Signing Day Roundup

Move over <b>Florida State</b>, here comes <b>Miami</b>. While the Seminoles have stolen the show the past two National Signing Days, the Hurricanes made the biggest splash this year by picking up four top 100 recruits. Meanwhile, <b>Florida</b> picked up a prized recruit of its own.

The best of the bunch is Miami Carol City High (Fla.) LB Willie Williams, who's rated the No. 12 overall recruit in the Class of 2004 by SchoolSports.com. He picked Miami over Florida State.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder led the Chiefs to the Class 6A state title this season, leading a defense that limited opponents to just 13 points in five playoff games. He finished the season with 18 sacks, 83 tackles and five forced fumbles.

Joining Williams in the linebacking core is Reading High (Pa.) LB James Bryant, who signed with the Hurricanes over Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Florida. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, who's rated the No. 49 overall recruit in the country, was named to the All-USA first team defense by USA Today after recording 87 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions.

Miami added to its defensive haul with the signing of Oak Creek High (Wis.) DL Rhyan Anderson, who's rated the No. 63 overall recruit in the country by SchoolSports.com. Anderson, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive end, set a school record with 27 sacks this past fall while recording 114 total tackles.

North Hills High (Pa.) RB Andrew Johnson reneged on his commitment with Pittsburgh for the Hurricanes. The 6-foot, 200-pounder, rated the No. 92 overall recruit in the country, rushed for 1,276 yards and 21 touchdowns on 220 carries this season.

Today's signings by Miami gives the program a bevy of top recruits. Along with Williams, Bryant, Anderson and Johnson, the ‘Canes added to their class with the following top 100 players: Miami Killian High (Fla.) RB Bobby Washington, Brownwood High (Texas) QB Kirby Freeman, Millville High (N.J.) DL Dwayne Hendricks and South Dade High (Fla.) RB Charlie Jones.

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There's always one program that surprises on National Signing Day by picking up a top-notch recruit. This year's award goes to Boston College, which signed Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) LB Brian Toal beating out Rutgers, Miami and Tennessee for the star linebacker's services.

Toal, who's rated the No. 13 overall recruit in the country by SchoolSports.com, helped Don Bosco Prep to its second straight Parochial Group 4 title this past fall and a No. 2 final ranking in the SchoolSports.com National Football Top 25. He shined on both sides of the ball for the Ironmen, rushing for 1,228 yards and 28 touchdowns on offense while registering 103 tackles, 11 ½ sacks and 17 tackles for loss on defense. …

While BC was riding high after signing Toal, the University of Pittsburgh received some tough news when prized quarterback recruit Anthony Morelli of Penn Hills High (Pa.) decommitted from the Panthers and signed with Penn State. Pittsburgh lost both its top 100 commitments in Morelli and Andrew Johnson.

Morelli, who's rated the No. 20 overall recruit in the country by SchoolSports.com, completed 96 of 184 passes for 1,649 yards and 15 touchdowns with only four interceptions his senior season. His signing was huge for Joe Paterno and Penn State, which lost out on West Lawn Wilson High (Pa.) QB Chad Henne to Big Ten rival Michigan. …

North Carolina State picked up a big signing when Dudley High (N.C.) star DL DeMario Pressley, the No. 16 recruit in the country, inked with the Wolfpack.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder was a monster this past season, racking up 79 tackles, 13 sacks, five forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown. …

USC continued to add to its formidable recruiting class, picking up No. 27 Derrick Jones, a wide receiver from Long Beach Poly High (Calif.); No. 38 Dwayne Jarrett, a wideout from New Brunswick High (N.J.); and No. 77 Rocky Hinds, a quarterback from St. Bernard High (Calif.).

The three recruits add to a class that includes: No. 2 Keith Rivers, a linebacker from Lake Mary High (Fla.); No. 6 Jeff Byers, an offensive lineman from Loveland High (Colo.); No. 18 Jeff Schweiger Jr., a defensive lineman from San Jose Valley Christian High (Calif.); and No. 53 Thomas Herring, an offensive lineman from Los Angeles Fremont High (Calif.). …

With Derrick Jones and Dwayne Jarrett in USC's stable, Oregon was able to swoop in and land De La Salle (Calif.) WR Cameron Colvin.

The 6-foot-2, 193-pounder had 20 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns this past fall while leading De La Salle to its 12th straight North Coast Section title. Colvin, who's rated the nation's No. 22 recruit by SchoolSports.com, shined in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January, hauling in two touchdown passes. …

Florida added the nation's top pass rusher in Eleanor Roosevelt High (Md.) DL Derrick Harvey, the No. 15 recruit in the country. The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder was a terror for opposing quarterbacks his senior season, totaling an amazing 35 sacks and 150 tackles.

The Gators also signed Hawthorne High (Fla.) QB Cornelius Ingram, who's rated the No. 36 overall recruit in the country. …

Florida State signed one of the most exciting players in the country in Mandarin High (Fla.) DB Tony Carter. Carter, who's rated the No. 24 overall recruit in the country by SchoolSports.com, returned 11 of his 22 career interceptions for touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder had five picks and 61 tackles his senior season.


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