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Five stars make early announcements; more notes

Posted: Tuesday February 6, 2007 7:18PM; Updated: Tuesday February 6, 2007 9:57PM
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Hempstead, Texas, product Terrance Toliver says he's choosing LSU over Florida.
Hempstead, Texas, product Terrance Toliver says he's choosing LSU over Florida.
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John Talman, Special to SI.com, From Rivals.com

Less than 24 hours before National Signing Day there was plenty of big news in the recruiting world.

Two five-star prospects who were expected to make their big announcements on Wednesday, receiver Terrance Toliver and running back Noel Devine, went ahead and pulled the trigger one day early.

Toliver, the 6-foot-4, 185-pounder from Hempstead, Texas, apparently couldn't wait for the Wednesday press conference at his high school. The nation's No. 2 wide receiver went ahead and let the LSU coaching staff know he was going to be a Tiger.

"Yes, I did commit to LSU," Toliver said earlier today. "It was where my heart has been forever. Both of them [Florida and LSU] are two good schools, but I decided that LSU needed me more than Florida did.

"[LSU assistant head] coach [Larry] Porter said he didn't know whether to cry or just be proud."

Devine, one of the most publicized running backs in the country, was reportedly down to West Virginia, Florida State, and Alabama. The five-star prospect wasn't supposed to have an announcement at all this week and was expected to take a late trip to Florida State.

That all changed when Devine made a surprise commitment to West Virginia on Tuesday.

"He verbally committed today," Devine's coach, James Iandoli, said. "Unless something happens, I plan on him signing with the Mountaineers. Upon speaking with him -- it's West Virginia."

Iandoli said even though Devine has committed, the No. 15 prospect in the country still has work to do in order to be academically qualified.

This is the second five-star running back that WVU has landed. Jason Gwaltney committed to the Mountaineers in the class of 2005.

Crimson Tide keeps Hoover duo on board

Good news arrived Tuesday when Alabama found out that Hoover High prospects Kerry Murphy and Josh Chapman were both committing to the Crimson Tide.

Murphy, the Rivals100 defensive tackle, had been committed to Alabama since Jan. 14. He was coach Nick Saban's first Tide commitment. However, a late visit to Miami on Feb. 2 had Murphy rethinking his decision. The No. 4 rated defensive tackle in the country, Murphy solidified his intentions to the Tide on Tuesday.

Murphy's high school teammate, fellow defensive tackle Chapman, committed to Auburn in July. He was originally offered a grayshirt opportunity by the previous Tide staff. However, Saban and the new coaching staff offered him a scholarship that he accepted.

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