Signing Day 2011 news wire
247Sports.com's recruiting experts will provide live updates throughout Signing Day. All times are ET.
2:19 p.m. -- WVU bounces back on the RB front: Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) running back Andrew Buie announced moments ago he is signing with West Virginia.
The signing of Buie is a big one for WVU, which lost one-time verbal commitment JerMichael Selders -- a running back from Houston -- to Baylor earlier in the day.
Buie had seven offers from SEC schools and more than 25 overall.
1:57 p.m. -- License plate steers DT Peat to Nebraska: Todd Peat Jr., a defensive tackle from Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz., chose Nebraska over Arizona State this morning. His official announcement will come later today at his elementary school.
"I was down to ASU and Nebraska," Peat told 247Sports. "I was pretty much going to choose ASU, but was driving home last night and saw a Nebraska license plate, something I'd never seen before and took it as a sign that I should become a Cornhusker."
Peat, Jr., is 6 feet 3 and weighs 295 pounds.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder picked the Tigers over Virginia Tech and North Carolina. He announced his decision at an 11:30 a.m. gathering in the school's library.
Anthony, who is rated No. 10 overall, is believed to have favored Florida early in his recruitment.
1:01 p.m. -- Auburn lands America's top offensive lineman Kouandjio: In a bit of a signing day coup Auburn landed the nation's top offensive tackle prospect.
Cyrus Kouandjio, the brother of Alabama offensive tackle Arie Kouandjio, was considered a virtual lock for the Crimson Tide through most of the recruiting process. But Auburn made a late charge and convinced him to play against his brother.
Kouandjio, 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., is rated the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 2 player overall by 247Sports. He is also one of two prospects designated as "franchise players" in the 2011 class by 247Sports.
12:51 p.m. -- Arizona nabs surprise deep threat: Inglewood (Calif.) High School wide receiver Patrick Onwuasor surprised some recruiting fans when he chose Arizona over Miami and Arizona State at a morning news conference.
The 6-4, 194-pounder has good speed and could be a deep threat on the outside for the Wildcats.
12:32 p.m. -- DT Jones switches from N.C. State to Illinois: Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines defensive tackle Chris Jones has switched his commitment from North Carolina State to Illinois.
"I loved my visit to Illinois. I had a wonderful time," the 6-foot-5, 285-pounder said. "I just felt real comfortable while I was at Illinois."
Jones built a special bond over the years with Illinois linebacker coach Dan Disch.
Jones picked Illinois over offers from North Carolina State, North Carolina and East Carolina.
12:07 p.m. -- LB Turene chooses Georgia: Kent Turene of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has chosen to play his college football at Georgia. He becomes the 24th member of the 2011 recruiting class for the Bulldogs.
The Boyd Anderson High School product is four-star linebacker who is 6-foot-2 and weighs 225 pounds.
Turene had been committed to USC for months up until last week, when he publically decommitted from the Trojans. Turene told 247Sports last week his final four choices were Texas Tech, Georgia, USC and Nebraska.
Niklas, a 6-foot-6, 242-pounder from Anaheim, Calif., chose the Fighting Irish over USC.
"Troy can play a number of positions," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said.
11:08 a.m. -- USC hauls in Kentucky's Mr. Football: Danville (Ky.) Boyle County linebacker Lamar Dawson, who says he didn't come to a final decision until Tuesday night, chose the USC Trojans over Kentucky andTennessee.
"Sometimes you got to go away from home to be successful," Dawson said. "I thought hard about it and that's where I want to be. I like all the coaches, I like the players, the incoming recruits and the campus is beautiful. I just thought USC had the best opportunity for me."
Dawson (6-2, 230) is the reigning Mr. Football in the state of Kentucky.
The 6-foot, 180-pound playmaker chose the Cavaliers over his other two finalists, Wake Forest and Ohio State.
Jennings, the seventh four-star player to commit to UVa in the 2011 recruiting class, is the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year for Maryland.
As a senior, he amassed 1,592 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns on 165 carries, five kickoff returns for 220 yards and two touchdowns, and was 29-for-50 passing for 425 yards and three touchdowns.
10:43 a.m. -- LB Cooper signs with South Carolina: Linebacker Cedrick Cooper (Lithonia, Ga.) has signed with South Carolina. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder faxed his letter-of-intent to the Gamecocks early this morning. He picked South Carolina over Ole Miss and Arkansas.
Cooper is commitment No. 33 for the Gamecocks in the 2011 class. He was recruited to the Gamecocks by defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.
Cooper plans to make public comments about his decision at 2 p.m. in Roswell, Ga.
10:33 a.m. -- Tennessee continues to roll: Tennessee's recent momentum in recruiting has carried over into the early hours of National Signing Day.
Nashville tackle Antonio Richardson, the state's No. 2 overall prospect, announced Wednesday morning during a ceremony at Pearl-Cohn High School that he will sign with the Volunteers.
Richardson, who became the Vols' 27th public commitment, was considered one of Tennessee's top priorities for the 2011 class.
Richardson was considered for months to be leaning toward UT before taking official visits to Georgia and Auburn the past two weekends.
He became the fourth player to announce a commitment to the Vols in a span of 36 hours. Junior-college defensive back Byron Moore announced his commitment to UT late Monday night, and Memphis tight end Cameron Clear and defensive end/linebacker Curt Maggitt of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., followed suit Tuesday.
10:28 a.m. -- Top DE Pagan finally settles on Alabama: Jeoffrey Pagan of Asheville, N.C., has chosen to play his college football at Alabama.
Pagan, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive end has a four-star ranking on 247Sports.
Pagan had committed to Florida and Clemson during the recruiting process, but had narrowed it down to Alabama and Georgia before making his decision today. Pagan was encouraging other prospects to consider Georgia in recent days, but looks like he changed his mind again late in the process.