Signing Day roundup: Combs to UCLA


Justin Combs is officially Hollywood bound.

The Iona Prep cornerback signed and faxed his National Letter of Intent to UCLA on Wednesday at a ceremony at the school. Friends and family, including his father, rap mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, were in attendance as Combs finalized his decision.

"It was like a dream come true, I can't even believe it, I am really signed to a major school that is going in the right direction," Combs said. "I'm really a Bruin."

Combs committed to the school just days after it had fired its previous coach, Rick Neuheisel. The school eventually hired Jim Mora, who Combs said was his favorite coach from his days coaching Michael Vick with the Falcons. He called it surreal to talk with him face-to-face.

"He's been recruiting very hard and our recruiting class is very good," said Combs, the No. 7 recruit in New York according to ESPNU.

Combs is one of two major gets from the Tri-State Area for UCLA, as the school will also get New Jersey's top recruit, quarterback Devin Fuller from Old Tappan. Combs said that the two are friends and he talked to him right after he committed, welcoming him to the UCLA family and saying "let's take this thing all the way."

"It's exciting," Combs said. "It's real. Everything else is just verbal, nothing is real until you sign that paper and you put your name on the X. I'm ready and I'm excited."

THE LINCOLN SIX: The reigning PSAL champions had six players sign and fax their letters, the most in the history of the program, according to head coach Shawn O' Connor.

Linebacker/receiver Tarik Pusey (Rhode Island), lineman Robert Kitching (UMass), running back Kareem Fokes (CW Post), running back Denzel Duchenne (Virginia Union), lineman Keyon Barnwell (CW Post) and lineman Armani Gordon (Southern Connecticut) made up the historic group.

"It was exciting to see all of my teammates signing and our teammates were there supporting us," Pusey said. "It was the result of hard work in the ofsseason that all of us put in and we bought into the Lincoln system and we did what our coaches said."

THE ARMY'S KING: Flushing running back Andrew King signed and faxed his letter to Army as his school celebrated with a small ceremony with former players, family, teachers, the school's principal and his coaches in attendance.

"It was one of my greatest life experiences. I got through it and got over it and now I can train my body and mind on what college has prepared for me," King said. "It was a relief because I have it over with and don’t have to stress anymore if I'm going to college or how I'm going to have to pay for it, and all of that."

CORNELIUS TO SYRACUSE: Tottenville wide receiver Alvin Cornelius III did not know that Wayne Morgan was headed to Syracuse when he signed and faxed his letter to the Orange this morning. Later on, he found out the good news that he would joined at Syracuse by Erasmus Hall's star cornerback.

"He's another kid from New York City and me and him have talked and know each other well and are going to go out there and handle business," Cornelius said.

STEPINAC TRIO: Stepinac had three of its players sign and fax their letters on Wednesday as tight end Austin Taps signed with UPenn, kicker Prezemyslaw Popek signed with Stony brook and offensive lineman Jesse Gwin signed on with CW Post. Fullback Caleb Gilligan-Evans, who is committed to Yale, did not sign on Wednesday.

"It was a great feeling great to wrap it up and finish up the process, I know my coaches and my family are proud. I wouldn't be in the position I am without them," Taps said. "It was cool signing with my teammates. I'm real proud of those guys and they worked hard and it was great to see them signing with schools."

POLY PREP HAS THREE: Poly Prep had three players sign on Wednesday. Wide receiver Malik Rodriguez signed with Ohio, quarterback Kevin Gebon is headed to Bryant and cornerback Dylin Lewis signed with CW Post.

"It was somewhat saddening because it's the finalization of my high school career and the dudes I was signing with are my friends and it was like leaving my colleagues behind since they're no longer my teammates," Gebon said. "They're not going to be teammates anymore but we'll still be in contact."

MOUNT'S ACQUAH TO HC: Mount St. Michael fullback Kenny Acquah signed and faxed his letter to Holy Cross. His older brother, Gary Acquah, is a sophomore for the Crusaders and Kenny said he is going to be a middle linebacker there.

"It was definitely very exciting to be signing with a Division I college," Acquah said. "I always wanted to do that since I was a little kid and to put the pen to paper was extremely exciting."

LIDDY TO THE HOYAS: Kellenberg offensive lineman Kevin Liddy signed and faxed his letter to Georgetown on Wednesday.

"It's a great school and it's a good football school," Liddy said. "I'm very excited to go down there. I've been there a couple of times and it's a great place to go."

ADEGUNLE TO NEW HAVEN: Beach Channel/Channel View wide receiver Henry Adegunle almost didn't get to sign because of a clerical error, but the paperwork came in time and he signed and faxed his letter to New Haven.

"It's excitement and relief," Adegunle said. "At first I thought I wasn't going to get signed and then when I went there I was interested in them."

BINCKES TO CW POST: Xaverian tight end Sean Binckes signed and faxed his letter to CW Post on Wednesday.

"It was awesome. it was a great day to commit to a school and know where I am going," Binckes said. "It was a pretty long process. There were so many people to talk to. At the end you get the offers. It was a long process but it taught me a lot. ... I'm pumped, I can't wait to go there and play, I've been out of it for too long."

IVY BOUND: St. Anthony's offensive lineman Pat McHugh and defensive lineman JD Hurt are both headed to the Ivy League as McHugh signed with Yale and Hurt signed with Columbia.

PAIR OF TIGERS: Fort Hamilton had a pair of recruits sign as defensive end Toba Akinleye signed with Columbia and lineman Mensur Ibric is headed to Sacred Heart.