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Mason Closes Fast At Vandy (And He Needed To)

derek-mason-portrait-vandyOne week ago today, Vanderbilt had just 10 commitments.  James Franklin’s departure had basically sliced the Commodore class in half.

Ah, but today, new coach Derek Mason has 19 signed letters of intent in hand and commitments for two more.  On the job for just two weeks, Vandy’s new coach deserves credit for quickly re-stocking his team’s cupboard.

However.

It’s clear that Mason’s race against the clock led to a drop in overall talent level (at least according to the recruiting service).

Vanderbilt has signed LOI from two 4-star players, 11 3-star players, and six 2-stars.  It’s entirely possible that Mason will get the absolute most out of the kids he’s signed.  But on paper, it looks as though he made the decision to add bodies… any bodies he could find.

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Huh-Oh, UGA Commit’s Grandfather Hasn’t Signed LOI

So much for Georgia having a great finish.  So much for Landon Collins’ mother and Gunner Kiel’s mother competing for “Guardian of the Year” honors.

After committing to the Bulldogs live on ESPNU this morning, Josh Harvey-Clemons still hasn’t sent in his Letter of Intent to UGA.  That’s because the star linebacker’s grandfather hasn’t signed the LOI yet.  And as Harvey-Clemons’ legal guardian, Gramps has to ink the pact to make it all legal-like.

The player’s uncle, Roy Hart, tells the AJC that his nephew’s decision surprised most people in the family.  They expected the Valdosta native to sign with Florida or Florida State.  ESPN reports that the family preferred Florida.

So will 51-year-old Woodrow Clemons eventually sign his grandson’s LOI?  “… he’s going to sign, from what I understand,” said Hart.  Okay, but will that be today?  “I don’t know.  I don’t know where his grandfather is.  He has kind of been missing in action, so to speak.  I can’t get him on the telephone.”

CBSSports.com reports — via a source — that his family is “advising (Harvey-Clemons) to reconsider attending Florida before making a final decision.”

Mark Richt has said he’s not worried about losing Harvey-Clemons.  We’ll see.

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NCAA Rules Ware’s LOI With UCF DOA

Frankly, we’re too busy trying to post several other stories to go into the details on this one.

The gist:


* Former Tennessee recruit Kevin Ware has chosen to play ball at UCF.

* He asked UT for a release from his letter of intent after Bruce Pearl was fired.

* The NCAA prohibits players from signing two LOIs in the same year, so his LOI with UCF was DOA according to the NCAA.

* Ware’s stepfather says he’ll still be at UCF when school starts, but he’s taking a trip to Louisville just the same.

For the details, check out Michael Carvell’s work at The AJC.

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Brissett’s Letter Of Intent Is In At Florida

The signatures are in.  The i’s dotted and the t’s crossed (literally in this case.  Jacoby Brissett has faxed in his signed letter of intent to the Florida football offices.

And, yes, his mom’s signature is on the LOI, too.

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Raven Out At Ole Miss After Mom Apparently Forges Letter Of Intent

Maybe this is why Houston Nutt likes to oversign.

Cornerback prospect Floyd Raven will not be playing football at Ole Miss… after his mother apparently forged his signature onto the national letter of intent.  Nutt said that Raven’s “mom really wanted him (at Ole Miss).  Mom wanted him here in the worst way.”

An Ole Miss spokesperson said the school could not read the first version of the LOI sent via fax to the school, so they requested another copy be sent.  Raven declined.  And the belief is that his mother had signed the original version.

A source at Ole Miss says that Raven plans to sign with Texas A&M. 

“I want them to want to be here,” Nutt said.  “There one thing I know about the other guys’ signatures that (our coaches) received is that they want to be here.  We’ll leave it at that.  Good luck to him.”

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Florida Signees (10:20AM ET)

Here’s the updated LOI list for Florida:

Mike Blakely, RB
Clay Burton, DE/LB
Kyle Christy, K
Jeff Driskel, QB
Jabari Gorman, S
Chris Johnson, S
Tommy Jordan, OL
Hunter Joyer, FB
AC Leonard, TE
Javares McRoy, WR
Louchiez Purifoy, CB
Marcus Roberson, CB
De’Ante Saunders, CB
Valdez Showers, CB
Ja’Juan Story, WR
Trip Thurman, OL
Tevin Westbrook, DE

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Five-star guard Bradley Beal signs LOI with Florida

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G Bradley Beal (right) signed his LOI to play for Florida on Wednesday. (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Florida got one commitment from the class of 2011, and the Gators got that lone Letter of Intent on Wednesday on the first day of the early signing period.

Five-star guard Bradley Beal from St. Louis, Mo. signed his LOI, giving the Gators the second-ranked shooting guard prospect in that class.

“Clearly, I feel like we signed one of the best guards in the country,” said coach Billy Donovan. “We’re extremely excited about adding Brad, we believe he’s a special player and a winner, and excited that he’s going to be a part of our program.”

Beal, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard from Chaminade College Prep School, was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri last season after averaging 29.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

Beal is rated a five-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Beal earned MVP honors for the United States in the inaugural U17 FIBA World Championship this summer. He averaged 18.3 points per game and shot 47.7 percent on 3-pointers to lead the USA to a gold medal.


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