At least 13 commits slated to sign on National Signing Day

WKU expects to sign at least 13 verbal commits and possibly a few other players during Wednesday’s 2012 National Signing Day.

Brad Stephens

WKU’s 2012 recruiting class will become official on Wednesday as high school and junior college prospects from across the nation sign binding letters of intent on National Signing Day.

Players will fax their letters of intent to the WKU coach’s offices throughout the school day, which the Herald will chronicle through a live blog starting at 7:30 a.m.

Singing Day was big for the Toppers in 2010 and 2011, as Head Coach Willie Taggart hauled in the Sun Belt Conference’s top-rated recruiting classes in both years, according to, which ranked the Toppers’ Class of 2012 second in the Sun Belt as of Tuesday afternoon behind Arkansas State.

After all recruits have signed, Taggart will convene a press conference at 2 p.m. in the Diddle Arena Media Room to discuss the 2012 class.

Then at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday the team will hold a Signing Day celebration at the Topper Club inside Smith Stadium.

Taggart will address the audience at the reception, which is open to the public.

Here are WKU’s current commits in the Class of 2012, with Rivals rankings:

—Austin Aikens, WR, Tampa, Fla., (Plant), 3-star

—Leon Allen, RB, Bradenton, Fla., (Manatee), 2-star

—Isaac Edwards, DT, Tampa, Fla., (Jesuit), 2-star

—Travis Elliott, RB, Union, (Ryle), 2-star

—Tyler English, OL, Louisville (Trinity), 2-star

—Brett Harrington, DB, Alfred, N.Y., (Alfred State C.C.), 3-star

—Forrest Lamp, OL, Venice, Fla., (Venice), 2-star

—Julian Leslie, DE, Miami, (Coral Reef), 2-star

—Marquez Pride, DT, Madison, Ala., (Bob Jones), 2-star

—Daqual Randall, LB, Palmetto, Fla., (Palmetto), 3-star

—Devante Terrell, DT, Lakeland, Fla., (Lake Gibson), 3-star

—Calvin Washington, DE, Thatcher, Ariz., (Eastern Arizona J.C.), 3-star

—Curtis Williams, OL, New Berlin, N.Y., (Milford Academy), 3-star

WKU targets that could sign Wednesday:

—Anthony “Ace” Wales, RB, Louisville (Central), 3-star (committed to Louisville earlier in the month)

—Eric Ansley, DT, Riverdale, Ga., (Charles Drew), No Rivals rating

—Tre Banks, OLB, Mobile, Ala., (Williams), 2-star

—Quenton Brown, DE, Thatcher, Ariz., (Eastern Arizona J.C.), 3-star

—Jamie Gilmore, RB, Citra, Fla., (North Marion), 3-star

—Kolby Gray, ATH, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Fort Lauderdale), 2-star

—Marion Grice, RB, Brenham, Texas (Blinn College), 4-star

—Tyrone Pearson, DT, Louisville (Seneca), 3-star

—Maurice Russell, ILB, Fort Meade, Fla., (Fort Meade), 3-star

—Trenton Saunders, OG, North Palm Beach, Fla., (The Benjamin School), 3-star

—Taylor Timmons, DT, Tampa, Fla., (Tampa Catholic), 2-star