Monday, October 14, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC
By Derek Tyson
There was plenty of recruiting news in the Southeastern Conference over the weekend. There were a few key commits and several top high school performances. Here is a look at the latest news around the SEC.
Biggest commitment: ESPN 300 offensive tackle Donell Stanley (Latta, S.C./Latta) committed to South Carolina on Friday. The 197th-ranked player in the nation chose the Gamecocks over rival Clemson, Alabama, USC and UNC. South Carolina now has 13 commitments including 5 if the ESPN 300.
Auburn picked up a commitment from three-star athlete Myron Burton Jr. (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge). Though listed as an athlete, Auburn is recruiting Burton as a wide receiver. He announced his decision on Twitter on Saturday after visiting the Tigers for their win over Western Carolina:
Best weekend performances: Many SEC commits were in action this weekend. Here's a look at some of the top performances:
Most Important visit: Five-star defensive back Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra), the sixth-ranked player in the country, was the highest-rated prospect to officially visit an SEC school this weekend. Jackson raved about his visit to Oklahoma just last week and all indications are that he enjoyed his trip to Baton Rouge very much. In fact, Jackson tweeted several times about his experience including several photos on Instagram. There is still a long ways to go for Jackson, but the Tigers certainly made a favorable impression.
- RB Bo Scarbrough (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy), Alabama commit: Ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 13 rushes in a 49-3 win.
- RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown), Georgia commit: Chubb accounted for 355 rushing yards and five touchdowns in a 42-34 win on Friday.
- QB Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner), Kentucky commit: Barker was 17-of-26 for 279 yards and seven touchdowns.
- ATH J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), Florida commit: Jackson set a school record with 231 receiving yards and three touchdowns on only five receptions.
- QB Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), Texas A&M commit: Allen passed for 192 yards and 3 TDs in a 48-31 Desert Mountain win on Thursday.
Biggest question: Does Tennessee still have a chance with junior college wide receiver Eric Lauderdale (Fayetteville, Ga./Saddleback)? Just a week after decommitting from the Vols, Lauderdale took to Twitter to announce his top seven schools. The list did include Tennessee. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete is likely to let his recruitment play out for a while, but as of now his top schools are Washington, UCLA, Oregon, Tennessee, Florida, Miami and Arizona State.
Biggest answers: Will SEC schools continue to take commitments from 2017 prospects? Apparently, the answer is yes. LSU made headlines a few weeks back by accepting the commitment of freshman phenom Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./Univerisity Lab). Not to be outdone, fellow SEC West school Mississippi State accepted a commitment this weekend from 2017 athlete Anthony Hines III (Dallas/Episcopal School of Dallas). The 6-2, 210-pound athlete chose the Bulldogs over offers from Montana and Akron.
Hines plays both linebacker and running back for his high school but it is unclear which position Mississippi State is recruiting him for. Hines made his decision after a weekend visit -- the fourth such visit for Hines.