Recruiting: The Big Stories
Noel Devine
Noel Devine
Scout.com
Posted Feb 6, 2007


We're winding down on the Class of 2007 and on the eve of Signing Day, there was a lot of big news. Catch up on the latest around the country with Scout.com.

South

Kerry Murphy and Josh Chapman, defensive tackle teammates from Hoover, Ala., announced their final decisions today at school as the two committed to Alabama. Murphy reaffirmed a commitment he made to the Tide last month, but took an official visit to Miami earlier in the month. Chapman originally committed to Auburn and switched his commitment after an official visit to Tuscaloosa two weeks ago.

Noel Devine, one of nation's most well-known recruit thanks to his unbelievable highlight film, decided he will take his talent to West Virginia. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound U.S. Army All-American from North Fort Myers, Fla. took his first and only official visit last weekend to Morgantown.

Tomorrow should put an end to the rumors of where four star cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke will end up, but according to his head coach there may be a team to beat. "DeMarcus Van Dyke as far as I know is going to Miami," said Joe Zacheo, head coach at Monsignor Pace. The signing announcement will take place at noon at the school.

West

Christian Tupou, the highest ranked defensive lineman on the board in California, announced that he will stay in state. The three-star tackle from Grant High School in Sacramento chose USC over Fresno State, BYU and Arizona State.

Adam Tello, a 6-4, 295-pound guard from Norco, Calif., has finally settled on a school, choosing Arizona State today over Louisville. Tello had originally committed to Colorado in the late Summer, but almost immediately after his commitment, began to explore other options. A three-star prospect, Tello is ranked the No. 6 guard in California.

Tello's fellow lineman at Norco, Garth Gerhart also made a decision to decommit from Colorado. The top center in California and a three-star prospect himself, Gerhart had committed to the Buffs in the summer but took other trips and listed himself as a soft verbal to Colorado with Arizona State in the mix. He decided late Tuesday to stick with Tello, and he will sign with Arizona State on Wednesday. It also gives him a chance to play against his older brother Toby, a running back at Stanford.

Colorado did receive some good news on Tuesday when three-star receiver Josh Smith from Moorpark, Calif., and Anthony Wright, a three-star safety from Compton, Calif., firmed up their commitments to the Buffs. Smith committed to Colorado in December but UCLA made a late push. Wright was reconsidering his decision when Arizona State brought him in for a visit, but he decided to stick with the Buffs as well.

Joseph Easter, a two-star fullback from St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., has reneged on his commitment to Washington State and will sign with Nevada on Wednesday.

Gerald Parker, a mammoth 6-7, 285-pound tackle from Compton College, Calif., decommitted from Louisville, citing the Cardinals coaching change and has committed to play at Oregon State.

Southwest

Terrance Toliver (6-4.5, 195) gave his commitment to LSU on Tuesday. It was expected that he would wait until Wednesday to announce, but the nation's top wide receiver gave his commitment to the Tigers on Tuesday instead.

The Arkansas Razorbacks picked up a big commitment in defensive tackle Kareem Crowell from Hargrave Military Academy. He was previously committed to Louisville, but when Bobby Petrino left to take the Atlanta Falcons job, Crowell began looking around and found a home at Arkansas.

The Oklahoma Sooners stole San Antonio running back/linebacker Travis Lewis (6-2,225) from Big 12 rival Nebraska at the 11th hour. Lewis had been committed to the Huskers since November, but decided to pull the old switcheroo and play a little closer to home.

North

Despite rumors to the contrary a pair of Florida natives both reaffirmed their commitments to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Tuesday. Immokalee High linebacker Brian Rolle and Seabreeze High cornerback James Scott both informed Scout.com that they would indeed be signing letters of intent with the Buckeyes on Wednesday.

Pittsburgh landed a pledge on Tuesday from Bishop McCort defensive tackle Wayne Jones. The 6-4, 320-pound, Johnstown, Pa., native will grayshirt and play for the Panthers beginning in January of 2008. There is a chance that Jones could end up as a member of this class if the Panthers do not land Florida defensive end Jabaal Sheard.

Hargrave Military Academy linebacker Almondo Sewell was thought to have committed to Temple. Turns out that Akron had also been told that Sewell was coming to play for the Zips. Now both schools will have to wait until Wednesday to find out where the three-star linebacker decides to go to school. Sewell originally signed with Virginia last year, but instead enrolled at the Chatham, Va., prep school.

Scout.com has learned that the on again, off again commitment of C.J. Peake is now off again. Peake had committed to Wisconsin, then changed his mind and pledged his services to Louisville. Now the Dayton, Ohio safety will announce his intentions at a 10:00 A.M. press conference at Trotwood-Madison High on Wednesday.


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