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And in a day full of tiresome what-hat-will-he-pick news conferences at high schools all over the country, running back Isaiah Crowell of Columbus, Ga., might have started a new trend.

After declaring that he was staying close home and going to Georgia, Crowell pulled out a bulldog puppy in a red sweater. No going back on that.

A look around the nation at some of the other top stories of signing day.



Florida State is rolling under Jimbo Fisher. The Seminoles are coming off 10-win season and the first recruiting class Fisher can truly call his own drew rave reviews., and ESPNU all had Florida State’s class rated in the top five in the nation.

Running back James Wilder Jr., son and namesake of the former NFL star who played for Tampa Bay, and defensive back Karlos Williams from Davenport, Fla., were two of the Seminoles’ biggest scores.

With new coaches at rivals Florida and Miami, Fisher was able to clean up in state.

“They did most of their damage when Urban Meyer was (at Florida),” Farrell said. “Certainly, they took advantage of a weakened Miami. But they went head-to-head with Urban Meyer and they were winning.”

While Meyer spent signing day working as an analyst for ESPNU, his replacement at Florida, Will Muschamp, was securing another top-20 class for the Gators.

New Miami coach Al Golden had lots of catching up to do in a short time when he arrived in Coral Gables, Fla., from Philadelphia, where he had been the coach at Temple. The Hurricanes’ class was generally ranked in the 30s nationally.

“There is a sense of accomplishment because we only had about 15 actual days on the road,” Golden said.



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