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Hogs RB Commit Cancels Announcement Ceremony

collins-arkansas-helmetOn Monday, five-star running back Alex Collins committed to Arkansas.  Today, he was supposed to announce his decision and sign his papers in his hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  But this afternoon, he’s canceled that ceremony in order to take more time to think about his future.

But this is where it gets even more interesting (horrible, if you’re a Razorback fan).  ESPNU reported that Collins’ mom actually “confiscated” her son’s letter of intent and left the school with it.  Reportedly, she wants Collins to say closer to home and attend Florida, Florida State or Miami.

You can bet a whole lot of fans — and coaches — are sweating this one from the Ozarks to the Keys.

“Dog eat your homework?”  “Nope, Mom stole my letter of intent.”

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S Bell Picks Ohio State Over Tide, Vols

mrsec-breaking-newsFive-star safety Von Bell of Rossville, Georgia has decided to play his college football at Ohio State.  New Tennessee coach Butch Jones worked hard to flip the Chattanooga-area resident who had always been an Buckeye lean.  In the end, Jones couldn’t and that’s a hit for Tennessee.  (Ironically, ESPNU asked Derek Dooley about Bell after the young man’s announcement, but Bell’s high school coach has made it clear his star had not gotten a ton of attention from Dooley and his aides.)

Alabama also made a push to land Bell, but the Crimson Tide can afford a disappointment more easily than the Volunteers can.

Meanwhile Urban Meyer is putting together what could be the nation’s #1 class and he’s successfully coming back to the South to help do it.

Like Carl Lawson earlier, Bell handled himself well and surely won many people over with his demeanor.

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Robert Nkemdiche Chooses Ole Miss

NkemdicheThe nation’s number one football prospect is headed to Ole Miss. Robert Nkemdiche made the announcement just moments ago on ESPNU.  The defensive end from Loganville, Georgia will join his brother, Denzel, a linebacker for the Rebels. He had also considered LSU and Florida, making a visit to Baton Rouge this past weekend.  We’re off and running on National Signing Day with Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels having the first big catch of the day.

 

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Recruiting Headlines – Signing Day Eve Edition

1. Here are the announcement times for tomorrow’s ESPNU broadcast.

2. Twitter exploded during Reuben Foster’s announcement on Monday.

3. Look at the jump in attention paid to LSU wide receiver commit Kevin Spears.

4. Robert Nkemdiche is expected to sign with Ole Miss. Here’s a recent interview.

5. QB Tanner McEvoy won’t sign with Florida. He chose Wisconsin instead.

6. Could Georgia sign OL George Adeosun? He’s never visited Georgia.

7.Alabama and Auburn have plenty to watch for on signing day.

8. Tennessee is hoping for a strong finish to the 2013 class.

9. Grantland has a signing day preview to get you ready for tomorrow’s madness.

10. The anticipation is building for Ezekiel Elliott’s announcement. (See video below.)

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Seals-Jones Picks Texas A&M

Texas A&M has received a commitment from wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones from Sealy (Texas) High School.

The nation’s No. 1 athlete according to ESPNU chose the Aggies over LSU. He previously committed to Texas before he decided to reopen his recruitment.

Seals-Jones is the 34th commitment for Texas A&M’s class of 2013. He’s the latest in an impressive run of commitments for the Aggies.

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Matt Rolin Switches Commitment To Florida

Linebacker Matt Rolin from Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Va., has switched his commitment from South Carolina to Florida.

Rolin, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 7 outside linebacker by ESPNU, originally committed to South Carolina in May.

Rolin expressed thanks to South Carolina coaches and fans via twitter for supporting him during his recruitment.

“Going back on my word is something I never imagined myself doing and it hurt me to do it, but in (the) end I have (to) do what’s best for me,” Rolin wrote.

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Manning Latest Standout To Choose Texas A&M

Defensive tackle Justin Manning from Kimball High School in Dallas has committed to Texas A&M.

Manning, who chose the Aggies over Oklahoma and TCU, is the latest highly-touted prospect to choose Texas A&M. The Aggies have 33 commitments for the class of 2013, eight of whom are ranked in the top 300 by ESPNU.

It shows the work being done by first-year coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff is paying off.

“I can trust (A&M), and I feel like it’ll be a challenge,” Manning told ESPN RecruitingNation. “I feel like I’m challenging myself to be better. Oklahoma has been my dream school since Day 1. The only doubts I had about them was when I arrived, would I feel too comfortable?”

Manning’s brother, DeMarcus Granger, played on the defensive line at Oklahoma from 2006-09. That added to the surprise of Manning’s decision on Thursday.

Manning is the the second prospect in the last week to choose Texas A&M over other high-profile offers. Wide receiver Ja’Quay Williams, who signed with Auburn in February but was unable to enroll, committed to Texas A&M over Georgia and South Carolina on Sunday.

Texas A&M’s class is ranked No. 10 in the nation by ESPNU, good for fifth best in the SEC.

Sumlin and his staff still have work to do to out-recruit schools like Texas, Alabama and Florida, but the necessary steps have been taken to begin that process.

Winning football games has helped. Landing prospects like Manning and Williams will only add to the attraction of playing at Texas A&M.

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Marcell Harris Commits To Florida

Safety Marcell Harris from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., has committed to Florida.

Harris, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 7 safety by ESPNU, chose Florida over Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas.

Harris is Florida’s 22nd commitment for the class of 2013. Fourteen of those prospects are ranked in the ESPN 300.

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Turman Chooses Georgia

Georgia received a commitment from running back A.J. Turman from Boone High School in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday night.

“It was a perfect fit for me,” Turman told ESPN RecruitingNation. “It was just an easy pick. I loved the community and the coaches there.

“I love the offense, it’s the best offense I’ve ever seen for my type of running. I just can’t wait to join and be a part of that offense. It’s some pro-style, they throw the running back out in the flats and different things.”

Turman chose Georgia over Tennessee and Florida State. Auburn and Miami had also been in the picture for Turman, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 24 running back by ESPNU.

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Gilmore’s Trip To Oklahoma Was ‘Mind Blowing’

Defensive tackle Greg Gilmore from South View High School in Hope Mills, N.C., took an official visit to Oklahoma last weekend.

“It was a mind-blowing experience,” Gilmore told ESPN RecruitingNation. “I had a lot of fun and got a lot out of it. There were no negatives at all. The atmosphere was amazing, as good as any I’ve seen.”

Gilmore is also considering Florida and LSU and plans to visit Baton Rouge, La., this weekend to watch the Tigers play Alabama. Gilmore, who’s already taken an official visit to Florida, will likely announce his decision on Nov. 8 on ESPNU.

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