Enough speculation, ladies and gentlemen, it's time to make all those verbal commitments binding with the stroke of a pen. Not a great deal of activity is expected today for Alabama, but the Tide looks to be in good standing with Dalvin Tomlinson and the surging talk late last night was that 'Bama might land Korren Kirven today as well. With any hope Alabama can hang on to the current verbal commitments and add those two to further shore up the defensive line.
In any event, there are four announcements in particular this morning that Alabama followers should keep a very close eye on, and those four are listed below with their tentatively scheduled announcement times.
Korren Kirven has signed with Alabama, choosing the Tide over home state Virginia Tech. Tennessee was thought to be a serious contender here, so add this one to the rather long list of Derek Dooley misses.
Dalvin Tomlinson has signed with Alabama, per Gentry Estes and several others. Tomlinson was the most likely signee coming into today, and with Kirven and Tomlinson in the bag 'Bama is likely done for the day, barring the unexpected defection or perhaps another greyshirt candidate.
Justin Taylor has elected to sign with Kentucky rather than greyshirt at Alabama, thus ending one of the stupider media driven recruiting "scandals" of recent memory. Good luck to him in Lexington. Commit list has been updated accordingly.
Eddie Goldman has signed with Florida State. Not a big shock there, especially considering the signing of Kirven and Tomlinson. This one is a bigger loss for Auburn than it is 'Bama.
Dorial Green-Beckham has signed with Missouri, and Bobby Petrino once again proudly flies the fail whale over the skies of Fayetteville. Green-Beckham is in the SEC now, and 'Bama will have to stop him a couple of times, but it's much better than having him in Petrino's spread passing attack. Really a big sigh of relief for 'Bama fans here.
Jameis Winston, who still claims a solid commitment to Florida State, has reiterated that he will not announce or sign a letter of intent today. He stated on ESPN that he would "probably" sign on Friday, but that it may be next week. Just smile and waive on this one, boys.
Casey Gladney has signed with Texas Tech. The Tech news comes as a bit of a surprise, but he was not expected to sign with 'Bama today given his academic situation, and the odds are that he will be a sign-and-place in Lubbock. In any event, it is funny to see that even four years later and a thousand miles away Tuberville is still stockpiling Nick Saban's leftovers.
Brandon Hill has officially signed with Alabama. So much for any outstanding worries that his academic standing would cost him a spot.
Kwon Alexander has signed with LSU, spurning the greyshirt offer from Alabama. You kind of hate to see this one because, by all accounts, Alexander is a good kid who was a 'Bama guy at heart, but it's pretty obvious at this point that recruits with viable alternatives don't like the notion of greyshirting, and admittedly it's hard to criticize signing with a school like LSU. Best of luck to him down in Baton Rouge.
Kyron Samuels, nephew of former Outland Trophy winner Chris Samuels, has decided to enroll at East Mississippi Community College and plans to sign with Mississippi State next January. You can remove him as a potential greyshirt candidate for 'Bama.
Darius Philon has not signed with Alabama and according to a teammate he has been offered a greyshirt by the 'Bama coaching staff. Apparently this was a late, unexpected development on his end, so no one knows exactly how it will end up just yet. It's possible he could go the way of Justin Taylor.
Landon Collins has signed with Alabama. So much for the fears over the late flip to LSU. Troll Tide and whatnot.
Brandon Greene has signed with Alabama, turning down all overtures from Georgia. The in-state program had put a lot of pressure on Greene in an attempt to steer him to Athens, but Greene has stuck with his months-long verbal commitment and will enroll in Tuscaloosa.
Signed Letters of Intent Received in Tuscaloosa
Deion Belue (early enrollment)
TJ Yeldon (early enrollment)
Travell Dixon (early enrollment)
Ryan Anderson (early enrollment)
Chris Black (early enrollment)
Amari Cooper (early enrollment)
Dillon Lee (early enrollment)
Alphonse Taylor (early enrollment)
Final Update: With the exception of the uncertainty remaining over Darius Philon and his potential greyshirt, the 2012 recruiting class is officially signed, sealed and delivered at this point. All of the current commitments who were expected to sign did in fact sign with the Tide today, and 'Bama picked up two additional signees from Korren Kirven and Dalvin Tomlinson. Consider this one as successful of a Signing Day as you can realistically expect.