National Signing Day 2013: What you missed
By Brandon Parker,
By now, the ink has dried and hundreds of hats have been worn. Though National Signing Day simply marks the first day that high school seniors can officially commit to their college football teams, the busiest 24 hours of the recruitment period is now winding to a close. Here’s a recap of all the day’s action from the D.C. area:
• In perhaps the biggest surprise of the day, Suitland wide receiver Taivon Jacobs reneged on his prior commitment and signed with Maryland. The senior cited his desire to be closer to his 13-month-old daughter and family. [VIDEO]
• Maryland hauled in several other top recruits from the area Wednesday. Friendship Collegiate linebacker Yannick Ngakoue ended months of suspense by signing with the Terps while offensive lineman Derwin Gray made his prior commitment to Maryland official. Not too long after that, Avalon defensive back Jacquille Veii followed suit, choosing Randy Edsall’s program over offers from Iowa and Nebraska. [VIDEO from Friendship and Avalon ]
• Good Counsel had seven players sign with Football Bowl Subdisivision schools, marking yet another big recruiting class for the area’s top-ranked team. All-Met Offensive Player of the Year Kendall Fuller followed in the footsteps of his three older brothers by signing with Virginia Tech while linebacker Dorian O’Daniel solidified his spot with Atlantic Coast Conference rival Clemson. [More on Virginia Tech’s incoming class here]
•The SEC rolled in several D.C.-area players. Stone Bridge defensive lineman and All-Met Defensive Player of the Year Jonathan Allen signed with two-time defending BCS champion Alabama.
McDonough offensive lineman Na’Ty Rodgers, who was featured on ESPNU’s Unite TV broadcast early Wednesday morning, inked with South Carolina. The Gamecocks almost snagged Briar Woods linebacker Matt Rolin, too, but the senior switched his commitment to Florida in December and signed with the Gators on Wednesday. Finally, South County’s Oren Burks signed with Vanderbilt following a senior season that produced 123 tackles, three interceptions, six forced fumbles and four blocked kicks.
• Though he visited Tennessee this past weekend, Hylton’s E.J. Levenberry wasn’t swayed. The senior linebacker stayed true to his prior commitment and signed with Florida State on Wednesday, giving the Seminoles a defensive playmaker who recorded 172 tackles last season.
• Stone Bridge quarterback Ryan Burns appeared to beat the early rush of faxes by sending in his signed letter with Stanford at 7:22 a.m. That’s 4:22 a.m. in Pao Alto, Calif.
• It’s not too early to start looking ahead to signing day 2014. Check out a list of 15 of the area’s top junior recruits — including Woodbridge’s Da’Shawn Hand, Friendship Collegiate’s Jalen Tabor, and Good Counsel’s Sam Mustipher — who should be putting pen to paper at this time next year.
For photo highlights from the rest of the area’s signing day celebrations, check out our gallery here. And for a complete list of the area’s recruits and where they’ve signed or hold offers from, check out the Recruit Watch.