Signing Day 2011 news wire (cont.)
10:08 a.m. -- Clemson lands major coup in Steward: Clemson picked up one of the top linebackers in the country when Tony Steward (St. Augustine, Fla./Menendez) picked the Tigers over Florida State and dozens of scholarship offers from across the country.
Steward appeared to go back and forth between the Tigers and Seminoles in the days leading to National Signing Day. Most national projections had him signing with the in-state Seminoles. Clemson is expecting a commitment from another five-star linebacker, Stephone Anthony (Wadesboro, N.C./Anson) later today. Two other top Florida prospects, five-star receiver Sammy Watkins (South Fort Myers, Fla.) and and Top100 running back Mike Bellamy (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte), signed with Clemson early this morning. This pick-up, combined with the expected addition of Anthony, should vault the Tigers toward the top 10 of the 247Sports team rankings later today.
9:54 a.m. -- Glenville teammates make decisions: Cleveland Glenville quarterback Cardale Jones signed with Ohio State. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Jones picked the Buckeyes over schools like Iowa, LSU, Michigan, Illinois, Cincinnati, Penn State, Michigan State, West Virginia and others.
9:26 a.m. -- Good news for the Gators: Florida got a good piece of news on Wednesday morning as cornerback Marcus Roberson (6-1, 175, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) sent in his letter of intent to play for the Gators next fall.
"It was just a decision that my family -- mainly my mom -- felt comfortable with," Roberson told 247Sports.
Despite committing to Texas Tech and Auburn in the last two weeks, Roberson said the back-and-forth between colleges was not meant to be malicious. Rather, it was more about a tough decision to be made, and how close of a decision it proved to be for Roberson between his four finalists -- Auburn, Florida, Texas Tech and USC.
"It was just the love I had for the school at the time, and then I'd go home and have to think about everything," Roberson said of the recruiting process.
Roberson, the No. 11 cornerback prospect in the country by 247Sports, was an integral part in helping lead St. Thomas Aquinas to a 15-0 record and FHSAA Class 5A state championship last fall. He recorded over 20 tackles and led the team with three interceptions on the season for the Raiders. He could play cornerback or free safety in Gainesville.
9:18 a.m. -- Stud safety picks Auburn: Valley (Ala.) safety Erique Florence, rated the nation's No. 9 safety and No. 141 player overall by 247Sports, announced this morning that he will sign with Auburn. Florence was a longtime Auburn lean before choosing the Tigers over Southern California and Alabama.
"I loved it," Florence said. "All along, Auburn has been in my heart."
Florence played quarterback exclusively as a senior, but he made strong impressions playing in the secondary in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game and the Under Armour All-America game.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Philadelphia was one of the most dominant players in Pennsylvania in 2010, registering 85 tackles (38 for a loss) and 13 sacks. He was the Philadelphia Public League Player of the Year and a second team Class AAAA all-state selection.
8:25 a.m. -- Five-star LB Williams officially a Seminole: There may have been no bigger catalyst for Florida State's 2011 recruiting class than the commitment of five-star safety recruit Karlos Williams.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Under Armor All-American faxed in his letter of intent to FSU on Wednesday morning.
"It feels good to have signed and have my name down on the paper," Williams said. "I am done with all the interviews, the calling, and all that is pretty much going to stop. It is going to feel like a monkey is off my back and I will finally and officially be a 'Nole."
"I just got that good feeling with Miami and I saw the signs that I should go there," Scott said. "They offer a good education, I like the coaching staff and it's close to home -- so all that added up together."
As a senior, Scott had 45 catches for 1072 yards and 11 touchdowns. He added 96 carries for 1008 yards and 12 touchdowns to go with 59 tackles and two interceptions on defense.
"It felt like if you didn't go there, you'd be losing something that you wouldn't want to pass up," Fisher told 247Sports.
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Fisher passed on his other finalists -- Florida, Michigan State and Michigan. Fisher originally committed to the Wolverines, but the coaching change following the season led him to reopening the recruiting process.
Fisher said he didn't make his final decision on Oregon until Tuesday.
Alexander, who is 6-foot- 6 and weighs 235 pounds, visited Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU and Arkansas.
Alexander was a little-known prospect heading into his senior season. He transferred to Brenham during the summer from his native Louisiana. He is the cousin of former Oklahoma linebacker Rufus Alexander.
2:38 p.m. (Feb. 1) -- Clear becoming a Volunteer: Tight end Cameron Clear, the No. 1 prospect in Tennessee according to 247Sports, chose the in-state Volunteers Tuesday over finalists Duke and Auburn.
Clear, whom many project as an offensive tackle at the next level, cited his relationship with the coaching staff at Tennessee as the main reason for his decision.
"I have a great relationship with all the coaches and it's the place that I feel most comfortable," Clear said. "It's the program that fits all of my needs."
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