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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Recruits react to SEC's Saturday results

By Derek Tyson

Saturday was not a usual day in the SEC.

Missouri, Auburn, Ole Miss and Tennessee all picked up incredible wins. There were several recruits on hand to witness these games.

Here's a look at what some of these recruits thought afterwards.

Ole Miss
No. 3-ranked inside linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) officially visited Ole Miss for its big victory over LSU on Saturday night. The 59th-ranked player in the country came away extremely impressed with what he saw in Oxford, Miss.

"It was a great experience," Garrett said. "It's something special here. It was wild. I have never seen anything like it. The Grove was crazy."

LSU has always been the team to beat for Garrett, but with his positive visit to Ole Miss, the Rebels have certainly improved their chances of landing the four-star linebacker.

Though Auburn's big victory over Texas A&M came on the road, one of their top remaining recruits, defensive tackle Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har Ber) took to Twitter to talk about how impressed he was with the Tigers.

Coach Malzahn took that program from a losing program to national contender program. Hmmm and he is from Springdale Arkansas!!!

— L.Joshua Frazier (@JoshuaFrazier99) October 20, 2013

Liking Auburn swagger right now.

— L.Joshua Frazier (@JoshuaFrazier99) October 20, 2013

It appears the Tigers have positioned themselves nicely to land the 158th-ranked player in the country.

Also impressed by Auburn's performance was committed wide receiver Stanton Truitt (Monroe, Ga./Monroe Area). The ESPN 300 athlete said this was exactly what the Tigers needed to gain respect around the country.

"I thought that this was the win we needed to prove everyone wrong and we did just that," Truitt said. "I know our coaches and players work very hard, and and it's showing."

The Volunteers continue to improve under new head coach Butch Jones and several recruits where in attendance to watch the Vols take down fellow SEC East opponent South Carolina on Saturday.

Junior college teammates Avery Gennesy (Southhaven, Miss./East Mississippi CC) and Jarran Reed (Goldsboro, N.C./EMCC) were both in attendance and enjoyed what they saw from the Vols.

Having a good time in Knoxville , game was too turnt , the people turnt out here , it's love , lol

— Avery T. Gennesy (@BigAvery67) October 19, 2013

Tennessee already has four junior-college commitments, and it looks like it may not be done.

Linebacker Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra), a long-time Tennessee commit, was also excited about what he saw from his future team.

I am so happy right now it's ridiculous!!

— Dillon Bates (@dillonbates) October 19, 2013
With its huge win over Florida on Saturday, Missouri sits along at the top of the SEC East. Redshirt freshman quarterback Maty Mauk threw for close to 300 yards. His performance was enough to impress two players he will likely be throwing to in the future.

Wide receiver commits Nate Brown (Suwannee, Fla./North Gwinnett) and Lawrence Lee (Pensacola, Fla./West Florida Tech) like what they saw from the Tigers.

"They played relentless the whole game -- especially with their D-line," Brown said. "I was also impressed with how poised Maty Mauk was in the pocket, given how good Florida's defense was."

Lee echoed Brown's thoughts on the game.

"We overcame the obstacles of not having Franklin at quarterback and came out with a win against a good Florida team."