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It is always difficult to pinpoint just one guy, but I will point out a few that I think will be immediate impact players who can help in critical areas and also list some prospects who have a high ceiling for development. Let’s start off with some impact players. Tennessee needs offensive weapons as badly as anyone and this has been a focus. Therefore the additions of Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) and No. 2 ranked juco player LaVon Pearson (Newport News, Va./Feather River College) will be expected to play significant roles within this scheme to add to Alton "Pig" Howard and Marquez North. Considering the losses along the offensive line, OT Dontavius Blair (Anniston, Ala./Garden City Community College) will likely be expected to start right away. As far as some high ceiling prospects, we think TE-Y Daniel Helm (Chatham, Ill./Glenwood) has a bright future as a movement flex TE who is very gifted in the passing game. Once DE Dewayne Hendrix (O’Fallon, Ill./Township) gets into the weight room we feel he could really escalate over time. The key for this Tennessee class is for 70 percent of the players to pan out. That would be a great number. There are always going to be misses, but Butch Jones and his staff have done a great job addressing needs and winning the state. As many as 14 of these prospects will be mid-year guys which is huge as many will likely be expected to play. There will be disappointments and there will be guys who exceed expectations, but mostly this class needs to be the one that starts producing wins.
Butch Jones' first full class got stronger this weekend with the addition of defensive end Dewayne Hendrix (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon). Continue reading to see what our scouts believe Hendrix will bring to the Vols defensive front: What he brings: The ESPN 300 defender possesses nice size (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) with a frame that the Vols can continue to develop and fill out. Initial quicks are adequate, though once in motion, Hendrix displays good athleticism and speed for his size, which can allow him to be an active defender and a factor in pursuit. With his size and playing strength, he can set the edge, demonstrating the ability to play with pad level and be active with his hands to separate and shed blockers. Needs to improve snap awareness to maximize his abilities as a pass rusher. He's a big, athletic presence capable of getting into blockers and pressing the pocket, as well as being able to counter. Needs to continue to develop, but capable of creating pressure.

How he fits: As Butch Jones and staff work to build Tennessee, they need to address the defensive line. Thus far they have a verbal from Joe Henderson (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights), a lean pass rusher who fits more into that “Leo” role. They also have a commitment from ESPN 300 DL Derek Barnett (Brentwood, Tenn./Academy), who can give them some versatility up front. In Hendrix, they land a player who can fit well at the defensive end position which is an area of need with a pair of seniors there. For a defense near the bottom of the SEC in a couple of categories, including rushing defense and tackles for loss, the four-star prospect gives them a big, athletic body that can help them improve in those areas. A defensive end, he could also potentially develop into a defensive tackle while in Knoxville, Tenn., and that wouldn’t be the worst thing as it could be a little better long-term fit for him.

Prediction for performance: Hendrix has room for improvement, but with a defense in need of continued improvement itself and a defensive line that features close to a half-dozen seniors, the ESPN 300 defensive end could be tapped to contribute quickly. With his size, natural tools and some headiness, he could be expected to be able to contribute as a freshman.

How the class is shaping up: Butch Jones' first full class is developing into a strong one. Already within the top five, the class is headlined by key, in-state pick-ups such as running back Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech) and safety Todd Kelly Jr. (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb). The addition of out-of-state defender Hendrix gives them their 12th ESPN 300 commitment and helps them to continue to address the defensive line. He is now their fourth and highest-rated DL pledge.

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

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As always, there was a lot of news around the Southeastern Conference this weekend. Tennessee and Texas A&M picked up ESPN 300 commits, and Alabama had a five-star visitor. Here's a closer look at the latest recruiting news in the SEC.

Biggest commitment: Despite losing to rival Alabama 45-10 on Saturday, Tennessee picked up a big commitment from ESPN 300 defensive end Dewayne Hendrix (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township) on Sunday.

Hendrix, the No. 189 player in the country, chose the Vols over Florida, USC and Missouri.

"My mom and I had a long talk last night and we both thought it was the right time," Hendrix said. "We both felt like we knew it was Tennessee, but we just wanted to make sure and be 100 percent and check out a few other schools. We went out to Ole Miss, Illinois, Mizzou and USC."

