Monday, October 7, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC
By Derek Tyson
There was plenty of recruiting news in the Southeastern Conference over the weekend. Tennessee hosted several visitors for its exciting game against Georgia, and there were some impressive high school performances as well. Here is the latest news around the SEC.
Biggest commitment: Alabama beat out rival Auburn for Ronnie Clark, the No. 12 athlete and No. 96 overall prospect in the Class of 2014. The Tide continue to have a stronghold on the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the country. Alabama now has 21 verbal commitments, including 15 who are ranked in the ESPN 300.
Not all was bad this weekend for Auburn, though. The Tigers landed junior college prospect Xavier Dampeer (Wesson, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln CC) after their big victory over Ole Miss this weekend. Dampeer becomes the 15th commitment for Auburn and the fourth junior college/prep school player to commit to the Tigers.
Best weekend performances: Many SEC commits were in action this weekend. Here's a look at some of the top performances that happened over the weekend.
RB Bo Scarbrough (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy) -- Alabama commit: Ran for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 17 rushes in a 35-7 win over Monsingor Pace (Fla.).
QB Sean White (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School) -- Auburn commit: White was 13-of-15 for 172 yards and two touchdowns.
QB Jacob Park (Goosecreek, S.C./Stratford) -- Georgia commit: Park threw for 325 yards on only 16 completions, including touchdown passes of 84 and 80 yards.
WR Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) -- LSU commit: Quinn totaled 245 receiving yards and a touchdown on 14 receptions.
RB Racean "Roc" Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) -- Auburn commit: Thomas rushed for four rushing touchdowns and also added a kickoff return for a touchdown.
Most Important visits: Tennessee hosted several official visitors for its exciting game against Georgia. Though the Vols fell short in the end, that performance and game-day atmosphere were enough to impress several recruits.
ESPN 300 linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainsfield, Ill./Plainsfield South) won't leave Knoxville until Monday, but he said in a text message after the game that he was impressed with what he saw from the Volunteers.
"The game was INSANE," Garrett's text read. "They have a great fan base and it was a great game."
Garrett added more in a tweet he sent out:
Three-star defensive tackle Cory Thomas (McCalla, Ala./McAdory) was also impressed with what he saw from Tennessee. Thomas had a top three of Florida, Mississippi State and Tennessee, but he tweeted that he now has a leader on Sunday.
Biggest question: Can Florida give Georgia a run for one of the top linemen in the country? The 15th-ranked player in the country, offensive tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School), was planning to take an unofficial visit to Florida State this weekend, but instead he decided to make the short trip to Florida to watch the Gators take on Arkansas. Sharpe also took to Twitter to talk about his time in Gainesville.
Sharpe has seen Georgia play three times this season, and the Bulldogs appear to have a slight advantage. The Gators will have their work cut out for them, but getting the talented lineman on campus for a game on Saturday was a good start.
Biggest answer: When Florida offered junior college wide receiver Eric Lauderdale (Fayetteville, Ga./Saddlebrook) last week, many wondered just how strong his commitment to Tennessee was. Well that question was answered on Sunday night as the 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete backed off of his commitment to Tennessee. Lauderdale announced his decision via Twitter.
Lauderdale also holds offers from Wisconsin, Miami, Arkansas and many other schools.