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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

November, 18, 2013
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As usual, there was a lot of recruiting news around the SEC over the weekend. There were a few commitments and Auburn hosted several visitors for its last-second win over Georgia. Here’s a closer look at some of the top SEC storylines.


Biggest commitment: Mississippi State may have suffered a hard-fought loss to Alabama on Saturday night, but the Bulldogs did get some good news on the recruiting front. ESPN Junior 300 linebacker Tim Washington (Yazoo City, Miss./Yazoo City) verbally committed to Mississippi State late on Saturday night.

Washington is ranked as the 247th-best player in the ESPN Junior 300 and the No. 5-ranked player in the state of Mississippi for the 2015 recruiting cycle.

The Bulldogs were also close to landing their second ESPN Junior 300 member on Saturday. The No. 27 prospect in the country in the Class of 2015, T.D. Moton (Baton Rouge, La./Woodlawn), according to multiple reports, gave a verbal commitment to Mississippi State. However, Moton said Sunday he had not gave his pledge to the Bulldogs.

"I have to weigh my options," Moton said in a text message. "I haven't seen Alabama, Ole Miss or Florida State, so I'm taking my time. I haven't talked to coach [Dan] Mullen yet, either. But Mississippi State is one of my favorites."

Moton also holds offers from LSU, Georgia, Florida State, Notre Dame and many other schools. He is the sixth-rated defensive tackle in the 2015 class and the No. 2 prospect in Louisiana next year.

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It will be a Mother’s Day to remember for ESPN 150 defensive end Justin Thornton (Prichard, Ala./Vigor), who committed to Auburn on Sunday over the likes of LSU and Texas A&M. He becomes commitment No. 7 for the Tigers.

“It’s like a big, happy family down there,” Thornton said. “Every school is a great school. All the schools I’ve been to have great things going on, but I just felt like Auburn was the best fit for me at this moment in time.”

Thornton made the decision at his church in front his family, specifically in front of his mother.

“It was just to make my mom proud,” he said. “I know it’s a special day for her. I know I made her proud, my grandmother proud and my other grandma proud.”

At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, Thornton is an imposing presence on the football field. He has the look of a prototypical pass rusher at the next level, but Vigor head coach Ashley Johnson believes he’s more than that.

“He’s a very disciplined player,” Johnson said. “He’s just not a pass rusher, a guy coming off the edge using talent only. He’s a good technician. He’s learned a lot of football. He understands how to read lineman, how to play traps, how to play the run game well. I think he’s a fairly complete player for his age.”

Thornton joins high school teammate Deshaun Davis in Auburn’s 2014 class. The Tigers also landed a commitment from ESPN 150 linebacker Tre Williams, another Mobile, Ala., prospect, earlier in the week.

“I already know coaches up there from Mobile, but to know people on the field, going to war with me every Saturday, that’s big,” Thornton said. “Tre and Deshaun, they’re both great players and I will enjoy the next three or four years, playing on the field with them.”

Of Auburn’s seven commitments, five are from the state of Alabama and four come from the Mobile area where AU assistant coach Dameyune Craig serves as the lead recruiter.

The future is beginning to look bright for the Tigers.

“Hopefully, we’re going to have the No. 1 class, and other teams better watch out because Auburn’s back on the rise,” Thornton said.

The Vigor star will visit Auburn later in the month for its Big Cat Weekend.

PRICHARD, Ala. -- When it came time to make a decision, Vigor defensive end Justin Thornton was having second thoughts. The ESPN 150 prospect considered pushing his announcement back to the original date in August.

However, he told Recruiting Nation on Thursday that he’s ready to go through with it and plans to announce his decision at 10 a.m. CT Sunday at his church.

“I just want to close to the door,” Thornton said. “There’s a lot on me. I’m going through it for the first time, and I don’t know how to deal with it. I took my visits and I liked everything I saw. If I commit, I can focus more on my grades.”

“I’ve kind of let it get to my head, but I’m going to change that and get to my old ways.”


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BATON ROUGE, La. -- It might seem strange to say, but LSU has a rare luxury of knowing it will lose at least two linebackers after the 2013 season with both Lamin Barrow and Tahj Jones entering their senior seasons.

What's so weird about that? It's becoming more rare for contributors such as Barrow to make it to a senior season as the Tigers have adapted to players leaving after their junior or redshirt sophomore seasons.

With Barrow and Jones departing after this season, we can look at candidates to replace them in the 2014 recruiting class.


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