NCF On The Trail: Keyon Brown

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is leaving the school to take the same position at Louisville, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt confirmed on Sunday. The move surprised many people, including a few Georgia commits and targets.

SEC class rankings analysis 

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For the fifth straight week, there is very little change in Recruiting Nation's class rankings. Thirteen of the 14 SEC teams are ranked in the top 40, including nine of the top 16, and top-ranked Alabama is holding a big lead over any and all pursuers.

Trending up: There isn’t a team in the class rankings that has the ability to ascend as much as LSU in the coming months. That march towards a possible top-3 class began Monday with a commitment by No. 216 overall Davon Godchaux (Plaquemine, La./Plaquemine High).

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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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With the college football season nearing the halfway point, there is plenty of recruiting news each and every weekend. From Georgia’s big win over LSU with several key visitors to some big-time performances by SEC commitments, here is the latest.

Biggest commitment: ESPN 300 defensive end Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) committing to Georgia was a big one for the Bulldogs. With five-star outside linebacker prospect Lorenzo Carter (Norcoss, Ga./Norcross) being far from a lock for Georgia, adding a pass-rushing outside linebacker who fits Todd Grantham’s 3-4 was key after missing on Darrion Owens (Orange Park, Fla./Oakleaf) this summer. With Brown now in the fold, the Bulldogs can go after Carter, ESPN 300 Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and Alabama commitment Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) with the comfort of having one very capable prospect at the position in the fold.

Best weekend performances: Many SEC pledges were in action this weekend. Here's a look at some of the top performances over the weekend.

  • QB Rafe Peavey (Bolivar, Mo./Bolivar), Arkansas commit: The four-star prospect passed for 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 260 yards and three scores on 18 carries in a 59-24 win over Marshfield.
  • RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown), Georgia commit: In what is becoming the Chubb Weekly Watch, the powerful ESPN 300 running back rushed for 370 yards and five touchdowns in Friday night’s 42-28 win over Southwest Whitfield. On his way to a 2,500-yard regular season, Chubb now has 1,359 yards.

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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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AAC
Louisville
Ross Trail | QB-PP | Olive Branch, Miss./Olive Branch
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3
Class of 2015

ACC
Duke
Shaun Wilson | RB | Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg
HT: 5-9 WT: 170
Positional Rank: #45 RB
Stars: 4

Florida State
Ryan Izzo | TE-Y | Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII
HT: 6-6 WT: 215
Positional Rank: #18 TE-Y
Stars: 3

Georgia Tech
Gary Brown | OG | Tampa, Fla./Alonso
HT: 6-1 WT: 284
Positional Rank: #71 OG
Stars: 3

Big 12
Iowa State
Colin Downing | K | Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay
HT: 6-0 WT: 170
Positional Rank: #18 K
Stars: 3

Texas Tech
Keland McElrath | DT | Clarksdale, Miss./Coahoma CC
HT: 6-5 WT: 290
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Iowa
Marcel Joly | ATH | Forestville, Md./Forestville
HT: 5-11 WT: 175
Positional Rank: #145 ATH
Stars: 3

Michigan State
Jake Hartbarger | K | Whitehouse, Ohio/Anthony Wayne
HT: 6-3 WT: 171
Positional Rank: #4
Stars: 3

Wisconsin
Lubern Figaro | S | Everett, Mass./Everett
HT: 6-1 WT: 180
Positional Rank: #98 S
Stars: 3

Pac-12
Arizona State
Brendan Landman | TE-Y | Danville, Calif./Monte Vista
HT: 6-5 WT: 220
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Sean Krepsz | OT | Riverside, Calif./M.L. King
HT: 6-4 WT: 293
Positional Rank: #84 OT
Stars: 3

Chandler Leniu | OLB | Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco
HT: 6-0 WT: 216
Positional Rank: #113 OLB
Stars: 3

SEC
Georgia
Keyon Brown | DE | Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County
HT: 6-3 WT: 235
Positional Rank: #19 DE
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#210)

