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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

January, 27, 2015
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This was one of two remaining weekends for recruits to take visits until national signing day. The weekend was full of news including over 10 commitments in the SEC. Here’s a closer look at some of the top news from around the conference this weekend.

ESPN 300 outside linebacker Jeffery Holland took an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. The 46th-ranked player in the nation came away impressed with what he saw from the Rebels.

“It was great, oh I had a good time,” Holland said. “I just hung out with the coaches. Bonded a little with the coaches. Me and CeCe [Jefferson] just hung out with the coaches and some of the players. It was a lot of fun.”


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Best of the visits: SEC

January, 25, 2015
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This is the second to last weekend before signing day and there was a ton of big visitors around the Southeastern Conference. Here is a closer look at some of the top social media posts by prospects who visited SEC schools over the weekend.

Three-star defensive tackle Tyrell Jacobs gave his verbal commitment to Missouri over the weekend. He tweeted out a few photos of himself posing in a Missouri game jersey.

Georgia safety Rashad Roundtree posted a photo of himself and Georgia head coach Mark Richt during his visit to Athens over the weekend.

Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson and ESPN 300 outside linebacker Jeffery Holland took a visit to Ole Miss over the weekend and tweeted out a photo.

ESPN 300 wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge tweeted out a photo of one of the most impressive cakes you will ever see. Lodge took a visit to Ole Miss and had this impressive culinary masterpiece waiting for him upon his arrival.

Auburn linebacker commit Richard McBryde posted a photo of himself with head coach Gus Malzhan and another two photos of himself with new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

Georgia athlete commit Terry Godwin posed a for a picture with his family during his Alabama visit.

Miami running back commit Jordan Scarlett and uncommitted running back Jordan Cronkite both visited Florida this weekend and posed together for a photo in Florida's locker room.

Five-star defensive back Iman Marshall tweeted a photo of himself and LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron during his visit to LSU over the weekend.

South Carolina commit Jalen Christian tweeted a photo of himself and head coach Steve Spurrier during his visit to Columbia.

ESPN 300 wide receiver Brandon Martin confused some people on Saturday when he tweeted that he was not committed to Missouri despite several reports. He quickly corrected the tweet and meant to say "I am now committed to Missouri." The error gave Missouri fans a scare for a few minutes.

Miami running back commit Mark Walton had maybe the most interesting wardrobe on his weekend visit to Georgia.

































Daily Social Roundup: CeCe Jefferson stays busy 

January, 23, 2015
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Thursday saw activity on social media throughout the country, with coaches on the road, schools collecting commitments and No. 9 overall prospect CeCe Jefferson receiving a visit from one of his finalists.


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SEC's top recruiting visits 

January, 23, 2015
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Signing day is less than two weeks away, and there are only two remaining weekends for prospects to take official visits. Other prospects who have already taken all five of their allowed official visits will take unofficial visits to help decide where they will want to attend school. Here is a closer look at some of the top visits to watch in the SEC over the weekend.

Alabama

The Crimson Tide have already put together an unbelievable class, and are hoping to top it off with one or two more prospects. Long-time Georgia commit Terry Godwin will take an official visit to Alabama just a week after taking a visit to Auburn last weekend. Georgia still appears to be the front-runner, but anything can happen when a recruit goes on a visit.

Auburn safety commit Darrell Williams is also visiting Alabama this weekend. Williams had heavy interest in Alabama before making his pledge to Auburn early in the process. He will certainly be one to watch.

LSU

The Tigers, after the commitment of ESPN 300 defensive back Donte' Jackson this week, are up to 17 commits, including seven ranked in the ESPN 300, and are hoping to add a few more key prospects on signing day. Five-star Ohio State athlete commit Torrance Gibson, fresh off an Auburn visit, will visit LSU. The dual-threat quarterback has been concerned about the logjam at quarterback at Ohio State, and both LSU and Auburn run offenses that suit his playing style.

In addition to Gibson, another five-star prospect -- defensive back Iman Marshall -- will also take a trip to Baton Rouge. Marshall has kept his recruitment close to the vest, but the Tigers have already put together an incredible defensive back class. Four-star offensive lineman Toby Weathersby will also take a visit to LSU this weekend. Running back commit Derrius Guice will visit LSU this weekend, and announced on Twitter that he will take a visit to Alabama next weekend. Obviously the LSU coaching staff would like to nail down his commitment and prevent Guice from taking that final visit to Alabama.

Florida


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Daily Social Roundup: UCLA checks in with Iman Marshall 

January, 22, 2015
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Wednesday marked the two-week point until national signing day and coaches were out in force on the recruiting trail, with UCLA's visit to No. 4 overall prospect Iman Marshall leading the headlines.


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Five-star CeCe Jefferson narrows list 

January, 21, 2015
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GLEN ST. MARY, Fla. -- Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson is nearing the time to make his college decision and the No. 9-ranked player in the ESPN 300 is starting to narrow his choices.


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ESPN 300 receiver Van Jefferson is no longer committed to Georgia and the news was definitely disappointing for the Dawgs. So who’s in the driver’s seat now for the one of the best receivers in the country?


