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8:00: 9:11 p.m. We are signed, sealed and delivered. Hope you enjoyed the day! (DT & ED)

7:51: Just got off the phone with New Height coach Kimani Young. He told us that there is a strong possibility Jayvaughn Pinkston signs during the early period. He's looking at Marquette, St. John's, Villanova, Seton Hall and Tennessee. He also said Ashton Pankey would sign next week. He's visiting Houston this weekend. He was at Maryland for an official visit recently.

7:46: Mark Turgeon and Texas A&M signed a very strong frontcourt trio, each a different style player. Tobi Oyedeji (Top 100) is the big post. Keith Davis is the bouncy athlete inside and Daniel Alexander is the marksman behind the arc. The Aggies recycled a pledge from Kourtney Roberson, a four-star recruit from last fall. We didn't realize A&M was re-signing Roberson and with him that's an easy pick for Top 25 classes. (DT)

7:45: Coastal Carolina scored signatures from Daniel King and Willie Kirkland. Arizona made it official with Daniel Bejarano. TCU hit up Amric Fields and locked him down. William & Mary signed Julian Botner, Fred Heldring, Tim Rusthoven and sharp shooter Brandon Britt. (DT)

7:44: Wisconsin signed Evan Anderson, Duje Dukan and Josh Gasser.

7:34 I remember seeing Kendrick Perry at the AAU Nationals and was taken by his game and upside. Congrats, he's headed to Youngstown State and signed today. (DT)

7:11: Have 12 minutes to spare and like recruiting? Maybe you'll enjoy my video wrap up shot earlier in the week. (DT)

6:27: George Mason and Jim Larranaga announced the signing of forward Jonathan Arledge.

"Jonathan Arledge is a unique big man," Larranaga said. "At 6'9" and 230 lbs. he has the size and strength to play inside with the best big men in the country. But what makes him special is his velvety smooth soft touch from 3-point range."

Arledge averaged 11.0 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game during his junior season. (ED)

6:19: Chris Mack just relayed to Scout.com that Jay Canty, Justin Martin, Griffin McKenzie and Jordan Latham have signed their Letter of Intents and sent them into the Xavier basketball offices. That's a top 25 class for Mack in his first year. (ED)

5:39: From Mel (whom I don't know but have an email relationship with). Maybe you show Redbird Nation some love and let everyone know on your blog that Jordan Threloff is signing tomorrow. Mel

5:14: Vanderbilt got their three Letter of Intents in. Kyle Fuller, Josh Henderson and Rod Odom all signed with Kevin Stallings's club.

"We think these three guys will not only have an impact early in their career, but have great careers here and have an impact on our program moving forward," Kevin Stallings said in a press release. (ED)

5:03: Who were the big winners from the early signing period? Who signed the top back court and front court classes? What about the top mid-major groups? Check out: Signing Day Superlatives

4:42: The Friars signed Ron Giplaye, the aforementioned Gerard Coleman and Joe Young. My good friend Tod Kowalczyk added two-time all-stater Kam Cerroni and forward Daniel Turner. Ahmad Starks continues the Pac-10's rich history of sub-six-foot point guards and was eager to ink with the Beavers (sorry, long day). (DT)

4:40 St. Francis (PA) signs Scott Eatherton, Storm Stanley and Kyheim Hall. The Citadel added DeVontae Wright. Flavien Davis signed with Loyola. (DT)

4:35: Butler's three-man class of Erik Fromm, Chrishawn Hopkins and Khyle Marshall have all signed. Another solid class for Butler! (ED)

4:30: And they're off ... Miami-OH signs Jon Harris, Quinten Rollins and Josh Sewell. Georgia State adds Devonte White and Javonte Maynor in the backcourt. Seth Greenberg inked Philly guard Tyrone Garland and he's exactly the type VT wins with. Towson signs Cephas Oglesby and Jamal Flash. Quickly, I might add. (DT)

4:17 Ok, deep breath. New Hampton seniors Dartaye Ruffin (Drexel), Kyle Cain (URI), Evan Smotrycz (Go Blue) and Brady Heslip (Boston College) signed today. Penn State added Taran Buie who is going to be a standout in the backcourt. South Florida inked Lavonte Dority and Waverly Austin. All the Gamecock crew is signed and btw, Damontre Harris is our best dressed signee thus far (see photo gallery). (DT)

4:05: When asked if Majok Majok had any chances of signing Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon coach John Carroll said, "No." (ED)

3:57: Who is left? As of today 10 of Scout.com's top 25 are still available. To go deeper, 17 of Scout.com's top 100 are still available. The 10 guy within the top 25 are Harrison Barnes, Brandon Knight, Tobias Harris, Josh Selby, C.J. Leslie, Jelan Kendrick, Terrence Jones, Corey Joseph, Ray McCallum and Justin Coleman.

