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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

November, 25, 2014
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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference. There was a big commitment, there were key visits and new offers over the weekend. Here's a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.

UA jersey tour: Kendrick Norton

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Four-star lineman Kendrick Norton joined five-star teammate Kevin Toliver II and ESPN 300 linebacker Jeffery Holland in being presented with their Under Armour All-America Game jerseys Thursday afternoon in a ceremony sponsored by American Family Insurance. The ceremony took place in front of friends, coaches, teammates and media members at the Trinity Christian School auditorium in Jacksonville, Florida.

The 99th-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 said he felt honored to be selected to one of the top All-America games in the country.

“It just really cool that I’m maybe one of like 100 guys that gets to participate in this event. It’s an honor to play in the game."

Norton at one time was committed to FSU, but has since backed off and is considering other schools such as Miami, Florida, Ole Miss and UCLA. Though ranked as an offensive guard, Norton prefers the defensive line and several teams are recruiting him as a defensive tackle.

“I’m basically wide open,” Norton said of his recruitment. "I’m going to take a second look at Florida but basically I’m wide open. Miami wants me on the defensive line. They’ve been recruiting me real hard. Al Golden, Jethro Franklin, they talk to me every day.”

So far the ESPN 300 lineman hasn’t taken any official visits but that will soon change.

"I haven’t taken any official visits yet but I might go to Ole Miss on Jan. 29 and I’ll probably go to UCLA after the season,” he said. "Probably Miami after the season too."

Seven questions with Kendrick Norton

Who was the best player you ever saw play in the Under Armour game?

Norton: I remember watching Jamie Harper (former Trinity Christian running back) growing up. I didn’t really know who he was until I got to Trinity and I found out he actually played here but I remember watching him in the game.

If you could start a team with any other player in your class who would it be?

Norton: I’d say my entire team. I think we have a great team.

If you could go one-on-one with any other player in the country who would it be?

Norton: Whoever's the No. 1-ranked offensive guard in the country. Whoever that is, I'd want to take him on.

What's your earliest football memory?

Norton: My ninth-grade year, it was the first time I’d ever been trap-blocked. He hit me and my helmet came flying off.

If you could take on a professional athlete in their sport, who would it be and why?

Norton: Kobe Bryant. He’s the first person that came to mind other than LeBron.

What would you like to improve on before you get to college?

Norton: Just make sure I’m in shape and work on my first step and pad level.

What’s something about yourself that not many people know about?

Norton: I’m a comedian.

ESPN Jr. 300: What to know in the SEC 

November, 19, 2014
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The SEC already has five commitments from players ranked in the top 25 of the ESPN Junior 300. That list includes Greg Little, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2016 and a Texas A&M commit. As a whole, the SEC has 27 commitments in the updated ESPN Junior 300. Here’s a closer look at the updated rankings.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

November, 18, 2014
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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference. Florida head coach Will Muschamp announced he will step down from his position at the end of the season, there were key visits and new offers over the weekend. Here's a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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ESPN 300 inside linebacker Leo Lewis was presented with his Under Armour All-America Game jersey Friday afternoon in a ceremony sponsored by American Family Insurance. The ceremony took place in front of family, friends, teammates, classmates and school faculty on the campus of Brookhaven High in Brookhaven, Mississippi.

A dream of playing in the Under Armour All-America Game has now become reality for the hard-hitting linebacker.

“It’s a blessing,” Lewis said. “Beyond a blessing. To be in this game with the best players in the country and test myself against the best players in the country is a blessing. To be able to go represent my coaches and school is a great feeling,”

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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

November, 4, 2014
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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the SEC. There were a few big commitments, key visits and new offers over the weekend. Here is a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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Best of the visits: SEC

November, 2, 2014
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From Auburn’s big 35-31 win over Ole Miss Saturday night to South Carolina’s tough 45-42 loss to Tennessee, there were some incredible SEC games for recruits to watch this weekend. Some prospects attended the games, while others watched on TV and used social media as a platform to share their experiences. Here's a look at some of the top social media posts from the weekend in SEC recruiting:

ESPN 300 linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. took an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. The four-star defender posed for a photo prior to the game Saturday night.