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

January, 20, 2015
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National signing day is less than three weeks away and it’s coming down to crunch time. This past weekend was one of three remaining weekends for recruits to take official visits before signing day and some of the top prospects took full advantage of the available weekend. Auburn had a monster recruiting weekend and, though not to the same extent, so did Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and others. Here’s a closer look at the top news from this past weekend.


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SEC's top recruiting visits 

January, 16, 2015
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With national signing day less than three weeks away, it is officially crunch time. There are only three recruiting weekends left for visits, and most schools plan to take full advantage of those available weekends. Here are a closer look at some of the top visits around the SEC this weekend.

Auburn


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Most coaches at AFCA agree an early signing period is a good thing, but when to have it will be a hot topic at Tuesday’s NCAA recruiting seminar.


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Day 2 of practices for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl took us to the East squad, where one ESPN 300 prospect remains uncommitted -- for now -- and the only other uncommitted position player could be getting familiar with his future home city.

Lawson ready to announce

Only three of the top 20 dual-threat quarterbacks remain uncommitted at this stage, and ESPN 300 prospect Dwayne Lawson is ready to reduce that number to two.

The four-star quarterback and No. 211 overall prospect is a former Miami pledge, but said he will announce his commitment during halftime of this Sunday's game among a final group that includes Mississippi, South Florida and Virginia Tech.

"I already know what school I'm going to," Lawson said. "I made the decision probably last month. I kind of knew what the best opportunity was to play right away, the best opportunity for me to come in and be around guys that have the same goal in mind."

Lawson took an official visit to Virginia Tech in late November, but didn't take official trips to either of his other finalists -- though he added that he has been to USF on unofficial visits numerous times.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback said he's eager to make his announcement because he's looking forward to start learning the offense.

Horton still committed to UF

Offensive guard Mike Horton is one of only eight commitments in Florida's class, as the Gators struggled to develop much in-season momentum with poor play and a rumored coaching change. Now that Jim McElwain has taken over and is looking to get things moving in the right direction, keeping Horton in the fold is a priority.

"Right now I'm still committed," Horton said of his Florida pledge. "I haven't talked to everybody on the new staff, but I've talked to Coach Mac twice. Basically he's been telling me to believe in the vision and know that we have something that we're trying to accomplish. It's going to get better here and we're going to bring Florida back to what it was."

Horton will take his official visits in January though, and said Auburn, Florida, LSU and Tennessee will receive his trips.

Still considered a Florida pledge, Horton said things could solidify completely for the Gators once, or if, he can fully buy into McElwain's pitch.

"I just have to believe more," Horton said of what would end his recruitment. "Just like he said, believe in the vision and know that we're trying to accomplish something and we have something coming."

Wheatley looking at four

Three-star tight end T.J. Wheatley Jr. will likely be headed far from home to play his college football, as the Buffalo (N.Y.) Canisius product is looking at a final four of Alabama, Oregon, UCLA and USC.

While Auburn, Michigan and Penn State could still make a mark in his recruitment, as Wheatley is in contact with those programs, the four finalists have either received or will receive an official visit from the 6-foot-6, 250-pound athlete.

The Trojans brought Wheatley in on an official visit before the dead period began, and he will take trips to Alabama, UCLA and Oregon on consecutive weekends beginning Jan. 16.

During that visit to USC, the Trojans received a commitment from ESPN 300 tight end Tyler Petite, but that hasn't stopped the Trojans' pursuit of Wheatley.

"Coach Tui [Marques Tuiasosopo] wants me to play tight end, but they're recruiting me as an athlete," Wheatley said. "They see me at tight end, defensive end, if I put on weight. Depending on what happens when I get into the program, they see me playing left tackle, so we'll see what happens."

Wheatley believes he is likely to announce a commitment on signing day, but added that it could come earlier if something changes on one of his trips.

Coach speak


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ORLANDO, Florida -- At Thursday’s registration for the Ultimate 50 Experience, Isaac Nauta was gushing about his recent commitment to Florida State. But then he paused about halfway through the interview and pointed out that he still planned to still take his official visits, and one of the schools he mentioned as a visit destination certainly caught the attention of recruiting observers all over the country.

“Other schools haven’t stopped pursuing me, and I’m probably going to take all five of my visits,” said Nauta, who is the No. 1 tight end in the 2016 class and the No. 30 player overall. “For example, coach Harbaugh at Michigan. I talked to coach [Greg] Mattison yesterday, and he said ‘I know you’re committed, but we’re going to recruit you until you sign.’”

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Closing strong key for Rebels in 2015 class 

December, 31, 2014
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Hugh Freeze has once again put together a solid recruiting class for the Ole Miss Rebels. With the 16th-ranked recruiting class in the country, Ole Miss has 16 verbal commitments, including six ranked in the ESPN 300. In recent years the Rebels have done an outstanding job of recruiting in Georgia and Florida. The Rebels are hoping a big win over TCU at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta will only help their recruiting efforts in those fertile states.


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Several players, like Notre Dame commitment Shaun Crawford, have already surprised with how well they’ve played at the Under Armour All-America Game.

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