Harrison Barnes will announce on Friday at a press conference and Tobias Harris is expected to announce next week. Outside of those two, it appears the others will be pushing their recruitments to the fall. (ED)

3:51: Texas A&M's class of Tobi Oyedeji, Daniel Alexander, Keith Davis and Kourtney Roberson have sent their Letters of Intent. That's a pretty good group of front court guys! (ED)


Harrow Signs LOI

3:28: Ryan Harrow signed his Letter of Intent. Want proof? Thought you'd never ask. Photo to the right. (ED)

3:25: Santa Clara signed two distinctly different post players, both are talented. John McArthur is the center type and tough to move inside. Yannick Atanga is the pogo stick athlete inside. (DT)

3:20 More from our west coast bureau. Kyle Fuller penned his letter with Vandy. Ceremony at school tomorrow. Kyle, send photos! (DT)

3:08: Getting a lot of calls on Kentucky's Stacey Poole. The four-star prospect told me this morning that he'd be sending in his LOI later today. He doesn't have school today, so no press conference. (ED)

3:00: Received word from a source that Tony Mitchell will not be signing this week. He's going to visit Missouri and then likely make a commitment next week. (ED)

2:45 Jody Demling confirmed a host of signees in the Bluegrass state today. Ricardo Johnson signed with Ohio University, Dakotah Euton signed with Akron and Josh Sewell signed with Miami-OH. (ED)

2:51: Perfect blog material from Jody Demling. Curtis Washington etched "SC" into his head in honor of his signing with Southern Cal. (ED)


Curtis Washington Loves USC
2:44: T.J. Taylor's LOI made it to Oklahoma, according to Jeff Capel. Cameron Clark is expected to sign later in the week. (ED)

2:41: Correction. Spradling is from the 913 and Kreklow signs tomorrow. Thanks, Bossi. (DT)

2:30: From the 816 we're pleased to report that Will Spradling and Ricky Kreklow will sign today. Frank Williams inks with Detroit tomorrow. (DT)

2:22 Don't want to read too much into it but it's noteworthy that Iowa State announced Melvin Ejim's signing today today. Now, the Cyclones can always issue another release if they get Barnes on Friday. (DT)

2:20: Ole Miss has Dundrecous Nelson and Demarco Cox signed up for a tour in the SEC. (DT)

2:09: More action from the west coast. Kevin O'Neill and USC have received Letters of Intent from Curtis Washington, Maurice Jones, Garrett Jackson and Bryce Jones. Dwayne Polee is committed, but can't sign because his dad works at USC.

2:06: Kendall Marshall will sign tomorrow as will his Tar Heel companion Reggie Bullock. We'll count their letters as in and expect the official release tomorrow. (DT)

1:49: Missed a commitment along the lines and it sounds like a good one. Bernard James, a 23-year old veteran of the wars overseas and current stud at Tallahassee JC will sign with Florida State. He'll join Okaro White, Ian Miller and maybe Jon Kreft. (DT)

1:40: Bruce Ellington, R.J. Slawson, Damontre Harris, Eric Smith and Brian Richardson have all signed their LOI's and sent them into South Carolina.

1:36: Just got off the phone with Luke Cothron. We knew he wasn't signing early, but is he still solid with N.C. State? "I'm still committed," Cothron said. When asked why he didn't sign he responded, "I just wasn't ready."

1:32: Indiana fans are curious about Will Sheehey. Sounds like if he signs early it'll be IU, if not he'll take some other visits. Adam Ross, of Weston (Fla.) Sagemont, still doesn't know what his wing prospect will do. "Not sure if he's going to pull the trigger or not," he texted to Scout.com.

