Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Let the SEC signing day drama begin
By Chris Low
National signing day is famous (or infamous) for all of its twists and turns.
It looks like some of the drama has already started.
Among the latest developments, while remembering that nothing counts until the papers are signed on Wednesday:
- Arkansas was able to turn linebacker Otha Peters of Covington, La., after Peters had been committed to Tennessee since August. Peters’ high school coach, Malter Scobel, told The New Orleans Times-Picayune that Peters was concerned about the coaching stability at Tennessee. It’s the second highly rated linebacker the Vols have lost in the past few days. Dalton Santos of Van, Texas switched from Tennessee to Texas last weekend.
- Alabama has taken the lead for ESPNU 150 defensive tackle Korren Kirven of Lynchburg, Va. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Kirven is rated as the No. 8 tackle prospect in the country by ESPN, and it was thought a few days ago that his finalists were Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
- Missouri could be a big signing day winner if receiver Dorial Green-Beckham of Springfield, Mo., signs with the Tigers. It was thought to be down to Arkansas and Missouri, but the Tigers seem to have all the momentum after Green-Beckham visited there last weekend. He’s a five-star prospect rated by ESPN as the No. 1 receiver prospect in the country and the No. 3 overall prospect.
- Vanderbilt has lost a pair of cornerback commitments to Eastern Division rivals in the past few days. Chris Moody of McDonough, Ga., switched to South Carolina, and Sheldon Dawson of Memphis opted for Georgia.
- Five SEC schools -- Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee -- are keeping their fingers crossed on top junior college receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
- Josh Harvey-Clemons, ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 outside linebacker in the country, is playing it extremely close to the vest. The Valdosta, Ga., product has Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Miami among his finalists.
- ESPNU 150 athlete Ricardo Louis of Miami has been committed to both Auburn and Florida State at different points. He’ll finalize everything on Wednesday.
- Florida is hoping to score with ESPNU 150 defensive linemen Darius Hamilton of Ramsey, N.J., and Leonard Williams of Daytona Beach, Fla. The Gators are also among the finalists for ESPNU 150 cornerback Tracy Howard.
- ESPNU 150 outside linebacker Kwon Alexander of Oxford, Ala., is apparently down to Auburn and LSU.
- Auburn is trying to hold onto four-star receiver Ja’Quay Williams of Tyrone, Ga., but Georgia is still pushing hard.
- ESPNU 150 offensive tackle Avery Young of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., will announce between Florida and Georgia on Wednesday.