National Signing Day: Washington, Washington State Rounding Out Recruiting Classes

National Signing Day is Wednesday and the Washington Huskies have put together a strong recruiting class. In-state stars Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins headline the class, ranked among the nation's elite.

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Jadeveon Clowney Not Visiting Oregon, Reportedly Down To South Carolina And Clemson

Jadeveon Clowney will not visit Oregon with his final official visit after rumors began swirling indicating he'd be taking a surprise trip to Eugene in the near-future. The rumors came as a surprise as Oregon was never mentioned as a player in his recruitment. Instead, Clowney had expressed interest solely in schools located in the Southeast, with his list of finalists including schools such as Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama.

The news was tweeted by the same person that first reported Clowney's potential visit to Oregon, Justin Hopkins.

After some initial interest, Jadeveon Clowney will not visit #Oregon. Details on the development: than a minute ago via TweetDeck

With that out of the way, the attention turned to which schools Clowney would choose between when he makes his decision on Feb. 14. South Carolina has always been thought of as the leader, but the rest of his list was unclear, with Alabama and Clemson both in the mix.

Clowney himself confirmed the final two schools he'd choose between on Saturday: South Carolina and Clemson. At this point, it's looking like the Gamecocks will snag the nation's No. 1 recruit on Valentine's Day, a huge pickup for Steve Spurrier.

For more on recruiting, check out our signing day and college football recruiting StoryStream.


Jacoby Brissett's Mom Unhappy With Florida Decision, Trying To Change His Mind

We've seen this more than once now this year and it doesn't make it any less disturbing. Just minutes after Jacoby Brissett announced he would sign a Letter of Intent to play college football at Florida, his mother hit the media to tell the world she disagreed with his decision and would work to make him change his mind. Brissett won't sign a Letter of Intent, binding him to Florida, until Monday, leaving plenty of time for his mother to try and sway him again.

The news was tweeted by Tim Reynolds, a reporter out of Miami.

Jacoby's mom says she will keep trying to change his mind until he faxes Monday.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Brissett was clearly happy with Florida, saying he wanted to play with his friends in Gainesville at the press conference while announcing his choice. He didn't tell his mother until just before the announcement, sending her a text message informing her of the news knowing she'd be unhappy. It's been reported that she wants him to play at Miami.

It still boggles my mind that a parent could push and pull a recruit in different directions while the kid is making the biggest decision of their lives. Brissett's mother isn't moving to Gainesville to play college football for four years, Brissett is. He made a decision he felt was in his best interests, both for now and his future in football. As a young adult that's his right, and he shouldn't have to deal with dissension in his family because he went against the grain.

Welcome to recruiting, where even your own family can turn against you. It's sad and disgusting that mere moments after Brissett made his decision, his mother told the world it was the wrong one.

Hopefully he follows his heart and goes wherever he wants to go in the end.


Jacoby Brissett Signs With Florida Gators Over Miami, Washington And Wisconsin

Jacoby Brissett, the ninth-ranked quarterback in the class of 2011, chose to sign with the Florida Gators on Friday night, announcing his decision to the world at Dwyer High School in the sunshine state. The announcement was expected, with multiple reports surfacing on Friday morning indicating that he’d informed coaches of his intentions to play in Gainesville. The Washington Huskies, Miami Hurricanes and Wisconsin Badgers were also in the mix, but Brissett wanted to play close to home, knocking the Huskies and Badgers out of contention.

Brissett is the second top-10 quarterback to join the Gators’ 2011 recruiting class. Jeff Driskel, the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the class, also committed to Florida, signing his Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Driskel is a talented two-sport star, also receiving interest from Major League Baseball teams ahead of this year’s draft.

Though Washington missed out on a top-flight quarterback in the class of 2011, the Huskies are by no means in bad shape. Keith Price and Nick Montana are both vying for the starting job with Jake Locker gone and Steve Sarkisian added two more quarterbacks — Derrick Brown and Antavius Smith — in the class of 2011 for depth. The Huskies are also expected to secure a commitment from class of 2012 quarterback Jeff Lindquist, one of the top players in the state of Washington, as soon as this spring.

For the latest recruiting news, check out our 2011 signing day StoryStream.


Jadeveon Clowney Set To Announce College Choice On Feb. 14; Has Oregon Entered The Mix?

Jadeveon Clowney, the top prospect in the class of 2011, is holding off on announcing his college choice to the world, waiting until his birthday on Feb. 14. Between now and then, Clowney has plenty of time to mull over his decision as he waits, but the common school of that is that he’s down to South Carolina and Alabama. All of a sudden, though, a report surfaced on Friday indicating Clowney may be taking his fifth, and final, official visit in the near-future, and the rumored school is right in our own backyard.

The Oregon Ducks already pulled off one late coup, stealing De’Anthony Thomas from the USC Trojans on signing day, and if the report on Duck Territory is true, they may be in line to host Clowney.

The top ranked player in the country by 247Sports, Jadeveon Clowney is now being rumored as possibly taking a visit to Oregon.

Clowney is a 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end from Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe and would fill one of the weak spots on Oregon’s roster.

Let’s see if this all passes the smell test.

The quiet period opened on Feb. 4, so he could be taking an official visit any time now. Clowney has another official visit to take and there’s no reason to let it go to waste, as well. Recruits love to take a field trip for free while partaking in the best each school has to offer during an official visit, with many choosing to use all five even if they’re sure of where they’re headed for college.

Does Clowney have serious interest in the Ducks? Of course it’s possible, but it would also go against everything we’ve heard so far. As far as anyone following his recruiting has been able to tell, Clowney’s interest is limited to Alabama and South Carolina, with the Gamecocks holding a slight edge down the stretch.

For now, we’ll just call it using up his official visits and touring the Oregon campus for fun, if it happens at all. Remember, Terrelle Pryor was rumored to be a last-second visit to Oregon during his recruitment, but never ended up following through and taking a trip to Eugene.