1:29: The starting backcourt for BABC is locked up. Phil Pressey is a Tiger (signing not confirmed yet) and Gerard Coleman is a Friar (signed). (DT)

1:27 For the record. There are no odds on Harrison Barnes in Vegas. If anyone took my attempt at humor seriously (and there were a few of you) I apologize in advance. Sitting in a room answering texts, calls and emails will make a person a bit silly. (DT)

1:25: Vander Blue, a four-star prospect out of Madison (Wisc.) Memorial made his commitment official by signing with Marquette at a press conference at his school. His letter is in! (ED)

1:23: James Henderson, of PackPride, just texted in from Ryan Harrow's press conference. He spoke with C.J. Leslie and the top 15 recruit said he has no favorites and no timetable on his recruitment. (ED)

1:21: West Coast in the house. Arizona State announces Kaela King. (DT)

1:18: About time for the West Coast precincts to start reporting? Right? Our guy over at Gamecock Anthem, Josh Capers, passed along that Bruce Ellington signed with USC today. Eric Smith has a presser this afternoon and R.J. Slawson signs on Friday. (DT)

1:10: Nice work Gardner-Webb asst. AD Mark Rabb. Michael Byron, Luke Davis and T.J. Hallice signed. (DT)

1:05: Mike Brey's at it again. We'll put Notre Dame in our honorable mention recruiting class rankings. Alex Dragicevich, Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins are signed and headed to the Dome. (DT)

12:54: Just got off the phone with Kelvin Jefferson, of South Kent (Conn.) Academy, and he confirmed J.J. Moore's commitment to Pittsburgh. "J.J. committed maybe 20 minutes to coach [Jamie] Dixon and Pittsburgh." (ED)

12:53: Pittsburgh is a contender for a Top 25 recruiting class. That's right, J.J. Moore of South Kent is on board joining Cameron Wright and Isaiah Epps. (DT)

12:43: All of Ohio State's six Letter of Intents are in. Jared Sullinger, DeShaun Thomas, Jordan Sibert, Aaron Craft, Lenzell Smith and JD Weatherspoon make up the current No. 1 recruiting class.

12:36 Is that ... no, it can't be. Yes, C.J. Leslie is in the audience for Ryan Harrow's signing ceremony in Raleigh. The plot thickens! Leslie's high school coach is Harrow's brother in law. (DT)

12:15 Rickey Scott's LOI arrived in Fayetteville. (DT)

12:14: Iowa's last two Letter of Intents -- Cody Larson and Zach McCabe -- have made their way into the basketball offices. All four of their commitments are signed.

12:09: Travis McKie's signature is on the papers and we have a picture to prove it.


Travis McKie Signs
12:03: OK, we're looking to update our front page photo a lot today. If you have a signing day photo, email it over to dtelep@scout.com. (DT)

Noon Ben Brust's letter of intent has arrived at Iowa per his brother. (DT)

11:56: UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma, Florida and Detroit all interested in what Ray McCallum is going to do.

When asked if he was signing today McCallum said, "Not today I have to talk to my family first, but nothing today.

Any chance of signing in the early period?

"To be honest with you I'm not even sure yet," McCallum said.

McCallum is ranked No. 7 overall by Scout.com.

11:48: Jereme Richmond's LOI is now in. Hopefully his name is tweeted right!

11:44: Rich get richer. Josh Pastner are you serious? Hippolyte Tsafack to Memphis. Miller School coach Scott Willard with the knowledge drop! (DT)

11:32: Crandall Head's letter is in at Illinois. On a side note Jerrance Howard made recruiting history by spelling his own recruits name wrong on Twitter. Great job Jerrance! ;)

11:26: Shawn Kemp is going to Auburn. Done deal. Thanks, Mark Murphy of our Auburn site. (DT)

11:17: Word out of Illinois is Meyers Leonard has sent in his LOI. Top 50 big man pick up for Bruce Weber and his staff. (ED)

11:10 Can Central Michigan get it done? Trey Zeigler isn't signing this week or next. The son of the CMU coach is waiting for the spring. UCLA, Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona and Arizona State, according to T.Z., will wait with him. (DT)

11:01: Daniel Bejarano, of Phoenix (Ariz.) North, will sign the University of Arizona at 4 ET during a ceremony at his high school. (ED)

10:56: Talented junior Quinn Cook just sent in a message: "Good luck today. Hold it down." Next year Cook will likely be signing right about now! (ED)

10:51: Roy Marble, whose dad was an All-American at Iowa, signed his Letter of Intent this morning. He's headed to Iowa to try and follow in his pops' footsteps. (ED)

10:45 Luke Cothron isn't signing with N.C. State today. Regardless, Pack is having a big day today with elite backcourt additions. Gotta wonder if a guy can't be counted on to sign early will they even pursue late? Can see them directing entire focus at CJ Leslie from this point on. (DT)

10:29 Just got off the phone with a handicapper from Vegas. Odds of signing Harrison Barnes: 5-2 Duke, 5-2 UNC, 10-1 Kansas, 40-1 Oklahoma, 45-1 UCLA, 100-1 Iowa State. Lines subject to change based on reaction by fan bases. We don't set 'em, just relay 'em. (DT)

10:25 We are beginning to roll out a bunch of our Signing Day features. Here's one that breaks down the conferences: Ranking The "Big Six.

