National Signing Day: That’s a wrap

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As the headline says, that’s a wrap folks.  National Signing Day 2012 — or “Singing Day”, which might be my favorite typo ever — is almost officially in the books, with but a few stragglers left who haven’t yet put pen to Letter of Intent paper.

Below you’ll find all of our updates throughout the day, and don’t forget Ben’s muy bueno recap of all the highs and lows from today’s signing action.

If you’d like to see where your school stands in the final team rankings, or where a signee ranked nationally coming into signing day, we’ve provided some links below.

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11:41 p.m. ET — Here are the complete recruiting classes from Florida State, Washington State, USF, Illinois, Missouri, Wake Forest, Iowa, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Arizona State, Utah and Cal.

8:16 p.m. ET — Penn State, Stanford, LSU, Washington State, USF, Illinois and Cincinnati have announced their complete 2012 recruiting classes.

7:47 p.m. ET — 247Sports.com is projecting that Alabama will claim the No. 1 recruiting class in its team rankings.

6:59 p.m. ET — Minnesota, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Clemson and Ohio State have announced their complete 2012 recruiting classes.

6:07 p.m. ET — Georgia, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama have announced their complete 2012 recruiting classes.

5:06 p.m. ET — Notre Dame, Nebraska, Maryland, Rutgers, WisconsinBYU and North Carolina have announced their complete 2012 recruiting classes.

4:49 p.m. ET — Stanford keeps on rolling with another huge pickup at the offensive line position with the signature of Kyle Murphy out of San Clemente HS (CA). Murphy is the No. 19 overall prospect according to Rivals.com and the No. 11 prospect according to 247Sports.com.

3:14 p.m. ET — Pittsburgh, Boise State, Purdue, North Carolina State, Syracuse and Kentucky have all announced their full 2012 recruiting classes.

3:00 p.m. ET — Cornerback Ronald Darby will go to Florida State. Darby is the 16th overall athlete in the country according to 247Sports. Another huge pickup for Jimbo Fisher‘s class.

2:52 p.m. ET — Hang on just a minute with the Josh Harvey-Clemons commitment to Georgia. While it could be nothing more than a minor hiccup or detail of which we’re unaware, coach Mark Richt said he still has not received Harvey-Clemons’ signature. Harvey-Clemons  was one of the first major commitments of the day when he picked the Bulldogs.

1:40 p.m. ET — Don’t overlook Stanford during today’s signing day frenzy. The Cardinal just picked up offensive lineman Andrus Peat from Tempe, AZ. Peat is the No. 32 overall recruit according to Rivals.com. Read more about Stanford’s signing day HERE.

1:32 p.m. ET — Well, so much for that update regarding the team rankings a short time ago.  Scout.com has updated its team rankings and, as a result, have Texas leapfrogging Alabama into the top spot.  Thus, the Longhorns are now the No. 1 team according to Scout and 247Sports, while the Tide maintains its hold on Rivals’ top spot.

1:22 p.m. ET — Five-star wide receiver Nelson Agholor announced for USC over Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

12:59 p.m. ET — Committed to Wisconsin since June of last year, Cleveland Heights (Oh.) High School offensive tackle Kyle Dodson announced that he is signing with Urban Meyer and Ohio State.  Dodson was a consensus four-star recruit.

12:49 p.m. ET — With signing day inching past the halfway point, Alabama (Rivals, Scout) and Texas (247Sports) are still ranked where they were at the start of the day: No. 1.  Barring some type of unexpected development, it appears that’s the direction the final rankings are headed.

12:46 p.m. ET — Northwestern announces its 2012 recruiting class.

12:18 p.m. ET — Indiana announced a 25-player-strong recruiting class.

12:14 p.m. ET — In perhaps the most shocking flip of the day, four-star wide receiver Deontay Greenberry switched his verbal commitment to Notre Dame to a Letter of Intent signing with Houston.

11:57 a.m. ET — USC signed defensive end Leonard Williams from Daytona Beach, FL. Williams is the No. 47 overall prospect according to 247Sports and No. 53 overall prospect according to Rivals.com

11:40 a.m. ET — Texas A&M picked up a nice WR commit in Thomas Johnson,  listed as the No. 34 overall recruit by Rivals and No. 44 overall recruit by 247Sports. Johnson is part of a Texas A&M class that is quickly assembling some top in-state talent.

