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National signing day: Top college football recruits

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The top 10-ranked recruits, according to three national recruiting sites:

Rivals.com

1. Da'Shawn Hand (6-4, 260, DE)

H.S.: Woodbridge S./Woodbridge, Va.

College: Alabama

2. Myles Garrett (6-4, 245, DE)

H.S.: Martin/Arlington, Texas

College: Texas A&M

3. Jabrill Peppers (6-1, 210, DB)

H.S.: Paramus Catholic/Paramus, N.J.

College: Michigan

4. Leonard Fournette (6-1, 225, RB)

H.S.: St. Augustine/New Orleans

College: LSU

5. Quin Blanding (6-2, 206, DB)

H.S.: Bayside/Virginia Beach, Va.

College: Virginia

6. Adoreé Jackson (5-10, 172, CB)

H.S.: Junipero Serra/Gardena, Calif.

College: Southern Cal

7. Kyle Allen (6-4, 195, QB)

H.S.: Desert Mountain/Scottsdale, Ariz.

College: Texas A&M

8. Joe Mixon (6-2, 207, RB)

H.S.: Freedom/Oakley, Calif.

College: Oklahoma

9. Marlon Humphrey (6-0, 175, DB)

H.S.: Hoover/Hoover, Ala.

College: Alabama

10. Jalen Tabor (6-1, 186, DB)

H.S.: Friendship Collegiate Academy/Washington

College: Florida

ESPN.COM

1. Fournette

2. Peppers

3. Cameron Robinson (6-5, 330, OT)

H.S.: West Monroe/West Monroe, La.

College: Alabama

4. Garrett

5. Andrew Brown (6-4, 295, DT)

H.S.: Oscar Frommel Smith/Chesapeake, Va.

College: Virginia

6. Hand

7. Speedy Noil (6-0, 176, Athlete)

H.S.: Edna Karr/New Orleans

College: Texas A&M

8. Tony Brown (6-0, 196, CB)

H.S.: Ozen/Beaumont, Texas

College: Alabama

9. Jackson

10. Blanding

SCOUT.COM

1. Fournette

2. Robinson

3. Peppers

4. Brown

5. Garrett

6. Jackson

7. Allen

8. Jamal Adams (6-0, 200, S)

H.S.: Hebron/Lewisville, Texas

College: LSU

9. Rashaan Evans (6-3, 218, OLB)

H.S.: Auburn/Auburn, Ala.

College: Alabama

10. Juju Smith (6-1 1 2 , 185, S)

H.S.: Polytechnic/Long Beach, Calif.

College: Southern Cal

By Compiled By Jerry Dipaola
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 10:03 p.m.
 

The top 10-ranked recruits, according to three national recruiting sites.

Rivals.com

1. Da'Shawn Hand (6-4, 260, DE)

H.S.: Woodbridge S./Woodbridge, Va.

College: Alabama

2. Myles Garrett (6-4, 245, DE)

H.S.: Martin/Arlington, Texas

College: Texas A&M

3. Jabrill Peppers (6-1, 210, DB)

H.S.: Paramus Catholic/Paramus, N.J.

College: Michigan

4. Leonard Fournette (6-1, 225, RB)

H.S.: St. Augustine/New Orleans

College: LSU

5. Quin Blanding (6-2, 206, DB)

H.S.: Bayside/Virginia Beach, Va.

College: Virginia

6. Adoreé Jackson (5-10, 172, CB)

H.S.: Junipero Serra/Gardena, Calif.

College: Southern Cal

7. Kyle Allen (6-4, 195, QB)

H.S.: Desert Mountain/Scottsdale, Ariz.

College: Texas A&M

8. Joe Mixon (6-2, 207, RB)

H.S.: Freedom/Oakley, Calif.

College: Oklahoma

9. Marlon Humphrey (6-0, 175, DB)

H.S.: Hoover/Hoover, Ala.