LSU
Blake Ferguson | LS | Buford, Ga./Buford
HT: 6-2 WT: 240
Class of 2015

Dylan Moses | ILB | Baton Rouge, La./University Lab
HT: 6-1 WT: 213
Class of 2017

Missouri
Ishmael Witter | RB | Tampa, Fla./Alonso
HT: 5-8 WT: 184
Positional Rank: #107 RB
Stars: 3

Tennessee
Preston Williams | WR | Lovejoy, Ga./Lovejoy
HT: 6-4 WT: 185
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3
Class of 2015

Mountain West
Hawaii
D.J. Riggins | RB | Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian
HT: 5-11 WT: 170
Positional Rank: #148 RB
Stars: 3

San Jose State
Trevon Benton | OLB | Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood
HT: 6-0 WT: 180

Sun Belt
Texas State
Chris Bradley | DE | Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian
HT: 6-2 WT: 255
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Georgia scored a major recruiting victory on Thursday when it landed an ESPN 300 defensive end; Ohio State is hosting more than just the Wisconsin Badgers this weekend in Columbus; and Oregon hosts a ESPN 300 speedster who would be a great fit for the Ducks’ offense.

Dawgs land key defensive commitment
With a monster SEC matchup against LSU on Saturday, Georgia received some positive recruiting news on Thursday when ESPN 300 defensive end Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) committed to the Dawgs.


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SEC recruiting storylines: Sept. 26 

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If the first four weeks of the college football season weren’t enough for SEC fans, this weekend is sure to be the midseason tipping point with a number of big games, including LSU at Georgia and Ole Miss at Alabama. As is always the case, the official and unofficial visit process takes center stage in recruiting with many of the top prospects scheduled to be on hand for the marquee matchups.

Georgia snags Sunshine State pass rusher
While a win over LSU is what would make for a great week for the Georgia Bulldogs, it turns out Thursday hasn’t been too shabby either, Mark Richt and staff landed a key piece to the 2014 recruiting class, plucking edge pass-rushing prospect Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) out of the Sunshine State. The 6-foot-3, 243-pound Brown committed to Georgia over Miami and Florida State, becoming the 17th commitment for the Bulldogs in the class, which is ranked No. 5.

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Critical positions in SEC recruiting 

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Each year college coaches prioritize their recruiting needs. Whether it's offensive or defensive linemen or skilled positions, there always seems to be an area that needs more attention than others. Here's a closer look at the most important position for each SEC team in recruiting this year.


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For the past two weeks, ESPN 300 linebacker Christian Miller (Spring Valley, S.C./Spring Valley) has refuted reports that he was close to making a decision between Alabama and Georgia. On Thursday, the former Florida commitment proved those rumors were true, announcing his pledge to the Crimson Tide.

“It was for a number of reasons,” Miller said. “They have a lot to offer. Defensively, I fit in perfect with their scheme and how they’re going to use me. Their player development, particularly if you look at linebackers, they’re well known for that.

“They have great tradition. They have an excellent program for former players and for their current players. They don’t just focus on things on the field. They also focus on things off the field as well. You get a great education. You get a great football experience. You also get to grow and learn as a man. They prepare you for the real world out there.”

The No. 76 prospect in the country, Miller originally committed to Florida in February before opening his recruitment back up in May. Alabama and Georgia immediately jumped into the mix, and the 6-foot-4, 212-pound outside linebacker -- who had 121 tackles, 14 sacks, 21 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles as a junior -- took visits to both schools in June and July.

It was thought that perhaps the Bulldogs had taken the lead after his time in Athens for Dawg Night, but Miller took one last visit to Tuscaloosa last week, and today he committed to the back-to-back national champions. This time he’s sure of his decision, he said.

“I wanted to go ahead and get it out the way before my season starts,” Miller said. “I kind of had it in mind that that’s where I really wanted to go, but I wanted to be sure because this is my last commitment. I’m going to be 100 percent committed this time.

