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What I learned from this weekend

12/19/2011

Dawson digs the Dawgs

Three-star cornerback Sheldon Dawson (Memphis, Tenn./Ridgeway) made his first official visit over the weekend, tripping to the University of Georgia.

“It was good, real good,” Dawson said. “I really like the players, coaches, and the environment down there. The visit was everything I expected. They like me at cornerback and maybe to play a little bit of offense as well.”

It appears that Dawson will have a visit filled January, as he’s still looking at schools like Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Mississippi State, and others.

“I know I want to visit Tennessee and Ole Miss,” Dawson said. “It’s all still under debate. I have talked with coach (Hugh) Freeze. I like the new staff at Ole Miss. They seem pretty cool.”

Dawson, 5-foot-10 and 170-pounds, is a terrific two-way player. This season for Ridgeway he played cornerback, running back, receiver and returned punts and kicks. Dawson is the No. 66 ranked cornerback in the nation and the No. 28 rated recruit from Tennessee.

Davis visits FSU

Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) is one of the hottest prospects from the South. This former Gator commitment opened things up a few weeks ago and everyone wants to know the latest with this four-star prospect. This past weekend he made an official visit to Tallahassee and was impressed with Florida State.

“It was good and I had a good time,” Davis said. “I hung out a lot with Devonta Freeman. What really stood out to me was watching practice. They are so organized. I also like how very close that team is to each other. Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and coach (Eddie) Gran are great coaches and they know what they want and how to coach.”

A team making a major move for Davis is Georgia. He made an unofficial visit to Athens on Thursday.

“I went up there and saw what I wanted to see,” Davis said. “The big thing for me was taking a look at their depth chart. I also spent some time with coach (Mark) Richt. It was a good visit for me to see where things stand with me and Georgia.”

Next month Davis plans on visiting South Carolina (Jan. 13), Georgia (Jan. 20) and Clemson (Jan. 27). However, there’s another team that could sneak in there for a visit.

“I don‘t have any favorites but I have narrowed my list to Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, FSU and Miami. My boy (Raphael) Kirby is going to Miami and I am going to see if I can get down there for a visit. I would like to plan a trip.”

Davis has already made two officials, his other went to Tennessee earlier this month. If he makes the scheduled visits to South Carolina, Georgia and Clemson, Miami would have to be an unofficial visit.

Davis is the No. 17 ranked running back and the No. 29 rated recruit from the state of Georgia.

Three new offers for LB Brown

Richie Brown (Long Beach, Miss./Long Beach) had a monster senior year, finishing with over 200 tackles. Then he recorded a dozen stops in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic last weekend. The three-star linebacker was sitting on 14 scholarship offers, but now is up to 17.

“Georgia, Tennessee and UCF all offered me last week,” Brown said. “They had all talked with me here and there but the offers kind of came out of nowhere. That kind of makes me re-think some things for next month and my visits. I know I will visit Mississippi State (Jan. 20) and Ole Miss (Jan. 27). I am not sure about the other three visits. It adds to an already difficult decision. I just have to figure it out.”

Brown, 6-foot-2 and 210-pounds, is the nation’s No. 18 ranked linebacker and the No. 9 rated recruit from the state of Mississippi.

Alabama lands Yeldon

The rich got richer over the weekend. After much speculation four-star running back T.J. Yeldon decommitted from Auburn and committed to Alabama.

“I have a lot of respect for Auburn, the coaches, and all of the people there, but at the end of the day I feel like the University of Alabama is the best situation and fit for me and my family,” said Yeldon in a press release issued by his coaches at Daphne. “I am 100 percent confident with my final decision. I feel great about it and I’m excited to get started.”

The 6-foot-1 and 205-pound Yeldon is a key recruit because he’s such a major prospect who can do so much out of the backfield. Not only can he run the football but he will be a weapon in the passing game.

Yeldon joins an already-loaded offensive arsenal in the Crimson Tide 2012 class that includes wide receivers Amari Cooper (Miami, Fla./Northwestern) and Chris Black (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) and running backs Justin Taylor (Atlanta, Ga./Booker T. Washington) and Kenyan Drake (Powder Springs, Ga./Hillgrove). Five-star athlete Eddie Williams (Panama City, Fla./Arnold) could also play receiver in Tuscaloosa.

Houston the destination for Charles?

Houston has a very good chance to land one of the South’s top defensive tackles in Marrick Charles (New Orleans, La./Destrehan). He visited this past weekend and even without a head coach, Houston is in the hunt for the 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive lineman.

“The Houston visit was wonderful,” Charles said. “I loved it out there. They should get a new coach sometime this week. A lot of things stood out. The players were amazing. I got to know a lot of the coaches that will be there, the ones that are staying. That is a program headed in good direction. Coach (Kevin) Sumlin did a great job.”

That was Charles' first visit. He’s hoping to see Pitt and Arizona State sometime in January. Charles is the No. 32 ranked player from the state of Louisiana.