It’s possible he pulls a Thomas and reverses course, but it also seems unlikely considering everything else that’s gone on in his recruitment. Then again, you never know how things will shake out in the unpredictable world of college recruiting.

While you wait to figure out where Clowney is headed, check out his vitals and highlight video. Prepare to be amazed.

For the latest recruiting news, check out our signing day StoryStream.


Jacoby Brissett Will Reportedly Sign With The Florida Gators

Ninth-ranked quarterback Jacoby Brissett is reportedly heading to Florida in a decision to be announced later today. Brissett, a four-star recruit according to Scout, decided to wait until Friday to choose a college, take a bit of extra time to mull it over. Wisconsin, Washington and Miami were also in the mix, though it appears each are out of the Brissett sweepstakes.

The news was tweeted by Matthew Porter, of the Palm Beach Post, this morning.

So we're clear: Source tells @pbpjasonlieser Jacoby Brissett has informed #Gators he's coming. Has not sent a LOI yet.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

It was only a matter of time before something leaked after Brissett called coaches from each of the four schools to inform them of his decision. 

Brissett reportedly loved both Washington and Wisconsin, but felt each was too far from home. As it came time to make a decision, it appeared the lure of the state of Florida was too much and Miami or the Gators would win out. The Gators already locked up a superstar quarterback, though, making the decision a bit of a head scratcher.

The Gators picked up Jeff Driskel, the No. 1 quarterback in the class of 2011, all the way back on April 19, 2010. With him in the fold, Florida never appeared to need or want another recruit at the position -- at least until today's news. Now, they'll have two highly-touted quarterbacks as Charlie Weis takes over the offense in 2011.

For more on the local recruiting, check out our national signing day StoryStream.


Jacoby Brissett Announcing College Choice Friday; Washington Huskies Still In It

Though signing day has come and gone, there's still a few players left undecided and unsigned. Jacoby Brissett, the ninth-ranked quarterback in the class of 2011, is one of those players, but we won't have to wait long to find out his college choice. Brissett is set to announce his decision to the world on Friday night amid speculation that he may be headed to Florida.

The speculation, it appears, was premature, and shot down earlier in the day. Matt Porter, of the Palm Beach Post, heard the rumors, but said sources near Brissett denied the quarterback was set to pledge to the Gators on Friday. Instead, Porter said, Brissett has called coaches at Miami, Florida, Wisconsin and Washington, but will sleep on it before making a final decision.

Jacoby Brissett called #Canes #Gators #Badgers #Huskies coaches tonight, will talk to fam and sleep on decision. Deciding tomorrow night.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

The Huskies were thought to be out of the Brissett sweepstakes, but apparently still sit in the thick of things. However, Brissett is also said to be leaning toward either Miami or Wisconsin, favoring the Hurricanes because of the school's proximity to his hometown.

Given the volatile nature of recruiting, it's impossible to predict where Brissett will announce, but if he chooses Washington, it would be a cherry on top for the Huskies recruiting class of 2011. Washington landed two quarterbacks -- Derrick Brown and Antavius Smith -- on Wednesday, but Sarkisian was unable to secure the top-flight quarterback he was looking for. Brissett could be that quarterback, and would be a solid addition going forward.

Stay tuned as Brissett makes his decision and announces it to the world on Friday. For more on all the recruiting events of the last two days, check out our national signing day StoryStream.


USC, Oregon Top Pac-12 Recruiting Class Rankings After Signing Day

The Pac-12 closed strong on signing day, with five schools landing top-25 recruiting classes on Wednesday. As expected, the USC Trojans and Oregon Ducks topped the list, but a few Pac-12 schools secured surprisingly solid classes out of nowhere. The California Golden Bears were the biggest surprise, landing inside the top 15 with a late-push that included commitments from several top-100 recruits. The Stanford Cardinal and Washington Huskies also came away with solid classes that should serve as building blocks to the future.

USC Trojans: The Trojans secured a consensus top-five class despite losing De’Anthony Thomas at the last moment to Pac-12 rival Oregon. Head coach Lane Kiffin went national after bringing in some of the top talent Southern California has to offer, grabbing recruits from Florida, Ohio and everywhere in-between.

With Thomas gone, George Farmer became the gem of the class. A five-star wide receiver from California, Farmer is one of five top 100 recruits to pick the Trojans. On signing day, USC was busy, snagging Aundrey Walker, the top offensive guard in the class of 2011, away from Ohio State. Teammates Junior Pomee and Ryan Henderson also chose USC as signing day wound down.

Oregon Ducks: The Ducks pulled in what may be the best recruiting class in school history on Wednesday, adding size on the offensive line and speed at the skill positions. When all was said and done, Oregon had a top-10 class that has fans in Eugene looking forward to a future of continued success.

De’Anthony Thomas was the cherry on top for head coach Chip Kelly, but by no means was he the only headline. Colt Lyerla, an All-American linebacker, is one of the most athletic players in the country, and should give the Oregon defense an immediate boost. Wide receiver Devon Blackmon also adds speed on the outside, giving Kelly more weapons in an offense that’s already as potent as any. Four-star linemen Jake Fisher and Andre Yruretagoyena are formidable up-front, and the expected addition of quarterback Jerrard Randall, who is waiting to sign until after securing the necessary test scores, should be a boon for the Oregon offense down the line.

California Golden Bears: Jeff Tedford came out of nowhere after a so-so season to bring in a top-15 class in 2011. The Bears put together a strong class in the waning moments of the recruiting season, locking up a number of impact players as signing day approached. When it was all over, Tedford secured the conference’s third-best class — an accomplishment in itself considering the big day some Pac-12 schools had.

