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Monday, November 18, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC

By Derek Tyson


As usual, there was a lot of recruiting news around the SEC over the weekend. There were a few commitments and Auburn hosted several visitors for its last-second win over Georgia. Here’s a closer look at some of the top SEC storylines.


Biggest commitment: Mississippi State may have suffered a hard-fought loss to Alabama on Saturday night, but the Bulldogs did get some good news on the recruiting front. ESPN Junior 300 linebacker Tim Washington (Yazoo City, Miss./Yazoo City) verbally committed to Mississippi State late on Saturday night.

Washington is ranked as the 247th-best player in the ESPN Junior 300 and the No. 5-ranked player in the state of Mississippi for the 2015 recruiting cycle.

The Bulldogs were also close to landing their second ESPN Junior 300 member on Saturday. The No. 27 prospect in the country in the Class of 2015, T.D. Moton (Baton Rouge, La./Woodlawn), according to multiple reports, gave a verbal commitment to Mississippi State. However, Moton said Sunday he had not gave his pledge to the Bulldogs.

"I have to weigh my options," Moton said in a text message. "I haven't seen Alabama, Ole Miss or Florida State, so I'm taking my time. I haven't talked to coach [Dan] Mullen yet, either. But Mississippi State is one of my favorites."

Moton also holds offers from LSU, Georgia, Florida State, Notre Dame and many other schools. He is the sixth-rated defensive tackle in the 2015 class and the No. 2 prospect in Louisiana next year.

Best weekend performances: Several SEC committed prospects put up impressive numbers.

QB Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) -- Georgia commit: Park passed for 258 yards and three touchdowns and added 85 yards rushing in a 41-6 playoff win on Friday.

QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) -- Florida commit: Grier threw for 498 yards and eight touchdowns in a 73-24 playoff win. He also added another rushing touchdown. It’s the second consecutive week Grier has passed for eight or more touchdowns.

Quinn breaks national record

WR Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) -- LSU commit: Quinn totaled 216 receiving yards and three touchdowns on nine receptions. The No. 36-ranked player in the country also added two rushes for 50 yards and another touchdown in a 42-16 win on Friday.

With his performance, Quinn broke Dorial Green-Beckham’s two-year old record for all-time receiving yards in a career with 6,396. The previous record by Green-Beckham was 6,356.

Barbe advanced in the playoffs with the win on Friday, and Quinn now has a chance at breaking the national record for receptions in a career. He needs only 12 more receptions to tie the mark of 358 receptions.

Barbe received several congratulations from several teammates and fellow LSU commits on Twittter — including this tweet from 2015 cornerback commit Kevin Toliver (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian).
Congrats to my future teammate @LA_Quinn18 for breaking the national high school career receiving yards last night #TigerNation #LSU

— Kevin Toliver" (@Toliver_Era) November 16, 2013
Most important visit: Auburn hosted several visitors for its dramatic come-from-behind win over Georgia on Saturday. The list was headlined by wide receiver Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman), linebacker Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and defensive end Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing).

By all accounts, all three players enjoyed their time at Auburn. Williams even sent out a tweet to two current Auburn commits Stanton Truitt (Monroe, Ga./Monroe Area) and Deshaun Davis (Prichard, Ala./Vigor) about how he enjoyed his experience.

@_Davis_Boy12 @TRUitt_thaTRUth Game was live tonight boys!!

— Andrew Williams (@DrewWill_79) November 17, 2013
Only time will tell just how big of an impact this game truly had on the several recruits that were in attendance, but Auburn certainly provided an impressive atmosphere for these top recruits to see.

Biggest question: With Florida on a five-game losing streak, all eyes in Gainesville are on recruiting. The Gators have put together a top-10 class, but many wonder if they will be able to hold it together during this difficult stretch. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley released a statement last week that gave coach Will Muschamp a vote of confidence which should, in theory, give recruits some confidence that Muschamp will still be their coach next season. A few of Florida's commits, including defensive back Duke Dawson, wide receiver Ermon Lane and quarterback Will Grier, took to social media to stand behind their future team.
I'm still 100% committed to the gators

— DK DW`C (@DaWsOnBoY_6) November 17, 2013
I'm 100% to Florida gators so I know I can get all they followers on here

— Support #5Jwalk (@_MoneyLane) November 17, 2013
Grier, a North Carolina native, was in attendance at the Florida-South Carolina game on Saturday night and posted this Vine video of his experience.

GO GATORS!!! this place is nuts! can't believe I'm playing for the gators next year.. https://t.co/IXM1u1Pz1X

— Will Grier (@willg7533) November 17, 2013
Biggest answer: Will Alabama continue to dominate in recruiting, despite having so many top-ranked commits? The answer is an unequivocal yes. Despite finishing with the top-ranked class the last two seasons and having the top-ranked class this year, Alabama just continues to land commitments from ESPN 300 members. The latest, Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), the sixth-ranked prospect in the country, committed to the Crimson Tide last Thursday.

With prospects such as Marlon Humphrey, Lorenzo Carter and Leonard Fournette, the No. 1-ranked player in the country, still available, Alabama could end up with one of the greatest recruiting classes of all time.