2016 Ole Miss offensive line commit Eli Johnson stopped for a photo with what appears to be some Rebel cheerleaders.


Another 2016 offensive line prospect, Bryce Mathews, posed for a picture with former Ole Miss star Michael Oher on Saturday.


Junior quarterback Bowman Sells also took a photo with Oher. Sells already has offers from Ohio State, Clemson and Iowa.


Mississippi State narrowly escaped with a win over Arkansas on Saturday night, but Bulldogs commit Maurice Smitherman voiced his excitement about his future team on Twitter.


South Carolina commit Quandeski Whitlow, despite witnessing a Gamecocks loss, tweeted about his experience.


Another South Carolina commit, Dexter Neal, didn’t seem as positive as Whitlow in his tweet.


ESPN Junior 300 safety Joejuan Williams thinks Tennessee coach Butch Jones, after the Vols' big win, will be excited the next time the two talk.


Though it was a neutral-site game and neither team hosted visitors, some Florida targets voiced their opinion about Florida’s big 38-20 win over SEC East rival Georgia. The Gators have taken a hit recently in recruiting, but by the sounds of it, there are some top recruits who still have much interest in the Gators.

ESPN 300 former Florida linebacker commit Adonis Thomas was impressed with what he saw from the Gators.


Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart, like Thomas, liked what he saw from Florida on Saturday.


Another five-star defensive end, CeCe Jefferson, admitted his mother was even rooting for the Gators. Jefferson likes Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss and Alabama.

SEC's top recruiting visits 

October, 31, 2014
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There are once again some big games around the SEC this weekend. The Auburn at Ole Miss game looks to be loaded with big-time visitors. Mississippi State is trying to capitalize on its success by bringing in several recruits for its game against Arkansas and Vanderbilt is hoping to build some momentum against Old Dominion. The Florida-Georgia game will be watched by many recruits but because its a neutral site game both teams have agreed not to allow visitors for the game. Here’s a closer look at some of the top visitors in the SEC this weekend.

Auburn at Ole Miss

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After a tough loss to LSU last weekend, Ole Miss is hoping to rebound with a big win over Auburn on Saturday. The Rebels will have several recruits in attendance including running back commit Eric Swinney, offensive line commit Drew Richmond, who has visited Tennessee recently, and ESPN 300 safety Cam Ordway. The 164th-ranked prospect in the country Josh McMillon is also expected to attend.

Former 2016 Arizona quarterback commit Shea Patterson will be making his third unofficial visit to Ole Miss. Patterson is the 35th-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300. Patterson will be joined by an ESPN Junior 300 wide receiver Mykel Jones. Junior offensive tackle Javious Bardney, who already has offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State and safety Donte Vaughn are also expected to attend the game.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

October, 28, 2014
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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference. There were a few big commitments, key visits and new offers over the weekend. Here’s a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the SEC.


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ESPN 300: Five things to know in the SEC 

October, 22, 2014
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The SEC has an impressive 89 committed prospects in the updated ESPN 300 rankings. While the SEC West has been dominant on the field, 13 of the 14 SEC schools are ranked in the top 40 of the RecruitingNation class rankings. Here’s a closer look at five things to know in the SEC from the new recruiting rankings.