Viliami Moala is the headliner for Cal and comes to Berkeley as an immediate impact player on the defensive line at 6-foot-3, 340 pounds. On signing day itself, Tedford snared a Washington recruit, stealing cornerback Kameron Jackson away from the Huskies at the last moment. In total, Cal finished with eight four-star players, and didn’t have a recruit ranked lower than three-stars by scout. Though Tedford is only bringing in 20 recruits, the class is filled with quality.

Stanford Cardinal: With Jim Harbaugh leaving, it would’ve been understandable if the Stanford recruiting class took a hit. It didn’t, however, as the Cardinal finished strong to wrap-up a top-25 recruiting class in 2011. Like Cal, the Cardinal went for quality over quantity, bringing in 19 recruits, all of which were ranked as three-stars or better.

There were no signing day stunners for the Cardinal, who were already finished with the class well-before it was time to put pen to paper. Spokane defensive end Charlie Hopkins is one of the headliners, coming to Palo Alto as a four-star recruit ranked among the nation’s best. The class isn’t spectacular, just solid and balanced from top-to-bottom, both in positions recruited and the quality of players signed.

Washington Huskies: Steve Sarkisian brought in a solid mix of players, headlined by all of the top-talent in the state of Washington. The Huskies focused almost solely on Washington and California, with all but one player in the class of 2011 coming from the two states. It’s a tried-and-true formula for the Huskies, and it worked out well for Sarkisian in his second year.

Besides Kasen Williams and Austin-Seferian-Jenkins, the Huskies secured commitments from Bishop Sankey, Danny Shelton, Taniela Tupou and Dexter Charles from the state of Washington. From California, it was James Sample, Marvin Hall and others leading the way as Sarkisian looked for skill position talent from Southern California. By the time it was over, the Huskies had a top-25 class filled with a mix of immediate contributors and depth additions that set up the Huskies well both now and in the future.


De'Anthony Thomas To Oregon The Biggest Recruiting Coup In Recent Memory

The Oregon Ducks pulled off one of the biggest recruiting shockers in quite some time on signing day, closing hard on former USC commit De’Anthony Thomas. For the better part of the last year, Thomas was firmly in the Trojans’ camp, never appearing to waver until just days before signing day. Yet the Ducks swooped in at the last moment, securing a visit from Thomas at the last possible moment and blowing his socks off down the stretch.

It’s not often you see a five-star, consensus No. 1 athlete hold a commitment for a good nine months before changing his mind right before the time to sign on the dotted line comes. Combine that with the fact that Oregon was never mentioned as an option for Thomas until the last moment and you’ve got a recruiting stunner that can’t be understated. Somehow, Oregon was able to get in Thomas’ ear and convince him to join a Ducks’ team that fits his style almost perfectly.

Thomas’ commitment signifies the change in guard in the Pac-10. Though USC had an excellent class in its own right, seeing Oregon poach the cornerstone of the Trojans’ class at the last moment is symbolically significant. The Ducks have been on the rise, dethroning the USC dynasty over the last two years and taking over the top-spot in the Pac-10. Years ago, you’d never see a recruit like Thomas spurn the Trojans at the last moment for Oregon, a testament to what head coach Chip Kelly is doing in Eugene.

Though both Oregon and USC put together superb classes, Thomas’ switch will be remembered for years to come. He’s the kind of game-changer, especially for the Ducks, that should have an impact right away, and for as long as he’s in Eugene. He’s the one that got away from Lane Kiffin, and the unexpected nature of it all make it all the more shocking for those watching from afar. If nothing else, it adds intrigue to a USC-Oregon rivalry that’s picked up as the Ducks have risen to power.

For more on Thomas and signing day, check out our StoryStream to re-live all the action.


Washington Football Recruiting: Kasen Williams, Austin Seferian-Jenkins The Cornerstones

Steve Sarkisian stuck to the script and came away with a solid class ranked in the top-half of the Pac-12. The mantra he followed is tried and true and Washington: Lock up the in-state talent and reach into California to fill out the class. Kasen Williams, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Bishop Sankey and others were the best in the state of Washington in 2010, and Washington came away with them all.

Here’s a look at the cornerstones in the Huskies’ class of 2011.

Kasen Williams: A beast of a wide receiver, Williams comes to Washington with the most accolades out of any recruit in the class of 2011. Named to the US Army All-American Bowl, a variety of all-american teams and tabbed as the Parade Magazine Player of the Year, Williams is the cornerstone of Sarkisian’s class and should make an impact right away.

Williams was a Washington target from day one, as evidenced by the trip Sarkisian took to Skyline High School shortly after being named the Washington head coach. Picking up Williams wasn’t only important from a talent standpoint for Washington, but also from a symbolic standpoint. By targeting the top-5 players in the state, and securing them all, Sarkisian accomplished his goal to “build a fence” around the state of Washington.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Already possessing the size to play at the college level, Seferian-Jenkins should contribute right away at Washington. At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds — a weight that’s listed low, it seems — Seferian-Jenkins has tight end size, but wide receiver athleticism. Though Washington has all but left its tight ends out of the receiving game recently, the addition of Seferian-Jenkins should give the corps an immediate boost, and allow the Washington staff to utilize the tight end more in the offense as early as this next season.

He, like Williams, was named a US Army All-American and received plenty of accolades in his senior year at Gig Harbor High School. When all was said and done, Seferian-Jenkins was ranked as the No. 2 tight end in the class of 2011, and among the nation’s elite overall.

Washington fans should be thrilled to see Seferian-Jenkins and Williams in the recruiting class of 2011. Each should have an immediate impact on the field right away and are building blocks to future success for the Huskies. Add in the fact that each chose to stay home and play at Washington, and you’ve got the recipe for recruiting success.

We’ll be back with more on the recruiting class, including profiles of some of the impact players and under-the-radar guys to keep an eye on. For all the news from Wednesday’s festivities, check out our national signing day StoryStream.


