Signing Day Notebook

Five-star running back Alex Collins has yet to sign his Letter of Intent. Miami and FSU battle for south Florida recruits. The Gators gain two DLs. All this and more from one crazy national signing day from the state of Florida.

Five-star running back Alex Collins (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation) committed to the University of Arkansas on Monday night. He was scheduled to sign his National Letter of Intent (LOI) earlier today.

According to sources that were at the high school today, Collins mother was upset with his decision. Shortly after 11 a.m. she refused to sign the LOI and took Collins's paperwork and left South Plantation High School.

It's thought, according to sources, that his mother wants him to sign with the University of Miami.

Collins, 5-foot-11 and 207-pounds, is the No. 3 ranked running back in the Class of 2013.

We'll continue to look into it and have more information as it becomes available.

FSU Lands Five-Star
Florida State won a huge battle over Miami for the services of outside linebacker Matthew Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington). It was one of many between the two rivals with this one going to Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles.

Thomas, from Dade County and teammates with Denver Kirkland, told Scout.com that he didn't come up with his decision until this morning

Woo Pig Sooie
One of the big story lines in South Florida was Arkansas's ability to land four-star offensive guard Denver Kirkland (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington). Prior to the Razorbacks naming Brett Bielema as their head coach the Hogs were non-existent for Kirkland. But it goes to show you what relationships mean in the recruiting process.

Kirkland made his decision this morning on national television, as he picked the Razorbacks over Miami and Florida State. It's been an interesting week for Kirkland. Miami pulled his scholarship offer last Thursday. That greatly upset Kirkland, his family and the coaching staff at Booker T. Washington. There were meetings with all parties and the Hurricane's staff on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It was an on-again off-again affair and in the end, Kirkland did have an opportunity to ink with Miami.

In the end though he bolted for Fayetteville. Remember that Bielema hired for Miami coach Randy Shannon as an assistant. Shannon has a virtual life long relationship with Kirkland's coach in Tim Harris. In fact Harris was on Shannon's Hurricane coaching staff. That certainly went a long way in his decision.

It also helps that Bielema loves big, hulking offensive linemen. Kirkland is 6-foot-5 and 335-pounds and certainly a guy that they can build their offensive front around.

‘Canes get RB, land Coley, Grace
Miami has to be greatly disappointed with the fact that they lost former committed running back Alex Collins to Arkansas. That was a great position of need for the ‘Canes. In doing so that opened up the door even wider for three-star back Augustus Edwards (Staten Island, N.Y./Tottenville). He announced this morning that he would sign with Miami over Florida State.

In other big news for the Hurricanes they were able to sign the state's top wide receiver in Stacy Coley (Oakland Park, Fla./Northeast). It was a huge battle between Miami, FSU and USF and ultimately came down to the ‘Canes and ‘Noles. While receiver was not a need area for Miami they would never turn down a great talent like this four-star receiver.

Jermaine Grace (Miramar, Fla.), a speedy linebacker from south Florida, did the expected and signed with Miami.

Clemson Gets the Mystery Man
The Tigers had a need area at cornerback and landed one of the state's most coveted players in four-star Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla.). This was huge for Clemson, as Alexander could be a guy that sees the field very early. He's a dynamic athlete and a shutdown corner.

This was somewhat of a surprise considering no one knew during Alexander's entire recruitment would he would do or really which way he was leaning. He signed with Clemson over Auburn and Mississippi State.

In other news Clemson also landed a former Florida State cornerback commitment in Adrian Baker (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna). Baker is a three-star and picked the Tigers over the Sooners.

On a side note, Alexander's twin brother, Mackenroe, signed with Auburn.

Meyer Beats Gators for WR
Ohio State beat Florida for a speedy wide receiver in four-star recruit James Clark (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.). Coming out of the weekend it was thought that the Gators would ink Clark. But things changed yesterday and the Buckeyes landed Clark today.

Clark, 5-foot-11 and 170-pound, is an explosive receiver that could fit in any offense but he's certainly more suited for a spread attack. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is slowing adding the pieces and putting the puzzle together in Columbus. Clark adds a big weapon to their offense.

Rebel Yell
In one of the big upsets of the day Ole Miss continued their torrid recruiting pace by signing the nation's top offensive tackle prospect in five-star Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia). It's was a long time battle between Alabama and Georgia and many liked the Dawgs here for months. But his last official visit went to the Rebels and that sealed the deal for Tunsil and his decision for Ole Miss.

Gators Land Two More DLs
It was no secret that Florida wanted to replenish both sides of the line of scrimmage and they capped off their top ten class with today's addition for four-star defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick (Port St. Lucie, Fla./St. Lucie West Centennial). It was a big battle where Florida beat Miami for Bostwick.

The Gators also beat Alabama for junior college defensive-tackle Jarran Reed (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.)

Big Score For South Carolina
A major need for the Gamecocks was linebacker. And they added one of the state's best in three-star Skai Moore (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School) today. Moore had a great senior campaign and has to be one of the most underrated kids in the state regardless of position. He committed to Rutgers about a month ago before deciding on South Carolina. At the time of this story Moore has not signed his LOI.

Vandy Catches WR
Vanderbilt scored an upset in landing three-star wide receiver Jordan Cunningham (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School). It was thought that Stanford would be the team to beat for Cunningham. This gives the Commodores a great threat on the outside. This kid is athletic, intelligent and a very good player headed to Nashville.

USF Loads Up At RB
It was imperative that new Bulls coach Willie Taggart landed his share of running backs. Already in the fold was Stafon McCray (Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola). Today, they signed Darius Tice (Miami, Fla./Northwestern), who was previously committed to Cincinnati.

Thundering Herd Lands Johnson
Florida State commitment Michael Johnson (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) has signed with Marshall rather than the Seminoles. It is widely believed that this defensive back will have an easier time qualifying with the Thundering Herd. No Shocker Here
It was no shock that four-star linebacker Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) picked the Trojans. This former Gator commitment opened up his recruitment after the season. His former teammate, defensive lineman Leonard Williams, signed with USC last year.

Woulard Lands in Westwood
Three-star quarterback Asiantti Woulward (Winter Park, Fla.) picked UCLA today over Kentucky and USF. This former Bulls commitment was the Elite 11 MVP. He's only played the position for two-years and missed much of his senior season because of an injury.

Woulard, 6-foot-4 and 200-pounds, has a blend of size and athleticism. He possesses a super arm and can run. While he has a long way to go developmental wise his upside is as high as anyone.

Bryant Picks FSU
Former Miami commitment Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic) has signed with Florida State. Bryant, 6-foot-2 and 307-pounds, also visited South Carolina. This was a loss for the Hurricanes, who need help on the interior defensive front.

For Florida commitment Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood)) has signed with Toledo. Adams is a very athletic three-star wide receiver.

Tampa Jesuit tight end Travis Johnson signed with Cincinnati over USF.

St. Petersburg Lakewood wide receiver Marquez Valdes signed with N.C. State.

West Palm Beach Dwyer defensive end Malik Brown signed with Tennessee. He was previously committed to Syracuse.

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