National Signing Day is finally here and teams across the country will look to finish the 2012 recruiting cycle strong. The Florida Gators are among those teams and come into the day with 21 commitments. Among those are a number of high-rated recruits like Jonathan Bullard and D.J. Humphries and those that say they’re 100% committed to Florida, but will receive a letter of intent from another school as well – Brian Poole. Today is a day of ups and downs and ultimately it will answer a lot of questions. A few will remain unanswered thoughout and force us to wait days or even weeks. For instance, Stefon Diggs – long thought to be a Gators lean – won’t announce his decision until February 10. Besides a select few, we’ll learn the destination of many others and this time around there are a good number of top recruits Florida is still in the running for.
How does the open thread work? It’s easy. Comment as much as you’d like in the comments section, but try to keep it to recruiting. I’ll be commenting there about some of the bigger stories throughout the day that don’t involve the Gators. As for Florida, I’ll be providing updates in the body of this post as soon as possible when news occurs. The latest updates will appear at the top. For example, the first one is up now. Throughout the day, the post will build, but the latest update I’ve posted will always be at the top. Enjoy!
LATEST UPDATE: After the Georgia disaster (?), Avery Young signs with Auburn.
Nelson Agholor signs with USC. Sigh. One great big sigh.
No surprise as Schyler Miles signs with Kansas.
And just like that Georgia has removed Avery Young’s bio.
Lane Kiffin has mentioned Nelson Agholor by name and Georgia already has a profile page for Avery Young. If they weren’t already signed, sealed and delivered, those would be NCAA violations. The assumption is they have both already sent in their letters to USC and Georgia respectively.
Leonard Williams signs with USC. Plenty of rumors spreading regarding Nelson Agholor and Avery Young.
Jake Meador has signed with Wisconsin over Florida and Missouri.
The switch has been made. Dante Fowler Jr. signs with the Gators. The defensive end was a long-time FSU commit.
Tracy Howard has signed with Miami over Florida and FSU.
Wide receiver Raphael Andrades is the surprise commitment. Signed with the Gators.
Linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons has committed to Georgia.
Jafar Mann, Skyler Mornhinweg and Quinteze Williams have all sent in their letters to Florida.
Hearing Jeremi Powell’s letter is in.
Jonathan Bullard, Austin Hardin and Rhaheim Ledbetter have all sent in their letters to Florida.
Lots of smoke in the air that Dante Fowler Jr. will switch from FSU to Florida. Announcement comes around 10.
Gators now have signed letters from Brian Cox Jr., Marcus Maye, Dante Phillips, Kent Taylor and Colin Thompson.
The first LOI should be in. Alex McCalister was scheduled to send his in at 7:01 AM.
On Tuesday night, Ramsey, NJ (Don Bosco) defensive end Darius Hamilton committed to Rutgers over Florida and Miami.
National Signing Day Schedule
*The times indicate approximately when the players will sign their letter of intent or announce their decision. The times are typically for signing ceremonies; recruits frequently send in their letters much earlier in the day.
Alex McCalister, DE – 7:01 AM (Will hold ceremony at 8:30 AM)
Austin Hardin, K – 8:00 AM
JaFar Mann, DT – 8:00 AM
Jonathan Bullard, DE – 8:30 AM
Quinteze Williams, DE – 8:40 AM
Brian Cox Jr., DE – 9:00 AM
Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB – 9:15 AM (Receiving LOI from Florida, FSU and Georgia)
Marcus Maye, DB – 9:30 AM
Tracy Howard, DB – 9:50 AM (Receibing LOI from Florida and Miami)
Dante Fowler Jr., DE – 10:00 AM (Committed to FSU, receiving LOI from Florida and FSU)
Jake Meador, OL – 10:15 AM (Receiving LOI from Florida, Missouri and Wisconsin)
Leonard Williams, DE – 11:00 AM (Deciding between Florida, FSU and USC)
Matt Jones, RB – 11:30 AM
Schyler Miles, LB – 12:05 PM (Deciding between Florida, Kansas and West Virginia)
Nelson Agholor, ATH – 12:20 PM (Deciding between Florida and USC)
Brian Poole, DB – 12:45 PM (Receiving LOI from Florida and Notre Dame)
Vincent Valentine, DT – 1:00 PM (Deciding between Florida, Illinois and Nebraska)
Colin Thompson, TE – 1:30 PM
Kent Taylor, TE – 1:30 PM
Avery Young, OL – 2:00 PM (Receiving LOI from Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Miami)
Skyler Mornhinweg, QB – 3:00 PM
Dante Phillips, DT – 6:00 PM
The following individuals are already enrolled at the University of Florida: defensive back Willie Bailey, offensive lineman Jessamen Dunker, offensive lineman D.J. Humphries, defensive tackle Damien Jacobs, linebacker Antonio Morrison and wide receiver Latroy Pittman.