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National signing day 2012: Receiver Nelson Agholor chooses USC

USCUSC continued to mine Florida for top talent Monday with receiver Nelson Agholor announcing that he would join the Trojans.

Earlier Monday, defensive lineman Leonard Williams of Mainland High in Daytona Beach, Fla., announced that he would sign with USC.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Agholor starred at Tampa Berkeley Prep. He reportedly chose USC over Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

Agholor joins a Trojans receiving corps that includes All-American Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and George Farmer.

USC Coach Lane Kiffin can sign a maximum of 15 players.

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--Gary Klein 

National signing day 2012: QB T.J. Millweard signs with UCLA

UCLAT.J. Millweard, a quarterback from Fort Worth All Saints Episcopal High School, said he signed his letter of intent with UCLA on Wednesday morning.

Millweard, 6-feet-4 and 230 pounds, is ranked 23rd nationally among quarterbacks by Rivals.com and 31st by Scout.com. He will enroll early at UCLA to participate in spring practice.

UCLA could have a quarterback surplus soon, with Millweard and Old Tappan (N.J.) High’s Devin Fuller coming in next season and Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter‘s Eddie Printz giving the Bruins an oral commitment for 2013.

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-- Chris Foster

National signing day 2012: Leonard Williams picks USC

USCLeonard Williams, a defensive lineman from Daytona Beach, Fla., announced Wednesday that he would sign a national letter of intent with USC, according to several reports.

That's good news for the Trojans, who lost commit Pio Vatuvei to Washington.

Williams, 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, could help a defensive line that lost three starters in end Nick Perry and tackles DeJohn Harris and Christian Tupou.

The Trojans are still awaiting word on a decision from another Floridian: receiver Nelson Agholor.

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-- Gary Klein

National signing day 2012: UCLA under news blackout; Hulick signs

UCLANational signing day 2012 is here, but UCLA officials are remaining mum on which players have sent in letters of intent, per orders from Coach Jim Mora, while other programs gush information.

Free speech, though, can’t be halted. Anaheim Esperanza offensive lineman Carl Hulick said he signed his letter at 7 a.m.

Hulick, 6 feet 2 and 285 pounds, is ranked 14th nationally among centers by Rivals.com and 15th by Scout.com.

UCLA had 26 oral commitments heading into Wednesday. The Bruins have 68 players on scholarship currently. If everyone signs, UCLA will be nine over the NCAA limit of 85 scholarship players.

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-- Chris Foster

'Woof!' Signing day means no longer having to speak in code

Steve Sarkisian

The best/worst news about national signing day is that schools can now reveal the names of players they have been chasing for months.

NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking about recruits until they sign their letters of intent, but that didn't stop some on Twitter from making sure their message was getting out.

It seemed curious at first when Washington Huskies' Coach Steve Sarkisian started sending "Woof!" on his Twitter handle. Was he catching a cold? Did he get a new dog? Was he turning into a werewolf?

It soon became clear Sarkisian tweeted "Woof!" each time he had landed a top prospect. Two "Woofs!" meant two players, and last week Sark hit the mother lode with "Woof! Woof! Woof!"

UCLA top recruiter Adrian Klemm thinly veiled a signing with his tweets of "8-Clap!!!!" When Klemm was at Southern Methodist, his code was "Pony Up."

As a public service, we've come up with twitter codes schools might want to consider next season:

--Wisconsin: "Moooooo!"

--Boston College: "An Eagle has landed!!"

--Arizona State Sun Devils: "Put a Pitch Fork in it!"

--Oregon: "The Shoe Fit!

--Any SEC school: "$$$$$$$$$$!!" (just kidding)

It's a good thing UC Santa Cruz doesn't play major college football: What could you use as code for its nickname: Banana Slugs..."Slime Me!!!?"