Miller said he’s done taking visits to other schools, but he does have plans to visit UA in the fall, specifically for the LSU game.

The Tide and the Bulldogs are not done in their search for pass-rushers, either. Alabama and Georgia also are battling it out for five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), although he lists Florida as his lead at the moment. Georgia leads for ESPN 300 defensive end Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) and ESPN 300 linebacker Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn). Alabama has also been after five-star defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge).

With the addition of Miller, Alabama now has 10 commitments from ESPN 300 prospects in the 2014 class, a class that already was ranked No. 4 in the RecruitingNation class rankings.

TideNation's Greg Ostendorf contributed to this report.

Summer Recruit Wrap: Georgia 

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With the camp season over and the fall season rapidly approaching, DawgNation takes a look back at the biggest recruiting news of the summer.

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Davide De Pas/ESPN.comClass of 2014 RB Sony Michel is one of the many big names in Georgia's class.
1. Summer has been very, very good to Georgia
Heading into June, Georgia had five commitments, after going without one in May. Some analysts had pegged the Bulldogs as being off to a slow start for 2014, but with a class of 33 in 2013, Georgia has had to be very selective with this class. Even with a decommitment last week, the Bulldogs have added 12 commitments in June and July, headlined by the additions of five-star defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) and ESPN 300 athlete Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County). As August approaches, Georgia can realistically pick and choose to fill its remaining spots.


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ESPN 300 DE has UGA in front 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- The potential logjam at outside linebacker in Georgia's recruiting class just got a little tighter. There are no commits at the position so far, but the Bulldogs lead for Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), are tied at the top for Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and are among the top three that Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) is considering. In addition, a fourth ESPN 300 target just completed a weekend visit with the Bulldogs, and Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) still has Georgia out front as well.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia coaching staff has addressed some of its pressing needs for the Class of 2014, but they still have half the class to go. Here are the top five positions of need for the Bulldogs:

Offensive tackle: After missing out on Laremy Tunsil last year and Avery Young the year before, the staff would love to get a bookend tackle to play opposite of John Theus. After starting all 14 games his freshman season, Theus is the perfect example of how a premier tackle can have an immediate impact. Offensive line coach Will Friend hopes that Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) could be that player, as Sims has Georgia on top and just completed a visit to Athens. Sims plans to return for the Dawg Night camp and a commitment would not be surprising.


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With the initial release of the ESPN 300 for the 2014 class, the recent recruiting momentum by the University of Georgia shows the Bulldogs could close with another top class, even with less than 22 spots to fill.

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Scott Fink for Student SportsRecent Georgia commit Nick Chubb has jumped into the latest ESPN 300 rankings.
At the top of the commitment list is running back Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), the No. 17 prospect in the country. He is followed by athlete Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County) at No. 69, who is expected to play cornerback for Georgia. Tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) is No. 94 in the latest rankings and new running back commitment Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) jumps into the ESPN 150 at No. 142. Georgia has less than one third of last year’s class (33) committed so far, but only one less ESPN 150 commitment with four pledged to play for Mark Richt at this time. Quarterback Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) committed to Georgia on Friday, giving the Bulldogs the No. 182 prospect in the country, while defensive line commitment Dontavius Russell (Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton) is No. 263 in the initial ESPN 300.

Georgia has a shot to land several more ESPN 150 prospects as well. New five-star prospect Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) has a spot reserved for him in Athens, Ga. Another five-star target, defensive lineman Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) has Georgia on top and the No. 12 prospect in the country could decide in July.

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Miami SPARQ All-Combine team

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MIAMI -- More than 900 athletes gathered on Jan. 5 at North Miami Stadium for the South Florida stop of the Nike Football SPARQ Combine tour. Here is a look at the 25 standout performers who comprise the Miami All-Combine team.

Note: Selections are based upon combine performance as well as past and projected on-field performance. Athletes must have completed two of the four combine tests to be eligible for selection. Athletes are in the Class of 2014 unless otherwise noted.

