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Monday, September 23, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC

By Derek Tyson

With football season now in full swing, there was plenty of recruiting news over the weekend. From Georgia's big win over South Carolina with several top prospects in attendance to some impressive high school performances, here is the latest news around the SEC.

Biggest commitment: There were three commitments in the Southeastern Conference over the weekend and the biggest was from a freshman in high school.  Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab), a 2017 prospect, verbally committed to LSU on Sunday night. Moses, 15, chose the Tigers over offers from Alabama, Florida, Auburn, Florida State, Texas and many others.

In addition to the commitment of Moses, the Tigers also picked up a pledge from 2015 long snapper Blake Ferguson. Ferguson's older brother is a sophomore long snapper for LSU.
I'm officially COMMITTED to be an LSU TIGER!!!

— Blake Ferguson (@thefergsnapper) September 21, 2013

Despite losing 31-17 to Florida on Saturday, the Vols were able to land a commitment from 2015 wide receiver Preston Williams (Hampton, Ga./Lovejoy). The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Williams also had offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Miami, among many others. He is the sixth commitment for the Vols for 2015.

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

QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) -- Florida commit: Grier threw for 360 yards and six touchdown passes and added 52 rushing yards and another touchdown. In five games this season, Grier has thrown for 31 touchdowns.

WR Nate Brown (Suwannee, Ga./North Gwinnett) -- Missouri commit: The new Tigers commit totaled three receptions for 44 yards and two touchdowns and also added a 65 yard kickoff return in one half of play.

RB Bo Scarbrough (Bradenton, Fla./IMG Academy) -- Alabama commit: 153 yards rushing and five touchdowns (one passing) in 47-23 victory.

RB Stanley Williams (Monroe, Ga./George Walton) -- Kentucky commit: Three rushes for 150 yards and two touchdowns in one half of play.

QB Sean White (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School) -- Auburn commit: White completed 10-of-14 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of his game.

Most Important visits: Florida hosted several visitors for its conference win over Tennessee on Saturday. The list was headlined by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross); safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), who is the 25th-ranked player in the country; ESPN 300 linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South); and tight end Deandre Goolsby (Derby, Kan./Derby). ESPN Junior 300 members Jeffrey Holland (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) and Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) were also in attendance.

Florida's offense hasn't exactly been lighting it up this season, but the Gators' defense continues to perform at a high level. Getting three top defensive targets like Carter, Adams and Garrett to visit for a dominant defensive performance could be beneficial for Florida.

Here's a look at uncommitted ESPN 300 prospects Adams (right) and Garrett:

— Clifton Garrett CG3 (@CG340) September 22, 2013
Biggest question:  Tennessee has 25 commits and the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in the country, but after a 2-2 start, including bad losses to Oregon and Florida, will the Vols lose their recruiting momentum? Things won't get easier for Tennessee as three of its next four games are against South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Coach Butch Jones can sell recruits on the opportunity to compete for early playing time, but there is no question recruits want to see, at the very least, improvement on the field.

Biggest answers: Scarbrough is the No. 2 athlete in the country and some wonder with his size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) if he's more suited to play linebacker or running back on the next level. If his performances during the last two weeks are any indication, he looks like he could certainly carry the load as a running back. In the last two weeks, Scarbrough has rushed or 444 yards and eight touchdowns. He has even thrown for a touchdown. Scarbrough is physical and talented enough to play defense, but with his skill set and production, he deserves at least a chance to play running back in college.

Other note: Defensive back Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) backed off his commitment from South Carolina on Sunday. The Gamecocks also lost a 2015 pledge as defensive end Arden Key, a teammate of Green, also reopened his recruitment on Sunday.