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-- Chris Dufresne

chris.dufresne@latimes.com

twitter.com/DufresneLATimes

Photo: Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

National signing day 2012: USC loses Pio Vatuvei to Washington

USCUSC is expected to have an elite class by the time national signing day 2012 is over, but the Trojans lost at least one player who had verbally committed when Washington announced that defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei had accepted a scholarship offer from the Huskies.

Vatuvei, 6-foot-3 and 272 pounds, attends Patterson High in Patterson, Calif.

USC, which is in the first year of scholarship limitations, was concentrating on signing offensive and defensive linemen.

The Trojans are awaiting word on players such as defensive lineman Leonard Williams from Mainland High in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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National signing day 2012: Tuerk, Simmons sign with USC

National signing day 2012

Let's hear it for the high school kids who make a commitment and actually stick with it for months. That would be all-star offensive linemen Max Tuerk of Santa Margarita and Jordan Simmons of Encino Crespi.

For months, they were committed to USC and they signed with the Trojans on Wednesday.

They lost out on free meals during potential recruiting visits and Internet recruiting writers weren't calling them nightly to find out if they had changed their minds.

No drama. No craziness. But they're Trojans.

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-- Eric Sondheimer

Photos: USC signees Max Tuerk of Santa Margarita, left, and Jordan Simmons of Encino Crespi. Credits: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times; Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

National signing day 2012: Mike Leach loves L.A.

New Washington State Coach Mike Leach should be singing the Randy Newman tune, "I Love L.A.," because he sure has made inroads recruiting in the Los Angeles City Section.

Running back Robert Lewis (South East), receiver Gabe Marks (Venice) and defensive end Jeremiah Allison (Dorsey) were all big-time players in City Section football this past season scheduled to sign with the Cougars.

"He's been painting the picture of turning Washington State around," said Ron Allen of B2G Sports, which trains high school athletes in Los Angeles. "He's cleaning up L.A. City athletes."

Also headed to Pullman are Gardena Serra linebacker Kache Palacio, Culver City receiver Alex Jackson and Culver City linebacker Khalil Pettway.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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National signing day 2012: The fax machine is back in vogue

National signing day 2012With smartphones, email, scanners and Facebook, fax machines have been disappearing as a communication device, similar to pay telephones.

But on national signing day 2012 for football, faxes are the most common way for athletes to send in their signed letters to colleges confirming they have accepted a scholarship offer.

Across the country on Wednesday, fax machines at college athletic departments will be busy, and athletes figure to be using their high schools' fax machines to send their letters.

See, there is a need for a fax machine at least once a year.

-- Eric Sondhemer

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National signing day 2012: The battle for No. 1

Mack Brown, Nick Saban

It's letter-of-intent day for high school football players, and the battle among the nation's colleges to have the No. 1-ranked recruiting class is on.

As national signing day 2012 begins, Scout.com has Texas and Alabama ranked No. 1 and 2 in a close competition. Rivals.com has Alabama No. 1 and Texas No. 2.

UCLA is the highest ranked Pac-12 school at No. 11 by Scout. USC is No. 11 by Rivals and UCLA No. 15.

Of course, the day is just starting, and we'll get to see which recruits actually stick with their commitments and send in their letters via fax to finally end the process.

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-- Eric Sondheimer

Left photo: Texas Coach Mack Brown. Credit: Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press

Right photo: Alabama Coach Nick Saban. Credit: Dave Martin / Associated Press

UCLA football: Tackle Simon Goines switches to UCLA

UclalogoSimon Goines, a tackle from Keller (Texas) Central High School, said he will play for UCLA.

Goines, who is 6 feet 7, 290 pounds, made the announcement at his school Monday afternoon. His commitment gives UCLA five offensive linemen in the 2012 class.

Goines is ranked 37th at his position by Scout.com and 55th by Rivals.com. He had previously committed to Missouri. Goines was also being sought by Mississippi State, Arkansas, Baylor, West Virginia and Kansas State.

-- Chris Foster

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