The four-star athlete said Tennessee coach Butch Jones played a major factor in his decision to commit to the Vols.

"Coach Jones, how he was recruiting me -- was like no other feeling I've ever had," Hendrix said. "No other coach recruited me how he was. He calls me, inboxes me and every week we're talking."

With the commitment of Hendrix, Tennessee now has 28 commitments including 12 who are ranked in the ESPN 300.

Texas A&M also picked up an ESPN 300 commit, defensive end Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), on Thursday night.

Cunningham, the No. 234 prospect in the ESPN 300, joins five-star defensive end Myles Garrett, the No. 7 player in the country, as Texas A&M commits over the last week and a half.

The Aggies have the ninth-ranked class in the country. It is composed of 16 commitments, 11 of who are ranked in the ESPN 300.

Best weekend performances: Several SEC committed quarterbacks put up huge numbers this weekend. Here's a look at some of the top weekend performances.

QB Sean White (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) -- Auburn commit: White was 19-of-33 for 389 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-24 loss.

QB Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner) -- Kentucky commit: Barker was 22-of-30 for 296 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing score in a 32-20 win.

QB Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) -- Texas A&M commit: Allen passed for 296 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-41 loss on Friday night.

RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) -- Georgia commit: Rushed for 262 yards and four touchdowns in a 54-28 win on Friday.

Most important visit: ESPN 300 defensive end Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge) took his second of three planned official visits over the weekend, this one to Alabama. The No. 4 player in the country watched the Tide handle Tennessee 45-10 on Saturday. Hand also plans to visit Florida sometime in the next few weeks before making his decision on Nov. 14. Michigan has been the team to beat for sometime, but was the Alabama visit enough to change his mind? Only time will tell, but judging by Hand's tweets on Saturday and Sunday, it appears he was impressed with Alabama.
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Nobody projected the Missouri Tigers to be the No. 5 team in the country, but the Tigers have impressed on the field and now they have a chance to impress off of it with a large contingent of players visiting this weekend; can Alabama change the momentum in the recruitment for Da'Shawn Hand; Oregon is hoping to wow key targets with College GameDay in town.


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SEC recruiting storylines: Oct. 24 

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Taking a look back at the week that was in the SEC recruiting and looking ahead as teams build toward signing day, here is a peek at some of the top SEC recruiting storylines.

Nation's No. 4 to see Tuscaloosa

The nation's No. 4 prospect overall, Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge High), will make his official visit to Alabama this weekend after tripping to favorite Michigan in September. The 6-foor-4, 262-pound five-star will also officially visit Florida on Nov. 8 before announcing his decision on Nov. 14 at his high school.

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Steve Spurrier vs. Phil Fulmer once had the attention of every prospect in the Southeast Region. While Fulmer is long gone from coaching the Vols, Spurrier leads South Carolina into Knoxville to take on Tennessee in a game that will have more than its share of eyes closely watching despite the fact the two programs are not going head-to-head on many remaining prospects in 2014.

Tennessee will have a trio of big time junior college prospects on official visits, and a number of other key prospects paying close attention. Which prospects could be impacted on Saturday?

Jarran Reed (Goldsboro, N.C./East Mississippi Community College): The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Reed was one of the most heavily recruited junior college prospects a cycle ago, signing with the Florida Gators. Now back at East Mississippi C.C. after not being admitted to Florida, the uber-talented defensive tackle is back on the market. The Vols are the first up to play host to Reed with Kentucky, Florida and others remaining possibilities for official visits. A December graduate, the chance to come in and play right away will be huge in Reed’s decision.

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Big 12 recruiting mailbag

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This week’s Big 12 recruiting mailbag focuses on Baylor’s offensive success, Kansas’ progress in recruiting, the status of an ESPN Junior 300 player and more. We encourage all to send questions each week, either via Twitter to @DamonSayles or @ESPNWilkerson or by email at dsaylesespn@gmail.com or wilkerson.espn@gmail.com.