College: Alabama

10. Jalen Tabor (6-1, 186, DB)

H.S.: Friendship Collegiate Academy/Washington

College: Florida

ESPN.COM

1. Fournette

2. Peppers

3. Cameron Robinson (6-5, 330, OT)

H.S.: West Monroe/West Monroe, La.

College: Alabama

4. Garrett

5. Andrew Brown (6-4, 295, DT)

H.S.: Oscar Frommel Smith/Chesapeake, Va.

College: Virginia

6. Hand

7. Speedy Noil (6-0, 176, Athlete)

H.S.: Edna Karr/New Orleans

College: Texas A&M

8. Tony Brown (6-0, 196, CB)

H.S.: Ozen/Beaumont, Texas

College: Alabama

9. Jackson

10. Blanding

SCOUT.COM

1. Fournette

2. Robinson

3. Peppers

4. Brown

5. Garrett

6. Jackson

7. Allen

8. Jamal Adams (6-0, 200, S)

H.S.: Hebron/Lewisville, Texas

College: LSU

9. Rashaan Evans (6-3, 218, OLB)

H.S.: Auburn/Auburn, Ala.

College: Alabama

10. Juju Smith (6-1 1 / 2 , 185, S)

H.S.: Polytechnic/Long Beach, Calif.

College: Southern Cal

Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

Yes, he rushed for 7,830 career yards and scored 92 touchdowns at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. What really set Fournette apart is his selflessness and a team-first attitude, exemplified by his trademarked Twitter hashtag #buganation (Being United Generates Attitude). When he was named player of the year by the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club, he presented the award to state championship quarterback Eugene Wells. “I just felt like he deserved this award,” Fournette said.

Jabrill Peppers, CB, Michigan

Michigan coach Brady Hoke is expecting Peppers (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) to change the defensive culture of the Wolverines to a more aggressive, physical style. Peppers, who goes to Paramus Catholic (N.J.) High School, had offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and many other schools.

Cameron Robinson, OT, Alabama

Alabama coach Nick Saban likes to let freshmen develop slowly, but the buzz about Robinson is this: When Saban gets a look at his 6-5, 330-pound frame and enormous wingspan, a veteran offensive lineman will be shoved aside.

Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

Here's all you need to know about Garrett: Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin went to see him in the Swag Copter, a maroon helicopter on loan from a booster so the coach can visit important recruits. In one game, Garrett lined up at nose guard and had 812 sacks for a loss of 48 yards, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and blocked punt.

Adoreé Jackson, CB, Southern Cal

Jackson stretched his recruitment until signing day Wednesday, choosing USC over UCLA, Florida and LSU. During the season, he dropped a pass that would have went for a touchdown against Dorsey (Calif.) High School. “I'm human; everybody makes a mistake,” he said. “One play is not going to define what I do, and I'm going to come back and kill them with another one.” He did, totaling 229 all-purpose yards in that game.

Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama

In three seasons at Woodbridge (Va.) High School, the 6-4, 262-pound Hand totaled 227 tackles, including 59 for a loss (40 of them sacks). Rivals.com lists him as the nation's No. 1 overall prospect.

Kyle Allen, QB, Texas A&M

In his quest to replace Johnny Manziel, Allen has two veterans ahead of him on the Texas A&M depth chart. He enrolled in January and is planning to participate in spring drills, but even Manziel had to wait until his redshirt freshman season.

Quin Blanding, S, Virginia

Blanding of Virginia Beach, Va., is one of two five-star recruits who signed with the Cavaliers. The other is defensive tackle Andrew Brown of Chesapeake, Va. Getting those players might have saved coach Mike London's job after a 2-14 conference record the past two seasons.

Tony Brown, DB, Alabama

Brown has learned to endure tragedy after he and his siblings were forced to carry buckets of water into the house when Hurricane Rita devastated southeast Texas in 2005. Later, his father, a former Texas Tech defensive back who Brown calls “my coach all my life,” suffered a crippling stroke. Brown is also a world-class hurdler.

Speedy Noil, WR, Texas A&M

Even if Noil fails to make an immediate impact, A&M fans will notice him: He said he plans to wear Manziel's No. 2 jersey.

 

 
 


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