Posted: 10:36 pm Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
By Post Staff
We think we know that Pahokee’s Janoris Jenkins is signing with Florida.
We think we know Lake Worth’s Star Jackson is going to Alabama, and Glades Central’s Travis Benjamin is going to Miami.
They are among the thousands of athletes across the country who have orally committed to a college football program.
But we won’t know for sure where they will land until they sign their names on the dotted line of their college scholarships on Wednesday.
“In today’s recruiting, everyone loses a kid at the last minute,” said Jamie Newberg, the national manager of Scout.com. “Heck, USC lost a kid to Washington (RB prospect Chris Polk). It happens to everybody.”
Before we list tomorrow’s schedule and talk about a few Signing Day issues, let’s check in with Post reporter Steve Dorsey, who has an update on Palm Beach Gardens offensive lineman Justin Green.
– Justin Green, a Palm Beach Post first-team All-Area selection, will not be signing a national letter of intent Wednesday with the University of South Florida.
Gardens head coach Kevin Fleury said that USF called him Tuesday to inform him that Green has not yet met the academic requirements to enroll in the Tampa school, but are holding a scholarship for him in hopes that he meets the academic criteria within the next grading period.
Fleury said that USF coaches were upset that they learned of the situation from the school’s admission office so late in the recruiting process — Wednesday is national signing day — but that they hope they will be able to sign Green at a later date.
The Post has reported 30 players have given oral commitments. Let’s see how many stay true.
And speaking of early commitments, two schools that have done a fantastic job on that front are Miami and FSU.
Traditionally, those two schools wait until right before Signing Day and pounce on athletes who had previous commitments elsewhere. Not this year.
Miami already has nine recruits enrolled at school and eligible for spring practice, while FSU has already received oral commitments from 15 four- and five-star players.
“It’s funny. FSU and Miami were sitting on 33 commitments on June 1,” Newberg said. “That’s unheard of. I’ve been covering recruiting 16 years and never before have I seen those two schools jump out to a start like that.”
“Both Miami and FSU kind of adjusted to the way recruiting’s evolving,” he added. “Everything’s sped up, and I think Jimbo Fisher has a lot to do with it. He’s had an extraordinary impact on their recruiting.”
In Scout’s final 2008 team rankings before Sigining Day, Florida ranks No. 1, FSU is No. 6 and Miami is No. 8. But Newberg expects that to change tomorrow, with Alabama likely taking the top spot, Miami possibly jumping all the way to 2, and FSU and Miami somewhere in the 5-7 range.
“Miami could finish No. 2, if Brandan Harris and Tommy Streeter go their way, so we’ll see,” Newberg said. But “if all three Florida schools were done today they’d be quite happy. Three of the top seven in the country.”
Tomorrow is going to be a busy day. Here’s a schedule of items we hope to post. Please note these are only the planned features. We also hope to post several breaking news items throughout the day.
– 9:30 a.m.: Early Morning Roundup
– 10:30 a.m.: Inside Look – University of Miami
– 11:30 a.m.: Inside Look – University of Florida
– 12:30 p.m.: Inside Look – Florida State University
– 1:30 p.m.: Inside Look – The other Florida colleges
– 2:30 p.m.: Local roundup
– 3:00 p.m.: National roundup
– 7:00 p.m.: Wrap-up, final thoughts
Signing off for the night. Long day tomorrow.