From @InTheNameOfBU: Do you see Baylor sustaining their success in offense for quite a while? If so, why? #AskBig12

As long as head coach Art Briles, offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery and passing game coordinator/offensive recruiting coordinator Kendal Briles stick around, Baylor shouldn’t have any problems offensively. It’s really scary to think that Wofford -- and not a school like West Virginia -- has held Baylor to its lowest point total -- 69. The Bears have all kinds of offensive weapons now with quarterback Bryce Petty, running backs Lache Seastrunk and Shock Linwood and receivers Antwan Goodley and Tevin Reese, and if they sign committed ESPN 300 players in receiver K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) and athlete Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau), expect more of the same in the next couple of years.

From @Roberrttthom: How much do you think the early offer for 2015 DT Marquise Overton helps OK State's chances to land him?

In speaking with Overton, I know that he’s very appreciative of the Oklahoma State offer. However, I can’t say that it’s his absolute favorite right now. Reason being, he truly doesn’t has a favorite right now. The ESPN Junior 300 defensive tackle has additional offers from Baylor, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Oregon State and others, and all schools are in the running. Overton did say that he really likes Oklahoma State. The team is playing well right now, and it’s close to his home in Jenks, Okla. Keep an eye on how the 6-foot-1, 301-pound tackle gauges his schools of interest.

From @cr93ia: Any update on the buzz post Rhoads’ postgame press conference and just in general? #AskBig12

If you’re the Texas Longhorns, you’re not listening; you’re celebrating a win. If you’re pro-Paul Rhoads, you’re probably still a little upset about what happened last week. There’s nothing that can be done now, but Rhoads will have his Cyclones amped up for Saturday’s game against Texas Tech. Recruiting-wise, a few players are still eyeing every move Iowa State makes. The Cyclones have offered players like ESPN 300 defensive end Dewayne Hendrix (O’Fallon, Ill./O’Fallon), ESPN 300 outside linebacker Brandon Lee (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central), four-star outside linebacker Nile Sykes (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic) and four-star running back Corey Avery (Dallas/Carter), and they’re hoping to land at least one of these targets.

From @ttoulouse94: Any word on #KU making progress with WR or O-line prospects?

Recruiting with Kansas can be seen in two ways: Either a recruit will give the program the side eye for its subpar play, or a recruit will look at the subpar play as an opportunity to see immediate playing time. The Jayhawks are hoping to land three-star athlete Darious Crawley (Houston/Cypress Ridge), who can play receiver at the next level. As for the offensive line, Kansas will be looking in the junior college ranks for right-now type of players. Juco linemen Avery Gennesy (Southaven, Miss./East Mississippi Community College), Luke Hayes (El Dorado, Kan./Butler Community College) and David Hedelin (San Francisco/City College of San Francisco) all have Kansas offers.

From @KookanHere: #askbig12 Will Dana Holgorsen be the head coach of WVU next season?

West Virginia is 3-3 on the season. Just because the Mountaineers were rolled by Baylor doesn’t mean Holgorsen’s job is in jeopardy. Baylor has put up huge points against everybody. Holgorsen will be back next season to coach his new recruits in receivers Lamar Parker (Miami/Booker T. Washington), Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef) and outside linebacker Davonte James (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) -- all ESPN 300 prospects. If Holgorsen is lucky, he also will be coaching ESPN 300 athlete Dravon Henry (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa), who is strongly considering the Mountaineers.

SEC 2014 recruiting scenarios 

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With signing day still several months away, schools will add and in some cases lose committed prospects. Here is a look at the best and worst case scenario for each SEC school.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: Big 12 

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The weekend of Big 12 football featured another Baylor massacre, Texas Tech and Oklahoma both staying undefeated with the Bears and a controversial finish between Texas and Iowa State. From a recruiting standpoint, Oklahoma was the talk of the conference -- and the West Coast.

Here are some of the highlights from the weekend.

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Notebook: WeAreSC recruiting roundup 

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It took USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron less than a minute and a half to utter the word “recruits” during his news conference Sunday following the firing of Lane Kiffin. Given how important recruiting will be for the Trojans the next two years, nobody would have been surprised if Orgeron blurted that word even more quickly.

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Known as one of the nation’s top recruiters, Orgeron figures to play an integral role leading up to national signing day in February. In fact, the energetic, 52-year-old coach had already contacted some top targets Sunday morning.

“We’ve already spoken to our recruits about the value of USC and what’s going on at USC,” Orgeron told reporters Sunday. “Recruiting has been one of our strengths here and it will continue to be one of our strengths. We expect to have a great recruiting class and continue to bring some of the best recruits across the country to USC.”

