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Monday, January 13, 2014
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC

By Derek Tyson

As the last weekend before the dead period comes to an end, there is still plenty of recruiting news throughout the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt suffered through a difficult weekend, there were a few important commitments and some key prospects backed off their pledges. Here’s a closer look at the top recruiting news around the SEC:

Franklin fallout: The top college football news over the weekend happened when former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin took the same job at Penn State. The news was devastating for Vanderbilt’s 2014 recruiting class. Five prospects -- quarterback Kyle Carta-Samuels (San Jose, Calif./Bellarmine College Prep), three-star running back Mikale Wilbon (Chicago/De La Salle), three-star offensive lineman Bailey Granier (Galliano, La./South Laforche), three-star tight end Chance Sorrell (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) and three-star defensive end Lloyd Tubman (Louisville, Ky./Seneca) -- decommitted from the Commodores.

Earlier in the week before the Franklin news became official, safety commit Trent Sherfield (Danville, Ill./Danville) announced he would also be opening up his recruitment. Vanderbilt is now down to 15 commitments.

With no coach and less than a month until national signing day, the Commodores will be scrambling just to add a full recruiting class.

After talking with my parents,I've decided to open up my recruitment. I'm going to reevaluate everything and do what's best for Me!

— Mikale Wilbon (MW5) (@BornReady5_ATG) January 11, 2014
Gators wild week: Florida’s week in recruiting could be summed up in two words -- roller coaster. The Gators unexpectedly received a commitment from the No. 15-ranked player in the country, Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship), on Thursday. Tabor flipped his commitment from Arizona and will enroll at Florida on Monday. Later on Thursday, ESPN 300 defensive back Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation) announced he was opening up his recruitment. Wisconsin and South Carolina are now the schools to beat for Lammons.

On Friday morning, four-star athlete Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla/Deerfield Beach), who Florida is recruiting as a running back, announced he was flipping his commitment to Florida from Miami. Powell is a viable replacement for running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central), who flipped his commitment from Florida to rival Florida State during Under Armour All-America game practices. Finally, the No. 2-ranked wide receiver in the country, Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead), announced on Twitter that he also was backing off of his commitment to Florida. Florida State appears to be the clear leader for the four-star wideout.

Underclassmen commit: Florida and Auburn picked up commitments on Thursday from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian teammates Deontai Williams and Jalin Buie. Williams is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety who admittedly is a lifelong Florida fan. Buie, only a sophomore, rushed for over 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns this past season and should fit nicely in Gus Malzahn's offense.

Smith set to announce: ESPN 300 defensive back D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton), the No. 88-ranked player in the country, is set to announce his final decision on Tuesday. South Carolina and Clemson appear to be the schools to beat at this stage. Smith is also scheduled to visit South Carolina this upcoming weekend. South Carolina could end up with a strong group of defensive backs. In addition to Smith, Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) and former Florida commit Lammons are both strongly considering the Gamecocks. Green is also scheduled to take an official visit to South Carolina this weekend and will visit Georgia on Jan. 31.

Two top 2015 prospects name early favorites: Two prospects ranked in the top 11 of the ESPN Junior 300, Jeffery Holland (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) and Torrance Gibson (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), announced a list of their early top schools this week.

Holland, the No. 1-ranked outside linebacker in the country in the Class of 2015, said Florida, Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State, UCLA and Alabama are his top six schools. Holland also added that those schools aren’t his final six, but that they are the six standing out the most to him at this stage. Seven schools stand out to Gibson, who is the No. 2-ranked athlete for 2015: Ohio State, LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Notre Dame, Clemson, Miami and UCF .

College list Ohio state LSU Tennessee Florida Norte Dame Clemson Miami UCF My list for right now

— Torrance Gibson (@quick_tg6) January 12, 2014
Moton decommits: The No. 50-ranked player for the class of 2015, defensive tackle T.D. Moton (Shreveport, La./Woodlawn), on Friday backed off his pledge to Mississippi State. Moton had been committed to the Bulldogs since November and will now consider Florida, LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss and Florida State.

I have decommited from MSU .. I have to evaluate my options ..

— TD Moton (@__moton) January 10, 2014