustus Hawkins High School (Los Angeles)

    7. Defensive end LaBryan Ray, James Clemens High School (Madison, Ala.)

    8. Defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson, North Shore High School (Houston)

    9. Receiver Nico Collins, Clay-Chalkville High School (Pinson, Ala.)

    10. Receiver Devonta Smith, Amite High School (Amite, La.)

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    Another 4-star Texan Opts for CFB Career Beyond State Borders

    A Lone Star State exodus of sorts continues, as 4-star linebacker Mohamed Sanogo announced intentions to attend Ole Miss. He joins fellow blue-chip recruits Stephan Zabie (offensive tackle; UCLA) and Levi Jones (linebacker; USC) as premier Texas prospects to announce they're leaving home this morning.

    Ole Miss welcomed Sanogo for an official visit in January, edging out Mississippi State and UCLA for his signature. Scout.com ranks him No. 13 nationally among inside linebackers.

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    In Case You Missed It: 4-Star DT Elijah Conliffe Commits with Bleacher Report

    B/R used a Facebook Live broadcast Tuesday to set the stage for Hampton High School (Hampton, Va.) defensive lineman Elijah Conliffe to reveal his college commitment.

    Florida, Penn State and Tennessee were all in play, and the choice was revealed in a shower of confetti.

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    4-Star LB Levi Jones Breaks Some Hearts in Florida, Will Head to USC

    Moments after Westlake High School (Austin, Texas) teammate Stephan Zabie announced intentions to play for UCLA, Levi Jones ensured they'll spend the next few years as rivals.

    Rated No. 11 among outside linebacker in Scout.com rankings, he pulled off a little trickery in the process. Jones slipped off a sweatshirt to reveal a Florida Gators shirt, then removed that to show ff a Florida State Seminoles shirt, and finally he got to his fourth and final layer -- a USC Trojans long-sleeve.

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    UCLA Swipes 4-star OL Away from Lone Star State

    The Bruins bagged 4-star offensive tackle Stephan Zabié, beating out Ole Miss and Texas. It's a particularly tough miss for the Longhorns, who welcome his Westlake High School (Austin, Texas) teammate Sam Ehlinger to campus this year.

    Zabie, who stands 6'5", 290 pounds, is considered a top-30 prospect at the position. Despite a rough 2016 season, UCLA is well on its way toward assembling an impressive recruiting class.

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    LSU Lands Another Blue-Chip Linebacker

    The Tigers are poised for a very rewarding Wednesday and things are off to a solid start, as 4-star Georgia linebacker Tyler Taylor committed to LSU over fellow contenders Auburn and Oklahoma.

    This Lanier High School (Buford, Ga.) prospect joins Army All-American linebacker Jacob Phillips, who flipped to LSU from Oklahoma in January. Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron is filling needs with top talent.

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    Bleacher Report's National Signing Day Show Hits Facebook Live at 11 AM ET

    You can catch our very own Stephen Nelson and Michael Felder as they break down National Signing Day's biggest stories. There will be plenty to discuss as late-morning commitments will continue to change the narrative of college football's recruiting landscape.

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    Florida Reels in 5-star Lineman Tedarrell Slaton

    It's a massive in-state acquisition for Gators head coach Jim McElwain, who could see his squad vault up 2017 recruiting class rankings with a strong signing day.

    Slaton, a 6'4.5", 341-pound prospect, is rated No. 2 nationally among offensive guards in Scout.com rankings but there has been discussion about him lining up at defensive tackle in Gainesville. He is the third American Heritage High School (Plantation, Fla.) senior to join this class, alongside linebacker James Houston IV and cornerback Marco Wilson.

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    Auburn Holds on to 5-star OT Calvin Ashley

    The Tigers took a lengthy commitment all the way to National Signing Day, securing the services of St. John College High School (Washington, D.C.) offensive tackle Calvin Ashley.

    This 6'6", 310-pound lineman initially pledged to the program shortly after his sophomore season but continued to receive interest from schools such as Maryland and Florida State. He is rated No. 6 nationally among offensive tackles in Scout.com rankings.

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    WR Tahj Capehart Flips Commitment from Virginia Tech to Maryland

    The Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School (Virgnia Beach, Virginia) receiver spent six months committed to Virgnia Tech but opts for a late switch to the Terps.

    It's another crucial regional addition for Maryland head coach DJ Durkin, who is primed to sign a top 25 class in his first full recruiting cycle with the program.

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    South Carolina Wins SEC Battle for DE Aaron Sterling

    The 6'2", 260-pound Tucker High School standout goes with the Gamecocks after showing interest in schools such as Georgia and Tennessee.

    He recorded 77 tackles and 15.5 sacks in 2016, per MaxPreps.

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