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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC

11/25/2013



As the regular season winds down, there was a lot of news around the Southeastern Conference over the weekend. There were a few big commitments, and LSU hosted several visitors for its dominating win over Texas A&M. Here’s a closer look at some of the top story lines in the SEC this weekend.

Biggest commitment: Ole Miss might have a lost a home game to Missouri on Saturday night, but the Rebels received some good news earlier in the day as ESPN 300 wide receiver Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis) flipped his commitment from Florida State to Ole Miss. The Oxford (Miss.) Clarion Ledger first reported his switch and Pack later confirmed his decision in a text message.

The Rebels now have 23 verbal commitments, including three ranked in the ESPN 300.

In addition to Pack’s commitment, there was another ESPN 300 commitment in the SEC on Saturday. Defensive tackle Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har Ber) verbally committed to Alabama over Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M and USC.

Biggest weekend performance: Several SEC-committed prospects put up impressive numbers but Florida quarterback commit Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) might have had the best performance of the season for prospects who are committed to SEC schools.

Grier set a season-high for passing yards with 592 passing yards and added six touchdowns through the air in a 69-28 victory in his teams state championship game on Friday. Grier finished the season just 18 yards shy of 5,000 passing yards on the year. He is set to enroll at Florida in January.

Most Important visit: LSU hosted several top visitors for its big 34-10 victory over Texas A&M. The group was headlined by Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine), the No. 1-ranked player in the country, and linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South), who was in Baton Rouge on an official visit.

Garrett was impressed with what he saw from the LSU fans.

“LSU has a great fan base,” Garrett said. “They have coaches [who] know exactly what to do in big-game situations and against great players like [Johnny] Manziel. It’s just a great place.”

This visit is significant for the Tigers. Garrett has taken four official visits and will likely make his decision in the near future. LSU has certainly put themselves in a good position to land the talented linebacker.

Biggest question: After Florida’s embarrassing loss to FCS Georgia Southern on Saturday, the question is not will Florida make coaching changes to its staff but just how soon after the season will those changes occur? With Florida having a top-10 recruiting class and in contention for several other ESPN 300 targets, any significant changes to the staff could have big implications -- both good and bad.

Florida State is in hot pursuit of Florida running back commit Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central) and athlete J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) has been wavering on his pledge to the Gators. A change in Florida’s coaching staff could affect both players, but it’s too early to tell just how much of an impact it will have.

Biggest answer: Missouri is having an incredible season and the success has transitioned into success in recruiting as well. The Tigers went from being the only SEC school not ranked in the top 40 of the SEC rankings up to the No. 31 spot in just a few short weeks. With commitments from ESPN 300 prospects Andy Bauer (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit) and Brandon Lee (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) recently, the Tigers are starting to flex their muscles in the recruiting world.

Missouri is one win away from playing in the SEC championship game. An appearance in the game would only help promote their program to recruits all over the country and especially in the Southeast where the Tigers are trying to make a presence.