De'Anthony Thomas Picks Oregon, Spurns USC In Signing Day Stunner

De'Anthony Thomas made it official, announcing he would attend the University of Oregon in a ceremony at Crenshaw High School on Wednesday evening. The announcement is a huge signing day coup for the Ducks, who somehow managed to lure the nation's No. 1 athlete away from the USC Trojans. The Black Mamba, as he's called, verbally committed to Lane Kiffin and the Trojans all the way back in May of 2010 and had been considered a firm commit until just a few days ago.

Thomas secretly visited Oregon this past weekend, a step Chip Kelly requires before accepting a commitment from a potential student-athlete. Word leaked late Sunday night that Thomas had been in Eugene and speculation began to swirl that he would sign with the Ducks when signing day rolled around. The picture of Thomas in Oregon gear that mysterious appeared online on Tuesday only added fuel to the fire.

Reports surfaced on Wednesday afternoon indicating Thomas had already informed Lane Kiffin and the USC staff of his intentions to switch, though both teams continued to lobby hard throughout the day. Even still, Thomas and his family appeared to waver until the end, with his mother still lobbying for USC down to the wire. 

With Thomas in the fold, Oregon's recruiting class should see a major boost, though it was already one of the top classes in the nation. USC and Oregon were both jockeying for position atop the Pac-12 recruiting rankings, with each assembling a top-15 class as Letters of Intent rolled-in throughout the day. No matter where the Oregon class ends up, Kelly added another explosive athlete to an Oregon team already filled with high-caliber skill players.

For more on Wednesday's action, check out our national signing day StoryStream.


Stephan Nembot Picks Colorado Over Washington In Signing Day Ceremony

The Stephan Nembot recruiting adventure came to a close on Wednesday night in Los Angeles as Nembot chose to sign with the Colorado Buffaloes. His decision brings one of the weirdest recruiting tales I’ve seen in some time to a close after three separate decisions and multiple changes of direction throughout the process. At one time or another, Nembot had been committed to Washington State and Washington before settling on after visiting Colorado last weekend. With the passing of a white hat and the Colorado mascot displayed on the television behind him, Nembot finally revealed his decision on CBS Los Angeles.

Coaches were after Nembot hard after realizing the immense potential he could have on the offensive or defensive line. Though he only took football up in the last year, Nembot has the size and athleticism that makes him an excellent high-major prospect. He may be a bit of a project, but if he pans out, will reap the benefits down the road.

Nembot rounds out a strong day for the Buffaloes, who assembled a solid recruiting class ahead of their first year in the Pac-12. Colorado stole two Washington recruits down the home-stretch, locking up former UW commit Paulay Asiata early on Wednesday morning, as well. Asiata and Nembot both visited Boulder this past weekend and, apparently, enjoyed their stay at Colorado. Not a bad way to way make an entrance into the Pac-12 at all.

For more on the new recruiting classes, check out our national signing day StoryStream.


Marcus Mariota Signs With Oregon Despite Washington Huskies' Efforts To Sway Him

Marcus Mariota, a quarterback from Hawaii, has been committed to the Oregon Ducks for a lengthy amount of time, but that didn’t stop other schools from attempting to make a late run at him. Mariota is a versatile athlete, heading to Eugene as a dual-threat quarterback in Chip Kelly’s spread-option offense. Yet, like many other highly sought after recruits, Mariota watched as schools came calling just before signing day, including the Washington Huskies.

Hawaii’s Star-Advertiser took a look at some of the area recruits heading to the mainland to play college football, including Mariota. Among the notes was the tidbit about Washington calling, and Mariota’s response to the Huskies (H/T Bob Condotta on Twitter).

“I’m excited. I can’t wait to go,” Mariota said.

Even with his solid commitment, Washington was among the schools still trying to phone Mariota up until yesterday. Mariota wouldn’t pick up the phone.

This is what happens when coaches are up against the deadline that is signing day. Every coach in the country makes a last-second push to round out their classes. Nothing is sacred and nobody is off-limits in the cut-throat world of recruiting. This time, however, it looks like Oregon won the battle and the way, keeping Mariota and securing one of the best classes in the Pac-12.

For more on the day’s events, check out our signing day StoryStream.


2011 National Signing Day: Stephan Nembot To Announce Wednesday Evening; Washington Still In The Mix

Stephan Nembot’s recruiting saga has been filled with more twists and turns than anyone ever expected. Nembot is an incredibly raw recruit, only taking up football in the last year. His potential, though, had schools from all over the Pac-12 going after him with gusto, leading to the mess we’ve watched unfold over the last two weeks. Tonight, Nembot will end it all, making a final decision in Los Angeles and signing with either Washington or Colorado.

Here’s how we got to this point.

Nembot first committed to Washington State, telling recruiting services he felt comfortable with the Cougars. It was far from a ringing endorsement, but it was good enough for many to call him verbally committed.

That all changed within the last two weeks, with Nembot changing his mind and pledging to the Washington Huskies. Head coach Steve Sarkisian made a late push and, apparently, did enough to lock Nembot up just before signing day.

Still wanting to round out his official visits, Nembot took a trip to Colorado this past weekend and, apparently, enjoyed it. He liked it so much that it put him back on the fence, unable to decide where he should play college football. Torn between Washington and Colorado, Nembot decided to wait and make a final decision on signing day.

It’s clear Nembot is having trouble with the recruiting process, but he will make a firm decision and sign a Letter of Intent this evening. Will it be Washington or Colorado that pulls it out in the end? We’ll be keeping track of Nembot this evening as he chooses between the Huskies and Buffaloes in our signing day StoryStream.


De'Anthony Thomas Reportedly Told Lane Kiffin He Was Headed To Oregon

De'Anthony Thomas reportedly informed USC head coach Lane Kiffin that he would announce Oregon as his college choice in a ceremony tonight on Los Angeles television. The word went out to Kiffin and the USC staff on Monday, but it may not be the end of Thomas' recruiting saga. With just hours to go until he reveals his choice to the world, there appears to be disagreement in Thomas' inner-circle, with his mother still wanting him to choose the Trojans.

