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Thursday, October 3, 2013
SEC recruiting storylines: Oct. 3

By Derek Tyson

As always, there is a lot of recruiting news around the SEC this week. LSU landed a big commitment, and an SEC East school preps for a big visitor weekend. Here are the latest storylines around the SEC.

Davon Godchaux
LSU continues to strengthen its class with a verbal commitment from Davon Godchaux.
LSU gets ESPN 300 commitment

ESPN 300 defensive end Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine) verbally committed to LSU on Monday night. The 6-foot-4, 271-pound athlete also had offers from Florida, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia and many others. The Tigers now have 15 commitments, including 10 in the ESPN 300. They also moved in to the team recruiting rankings' top 10. With some elite targets still on its recruiting board, LSU could challenge Alabama for the No. 1 spot come signing day.

Tennessee big recruiting weekend

The Volunteers are 3-2 and heading in to a tough SEC stretch, which includes games against Georgia, South Carolina and at Alabama. Tennessee is hoping to maintain some of its recruiting momentum by hosting several ESPN 300 prospects this Saturday for the SEC East matchup with the Bulldogs.

The list will be led by ESPN 300 linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainsfield, Ill./Plainsfield South), wide receivers Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) and Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) and running back Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock).

Wide receiver Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) will announce his decision on Oct. 12 so this will be his last official visit before deciding. A big win over Georgia could go a long way in some of these recruits' minds.

Arkansas picks up a commitment

The Razorbacks went in to Florida and picked up a big commitment from  four-star tight end Ravian Pierce (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) on Wednesday evening. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound tight end also held offers from schools such as Alabama, Miami, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Louisville.

Arkansas now has 17 commitments in the 2014 class, including four who are ranked as four-star prospects. The Razorbacks currently have the 39th-ranked recruiting class in the country.

Tennessee commit visiting UF

The Vols might be hosting several prospects this Saturday, but they are also trying to hold on to a player who is already committed. Tennessee wide receiver Eric Lauderdale (Fayetville, Ga./Saddlebrook CC) was offered a scholarship by Florida on Monday, and the 6-1, 195-pound athlete says he plans to take an official visit to Florida -- though no date has been set. Lauderdale will also officially visit Tennessee and possibly Arizona State.

The Gators currently only have one wide receiver committed, Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) and would like to at least add one other pass-catcher.

Auburn extends offer to legacy

Most 2014 offers have already been handed out, but some colleges wait to see how prospects have developed in their senior season before extending offers. That's exactly what Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn did and finally offered three-star wide receiver Myron Burton Jr. (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge). He earned an offer after having a solid start to his senior season. Burton also has an offer from Tennessee.

Burton's father, Myron Sr., played for Auburn in 1993.

The Tigers only have one other wide receiver commit from junior-college: transfer D'haquille Williams (Laplace, La./Mississippi Gulf Coast CC).