National Signing Day updates

Posted February 5th, 2014


UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: Texas lands four-star defensive tackle Poona Ford of Hilton Head, S.C.

Ford was a former Louisville pledge. He de-committed after Charlie Strong’s departure, and will now follow Strong to Texas.


Ford is 6-foot-0, 285 pounds and rated the 22nd defensive tackle in the country, according to 247Sports Composite.

UPDATE 10:15 a.m.: Defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao, a former Texas pledge, was the final 2014 Fab 55 member to commit to a school when he pledged to LSU over Oregon moments ago.

Lealaimatafao, of San Antonio Warren, is No. 40 in the final release of the American-Statesman Fab 55.

No. 3 Solomon Thomas, who picked Stanford at 7 a.m. this morning live on ESPNU, was the only other uncommitted prospect on the list entering national signing day.

UPDATE: 9:50 a.m.: Texas A&M lost out on two elite defensive players in a matter of five minutes as Louisiana teammates Kenny Young and Mattrell McGraw elected to sign with Pac-12 schools over the Aggies.

Teammates on New Orleans (La.) John Curitss, Young, the No. 7 inside linebacker in the country, picked UCLA, and McGraw, the No. 28 safety, picked Oregon.

UPDATE 8:50 a.m.:  Three-star Lakeland (Fla.) Victory Christian Academy defensive tackle Chris Nelson will pick Texas when he makes his announcement this afternoon, according to the Longhorn Network.

Nelson was committed to Louisville until Charlie Strong left the Cardinals for the University of Texas. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound tackle took an official visit to Texas on Jan. 24 and was expected to choose the Longhorns over in-state Central Florida later today.


12:00 p.m.: Texas leapfrogged two spots with the addition of four-star defensive tackle Poona Ford. At noon on national signing day, Texas now sits at No. 13 in the country, and tops in the Big 12, ahead of now No. 15 Oklahoma.

Texas A&M continues to hold at No. 5.

9:20 a.m.: Texas now owns the No. 15 class in the country after a strong signing day for the Stanford Cardinal. In part by adding Coppell DE Solomon Thomas, No. 3 on the final 2014 Fab 55, Stanford has jumped five spots up to No. 12.

9:00 a.m.: Texas has fallen to the No. 14 class in the country. The Longhorns are now second in the Big 12 behind No. 13 Oklahoma.

Texas A&M is now sitting at No. 5 in the country after some movement by LSU and Florida State early this morning.

*Rankings baseed on 247Sports Composite


No surprises so far on NSD 2014 for Texas or Texas A&M.

Official Longhorns: (23 of around 22 expected)

– OL Alex Anderson (early enrollee)

– LB Andrew Beck (early enrollee)

– WR Roderick Bernard

– S John Bonney

– RB Donald Catalon

– OL Terrell Cuney

– DT Poona Ford

– WR Armanti Foreman

– RB D’Onta Foreman

– LB Edwin Freeman

– WR Garrett Gray

– S Jason Hall

– LB Cameron Hampton

– QB Jerrod Heard

– WR Lorenzo Joe

– WR Dorian Leonard

– DL Jake McMillon

– DT Chris Nelson

– DB Jermaine Robberts

– DE Derick Roberson

– OL Elijah Rodriguez

– RB Kevin Shorter

– JUCO TE Blake Whiteley (early enrollee)

The announcements Texas is waiting on are defensive tackles Poona Ford (Hilton Head, S.C.) and Chris Nelson (Lakeland (Fla) Victory Christian). Ford is slated to announce at 11:30 via the ESPNU Twitter account. Nelson will announce at 1:15.


Official Aggies: (21 of around 21 expected)

– LB Otaro Alaka

– QB Kyle Allen (early enrollee)

– DB Cedric Collins

– DE Qualen Cunningham

– OL Kealvin Davis

– OL Jermaine Eluemunor (early enrollee)

– DE Myles Garrett

– OL Avery Gennesy (early enrollee)

– OL JJ Gustafson (early enrollee)

– DB Nick Harvey

– DT Zaycoven Henderson (early enrollee)

– WR Frank Iheanacho

– WR Jamal Jeffery

– DE Jarrett Johnson

– OL Zach Ledwik

– OL Koda Martin

– WR Speedy Noil (early enrollee)

– WR Josh Reynolds (early enrollee)

– LB Josh Walker

– DT Deshawn Washington

– DB Armani Watts

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