This all came from ESPN recruiting analyst Greg Biggins, speaking on Oregon radio just moments ago.

Biggins just told Justin and I that De'Anthony Thomas told Kiffin on Monday he was going to Oregon. Mom is now wavering to Oregon however.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

This jives with what's been reported all week thus far. Biggins said yesterday he expected Thomas to sign with the Ducks when all was said and done. However, the fact that Thomas' mother is wavering adds another plot-line in a story that already has had numerous twists and turns in the last few days.

Where will Thomas go? We'll know with the rest of the world this evening when Thomas announces his decision at 6 p.m. Should he pull the trigger and switch to Oregon, the Ducks' class will likely vault into the top-five in the nation, leapfrogging USC's. All things considered, though, both schools have put together excellent classes this year.

For the latest, stay tuned to our national signing day StoryStream.


Jacoby Brissett Set To Announce On Friday, Deciding Between Miami And Wisconsin

For Jacoby Brissett, the ninth-ranked quarterback in the class of 2011, it’s all about location. Brissett will reportedly wait to make a decision, instead announcing his college choice on Friday night at his high school basketball game. Miami and Wisconsin are both in the mix for Brissett’s services, but it appears he’s hesitant to leave the friendly confines of Florida for Wisconsin.

The Washington Huskies were also in the mix for Brissett, securing a visit from him earlier in the month. Since then, there’s been conflicting reports on whether or not he’s considering Washington, with the latest saying the Huskies are still involved, but behind Miami and Wisconsin. Washington secured Letters of Intent from two quarterbacks, Derrick Brown and JC transfer Antavius Smith, on Wednesday, but would love a commitment from Brissett.

For more on signing day and Washington football, check out our StoryStream.


Marqise Lee Chooses USC Over Oregon And Miami

The USC Trojans are having a banner day, picking up big-name commitments left and right. The latest highly-touted athlete to choose the Trojans is Marqise Lee, a versatile athlete from California. Lee chose USC over the Oregon Ducks and Miami Hurricanes in a commitment ceremony aired live on Los Angeles television.

Head coach Lane Kiffin is putting together a monster haul of recruits on signing day, un-phased by the sanctions that are currently in limbo. Kiffin is able to sign the maximum number of recruits, 25, this season as USC appeals the sanctions to the NCAA. Facing the prospect of this being the last full recruiting class for the next three years, the USC staff went all-out, landing impact recruits by the handful ahead of, and throughout, signing day.

The one recruit still in limbo, however, may be USC's best. De'Anthony Thomas, a long-time USC commit, is wavering and may switch his commitment to Oregon by the end of the day. Thomas will announce his final decision at 6 p.m. this evening.

Even without Thomas, USC has done an outstanding job with the class of 2011, Lane Kiffin's first full class. As of now, USC is pacing the Pac-12 in the recruiting rankings, with Oregon close behind.

Stay tuned for the latest from signing day and check out our StoryStream for all the news from throughout the day.


De'Anthony Thomas Set To Announce At 6 P.M., Still Leaning Oregon

De’Anthony Thomas will have the stage all to himself this evening, announcing his college choice at 6 p.m. The announcement time was pushed back, and still subject to change, as Thomas continues to hear last-second pitches for his services, apparently. It’s down to the Oregon Ducks and USC Trojans for the electric athlete from Los Angeles, though he has been committed to Lane Kiffin and the Trojans since last may.

On Tuesday night, reports surfaced indicating Thomas would sign with Oregon after taking a trip to Eugene this past weekend. That speculation was fueled by a picture of Thomas decked-out in Oregon gear, snapped earlier this week.

ESPNU’s Jeremy Crabtree reported Thomas is hearing from schools trying hard to sway his decision at the last moment today, just hours before he makes his final decision. His once-quiet recruitment ignited with the news that Oregon was in the mix, with at least one analyst throwing the Washington Huskies into the ring on Tuesday.

Where will Thomas, the nation’s No. 1 athlete, end up? It’s anyone’s guess at this point, but if the last few days are any indication, the next few hours will be a wild ride. Stay tuned to our StoryStream for the latest on signing day and Thomas as more becomes available.


National Signing Day 2011: Rahmel Dockery Signs With Washington State Cougars

Rahmel Dockery, a three-star recruit from Curtis High School, chose the Washington State Cougars in a ceremony at his high school. Dockery had narrowed his list to Washington State and Oregon State in recent days before picking the on Wednesday. Dockery is the 27th commitment in Washington State’s 2011 recruiting class.

Dockery is undersized by any definition, checking in at 5-foot-9, 164 pounds, but displayed explosive speed and the ability to break a game open at any moment in 2011. He reportedly runs a 4.4 40-yard-dash, with a nice jitterbug ability allowing him to start and stop at a moment’s notice. A versatile athlete, Dockery played everywhere on the field, working as a running back, cornerback and return-man for the Vikings. At the college level, it’s likely Dockery spends most of his time at cornerback, though he’s also likely to contribute in the return game right away.

For more on Wednesday’s events, check out our national signing day StoryStream. There you’ll find the latest from Washington, Washington State and other news of local interest.


2011 National Signing Day: Announcement Schedule Includes De'Anthony Thomas

Even though many letters are rolling in, there’s a few announcements to keep an eye on if you’re a fan of the Washington Huskies or Washington State Cougars. Among the players choosing where to sign with are Rahmel Dockery, an electric playmaker from Curtis High School, De’Anthony Thomas, one of the top athletes in the class of 2011, and Stephan Nembot, an undecided lineman with loads of potential. They’ll all be announcing throughout the day, and each has at least one of the Northwest schools.

Here’s a schedule with some notable names to keep an eye on.

