Monday, August 26, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC
By Derek Tyson
Alabama continued its recruiting dominance by adding an ESPN 300 wide receiver and several SEC commits had huge games to start off the 2013 high school season. Here's a look at the biggest storylines over the weekend.
Biggest commitment: There is no question the biggest commitment of the weekend came from four-star receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish). The 6-foot-4, 190-pound athlete chose the Crimson Tide over Ole Miss and Southern University. With his big frame and athleticism, Sims should be a physical mismatch for SEC schools over the next several years. Alabama has 19 commitments including an impressive 13 who are ranked in the ESPN 300. Both of Alabama's wide receiver commits are at least 6-4 -- the other, Derek Kief (Cincinnati/La Salle) is 6-5.
Biggest offer: With SEC teams preparing for the opening weekend of college football, recruiting has somewhat taken a back seat to game preparation. Though there weren't many new offers handed out, Missouri did offer 6-6, 225-pound athlete Caleb Chumley (Longview, Texas/Pine Tree) on Thursday. Chumley also holds offers from Houston, Oregon State, Memphis and Louisiana Tech.
The Tigers have 18 verbal commitments but could be adding another one from three-star running back Trevon Walters (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee), who said Sunday night that he was planning to commit to the Tigers but had not spoken directly to a Missouri coach yet.
Best weekend performances: There was a host of games on the ESPN networks over the weekend and many SEC commits were in action. Here's a look at some of the top performances that happened over the weekend.
RB Bo Scarbrough (Bradenton, Fla./IMG -- Alabama commit): 11 carries for 235 yards and four touchdowns in his first game for IMG.
QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day -- Florida commit): 16-of-25 passing for 309 yards and seven touchdowns. Grier also added 67 yards rushing and another touchdown on the ground.
RB Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech -- Tennessee commit): Hurd accounted for 177 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 21 rushes.
RB Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./Plantation -- Georgia commit): Despite suffering cramps in the second half Michel still totaled more than 120 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
ATH Vic Wharton III (Nashville, Tenn./Independence -- Tennessee commit): Nine receptions for 202 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown and an interception.
DE Justus Reed (Clearwater, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic -- Florida commit): Totaled five sacks including a safety in only one half.
WR Gilbert Johnson (Homestead, Fla./Homestead -- Georgia commit): Five receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown.
QB Sean White (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School -- Auburn commit): White overcame throwing for three interceptions by tossing three touchdown passes. White ended 16-of-25, for 139 yards and the three scores.
Biggest question: Is Hurd too big to play running back? At 6-4, 222 pounds, some think that Hurd, a Tennessee commit, may be too big to run the ball at the next level. The 39th-ranked player in the country answered that concern on Sunday with a 177-yard and three touchdown rushing performance. Hurd showed off his 4.37 speed by racing 52 yards for a touchdown on his first carry of the nationally televised game. Hurd made several plays on defense too, but it was clear to see that no matter where this talented athlete plays on the next level, he will certainly make his mark.
Biggest answer: Three-star tight end DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan./Derby) hasn't been very vocal about his favorite schools, but the 6-4, 225-pound athlete took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal his top five schools. His top group consists of Oklahoma, Florida, Arkansas, Ohio State and Kansas State. He has yet to name a favorite, but the SEC is well represented among his top five.