Monday, September 9, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC
By Derek Tyson
With football season in full swing, there was plenty of recruiting news over the weekend. From Georgia's big victory over South Carolina with several top prospects in attendance to some impressive high school performances, here is the latest around the SEC.
Best weekend performances
QB Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner, Kentucky commit): Barker was 28 of 44 for 356 yards and four touchdowns and added a fifth touchdown rushing in a 42-35 loss.
QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day, Florida commit): Grier threw for 334 yards and six touchdown passes and added 185 rushing yards and another touchdown in a 46-20 victory. In three games this season, Grier has 20 touchdown passes.
RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown, Georgia commit): Chubb rushed for 50 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 33-6 win.
RB Treyvon Paulk (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton, Tennessee commit): Rushed for 102 yards and four touchdowns. Most of Paulk's work was done in the first half of a blowout win.
Most important visits
Georgia hosted several visitors for its big SEC victory over South Carolina on Saturday. The list was headlined by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and left tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School), the No. 15-ranked player in the country. Defensive end Dante Sawyer (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett), linebacker Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and cornerback D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton) were also in attendance. Four-star athlete Juwann Winfree (Engelwood, N.J./Dwight Morrow) made an official visit to Georgia for the game.
Sharpe, who took an unofficial visit to Clemson last week, compared the two visits.
"I enjoyed both of them, but the Georgia game was crazier than the Clemson game," he said. "The fans were more rabid at Georgia than they were at Clemson, but I enjoyed both of them."
Will Florida's loss to Miami on Saturday hurt them in recruiting? The Gators have six commitments from South Florida and their top-rated recruit, running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central), was in attendance to witness Florida's 21-16 loss on Saturday.
After the game, however, Cook said he is still 100 percent solid in his commitment to the Gators and believes he will have an opportunity to get early playing time in Florida's offense. Florida wide receiver commit Ermon Lane also said he is still solid in his commitment to Florida but admitted he will likely take an official visit to Miami. For now, it appears the loss didn't hurt Florida's recruiting too much, but that could certainly change as the regular season and the recruiting season plays out.
This was a tweet from another South Florida, from Florida commit Khairi Clark (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madona):
Biggest offers: There weren't many new offers handed out by SEC schools for the 2014 class, but there were a few for the 2015 class.
Arkansas offered in-state 2015 wide receiver K.J. Hill (North Little Rock, Ark./North Little Rock) and Ole Miss offered 2015 cornerback Maurice Smitherman (Montgomery, Ala./Carver). In addition to Arkansas, Hill also has an offer from Auburn. Smitherman also has offers from Miami, Ohio State, Texas A&M and several other schools.
Biggest answers: Auburn running back commit Racean "Roc" Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) is proving to be one tough recruit. Last week he left his game with a minor concussion and he missed part of his game on Friday with a ankle/leg injury. Thomas returned to the game and rushed for more than 150 yards.
The SEC is a tough league for running backs and Thomas's durability will be important for Auburn when he arrives on campus.