Rahmel Dockery, athlete from Tacoma, WA: 11 a.m. at Curtis High School. Choosing between Oregon State and Washington State. Dockery is on the small side, but has electric speed can be a game-changer.

Marquise Lee, athlete from California: noon. Lee will choose between Cal, Oregon and USC.

De’Anthony Thomas, athlete from Los Angeles: 5 p.m. at Crenshaw High School. Choosing between USC, Oregon and Washington. Thomas is now, apparently, a heavy Oregon lean.

Stephan Nembot, lineman from Los Angeles: 5:30 p.m. at CBSLA. Choosing between Washington, Washington State and Colorado. Nembot was committed to Washington State, switched to Washington, but visited Colorado this past weeked. It’s anyone’s guess where he ends up.

We’ll be keeping an eye on these recruits as they make their decisions throughout the day. Stay with our national signing day StoryStream for the latest news and information as it becomes available.


National Signing Day: Washington Football Letters Of Intent Rolling In

The Washington Huskies are flying through commitments so far this morning, already receiving 21 Letters of Intent. Among those to sign this morning are Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, five-star players from the state of Washington. Bishop Sankey, Danny Shelton and Tani Taupou, the rest of Washington’s blue chippers in the class of 2011.

Here’s the full rundown of the action so far.

Taniela Tupou
Connor Cree
Derrick Brown
Evan Zeger
Travis Feeney
James Sample
Marvin Hall
Jamaal Jones
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Matthew Lyons
Kasen Williams
Joshua Perkins
Jarett Finau
Dezden Petty
Scott Lawyer
Dexter Charles
Bishop Sankey
Marcus Peters
Siosifa Tufunga
Thomas Tutogi
Corey Waller
Danny Shelton

Paulay Asiata, a one-time Washington commit, spurned the Huskies, opting to sign with Colorado after taking a visit last weekend. Stephan Nembot, who remains a Washington commit, will announce his final decision tonight in Los Angeles. Nembot is choosing between Washington, Washington State and Colorado.

For bios and more from signing day, check out the Washington athletics official signing day central. For more on the day, check out our national signing day StoryStream.


Bishop Sankey Signs With Washington Huskies On Signing Day

It’s no surprise, but four-star running back Bishop Sankey’s switch to Washington is official this morning. Sankey was verbally committed to the Washington State Cougars for over a year before making a last-minute switch, pledging to the Washington Huskies last week just ahead of signing day. He had been the biggest recruit in the Cougars’ 2011 recruiting class, but felt Washington was a better fit.

Sankey’s Letter of Intent rolled through the fax machine this morning at 8:34 a.m., binding him to the Huskies. At Gonzaga Prep, Sankey put together a record-breaking career, snapping the GSL rushing mark and nearly breaking Jonathan Stewart’s state rushing mark. Sankey is rated as a four-star running back, and is ranked among the top-20 at his position in the class of 2011.

Keep an eye on our national signing day StoryStream for the latest from the local schools as faxes and Letters of Intent continue to roll in throughout the day. Both Washington and Washington State are set to sign a full class of 25 or more, with the Huskies’ class among the top-15 in the nation.


National Signing Day: Kasen Williams, Austin Seferian-Jenkins Sign With Washington

The two gems of the Washington Huskies recruiting class of 2011 are officially in, faxing their Letters of Intent in this morning. Kasen Williams, a five-star wide receiver from Skyline High School, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a five-star tight end from Gig Harbor, are both signed, sealed and delivered, as expected.

Seferian-Jenkins was first, faxing his letter in just before 8 a.m. He was also the first big-name to commit to Washington, starting a flood of recruits that included Williams. Seferian-Jenkins already boasts college-ready size and is expected to contribute right away in Montlake.

Williams followed shortly after, getting his letter to head coach Steve Sarkisian at 8:09 a.m. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Williams is a big body at wide receiver, prepared to contribute at the college level immediately. Just last week, Parade Magazine name Williams their player of the year, the top honor bestowed upon a high school senior.

Keep an eye on our StoryStream throughout the morning as letters continue to roll in at Washington and Washington State.


De'Anthony Thomas Will Reportedly Sign With The Oregon Ducks

De’Anthony Thomas, the top athlete in the class of 2011, will reportedly spurn the USC Trojans, who he committed to almost a year ago, to sign with the Oregon Ducks on Wednesday. Thomas will announce his decision to the world at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at Crenshaw High School. Up until just two days ago, it was all but assumed that Thomas was firmly in the USC camp, but a trip to Oregon over the weekend apparently changed all that.

ESPN recruiting analyst Greg Biggins came through with the latest on his blog, telling readers to expect Thomas to sign with the Ducks on Wednesday.

The update as of 3 p.m. PT is that Thomas will sign with Oregon. USC coaches are still fighting the fight but Thomas has told both staffs what he plans to do and right now, it appears the Ducks will pull off one of the biggest recruiting shockers in the last few years.

Biggins is right: This is one of the biggest recruiting coups in recent memory, if not longer. Thomas is a game-breaking athlete, able to play every skill position on the field. The Ducks came out of nowhere, with zero indication they had ever been in on Thomas before the weekend visit.

Of course, we won’t know officially until Thomas announces Wednesday evening, but this would be huge news for the Ducks. Adding Thomas to an already stacked recruiting class would likely vault Oregon well into the top-five on signing day, ahead of the rest of the Pac-10.

For the latest recruiting news, check out our national signing day StoryStream.


Stephan Nembot, Paulay Asiata To Announce College Decisions On Signing Day

Washington commit Stephan Nembot will join the cast of characters to announce their college decision on signing day, reportedly choosing a school early on Wednesday morning (via Bob Condotta’s Twitter account). This will, apparently, be round three for Nembot, who committed to Washington State in December, switched to Washington just about two weeks ago and then took an official visit to Colorado last weekend. There’s been no word on whether or not Nembot has decommitted from Washington, but the fact that he’s announcing a decision to the world again has to be more than a little confusing.

