Local recruits commit on National Signing Day
One of the nation's top recruits, Lake City offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, is headed to Ole Miss, and dozens of other northeast Florida and southeast Georgia players are signing with college programs Wednesday -- National Signing Day.
While Yulee's Derrick Henry has already early enrolled at Alabama, other high-profile players signing Wednesday include:
Bishop Kenny's Ahmad Fulwood to the University of Florida; Bartram Trail's Tylar Reagan to North Carolina State; University Christian's Marquis Haynes to the University of North Carolina; Nease's Lucas Crowley to North Carolina; Wolfson's Jasper Sasser to the University of South Carolina; Bolles' Arterrious Mitchell to the Air Force Academy; and Trinity Christian's Nick Washington to Florida and Hughstin Higdon to Florida Atlantic University.
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Others include Mandarin's Kingsley Opara to the University of Maryland; Forrest's Vernell Trent to Iowa State University; and First Coast's Daniel McMillian to Florida, Tyrell Lyons to Florida State University, Dorian Killings and Seyvon Lowry to the University of Central Florida, Darius Whitty to the University of South Florida, and Deasian Richardson to the University of Louisville.
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Gators, Seminoles, Bulldogs among nation's top classes
Florida's signing class is heavy at a few positions. None more important than receiver.
The Gators signed one of the nation's top recruiting classes Wednesday -- No. 1, according to ESPN.com -- a 28-player group that includes seven defensive linemen, five offensive linemen and five receivers. [View full class here]
The additions back up coach Will Muschamp's philosophy of building along the lines of scrimmage. They also show how desperate the Gators are to upgrade the team's receiver position.
Alvin Bailey, Ahmad Fulwood, Marqui Hawkins, Demarcus Robinson and Chris Thompson signed national letters of intent Wednesday, giving Florida its deepest receiver class since 1997.
Robinson, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound Georgia native, is considered the best of the group. He enrolled last month.
Florida State landed one of the nation's top cornerbacks with Tennessee high school star Jalen Ramsey signing to play for the Seminoles.
Ramsey, who played at Brentwood Academy just south of Nashville, signed his letter of intent Wednesday. Ramsey, who was ranked as high as the 10th best player nationally by one recruiting service, had verbally committed to USC last summer.
The Seminoles also landed linebacker Matthew Thomas from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami. The 6-3, 205-pound Thomas was regarded among the nation's top 15 prospects and ranked by some as the top linebacker in this year's class of high school players. [View full class here]
But Thomas' high school teammate, offensive tackle Denver Kirkland, chose Arkansas over the Seminoles.
Georgia landed the largest football signing class in the Mark Richt era, a staggering 32 prospects bolstered by 13 players who've already enrolled in Athens after graduating early from high school and junior college. [View full class here]
This class is more about depth than big names. Georgia missed out on top-rated prospect Reuben Foster, who picked Alabama over Auburn and the Bulldogs. Also, the No. 1-ranked player in the nation, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson High, signed with Ole Miss.
Georgia is coming off its second straight Southeastern Conference East Division title. The Bulldogs lost to Alabama in a thrilling SEC title game, missing a chance to play for the BCS championship. [Read more on Georgia]
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