Signing Day Tracker Central
Carl Mitchell
Carl Mitchell
TigerAuthority.com Beat Writer
Posted Feb 1, 2012


TigerAuthority.com brings you comprehensive signing day coverage. Check back here throughout the day for updates on signatures.

TigerAuthority.com brings you the latest from Memphis on National Signing Day. This space will be updated after each National Letter of Intent is received by Memphis.

12:10 p.m. Whitehaven defensive back Derrick Bobo signs with the Tigers. Bobo took an official visit to Ole Miss last weekend but was not offered by the Rebels. He chose the Tigers over Missouri State.


11:36 a.m.
MLK (Lithonia, Ga.) athlete Dontavious Heard (right) inks with the Tigers. He will play safety at Memphis.

After he received his improved test scores last weekend, Heard began hearing from Nebraska, Georgia Tech, and several other BCS programs.

He switched his commitment from Utah State to Memphis on his official visit last weekend and is rated a 2-star athlete by Scout.


11:33 a.m.
Kathleen Senior (Lakeland, Fla.) tight end Kerwin Harrison signs with Memphis. Rated a 3-star tight end, Harrison is one of the better prospects Memphis coach Justin Fuente signed for 2012.

Harrison joins several other tight ends in the class. Fuente has said in the past that he intends to utilize the tight end position far more often than Memphis has done in years past.


11:13 a.m.
After a long and confusing process, Melrose quarterback Will Gross (right) signed with Memphis. The Tigers also got a signature from College of the Desert (Calif.) running back Jai Steib.

Gross, rated a 3-star quarterback by Scout, committed to Memphis in July, setting off a tidal wave of local recruits staying home to play for the Tigers. He tore his ACL during his senior season, however, and is currently rehabbing the injury.


9:27 a.m.
Memphis got a trio of signatures when Plantation (Fla.) DB Chris Morley, St. Benedict (Cordova, Tenn.) OL Cody Quon, and Olive Branch (Olive Branch, Miss.) LB Leonard Pegues.

Morley committed on his official visit last month. Pegues, a 2-star LB, committed to the Tigers two weeks ago. He joins his high school teammate and cousin, Wynton McManis, at Memphis.


8:59 a.m.
Just before the clock struck 9 a.m., Memphis reeled in another foursome of signatures: Wooddale receiver Daniel Hurd (right), Nova (Miramar, Fla.) defensive back Chauncey Lanier, Trinity Christian Academy (Deltona, Fla.) quarterback Paxton Lynch, and East (Memphis, Tenn.) tight end Latarius Brady.

Hurd, a 2-star receiver, had been committed to Memphis since July. Lanier, a 2-star DB, was previously committed to UConn before signing with the Tigers. Brady is rated a 2-star OL but will play tight end or defensive line for the Tigers.

Lynch committed on his official visit last weekend.


8:40 a.m.
Arlington High (Arlington, Texas) tight end Daniel Montiel (right) sent in his paperwork. Montiel played offensive lineman for Arlington, but Memphis intends to use him as a tight end. His athleticism makes him a capable threat at the tight end position.

Montiel is not ranked by Scout.


8:08 a.m.
Memphis got a bit of a surprise when Dion Witty, a 5-foot-11 defensive back from Coral Springs, Fla. who was previously committed to Purdue, signed with the Tigers.

Witty officially visited two weekends ago. The No. 154-rated CB in the country had offers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Florida, and others.


7:58 a.m.
Memphis pulled in four national letters of intent at the same time. Olive Branch (Miss.) linebacker Wynton McManis, Rock Bridge (Colo.) offensive lineman Michael Stannard, Blinn (Texas) Community College defensive back Anthony Watson, and Wooddale defensive end Carl Mitchell all sent in their signatures to Memphis.

McManis, rated a 2-star LB, was the first commitment of the 2012 class for Memphis. Carl Mitchell is rated a 2-star DE.


7:48 a.m.
Tony Mays, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive lineman from Whitehaven High School (Memphis, Tenn.), has signed with Memphis.

Mays sat out the majority of last season with a fractured ankle but is fully recovered and should add competition to the offensive line position in fall camp.


7:13 a.m.
Micah Simmons, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman from Lindale, Texas, is the first commit to send in his national letter of intent.

Simmons is rated a 2-star lineman by Scout and the No. 168 offensive tackle in the country. He had originally committed to Arkansas State before switching to the Tigers after an official visit to Memphis three weeks ago.


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