And thus, you see the fickle nature of recruiting, where the status of a recruit can change in an instant. Nembot is new to football, only picking up the game in the last year, but flourishing on the field. It’s his raw potential that has schools intrigued by him as interest in his services has steadily risen throughout the recruiting season.

Joining Nembot in announcing a college choice will be fellow Washington commit Pauley Asiata. He was with Nembot in Colorado last weekend and will choose a school in a commitment ceremony in Hawaii. Asiata is a four-star offensive lineman, ranked 21st at his position. According to a report by ESPN’s Greg Biggins, Asiata de-committed from Washington and looks likely to end up at Colorado, though we won’t know for sure until tomorrow.

We’ll keep track of both Asiata and Nembot, along with the rest of the Washington commits in our national signing day StoryStream. Stay tuned for what promises to be a fast and furious finish for the Huskies as the look the secure a class that’s shaping up to be one of the best in the nation.


De'Anthony Thomas Sure Looks Like An Oregon Duck

We know De’Anthony Thomas visited Oregon and, apparently, will choose between the Ducks, USC Trojans and Washington Huskies sometime on Wednesday. Thomas is a versatile, game-breaking athlete from Crenshaw High School and has been committed to USC for the better part of the last year. Yet inexplicably, just days before it was time to make it official and put pen to paper on signing day, Thomas appears to be wavering, entertaining offers from other Pac-10 schools.

The rumor of the day on Sunday was that Thomas had de-committed from USC and committed to Oregon after visiting Eugene. The rumors were, and continue to be, just that, but there’s plenty of speculation he could end up in the Northwest, at either Washington or Oregon.

And then there’s this photo (via Swag Sports)

That’s Thomas on the right, rocking the Oregon gear, standing next to Snoop Dogg’s son. What’s it mean? Who knows, but perhaps he just likes the green and highlighter look. There’s also no time-stamp, meaning the picture could’ve been taken minutes ago or years ago. We don’t know the background, but it’s interesting nonetheless.

Just another twist to Thomas’ recruitment, which has suddenly captured headlines and the attention of three different fanbases hours before Letters of Intent are set to roll in. For the latest on Wednesday’s events, check out our signing day StoryStream.


De'Anthony Thomas Rumors Hit A Boiling Point; Could Washington Be In The Mix?

De’Anthony Thomas is, easily, the best overall athlete in the class of 2011. But until now, Thomas had been considered off-limits, firmly committed to USC since May of last year. There was never a peep about Thomas wavering, but news broke late Sunday night that Oregon secured a visit and that a commitment may soon follow. On Monday, Thomas called a press conference at ESPNZone in Los Angeles to announce his college decision — an oddity for a recruit who has been committed for almost a year.

It took a turn for the weird today when Adam Gorney, a Rivals recruiting analyst, said he was hearing Washington is in the mix for Thomas, as well (H/T Bob Condotta from the Seattle Times). Once again, it’s all rumors at this point. With less than 24 hours to go until recruits can sign letters of intent, you’ll hear plenty of rumors about de-commitments, commitments and players shuffling around as letters hit the fax machines.

For Washington fans, though, this is a intriguing rumor — one that has to have fans excited. With three schools apparently in the mix — Washington, Oregon and USC — there’s plenty of intrigue surrounding Thomas, and where he may end up on Wednesday. Then again, this could all be for naught if Thomas is just generating hype to simply confirm his USC commitment.

Keep an eye on Thomas as the signing day deadline approaches. He’ll be announcing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday from Los Angeles. For the latest, check out our national signing day StoryStream.


Wendell Taiese, Darryl Paulo Commit To Washington State Ahead Of Signing Day

Washington State head coach Paul Wulff is hard at work ahead of signing day, nailing down last-second commits. On Monday, Wulff and the Cougars added two more recruits to the class of 2011 — a linebacker and offensive lineman out of California.

Darryl Paulo was first to pull the trigger as news of his commitment broke on Monday morning. Paulo comes from talent-laden Grant Union High School, where he was teammates with highly-touted recruits Viliami Moala — a Cal commit — and James Sample — a Washington commit. Paulo is a three-star middle linebacker, ranked 46th at his position.

Oakland product Wendell Taiese was next for the Cougars, picking Washington State over Arizona State. Taiese is a huge offensive lineman, checking in at 6-foot-6 340 pounds as a high school senior. He has not yet been rated or ranked by the major recruiting services.

For more on the Cougars’ recruiting class, stay tuned to our national signing day StoryStream. To connect with Washington State fans, check out SB Nation’s CougCenter.


Jacoby Brissett Reportedly Eliminates Washington, Down To Miami, Wisconsin And Florida

Four-star quarterback recruit Jacoby Brissett could’ve been the icing on the cake for Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, but it wasn’t to be. Brissett has reportedly narrowed his list with just two days to go until signing day, eliminating Washington. The ninth-ranked quarterback in the class of 2011 will reportedly choose between the Miami Hurricanes, Florida Gators and Wisconsin Badgers. recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman passed the news along this morning in a live-chat. As Seattle Times reporter Bob Condotta said, Brissett eliminating Washington is far from the end of the world for the Huskies, who already have an outstanding recruiting class.

But it was always regarded as a long shot, and the Huskies also had already secured one QB for this class in Derrick Brown of Murrieta, Calif. Brissett could have been icing on the cake - and the Huskies would like to improve depth at QB. But this isn’t a fatal blow, and always worth remembering that everybody loses lots of recruiting battles.

The Huskies made a late run at Brissett securing a visit from the highly sought-after recruit on Jan. 23. Washington appeared to make some headway, but it’s looking more like his home-state will win out, with Miami and Florida sitting high on his list.

For more on the Huskies, check out the Washington football recruiting StoryStream. For more on Wednesday’s events, check out our national signing day StoryStream.


