National Signing Day is only two days away, but there has been plenty of action leading up to the official day.
Here are some of the highlights:Zach Banner
of Lakes (Lakewood, Wash.)
is set to make his announcement at 2:30 pm PST. Banner, ranked No. 21 overall by MaxPreps
, is a sizeable (6-foot-8, 295 pounds) offensive lineman who has drawn interest from the nation's premier programs. He has whittled his list to Oklahoma, USC and in-state Washington.
"I know where I'm going to school," Banner told the The (Tacoma) News Tribune
. "I can't wait for Monday."
* Monty Madaris
, ranked as the No. 22 wide receiver nationally by MaxPreps, has committed to Michigan State, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer
. The Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati,)
standout was the newspaper's player of the year after a season in which he made 56 receptions for 1,137 yards and 16 TDs. Among his list of finalists were Michigan, Cincinnati and Kentucy.
* New Ohio State coach Urban Meyer continues to make his mark for his first Buckeyes recruiting class. The latest commitment comes from Catholic Memorial School (West Roxbury, Mass.)
cornerback Armani Reeves
. Reeves originally was a Penn State commit, but reopened his recruitment. Reeves is ranked as the No. 11 cornerback recruit nationally by MaxPreps
and he competed in the recent Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
* Polo Manukainiu
, a defensive end from Trinity (Euless, Texas)
will sign with Texas A&M. A 6-5, 255-pounder, Manukainiu originally committed to Oklahoma and made official visits to UCLA, Utah and Baylor, according to the Dallas Morning News
. He also considered Nebraska and Arkansas.
* Division I programs aren't only for the nation's top 11-man players. Nate Meier
, an 8-man standout from Fremont-Mills (Tabor, Iowa)
, has accepted on offer from Iowa. The 6-2, 235-pounder rushed for nearly 2,500 yards and 57 TDs last season. According to the Omaha World-Herald
, Meier will be first male athlete from the school to receive a D-I scholarship since 1969.
* Alabama continued to work on its 2013 class, getting a verbal commitment from Arkansas running back Altee Tenpenny
of North Little Rock (Ark.)
. As reported by ARPreps.com
, Tenpenny did not play this past season after he broke his ankle in a preseason scrimmage. He chose the national champions over offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Auburn and Tennessee.
* Antonio Crawford
, the senior WR/DB for Florida Class 8A champion Tampa Plant
, has decided to forego his commitment to Georgia Tech and attend the University of Miami. Crawford, who will go to Coral Gables as a defensive back, visited the campus last weekend and later told the Tampa Tribune
, " "I really bonded with the players and coaches down there and had a good time. It felt right. I just needed to talk it over with my family and (Plant) Coach (Robert) Weiner before I made my final decision."