11:12 a.m. ET — Florida State commit Dante Fowler Jr has done the signing day flip, going with the Gators instead247Sports had the St. Petersburg, Fla. DE/LB rated as the No. 15 player in the country, and was No. 28 according to Rivals.

11:07 a.m. ET — Kwon Alexander, the No. 9 outside linebacker according to 247Sports, is “taking his talents” to LSU over Alabama and Auburn. Alexander said he knew he would commit to the Tigers for the past two weeks.

10:25 a.m. ET — the No. 1 overall recruit in the country according to Rivals.com, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, has decided to stay in-state and attend Missouri. Green-Beckham is rated the No. 2 overall prospect according to 247Sports.

10:07 a.m. ET — Defensive tackle Eddie Goldman chose Florida State over schools like Alabama and Auburn. The five-star defensive tackle is rated the No. 14 overall recruit by 247Sports and No. 7 by Rivals. Jimbo Fisher continues to put together an amazing defensive line group.

10:00 a.m. ET — Tracy Howard from Miramar (FL), the top cornerback in the country according to Rivals.com and the No. 13 overall prospect, committed to Miami over Florida and Florida State.

9:25 a.m. ET — Linebacker from Valdosta (GA) Josh Harvey-Clemons chose to stay in-state and attend Georgia. He is the  No. 32 overall recruit according to 247Sports and No. 31 recruit according to Rivals.

9:11 a.m. ET — Aledo (TX) RB Johnathan Gray has committed to Texas. Gray has been verbally committed to the Longhorns for a while now, but this is still a huge get for UT. Gray is the No. 9 overall prospect according to 247Sports and No. 5 prospect according to Rivals.

9:09 a.m. ET — Defensive end Mario Edwards has, as expected, signed with Florida State. Edwards had downgraded his commitment to a soft verbal in the months leading up to signing day, but reaffirmed his commitment to the Seminoles. Edwards is the No. 1 recruit in the nation according to 247Sports and No. 3 overall according to Rivals.

8:26 a.m. ET — Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson — the No. 1 JUCO prospect according to 247Sports, No. 4 according to Rivals.comselected Tennessee over Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss.

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(Rankings reflect overall position) 

1/31 — Darius Hamilton, DE Don Bosco Prep (NJ); No. 11, Rivals; No. 20, Scout; No. 23, 247Sports; committed to Rutgers.

1/31 — Shaq Thompson, DB Grant Union (CA); No. 4, Rivals; No. 3, Scout; No. 6, 247Sports; committed to Washington.

1/30 — Zach Banner, OL Lakewood HS (WA); No. 16, Rivals; No. 72, Scout; No. 110, 247Sports; committed to USC.

1/29 — Arik Armstead, DT Pleasant Grove (CA); No. 61, Rivals; No. 2, Scout; No. 4, 247Sports;  committed to Oregon.

In advance of FBS move, Liberty announces 13 future match-ups

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Liberty doesn’t have a conference home, but the Flames aren’t letting a little logistical hurdle like that stop them from manifesting their destiny.

The school is moving up to FBS in 2018 whether FBS wants them or not, and the Flames on Wednesday took a major step forward by announcing 13 future games, primarily filling out schedules for the early years of the next decade.

“The announcement of these additional football series give Flames Nation a taste of our future football schedules,” Liberty AD Ian McCaw said in a statement. “We are close to completing schedules for our first five seasons of FBS football. I appreciate Mickey Guridy‘s diligent efforts is securing these agreements.”

The future games break out as follows:

Bowling Green
Oct. 3, 2020 — at Bowling Green
Sept. 2, 2023 — at Liberty

Marshall
Oct. 14, 2023 — at Marshall
Oct. 5, 2024 — at Liberty

Massachusetts
Nov. 2, 2019 — at UMass
Nov. 28, 2020 — at Liberty
Nov. 6, 2021 — at Liberty

NC State
Nov. 21, 2020 — at NC State

Troy
Sept. 11, 2021 — at Troy

UAB
Oct. 2, 2021 — at UAB
Sept. 10, 2022 — at Liberty

Liberty opens this season at Baylor, and will face 10 FBS foes in 2018, including trips to Virginia and Auburn.

