More Major Signings
Clemson Lands A Stud In Steward: Top inside linebacker recruit Tony Steward made the biggest surprise announcement today when he choose Clemson over his home state FSU Seminoles. Stewart had long been tied to FSU, as he was considered the icing on the cake of their impressive class, (not to mention the instate factor). In the past week though Clemson has been moving up the rumor mill (with UCLA close behind) for Steward’s services. Steward should get early playing time in Clemson, and has all the makings of an elite linebacker.
Volunteers Land Two; LB Maggitt and OT Richardson: Both players are 4-star recruits and big names for the Volunteer program. Richardson is an instate product and one of the top targets for Tennessee. By his 2nd year he projects as a starting left tackle, and he has big time potential. Landing Richardson reaffirms just how much the Volunteers have locked up the talent in the state of Tennessee, including the top three offensive linemen in the state. Maggitt was a defensive end in high school, but he projects to stand up at Tennessee. He’ll need to bulk up some, and is likely to not be much of a factor this season, but he has an extremely bright future. He is insanely fast rushing off the edge and should be a real disruptive force on that Tennessee defense for years to come.
Lafayette Pitts Chooses Pitt: Defensive back Lafayette Pitts, had been a strong Panther recruit until the Dave Wannstedt/ Mike Haywood debacle earlier this season. In January he gave a verbal commitment to Rutgers (which had become a home of a couple former Pitt coaches), but was never out of the Panthers sites. With new coach Todd Graham and his staff in place they have gone about trying to rebuild a depleted recruiting class and kept Pitts as one of their top targets. They got a verbal commitment from his cousin Jevonte this past week and were going to put on a full court press to keep the local product at Pittsburgh. Their work paid off this morning as Pitts made it official that he would be a Panther. He is a big addition to the Panthers class, that very well could end up almost as good as what it was before all the coaching issues this season.
UVA Lands WR Jennings: The Virginia Cavaliers landed one of their top targets today as they signed Maryland product WR Darius Jennings. Jennings who was recruited at other schools as a quarterback, running back, and corner back, is a big addition to their class. He might not start right away, but if they do go use him as a freshman he can be a significant contributor early on.