Keeping Score

USM signing day not lacking drama

Southern Miss has had four former verbal commitments flip to other schools today, adding a little uncertainty to a day that every coach hopes will go without unexpected events.

Georgia running back J'Vonte Herrod signed with Middle Tennessee.

Olive Branch offensive lineman Ronald Cochran signed with Mississippi State.

Tuscaloosa, Ala., defensive lineman Torrence Brown signed with Penn State.

Pearl River Community College safety Ty Northern signed with Memphis.

While the fact that USM's commitments have been raided late is a sign that the USM staff has done a good job of evaluating talent, it's having a hard time holding onto the prospects. Having a couple of tough years on the field can do that.

Here are USM's signees to this point as announced by the school:

7:03 a.m. Aaron Harris | 6'0 225 LB Peachtree Ridge HS Norcross, Ga.

7:08 a.m. Daythan Davis | 6'1 235 H-Back Aledo HS Cresson, Texas

7:52 a.m. Walden Davis III | 5'10 190 DB Peachtree Ridge HS Suwannee, Ga.

8:05 a.m. Jayshawn Washington | 6'1 230 WR John Ehret HS Marrero, La.

8:18 a.m. Quade Alexander | 6'0 165 DB Florence HS Florence, Ala.

8:18 a.m. Ito Smith | 5'9 185 RB McGill-Toolen Catholic HS Semmes, Ala.

8:23 a.m. Hayden McMahan | 6'4 260 OL Faith Academy Wilmer, Ala.

8:54 a.m. Korey Robertson | 6'1 200 WR Greenwood HS Greenwood, Miss.

9:26 a.m. Jon Michael Edwards | 6'4 230 DE Carver HS Montgomery, Ala.

9:39 a.m. JT Williams | 6'2 290 DT Ryan HS Denton, Texas

10:16 a.m. Jeremy Sangster | 6'0 225 LB Louisville HS Louisville, Miss.

10:34 a.m. Gunner Roach | 6'1 180 QB UMS-Wright Prep Mobile, Ala.

10:35 a.m. Jordan Mitchell | 6'2 185 ATH Oak Grove HS Hattiesburg, Miss.

10:37 a.m. Curtis Mikell | 5'8 165 ATH Bassfield HS Bassfield, Miss.

10:50 a.m. Cornell Armstrong | 5'11 175 DB Bassfield HS Bassfield, Miss.