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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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The dead period is over, and this was the first of three official visit weekends remaining before national signing day on Feb. 5. Several top prospects visited SEC schools, there were some commits, and there will be a few announcements this week. Here’s a closer look at the latest recruiting news from around the SEC:

Biggest commits: Georgia is already feeling the effects of new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt on the recruiting trail. The Bulldogs were able to land two ESPN Junior 300 commitments, Rico McGraw (Nashville, Tenn./The Ensworth School) and Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway), over the weekend.


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videoSANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Quarterback Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif./Santiago) burst onto the scene during a terrific junior season.

It's safe to say the 6-foot-4, 185-pound signal-caller is still gaining speed.

On Sunday, Barnett was named MVP of the first Elite 11 Regional event, held at Santa Monica (Calif.) College.

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BEAVERTON, Ore. -- With the linemen challenge and the 7-on-7 pool play, it was a good day to get a good look at all the prospects at The Opening. Here's our take on who had a good day and who struggled.


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Georgia quick to offer Watch List RB 

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Many high school prospects are evaluated for months or even years before a college program extends a scholarship offer. Highlights from sophomore seasons are compared to those of junior seasons to see progression and potential. Players who make a name for themselves as juniors are visited as seniors to gauge their possible impact at the next level. And then there are prospects like Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) for whom the entire process takes three or maybe four days.


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Georgia offers Watch List DE Newell 

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ESPN Watch List defensive end Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, Kan./Hiawatha) estimates that he has picked up seven new offers over the last two weeks. His offer list stretches from UCLA to South Carolina and from Texas to Michigan State. Twenty-seven schools so far have extended verbal offers to the 6-foot-3, 270-pound junior, including the Georgia Bulldogs who offered on Wednesday.

“Yesterday I got offers from Georgia and Michigan State on the same day,” Newell said. “So it has been definitely crazy. I think I have gotten an offer from every conference. It is overwhelming and exciting. And I am very blessed to be in the situation that I am in with being able to have my choice on where to go. So I am really excited for next year.”

The Bulldogs’ coaching staff may be the latest offer but Newell has been on Georgia’s radar for a while.

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OT George Adeosun talks newest offer 

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It has been a whirlwind two weeks for George Adeosun (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta), with the 6-foot-5, 300 pound offensive lineman picking up offers from Virginia, Purdue, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Arizona and Georgia Tech after his film went out at the coaches’ convention over the winter break.


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Rising Seniors Day 2 notebook 

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One of the standouts for the Rising Seniors East offense on the first day of practice was tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Day). The 6-3, 230-pound junior did not get a lot of passes thrown his way this season, but was still able to catch 22 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns, and he enjoyed the added repetitions at Grady Stadium on Friday.

“I think I picked up the terminology well, but my route-running needs to sharpen up,” Richard said. “I am able to stretch the field as a big receiver, but I need to do better in a three-point stance because I am used to working out of a spread.”

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.com2014 tight end Milan Richard has Clemson and South Carolina on top, but several others, including home state Georgia, in the mix.
The ESPN Watch List selection has double-digit offers, but he said two schools are standing out in his mind.

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Juco defensive tackle Toby Johnson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson C.C.) took his official visit to Georgia on Friday and left a few days later with a new leader.

“Georgia right now would be my favorite school at the time,” Johnson said. “I am not committed or nothing. I have got a couple more visits I’m going to take but after that I am going to be ready to make my decision. I really don’t have a time frame in mind.”

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Hutchinson CC Sports InformationHutchinson C.C. defensive tackle Toby Johnson says Georgia is his leader.
The 6-foot-4, 305-pound prospect said that it was the coaching staff’s sincerity that has the Bulldogs on top. After suffering a season-ending knee injury, Johnson was worried that the interest level in him might drop.

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Juco DT Toby Johnson ready for Athens 

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Last week, defensive tackle Toby Johnson (Hutchinson, Kans./Hutchinson C.C.) had surgery to repair a partially torn ACL and a torn MCL. As one of the most coveted juco prospects in the country, Johnson was reassured by several college coaches that he was still very much wanted by their programs. Georgia was one of them.

“Mark Richt called me and let me that everything would be alright, to focus on the rehab and they would not give up on me because they knew what type of player I am,” Johnson said. “Then Coach [Rodney] Garner hit me up and really calmed me down from there.”

After taking his first official visit to Oklahoma in Sept., Johnson will take his second this weekend to Athens, Ga. A former College Park (Ga.) Banneker standout, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman is looking forward to learning more about the Bulldogs.

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

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Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

Click through for our list to rank the top 10 recruiting battlesInsider.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.
Coming out of Banneker High School in College Park, Ga., Roderick "Toby" Johnson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson CC) had no offers to play football at a major college program. Looking back, Johnson feels things could not have gone any better for him.

“I was raw and not ready to play major college football,” Johnson said. “I had only played for one year, so going juco was the best thing that could have happened to me. I really got a lot of one-on-one coaching and I became faster, bigger and more physical.”

Last fall, Johnson recorded 44 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, five passes broken up, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery for the Blue Dragons. Now considered one of the most coveted juco prospects in the 2013 class, he has more than 20 offers from schools across the country -- including Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC and West Virginia -- and he feels Arizona State and FSU could be next to extend scholarships.

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OG Koehler cuts list to five 

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In early July, three-star offensive guard Reeve Koehler (Honolulu/St. Louis) began narrowing his list of impressive offers down to a more manageable final group. On Wednesday, Koehler arrived at a final five. His list includes Arizona State, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas and Tennessee.

Koehler has taken unofficial visits to Georgia, Tennessee and Hawaii, but said none of the five schools stand out more than the others, though he raved about his visit to the Vols.

“That looks like a good situation for me to step into,” Koehler said. “I’d be playing in a strong conference and I wouldn’t be too homesick because I have family there. That looks like one of the better scenarios.”

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For offensive lineman Reeve Koehler (Honolulu/Saint Louis School), being a native Hawaiian means overcoming a few stereotypes.

“Most people think Hawaiians are laid back,” Koehler said. “But when it comes to football -- for most of the Hawaiian and Polynesian people -- that is where we get out our anger. On the field is where you see most of the fights and the anger coming out. I play smashmouth football. I am going to try and punch you in the mouth before you punch me. I try to keep up my aggressiveness the whole game.”

That drive and nastiness recently earned Koehler an offer from the University of Georgia after he attended the Mark Richt Camp.

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Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza), the No. 62 player in the ESPN 150, entered the spring with 29 offers. The safety has become one of the most highly recruited players on the West Coast. He has already received phone calls from USC -- on the first day contact was allowable -- Arizona State and Notre Dame. This week, Marcos De Niza High School has received visits from Florida State, LSU and Arkansas, with USC coach Ed Orgeron scheduled to stop by Thursday. Willis said that since the spring evaluation period began, Georgia, Rutgers and Alabama have also showed interest.

Willis said the Trojans making the first call on April 15 stood out, but he is grateful for the interest from every school. And increased attention from the two programs that played in the most recent national championship game is difficult to ignore.

Willis said the Alabama coaches have been talking to him about how he would fit into their defense, but it's obvious that LSU has made a statement for Willis.

"They have a great defense," said Willis of LSU, a school he plans to camp with this summer. "And it would be great to just play football in that atmosphere."

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