OFFENSE

QB: Quinton Flowers, 6-foot-0, 203 pounds, Miami Jackson
Results: 4.72 40-yard dash, 4.53 shuttle, 37-foot power ball throw, 31.3-inch vertical jump, 87.33 SPARQ Rating
Breakdown: Flowers ranks amongst the top QBs in South Florida and was a Class 5A third team all-state pick this fall.

QB: Nicodem Pierre, 6-1, 201, Miami Coral Reef
Results: 4.82 40, 4.50 shuttle, 40’ PB, 34.3” VJ, 95.61 SPARQ
Breakdown: Pierre upped his rating 23 points from last year; favors Kansas State early on in his recruitment.

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RB: Jamal Adjamah, 5-8, 178, Miami Southridge
Results: 4.63 40, 4.57 shuttle, 36.5’ PB, 35.6” VJ, 90.39 SPARQ
Breakdown: Has been one of Dade County’s top backs over the past two years.

RB: Krondis Larry, 5-6, 140, Miami Booker T. Washington
Results: 4.36 40, 4.55 shuttle, 28.5’ PB, 35.8” VJ, 81.30 SPARQ
Breakdown: Class 4A honorable mention all-state pick ran for 802 yards and 13 TDs this fall and clocked event’s fastest 40 time.

RB: Mardre London, 6-1, 197, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Results: 4.61 40, 4.62 shuttle, 36.5’ PB, 32.3” VJ, 88.65 SPARQ
Breakdown: London saw sizable action behind Fred Coppet this fall and is in line for a big senior year this season.

WR: Jake McCrary, 6-0, 171, Miami Coral Reef
Results: 4.51 40, 4.47 shuttle, 32’ PB, 34.0” VJ, 86.43 SPARQ
Breakdown: McCrary looked to be back to full health after missing games this fall with a knee injury; has close to 20 offers so far.

WR: Isaiah McKenzie, 5-8, 160, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage
Results: 4.56 40, 4.54 shuttle, 35’ PB, 36.0” VJ, 87.84 SPARQ
Breakdown: Showed great speed and is coming off of huge junior season in which he had 30 catches for 832 yards and 18 touchdowns.

WR: Lamar Parker, 5-8, 152, Miami Booker T. Washington
Results: 4.44 40, 4.25 shuttle, 30’ PB, 32.0” VJ, 87.24 SPARQ
Breakdown: Miami and FSU are amongst early offers for Parker, who helped the Tornadoes to a 4A state title this fall.

WR: JoJo Robinson, 6-0, 174, Miami Northwestern
Results: 4.41 40, 4.53 shuttle, 37.5’ PB, 32.0” VJ, 97.41 SPARQ
Breakdown: FSU commit put up the day’s top SPARQ Rating.

OL: Kai Absheer, 6-5, 296, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Results: 5.47 40, 5.07 shuttle, 38.5’ PB, 22.6” VJ, 70.50 SPARQ
Breakdown: Athletic big man posted top SPARQ Rating for all OL and should draw his share of looks in the future.

OL: Trevor Darling, 6-4, 307, Miami Central
Results: 5.82 40, 5.40 shuttle, 40’ PB, 19.9” VJ, 66.96 SPARQ
Breakdown: Miami commit had event’s second-best power ball toss.

OL: Ben Tirolia (’15), 6-2, 264, Miami Booker T. Washington
Results: 5.14 40, 4.84 shuttle, 38’ PB, 19.1” VJ, 65.34 SPARQ
Breakdown: Sophomore starter for state champion has a great future ahead of himself.

OL: Reginald Bain, 6-4, 251, Miami Central
Results: 5.32 40, 4.82 shuttle, 35’ PB, 25.3” VJ, 63.63 SPARQ
Breakdown: Starter on 6A title team at Miami Central possesses great frame and athletic ability.

ATH: Treon Harris, 5-11, 181, Miami Booker T. Washington
Results: 4.48 40, 4.31 shuttle, 34’ PB, 30.4” VJ, 92.61 SPARQ
Breakdown: A Class 4A all-state pick at QB this fall, Harris earned the first invite to The Opening.