Jasmin Hernandez reaches settlement with Baylor

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Jasmin Hernandez was not the first woman former Baylor football player Tevin Elliott raped, but she was the first one to go public. Hernandez, obviously, allowed her name to be used publicly, and with that put an identity on the sexual assault crisis at Baylor. And she was the first to insist Elliott be prosecuted.

Elliott has since been convicted and sentenced for his crimes, and on Saturday Hernandez reached a settlement with the people she accused of allowing Elliott’s assaults to happen.

Hernandez has reached a settlement with Baylor and requested former Bears AD Ian McCaw and former head coach Art Briles be removed from the suit.

“We’re moving on,” attorney Irwin Zalkin told the Waco Tribune. “Jasmin is very happy with that and pleased to be moving on with her life.”

“You kind of weigh the costs and benefits of continuing, and for her, it reached a point where she felt she could resolve the case and have some closure and move forward. It was the right time for her,” Zalkin told ESPN.

The settlement means Baylor has now reached settlements with seven plaintiffs; four Title IX suits with a total of 13 plaintiffs still remain.

McCaw, of course, has since moved on to become the AD at Liberty, while Briles — who admitted no wrongdoing in being removed from the Hernandez suit — said through an attorney he expects to coach in 2018.

Baylor, meanwhile, must now brace for the release of the Pepper Hamilton documents as ordered by a judge last week.

Oklahoma State puts up 1945 national championship signage at Boone Pickens Stadium

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Oklahoma State has decided that it was the 1945 national champion. It even has the photo to prove it.

While it is strange to name yourself a national champion more than seven decades after the fact, it is especially strange considering the banner comes significantly after Oklahoma State announced it is now the 1945 national champion. If you remember, Oklahoma State accepted the AFCA’s naming of the Pokes as the 1945 champions last year.

“After gathering all the pertinent information and doing our due diligence, it is the pleasure of our Blue Ribbon Commission of coaches to officially recognize Oklahoma State’s 1945 championship season with the AFCA Coaches’ Trophy,” AFCA executive director Todd Berry said at the time.

Known as Oklahoma A&M at the time, that ’45 Cowboys team was extremely good. They finished 9-0 on the year, opening with a 19-14 win at Arkansas, trucking Utah 46-6 in Salt Lake City, spanking Oklahoma 47-0 — the largest of OSU’s 18 wins over OU — and concluding with a 33-13 win over St. Mary’s in the Sugar Bowl.

The problem, though, is that the 1945 Army team hasn’t gotten any worse in the 72 years since. Led by College Football Hall of Famers Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis, the Black Knights allowed a sum of 35 points in their run to a 9-0 mark — and never more than seven points in any one game — with wins over four top-20 teams, including legacy programs in Eastern markets such as No. 9 Michigan, No. 6 Penn and No. 2 Notre Dame.

Oklahoma State doesn’t care, though. The signage is up, and you’ll have to bring your bayonets to take it down.

Kliff Kingsbury ‘not sure’ Da’Leon Ward will play this season

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Da’Leon Ward was the bell cow of Texas Tech’s running game the last month of the 2016 season.  With a new season fast approaching on the horizon, it seems highly unlikely he’ll do the same in the early portion of 2017 — if at all.

Ward has been a non-participant throughout the whole of Tech’s summer camp that kicked off earlier this month because of unspecified issues related to academics.  Kliff Kingsbury addressed the running back’s situation Tuesday, with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal writing that the head coach’s “update sounded ominous, considering Tech’s second session of summer school ended” late last week.

In fact, Kingsbury allowed that, when it comes to Ward, he’s “not sure he’ll be back for this season or not.”

Last season, the sophomore led the Red Raiders with 428 yards rushing.  of that, 370 of the yards came in the last five games of the year.

Justin Stockton, whose 154 yards last season were fourth on the team, has been running with the first-team offense throughout camp.  Last season’s second-leading rusher, Demarcus Felton (354), is back for the 2017 season as well.