Orgeron’s pitch, despite his interim status and uncertainty surrounding the coaching situation, will be simple. He will touch on the education, prestige, opportunity and past glory.

“There’s a lot of great things about USC still here,” Orgeron said. “Nothing has changed about USC.”

In this week’s WeAreSC recruiting notebook, we touch on the impact Kiffin’s dismissal could have on USC recruiting and more:

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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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As the season is getting into full swing, teams are recognizing needs and holes that need to be filled. Every team in the Big Ten still has some areas of improvement that can be fixed with recruiting.

Here is a look at some important targets remaining for each Big Ten team.


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SEC recruiting storylines: Sept. 12 

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After a terrific start to the college football season with big games and potential momentum changing wins and performances, this weekend features the most hyped game yet -- Alabama at Texas A&M. The visit list of what could be dubbed “Super Bowl Saturday” in College Station continues to grow with the Aggies expected to host the most talented visit weekend in the programs history. Here is a closer look at some of the hot topics throughout the SEC:

Five-star visit list in College Station
Texas A&M is taking full advantage of the long-awaited rematch with Alabama. The visitor list for Saturday can only be defined with the word “loaded.” Whether it’s official visitors in the 2014 class or unofficial visitors for 2015, the list of who's expected is star-studded in the recruiting world. Expected to visit College Station over the weekend include the likes of No. 1 overall Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine High), No. 7 Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin High), No. 8 Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr), No. 25 Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron High), No. 29 Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Edna Karr), No. 81 Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/James Bowie High) and No. 158 Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har Ber High). On the unofficial visit list are ESPN 300 members Casey Tucker (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton High) and Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton High) in the 2014 class, along with a number of ESPN Junior 300 members, including running back commitments Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas/Katy High) and Jay Bradford (Splendora, Texas/Splendora High) as well as uncommitted quarterback Kyler Murray (Allen, Texas/Allen High).

Gators all in on Sharpe
If there was any question if the Florida Gators were all in on No. 15 overall prospect David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School), it was answered earlier this week when four-star offensive tackle Benjamin Knox (DeLand, Fla./DeLand High) decommitted from Florida.

"At this very moment, I'm decommitting," Knox said. "Reason why because I haven't heard from them in over a month."

The Gators are making it clear to Sharpe that he is the top priority at offensive tackle. Florida currently has three offensive line commitments, all projected guards at the next level, and remain in the mix for No. 257 overall Jordan Sims (Birmingham, Ala./Homewood High).

Tennessee adds No. 25
Tennessee added commitment No. 25 this week with the addition of senior cornerback Emmanuel Moseley (Greensboro, N.C./Page High), but the Volunteers are not done in 2014. Four-star lineman Charles Mosley (Brighton, Tenn./Brighton High) is set to decide on Oct. 4 with the Vols squarely in the mix along with Alabama. Tennessee also remains in the mix for ESPN 300 prospects Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp High), defensive end DeWayne Hendrix (O’Fallon, Ill./O’Fallon Township High), linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South High), cornerback D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton High) and end Dante Sawyer (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett High) among others with defensive line and linebacker being a top remaining priority. Hendrix and Garrett are set to officially visit Knoxville on Oct. 4.

Visit list for Tennessee-Florida taking shape

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Critical positions in Pac-12 recruiting 

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Recruiting for the 2014 class bumped up another notch this past Sunday, when college coaches could begin making their one phone call per week to high school seniors. Today, we take a look at what position group those Pac-12 coaches might consider their most important position to add talent with this class.


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Who's left in the Midwest 

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Marshon LattimoreBrad Bournival/ESPNMarshon Lattimore, the No. 51 prospect in the ESPN 300, might go to an Ohio State feeder school, but programs such as Alabama and Michigan are making a push for him.
There are currently 198 committed prospects within the ESPN 300. That means that it’s a dogfight for the remaining 102 uncommitted prospects.

The Big Ten schools are recruiting prospects within the ESPN 300 from across the nation, but as always, the Midwest is a big focus. There are currently 11 prospects from the Midwest in the top list that are uncommitted.

Here is a look at those Midwest prospects and where they’re at in the process.


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