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Best of the visits: SEC

October, 19, 2014
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From the Alabama’s dominating 59-0 win over Texas A&M, to Georgia's big win over Arkansas on Saturday, there were some big games around the SEC over the weekend. Several prospects attended the games while others watched on television and used social media as a platform to share their experiences. Here's a look at some of the top social media posts from the weekend:

Alabama outside linebacker commit Mekhi Brown tweeted a photo of himself along with five-star Alabama commit Blake Barnett and defensive end Christian Bell. The three players visited Alabama for the Texas A&M game on Saturday.
Barnett also posted another photo of himself along with his dad and head coach Nick Saban before the game. Five-star defensive end Byron Cowart was on an official visit to Alabama this weekend. The No. 2-ranked prospect in the country posted a photo of himself and Saban's wife and a video on Instagram of his experience in Tuscaloosa. Alabama commit Ronnie Harrison tweeted a photo, albeit a sideways photo, of himself in the front row, during the game. ESPN 300 athlete Donte Jackson visited LSU for its big 41-3 win over Kentucky on Saturday night. Jackson came away impressed with how the Tigers played. Ole Miss also had a few visitors including commits Drew Richmond and Ugo Amadi. Both players posted photos on Twitter. Richmond stopped to pose with a fan in his photo. ESPN 300 defensive tackle Kyle Phillips took a visit to Ole Miss this weekend as well and tweeted about his experience. Ole Miss safety commit Cam Ordway posted a photo on Instagram of himself posing with head coach Hugh Freeze and other recruits at the game. Florida suffered a bad 42-13 loss in front of several recruits. ESPN 300 outside linebacker Jeffery Holland was in attendance. Though he didn't say much, his tweet during the game pretty much summed up how everyone else felt about the game.

SEC's top recruiting visits 

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There are once again some big games around the SEC this weekend. The Texas A&M at Alabama game looks to be loaded with big-time visitors. Ole Miss will have several recruits on hand for its game against Tennessee. LSU is also hoping to capitalize on its big win over Florida last week by bringing in several recruits for its home game against Kentucky. Here’s a closer look at some of the top visitors in the SEC this weekend.


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Best of the visits: SEC

October, 12, 2014
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From the Mississippi State win over Auburn to Florida’s tough 30-27 loss to LSU on Saturday night, there were some incredible games around the SEC over the weekend. Several prospects attended the games, while others watched on television and used social media as a platform to share their experiences. Here's a look at some of the top social media posts from the weekend around the SEC:

Mississippi State and Ole Miss were the talk of the college football world Saturday. The Bulldogs beat Auburn convincingly at home, while the Rebels traveled to College Station to beat Texas A&M. Several recruits who attended or watched on television tweeted about the two schools' performances.

The No. 2-ranked safety in the country, Jamal Peters, sent out a few different tweets in support of Mississippi State, the school he is committed to.


Another Bulldogs defensive back commit, Maurice Smitherman, expressed his feelings via Twitter as well.


The No. 143-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, Emmitt Gooden, took a selfie during his unofficial visit to Starkville for the big game.


Ole Miss commits Eric Swinney and Cam Ordway tweeted out their support of the Rebels.


The No. 1-ranked running back in the ESPN 300 visited Kentucky for the third consecutive week. Damien Harris sent out an Instagram photo of himself posing with a young Kentucky fan at the game.


Three-star Tennessee running back commit Rocky Reid posed for a photo with a fan Saturday. Reid has been committed to the Volunteers since April.


Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson posed for a picture outside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium during an unofficial visit to Florida. Jefferson, who has been to Florida three times this season, is sporting a Gators hat in the photo.


ESPN 300 tight end Devonaire Clarington made an unofficial visit to The Swamp on Saturday to watch Florida’s tough 30-27 loss to LSU. Clarington posed for a picture wearing a Florida jersey while on his visit.


Three-star safety Hunter Dale, despite Florida’s loss, appeared to have enjoyed his experience in Gainesville.

Help is on the way: SEC 

October, 8, 2014
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Almost midway through the season and teams such as Arkansas and Texas A&M have shown the obvious strengths of their teams with their running backs and wide receivers, respectively. But in most cases every team has an apparent weakness, too. Here’s a closer look at how each team in the SEC will address its needs through recruiting.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

October, 7, 2014
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As always there was a ton of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference. Ole Miss, Kentucky and Auburn impressed several recruits with their big wins on Saturday and there were a few new offers in the SEC over the weekend. Here’s a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.


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