Day 1: Stars choose their schools

Day 1: Stars choose their schools

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Day 1: Stars choose their schools

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Welcome one and all to the USA Today High School Sports Fall Signing Period Live Blog, where we’ll be tracking all the best athletes in sports not named football (American variety). Got news of a top athlete that we aren’t featuring here signing on the dotted line with the school of their choice? Let us know about it on Twitter or here in the comments section. 

7:00 p.m. — When friendship goes beyond rivalries.

6:45 p.m. — Matt McQuaid officials signs with Michigan State:

6:10 p.m. — Hey! Hockey players have to sign, too!

6:02 p.m. — Chase Jeter: Duke Blue Devil. Top-ranking signed recruit in the ACC so far.

6:00 p.m. — One baseball team: 11 signees in New Jersey.

5:50 p.m. — If there was one meme that could have popped out of today’s start of Early Signing Period, it has to be the “standing at the rails” guy from P.J. Dozier’s signing ceremony. Dude was too much. If any video or images exist, this will surely be a meme … quickly.

5:40 p.m. — Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the best cut-out art of the day accompanied a recruit who committed when she was still in 8th grade. Bravo, Amanda Lorenz. Bravo.

5:30 p.m. — Unlike many programs, Baylor has his 2015 class signed, sealed and delivered.

5:15 p.m. — Aaron Holiday following in family footsteps, officially heading to UCLA.

5:12 p.m. — Wondering who the big winners and losers are so far on the first day of Early Signing Period? Our USA Today colleague Eric Prisbell has you covered.

5:10 p.m. — Finally! A photo of Tacko Fall’s official signing ceremony.

5:00 p.m. — Wait, wait, stop everything. Why are there collegiate signings taking place at a Kia dealership?

4:50 p.m. — Bow tie and cufflinks!

4:40 p.m. — There were plenty of photogenic teens making their collegiate commitments on Wednesday. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame volleyball sensation Zana Muno was certainly one of them, pledging to UCLA with an indefatigable smile.

4:30 p.m. — Why is this photo significant? Because Danny Gelalich is the third straight son in his family to earn a Division I baseball scholarship. Really. Only other family we can think of with that hardball pedigree has the last name of Clemens.

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4:25 p.m. — Great story that tends to make us agree: Albany wins all the good will points.

4:15 p.m. — Brendan Rodgers is arguably the top baseball recruit in the Class of 2015. He’s taking his talents to Florida State.

4:10 p.m. — California baseball power J Serra celebrates it’s annual crop of big-time recruits.

4:05 p.m. — Something for Georgetown fans to get excited about: Marcus Derrickson is headed back home to be a Hoya.

4:00 p.m. — Another potential strong sleeper to watch: Dalton Soffer, who signed with Seton Hall today.

3:55 p.m. — So it wasn’t just Mickey Mitchell. This A.J. Harris illustration gets to us, too.

3:50 p.m. — This will forever belong in the annals of “awkward interview photos”. Can’t blame Melissa Mahadeo; that’s Tacko Fall, the tallest hoops player in America and a new Central Florida signee.

3:40 p.m. — There it is, folks. Ben Simmons is officially a Tiger.

3:25 p.m. — Annnnnd … we have our first Superman-style signing reveal:

3:15 p.m. — Dueling baked goods in Cherry Creek Colorado! New Mexico cake or Kansas cupcakes? Hardest decision of the day.

3:05 p.m. — Is anyone else slightly spooked by this photo/illustration of Mickey Mitchell?

3:00 p.m. — Grace Vander Weide celebrated signing with Missouri State with her rather large family. One of Iowa’s best.

2:45 p.m. — Forgetting the date on National Signing Day? Never!

2:30 p.m. — Kristine Anigwe’s beanie hat is soooo Berkeley. Well done.

2:20 p.m. — We’re big into pairs of recruits today. Minnesota swimming and diving nabbed one couplet in Zoe Avestruz and Kaia Grobe.

2:15 p.m. — Notre Dame is proud to crow about its new men’s basketball recruits.

1:55 p.m. — Recruits, take notice: Very good advice from the Forsyth County News:

1:45 p.m. — Another top recruit makes his pledge official: Elijah Thomas is headed to Texas A&M.

1:40 p.m. — In anticipation of Ben Simmons signing with LSU (we have all been assured) in fewer than 60 minutes, please enjoy our favorite photo of the Aussie superstar … making a funny face with his infant niece.

He’s also happy to stoke future SEC rivalries …

1:35 p.m. — Iona pulling double duty on hoops commits from Spring Valley High School.

1:30 p.m. — Meanwhile, Notre Dame girls hoops signee Marina Mabrey decided for the much more low key signing approach of the family kitchen.

1:20 p.m. — Already a big haul of signed letters in from the state of Arizona, per Arizona Republic friend Richard Obert:

1:15 p.m. — Early leader for Early Singing Period sign of the day, from UConn womens basketball signee Katie Lou Samuelson

1:05 p.m. — Just as a reminder, this is the player that the Gamecocks are getting:

12:57 p.m. — Dozier picks Frank Martin’s South Carolina Gamecocks. Staying close to home, and that’s a surprise to many.

12:50 p.m. — Want to watch P.J. Dozier commit live right now? Just tune in below:


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12:37 p.m. — Texas A&M celebrating its signed, sealed and delivered offers.

12:35 p.m. — Everyone awaiting the signing decision of super hoops recruit P.J. Dozier. Louisville, North Carolina or South Carolina? Or maybe Georgetown? Everyone wants to find out …

12:25 p.m. — As if there was any question, another Clemens will be headed to play baseball at the University of Texas …

12:20 p.m. — Mickey Mitchell was mentioned among our five sleepers, but he isn’t the only Texan signing on with Ohio State coach Thad Matta today. Fellow Lone Star Stater Austin Grandstaff is joining him, too.

12:15 p.m. — Sometimes it isn’t the biggest names that end up making the biggest impact. Check out this list of five “sleeper” players from the early signing period that could have a major impact at the collegiate level.

12:00 p.m. — We’ve seen plenty of official signing ceremonies already this morning, but so far no top-5 hoops recruits. We’re still waiting … but should we be? Check out this feature from colleague Jason Jordan about why so many top prospects are now waiting past Nov. 12. And, there’s this on how signing with one school necessarily brings an end to the relationships that a top prospect may have had with other coaches.

Finally, if you haven’t had a chance to yet, make sure to check out our photo gallery of the Top 50 players who are expected to sign early, including top overall prospect Ben Simmons.

Montverde Academy's Australian superstar Ben Simmons is expected to sign with LSU — USA Today Sports Images

Montverde Academy’s Australian superstar Ben Simmons is expected to sign with LSU — USA Today Sports Images

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