10:19: Big thanks to Moni Samek, of Scout.com, for all her help. (DT & ED)

10:17: Jamail Jones' Letter of Intent is in at Marquette. The Montverde (Fla.) Academy standout is a three-star prospect. (ED)

10:13: Ralston Turner's papers are in at LSU. He's signed, sealed and delivered. (ED)

10:09 High Point Panthers and new coach Scott Cherry have strong class. Word from Da Point is that Travis Elliott of Boyd Anderson signed up today. My favorite addition: Justin Cheek. Remember the name; his sister was a star at Duke and dad is an NFL ref. (DT)

9:54: The most lottery picks since 2005 by conference: 1) ACC/Pac-10 (12) 2) Big East (10) 3) Big 12 (8) 4) SEC (6) 5) Big Ten (4) (DT)

9:46: Here's a little history lesson for the day on how the conferences fared since 2004: (DT)


Historical Breakdown of Conferences

History and Breakdown of Conferences That Signed Top 100 Players
YearACCBig EastSECBig 12Big TenPac-10C-USAWCCMWCA-10WACMVCHorizonNBA
2004171516151110322200-7
20051719151477402000-8
2006212015141213210100-N/A
200717171514189510110-N/A
200819142041117121121-N/A
200919131271311202200-N/A
Total11098936872671767731-15
Avg18.316.315.511.31211.22.811.21.20.50.2--


9:39 Roll Tide! Releford and Hankerson done bright and early this morning. Seriously, Anthony Grant was in search of a program-building point and T-Rell is more than qualified. Hey Saban, he played football this year ... nah, he's hoops only! (DT)

9:29: It didn't take Baylor long to get their press release out. Jones, No. 4 by Scout.com, is their highest ranked recruit in program history.

"Signing a player like Perry (Jones) is a monumental moment for this program," Scott Drew said. "Perry will not only be a great addition to our team, but will also open numerous doors for our program in years to come. (ED)

9:11: Baylor's big time commit Perry Jones signed his Letter of Intent early Wednesday morning. The top 5 prospect is a huge get for Scott Drew and the Bears. (ED)

8:31 New Cannon School coach Glen Taylor checks in. Hey Dave. Jarell (Eddie) just sent his paperwork in. ACC Bound! I'm telling you, Dave, this kid is getting better, and better, and better." (DT)

8:20: Quick elliptical workout during 'Saved By The Bell' (Classic!) and back to the phone lines. Marcus Thornton is officially a Clemson Tiger. His papers are in. (ED)

8:13 New Jersey native Khalil Murphy is heading west, as far west as he can get. Try San Francisco. (DT)

8:03 Absolutely no truth to the rumor that multiple coaches signed papers to rename their sons "Harrison" in advance of Friday. We've pulled records and no names have legally changed ... YET. (DT)

8:00 We've lost Evan. Nope, nevermind, he's upstairs getting a 10-minute (it doesn't matter we're having wings later) workout in before chaos erupts. (DT)

7:56: Jon Graham, of Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall College, will be waiting for the second signing period. When asked if he was going to sign a source said, "No. Not even close." (ED)

7:53: Travis McKie's twitter post: "Off to school, ready 2 sign dem PAPERS!!" Kyrie Irving posted that he was up around 5:30 am getting an early workout. Natives are restless this morning. (DT)

7:51: Big shout out to the veterans! Thanks for everything you've done! (DT & ED)

7:47: We didn't expect any news out of Louisa High near Richmond and we aren't going to get any. Justin Coleman isn't inking early. He's got to take care of academics first. UConn, Marquette, Providence and Arkansas are the main big doggies on his list. (DT)

7:14: Spoke with Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy coach Jason Smith just before I headed to bed last night. He said it's unlikely that Maurice Walker signs early. Pittsburgh seems like the school to beat though.

"That's definitely his leader, but I believe his parents would like him to take another visit to have something to compare it to," Smith told Scout.com.

Kansas, Seton Hall and St. John's are a few of the other schools involved with the 6-foot-10, 265-pound big man. (ED)

7:00: Signing Day is here! Let the letters begin rolling in! (ED)

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