Signing day marches through its third hour as several more big names made announcements, including No. 5 DT Aubrey Solomon and No. 8 wide receiver Jeff Thomas. Here's catching you up on the biggest news during the day's third hour, from 10-11 a.m. ET.
Michigan landed one of the highest-rated prospects still on the board heading into signing day, as ESPN 300 defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon committed to the Wolverines. Solomon originally committed to Michigan before stepping back and taking a look at Alabama, Georgia and USC, before heading back to coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. Solomon is the nation’s No. 5 defensive tackle and heads to Ann Arbor to play alongside Rashan Gary, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect and No. 1 defensive tackle in the 2016 class.
Colorado scored a big flip by pulling tight end Jared Poplawski away from his Arizona State commitment. Poplawski was one of four prospects from Scottsdale (Arizona) Saguaro committed to the hometown Sun Devils. Colorado entered the day with a top-25 class as the Buffaloes were able to capitalize immediately on a very successful season.
Louisville continued to build a very impressive offensive line class as the Cardinals signed four-star offensive tackle Mekhi Becton over offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Virginia Tech and others. Becton joins ESPN JC 50 offensive tackle Ronald Rudd, four-star tackle Toryque Bateman and three-star guards Caleb Chandler and Cole Bentley in this class for Louisville.
LSU continued its big day by landing ESPN 300 safety Todd Harris. This was a huge recruiting win for the Tigers, as the No. 83 overall prospect was also looking at Alabama, Arizona State, Ole Miss and TCU. He was a prospect that LSU simply had to keep at home, as the Tigers now hold commitments or signatures from three of the top five prospects in the state of Louisiana. Had Harris gone to Alabama, the Crimson Tide would have grabbed three of the top six prospects in the state. This is coming off a year where LSU dominated in the state of Louisiana, signing five of the top six in-state prospects in the 2016 class.
Maryland landed a big commitment on signing day, as ESPN 300 running back Cordarrian Richardson announced for the Terrapins. Richardson, the nation’s No. 229 overall prospect, joins fellow ESPN 300 running back Anthony McFarland as big pickups at the position for Maryland.
South Carolina added two significant pieces to the defensive line in ESPN JC 50 defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw and ESPN 300 defensive tackle Aaron Sterling. Kinlaw originally signed with South Carolina out of high school in the 2016 class and the nation’s No. 1 junior college defensive tackle stuck with the Gamecocks despite taking a look at USC. Sterling, a former Alabama commitment, is the nation’s No. 210 prospect and a big get out of Georgia over offers from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina State and Tennessee. Those two join ESPN 300 defensive tackle M.J. Webb -- also from Georgia -- to give the Gamecocks a huge boost in the middle of the defensive line.
Mississippi State landed its top-ranked prep prospect on signing day, as outside linebacker Willie Gay announced his commitment to the Bulldogs. Prior to Gay, the top six signees for Mississippi State had all been junior college prospects. Gay is the lone ESPN 300 commitment for the Bulldogs and an important in-state get, especially since he was originally committed to in-state rival Mississippi.
Miami landed two potential impact wide receivers, as ESPN 300 prospect Jeff Thomas and four-star receiver Mike Harley announced for the Hurricanes. Miami entered the day with a commitment from three-star receiver Evidence Njoku, so adding two dynamic prospects at the position is big. Harley had been committed to West Virginia earlier in the process and Thomas, the nation’s No. 8 wide receiver, selected Miami over Illinois, Louisville, Oregon and Tennessee.
Ole Miss made plenty of noise as the Rebels signed four-star safety C.J. Miller to go along with three-star inside linebacker Mohamed Sanogo, guard Sincere David and athlete JaVonta Payton. Miller is a former USC commit and David is a signing-day flip from Colorado State. Ole Miss is hanging on to a spot in the top 40 of the national rankings, so positive signing-day news is certainly welcomed for the Rebels.