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The Latest: Ohio State gets 1st win for incoming coach Day

Posted 12/19/18

The Latest: Ohio State gets 1st win for incoming coach Day By The Associated Press , Associated Press The Latest on the first day of the early college football signing period (all times Eastern): …

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The Latest: Ohio State gets 1st win for incoming coach Day


The Latest: Ohio State gets 1st win for incoming coach Day

By The Associated Press , Associated Press

The Latest on the first day of the early college football signing period (all times Eastern):

12:45 p.m.

Defensive end Zach Harrison, the top-ranked prospect in Ohio, gave Ryan Day his first big victory as the Buckeyes' incoming head coach. Harrison, from Olentangy Orange High School, not far from Ohio State State's campus, picked the Buckeyes over Michigan and Penn State.

Harrison had played his recruitment relatively quiet and his announcement ceremony only streamed on his high school's website.

The Buckeyes' 2019 class is lagging behind its usual top-five standard, in part because it is likely to be a relatively small and in part because of the uncertainty this season surrounding outgoing head coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer announced earlier this month he will retire after the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, giving the 39-year-old Day his first head coaching job. He has been Ohio State's offensive coordinator.

Landing Harrison, considered a top-15 player nationally, was a good sign for Day and the Buckeyes.


12:20 p.m.

Cooper Dawson from South Carolina brought a friend with him to his signing ceremony, Kingsley Feinman, who was born with cerebral palsy and is in a wheel chair.

Video of the announcement was shared by Scott Eisberg, the sports director for WCIV in Charleston, South Carolina, and the tweet had 15,000 likes in four hours.

Dawson told the crowd gathered at the high school that Feinman taught him the only disability was a bad attitude. Dawson missed his senior year with a leg injury, but


12 p.m.

Florida swept a trio of highly rated recruits from Lakeland High School, with offensive lineman Deyavie Hammond, defensive end Lloyd Summerall and tight end Keon Zipperer all picking the Gators in a signing day ceremony at the school.

Summerall drew some attention earlier this month when he posted photos on Twitter of himself


11:30 a.m.

A late flip by a quarterback from Michigan effected Ohio State and Georgia and had some wondering if Justin Fields could have played a part.

Dwan Mathis from Belleville, Michigan, flipped from the Buckeyes to the Bulldogs, a day after Fields' name appeared in the NCAA's transfer database. Fields was a five-star recruit in the 2018 class and it has already been speculated that he could end up in Columbus, Ohio, next season, playing for new coach Ryan Day.

The uncertainty around Fields had Georgia scrambling to add a quarterback to its 2019 class.

Other notable decision on the first day of the early signing period were cornerback Elijah Blades, a top junior college recruit who signed with Texas A&M after been committed to Oregon. The Ducks, who are likely to have a top-10 class, also lost out on defensive back Jeremiah Criddell of California to Oklahoma.

Noah Cain, one of the top running backs in the country from IMG Academy in Florida, picked Penn State over Georgia and Auburn.


9:30 a.m.

An early signing-day surprise: Dax Hill, a five-star defensive back from Oklahoma, flipped from Alabama and Hill had been verbally committed to Michigan but switched to Alabama a few weeks ago. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh lured him back when it mattered most.

Hill is the younger brother of Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill.

Not much drama was expected with another opportunity for prospects to sign in February, but the top schools figured to have most of their class of 2019 locked in by the end of the day. Maybe even before lunch.

The signed national letters of intent were rolling in as the sun rose, with schools and coaches using their Twitter feeds to celebrate the newcomers. elaborate .


The second year of college football's early signing period promises to be busy, with most teams expected to lock up the bulk of their 2019 classes Wednesday and Alabama working on another recruiting championship.

Last season was the first with an early signing period in college football. It quickly replaced the traditional February signing period as the primary time for high school players to make their verbal commitments binding by inking national letters of intent.

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