ATH: Marcelis Logan, 5-8 , 170, Lexington (Ky.) Catholic
Results: 4.53 40, 4.44 shuttle, 34.5’ PB, 36.5” VJ, 94.26 SPARQ
Breakdown: Son of former NFL RB Marc Logan scored eight TDs as a junior and posted event’s fourth-best SPARQ Rating.

DEFENSE

DL: Keyon Brown, 6-3, 235, Wauchula (Fla.) Hardee County
Results: 4.88 40, 4.47 shuttle, 33’ PB, 34.4” VJ, 90.39 SPARQ
Breakdown: As physically put-together as any player at the event, Brown ranks amongst state’s top DE prospects.

DL: Anthony Moten, 6-4, 279, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Results: 5.19 40, 5.03 shuttle, 42’ PB, 28.6” VJ, 91.68 SPARQ
Breakdown: Miami, FSU, Ohio State are among early offers for Moten, a Class 7A honorable mention all-state pick this fall.

DE/LB: Michael Smith, 6-2, 196, Miami Northwestern
Results: 4.86 40, 4.53 shuttle, 33’ PB, 30.2” VJ, 72.66 SPARQ
Breakdown: Was third team 6A all-state at DE for Northwestern this fall but could convert to outside linebacker in college.

LB: Kevin Bronson, 6-3, 231, Delray Beach (Fla.) Village Academy
Results: 4.78 40, 4.57 shuttle, 40’ PB, 31.1” VJ, 96.24 SPARQ
Breakdown: Big and athletic rush end put up day’s second-best SPARQ Rating and wants to play LB in college.

LB: Juwuan Brown, 6-2, 203, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson
Results: 4.82 40, 4.60 shuttle, 36’ PB, 35.6” VJ, 86.76 SPARQ
Breakdown: Indiana is the first offer for Brown, more should be coming shortly for athletic ‘backer.

DB: Marques Gayot, 6-1, 197, Lake Worth (Fla.) Park Vista
Results: 4.65 40, 4.62 shuttle, 32’ PB, 30.6” VJ, 76.65 SPARQ
Breakdown: Physical hitter on film, ran well Saturday, was Class 8A all-state pick this fall.

DB: Jaquan Johnson (’15), 5-10, 169, Miami Killian
Results: 4.68 40, 4.38 shuttle, 33.5’ PB, 31.9” VJ, 81.54 SPARQ
Breakdown: Johnson was a Class 8A all-state pick this fall and already has Florida and Florida State offers as a rising junior.

DB: Nigel Patten, 5-9, 170, Miami Booker T. Washington
Results: 4.61 40, 4.44 shuttle, 29.5’ PB, 31.8” VJ, 74.34 SPARQ
Breakdown: Class 4A second team all-state pick this fall has an FSU offer.

DB: Andrew Soroh, 6-0, 189, Hialeah (Fla.) American
Results: 4.63 40, 4.37 shuttle, 36.5’ PB, 31.9” VJ, 93.27 SPARQ
Breakdown: Missed most of junior year with shoulder injury but is healthy now and worth a look.

ATH: Trayone Gray, 6-2, 194, Miami Carol City
Results: 4.66 40, 4.69 shuttle, 37’ PB, 32.1” VJ, 85.23 SPARQ
Breakdown: Ready to takeover as QB this fall for Chiefs but also recruitable as WR or safety due to size and athleticism.

Brown disappointed to miss visit 

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Keyon Brown's (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee) summer camp circuit was impressive no matter where he went.

In the month of July, both Florida and Florida State appeared to be on the verge of offering the 6-foot-2, 227-pound defensive end because of the performances they saw from him in person. Those offers haven't come yet, but still seem likely.

This Saturday, Brown expected to make the trip up to the state's capital city to take in the Clemson-Florida State game. But as it would turn out, other plans came up.

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