National Signing Day: WSU Fills Needs With 2011 Recruiting Class

With signing day just two days away, the Washington State Cougars are hard at work, looking to round out a recruiting class that got off to a fast start. The Cougars' 2011 recruiting class is under the radar again, but fills needs as the program looks to take a step forward next season.

With all the speculation surrounding head coach Paul Wulff's job status throughout the 2010 season, the Cougars still managed to secure 24 commitments ahead of signing day, many of which came early in the recruitment process.

Cougs Take A Hit With Defections

It's hard enough to recruit players to Pullman, but keeping those gems gets even more difficult as signing day approaches. Twice in the last two weeks, the Cougs have lost prized recruits. To add insult to injury, both players ended up at Washington, where head coach Steve Sarkisian is putting together a solid recruiting class that sits just on the outside of the top-10.

Stephan Nembot, a lineman out of California, was the first to make the defect, switching his commitment to Washington on Jan. 20. Nembot has only been playing football for a short amount of time, but is the kind of raw prospect that can flourish given time to develop.

Nembot was followed by Bishop Sankey, the gem of Paul Wulff's recruiting class to that point. Sankey was the first player in the class of 2011 to commit to the Cougs, verballing to Wulff all the way back in December of 2009.

Washington State Heads To Florida

One of the surprises for Washington State this year was the emergence of a presence in Florida. The Cougars pulled four players from the state in the class of 2011, two of which came from the same high school. For a school that typically stays within the state of Washington to find recruits, the emphasis on Florida opened some eyes and left many fans scratching their heads.

The commitments came in bunches for Wulff, who saw all four Florida players commit within days of each other in June. Spencer Waseem, a cornerback from Apopka High School, was the first to commit, followed by three players from the Orlando area shortly thereafter. Three of those recruits -- Henry Eaddy, Isiah Meyers and Darryl Monroe -- are already in Pullman, having enrolled at the beginning of the spring semester.

It remains to be seen whether Florida is a viable recruiting option, but the Washington State staff is thinking outside the box as they search far and wide for talent.

Paul Wulff Looks For Diamonds In The Rough

Like Oregon State in the Pac-12, Washington State has to mine for under-the-radar recruits, banking on development and trusting the talent evaluation of the coaching staff. It's rare for the Cougars to go head-to-head with bigger-name schools, much less win a recruiting battle against them. Because of that, the Washington State coaching staff has to get creative, pouring through film to find a player with that certain something they're looking for.

Chester Sua, a linebacker out of Hawaii, is a prime example of under-the-radar talent that hits the spotlight as the recruiting season progresses. Unranked and unrated when he committed to Washington State in May, Sua saw his stock soar, ending up as a four-star recruit ranked as the No. 15 outside linebacker in the class of 2011. With Sankey gone, Sua becomes the Cougs' highest-rated recruit -- the class of 2011 headliner for Wulff and company.


Washington State's class of 2011 won't blow anyone's socks off, but many of the players could be solid contributors for the Cougars in the future. As we saw this past year, you never know when a Marquess Wilson will emerge from the dust to become a star out of nowhere.


National Signing Day: Washington Huskies Put Together Strong Recruiting Class

It's Christmas in February for many college football fans as recruits around the country prepare to sign their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. The Washington Huskies have put together a recruiting class that ranks among the best in the nation this year, securing commitments from every blue chip recruit in the state of Washington, as well as a few other highly touted recruits from around the country.

On Wednesday, these recruits will make it official as the signing period opens.

Kasen Williams, Austin Seferian-Jenkins Lead Talented Crop Of In-State Players

Steve Sarkisian accomplished his biggest goal with the class of 2011: Keeping the top in-state talent home. The Huskies secured commitments from all five players named to the Seattle Times Blue Chip list, led by Williams and Seferian-Jenkins. Joining them are Bishop Sankey, Tani Tupuo and Danny Shelton.

Williams and Seferian-Jenkins are the gems of the class, ranked among the nation's best at their respective positions. Both are five-star recruits, according to, and have garnered plenty of accolades throughout their high school careers.

Williams was named the Parade Magazine Player of the Year last week, the latest in a long line of awards for the Skyline standout. Both he and Seferian-Jenkins participated in the US Army All-American Bowl, the only two players from the state of Washington to do so. He committed to Washington in a ceremony at Skyline High School on Aug. 27.

Seferian-Jenkins was the first highly touted player to choose the Huskies, opening the flood-gates for Washington ahead of the 2010 season. His size -- 6-7 253 pounds -- coupled with surprising athleticism makes him a nightmare matchup at tight end and he should see playing time right away at Washington. Seferian-Jenkins plans to enroll early in an effort to participate in spring practices.

Sarkisian Reaches Into California Again

Washington class of 2011 is made up almost exclusively of Washington and California prospects. It comes as little surprise considering Sarkisian's roots and experience as a former coach under Pete Carroll at USC. In total, 15 of Washington's 25 currently committed recruits hail from California, with many coming from the fertile recruiting grounds of South California.

James Sample, a four-star safety, committed to Washington on Jan. 8 and headlines the Huskies' crop of recruits from California. Sample joined Williams and Seferian-Jenkins at the Army All-American Bowl, choosing the Huskies in a nationally televised ceremony during  a break in the action at the game.


In total, Sarkisian secured commitments from two five-star and four four-star players in the Huskies talent-laden recruiting class. With all but two of the 25 committed players ranked at three-stars and above, Washington has a rock-solid class that fans should be happy with. It's not only filled with talent, but ranks among the nation's elite, pegged as the 11th-best class by Scout with just a few days to go until signing day.

Signing day kicks off early on Wednesday morning, the first day recruits can fax their letters of intent in. For more on the Huskies' recruiting class, check out our Washington football recruiting StoryStream. For the latest updates ahead of, and throughout, signing day, stick with our National Signing Day StoryStream.

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