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Greenberry Houston

Signing Day shocker: Greenberry signs with Houston


As of last night, Deontay Greenberry had confirmed with the Irish coaching staff that he was set to sign his letter-of-intent with Notre Dame. But as the morning hours roll on in South Bend, the Notre Dame fax machine that awaited the four-star recruit’s signature sits idle.

Multiple news outlets have reported a Signing Day surprise, with Greenberry reportedly flipping his pledge from Notre Dame and instead choosing to play for Houston. The move has been confirmed by Houston’s official athletic department Signing Day blog and official Twitter account. The loss of Greenberry is a shocking blow to the Irish recruiting class and arguably the biggest splash the Cougars have ever made in national recruiting game.

Greenberry visited Houston last weekend on an official visit but returned to Fresno still committed to the Irish. He reportedly took his visit to Houston based on his relationship with special teams and inside receivers coach Jamie Christian, who joined the staff from Arizona State, where he had recruited Greenberry. It was Christian who got Greenberry to visit the Conference USA school, that finished 13-1 last year under then head coach Ken Sumlin.

Greenberry has long said he’d be joining his cousin Tee Shepard at college. The two had taken various recruiting visits together, including a late season trip to USC on the weekend Shepard’s Washington Union squad played in the CIF state championship game. But with Shepard enrolled at Notre Dame, Greenberry took his official last week alone.

There is no official comment from Notre Dame on Greenberry’s commitment, due to NCAA rules. Greenberry’s defection leaves the Irish recruiting class at 16 members, with Las Vegas’ Ronnie Stanley still waiting to sign his letter-of-intent.

Live Blog: National Signing Day 2012

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The faxes will begin rolling into the football offices at Notre Dame before sunrise. With cornerback Tee Shepard, defensive lineman Sheldon Day, and quarterback Gunner Kiel already enrolled in school, the Irish are expected to receive at least fourteen letters-of-intent Wednesday, finalizing a recruiting season that will bring another class of student-athletes into the Notre Dame family, the culmination of thousands of hours of work by the Irish football staff.

There are a handful of names Notre Dame will be chasing until the end. But even if the Irish don’t manage to swing a signing day surprise, the Irish have put together a more than solid recruiting class that filled some major roster needs with impact players from around the country. For those disappointed in the status quo, a friendly reminder: A big name that picks your hat live on TV means the same exact thing as a commitment you’ve had since August, even if it’s not quite as exciting.

We’ll keep you posted on the minute-to-minute activity in the live blog below. While our friends at UND.com will be broadcasting the events live from The Gug, we’ll be co-hosting the official Signing Day live-blog here, where we’ll be the first place to report when faxes come in, breaking down the action as it comes.

We’ll keep a running tally of the commitments as they come, keeping you up-to-speed as the Irish finalize their recruiting class. The live blog will be here for your enjoyment, and will feature some special guests and some in-depth analysis as the day unfolds.

As usual, keep your comments clean, keep them coming, and keep checking in as we celebrate another recruiting class.


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(Updated throughout the morning)

7:05 a.m. — John Turner, DB — 6-2, 205-lbs. Cathedral High — Indianapolis, Indiana

7:14 a.m. — Romeo Okwara, OLB — 6-4, 235-lbs. Ardrey Kell — Charlotte, North Carolina

7:21 a.m. — Mark Harrell, OL — 6-5, 275-lbs. Charlotte Catholic — Charlotte, North Carolina

7:28 a.m. — Justin Ferguson, WR — 6-2, 205 lbs. Flanagan High — Pembroke Pines, Florida

7:47 a.m. — C.J. Prosise, DB — 6-2, 205 lbs. Woodberry Forest High — Woodberry Forest, Virginia

7:56 a.m. — Chris Brown, WR — 6-2, 175 lbs. Hanahan High — Hanahan, South Carolina

8:04 a.m. — Will Mahone, RB — 6-0, 210 lbs. Fitch High — Austintown, Ohio

8:14 a.m. — Scott Daly, LS — 6-4, 230 lbs. Downers Grove South — Downers Grove, Illinois

8:28 a.m.  — Jarron Jones, DL — 6-6, 305 lbs. Aquinas Institute — Rochester, New York

9:12 a.m. — Nick Baratti, DB — 6-2, 200 lbs. Klein Oak — Spring, Texas

9:23 a.m. — Elijah Shumate, DB — 6-1, 205 lbs. Don Bosco Prep — West Orange, New Jersey

11:30 a.m. — KeiVarae Russell, RB — 6-0, 180 lbs. Mariner High — Everett, Washington

11:46 a.m. — Ronnie Stanley, OL — 6-7, 290 lbs. Bishop Gorman — Las Vegas, Nevada

Faxes in: Tuitt official, Niklas (too), Rabasa, and Atkinson

Stephon Tuitt

Of course even the faxing of Stephon Tuitt’s letter-of-intent would be dramatic. But the prized five-star defensive end’s commitment letter arrived in the football offices after weather delayed it, and both the Irish coaching staff and all of ND Nation can breathe easy knowing that the Irish have locked in their biggest defensive prospect on their board.

Tuitt’s news wasn’t the only theater of the morning, with Brian Kelly dropping in on Jack Nolan’s live broadcast at UND.com to report that Troy Niklas also faxed in his letter-of-intent, pulling a talented player out of a USC feeder school and a prospect to Notre Dame that the Trojans coveted. Kelly pointed out the work Mike Denbrock did getting Niklas to Notre Dame, reminding Irish fans that the tight ends coach serving his second tour of duty in South Bend is the only Irish coach recruiting California, while USC has seven coaches committed to the talent-rich state.

While defensive back Jalen Brown’s official fax has been delayed thanks to inclimate weather in Texas, it appears as though the recruiting class has been finalized, with only cornerback Bennett Okotcha’s 11th hour defection to Oklahoma qualifying as bad news.

“This is probably as exact to the plan of who we needed to get in this class and we got them,” Kelly said this morning as the faxes rolled in. “When you have a plan you’re going to stick to the plan.”

Here are the faxes that are in according to Notre Dame. Brian Kelly will make his formal address at 1:00 p.m.

Faxes recently received:

Josh Atkinson, DB, Livermore, California
Jalen Brown, DB, Irving, Texas
Troy Niklas, DE, Anaheim, California
Anthony Rabasa, OLB, Miami, Florida
Stephon Tuitt, DE, Monroe, Georgia

UPDATE — 11:16 a.m. EST: Notre Dame confirms that the fax for Jalen Brown has been received.

Already received:

George Atkinson, WR, Livermore, California
Ben Councell
, OLB, Asheville, North Carolina
Davaris Daniels, WR, Vernon Hills, Illinois
Matthias Farley, DB, Charlotte, North Carolina
Jarrett Grace, LB, Cincinnati, Ohio
Conor Hanratty, OL, New Canaan, Connecticut
Eilar Hardy, DB, Pickerington, Ohio
Matthew Hegarty, OL, Aztec, New Mexico
Chase Hounshell, DE, Kirtland, Ohio
Ben Koyack, TE, Oil City, Pennsylvania
Nick Martin, OL, Indianapolis, Indiana
Cam McDaniel, RB, Coppell, Texas
Tony Springmann, DE, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Already enrolled:

Kyle Brindza, K/P, Canton, Michigan
Brad Carrico, DE, Dublin, Ohio
Everett Golson, QB, Myrtle Beach, SC
Aaron Lynch, DE, Cape Coral, FL
Ishaq Williams, DE, Brooklyn, NY