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SNUBBING THE IRISH

Did Case Keenum get a seventh year of eligibility?

Maybe the most surprising signing day flip-flop came from receiver Deontay Greenberry from Fresno, Calif., who backed off of a long-standing verbal commitment to Notre Dame and signed with Houston.

“Out of left field,” Farrell said.

Greenberry made a last visit to Houston, but was still considered a lock to end up in South Bend, Ind., as one of the top prizes of coach Brian Kelly’s class. His cousin, cornerback Tee Shepherd, has already enrolled at Notre Dame.

Instead, Greenberry is off to Houston to play for new coach Tony Levine, whose Cougars will still use a pass-heavy offense even with Keenum out of eligibility.

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LONGHORN’S LATE PITCH

Signing day at Texas tends to be pretty boring. Mack Brown’s classes are usually locked up airtight weeks, if not months, before letters of intent start setting off the fax machines.

This year, however, the Longhorns swooped in late to pick up linebacker Torshiro Davis, who is from Shreveport and had committed to LSU.

For the second straight year, Texas signed one of the most highly regarded running backs in the country, landing Johnathan Gray from Aledo, Texas, to go with last year’s freshman sensations Joe Bergeron and the other Mack Brown.

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COMMITTED, BUT NOT SIGNED

Quarterback Jameis Winston from Hueytown, Ala., said in an interview on ESPNU: “I’m a Nole.”

But he also said he won’t sign a letter of intent with Florida State until at least Friday. Winston seems intent on sticking with the Seminoles, but until it’s official Jimbo Fisher will no doubt have to sweat it out.

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