Monday, January 30, 2012
SEC recruiting comings and goings
By Chris Low
With national signing day fast approaching on Wednesday, here's a look at the latest involving SEC schools:
- Tennessee lost ESPNU 150 linebacker Dalton Santos to Texas. Santos had started looking around again after Tennessee lost defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon to Washington. Santos, who's from Van, Texas, is rated by ESPN as the No. 1 inside linebacker prospect in the country. The Longhorns didn't offer Santos until late, and he confirmed on Sunday that he would be signing with Texas.
- The Vols are one of the favorites for Cordarrelle Patterson, who's rated as one of the top junior college receivers in the country. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Patterson is originally from Rock Hill, S.C., but is currently at Huchinson (Kan.) Community College. Georgia and Ole Miss are also finalists for Patterson.
- Arkansas is still keeping its fingers crossed that receiver Dorial Green-Beckham will pick the Hogs on signing day. Green-Beckham is rated as the No. 3 prospect in the country by ESPN, and is expected to pick between Arkansas and Missouri on signing day. He will make his announcement on ESPNU.
- Over the weekend, the Hogs picked up a commitment from junior college receiver Demetrius Wilson of Glendale (Ariz.) Community College.
- South Carolina is trying to pry cornerback Chris Moody of McDonough, Ga., away from Vanderbilt. The 6-1, 190-pound Moody had been committed to the Commodores, but made an official visit over the weekend along with his father to South Carolina. Moody is rated as the No. 36 athlete in the country by ESPN.
- Vanderbilt is also trying to hold onto defensive end/outside linebacker Josh Dawson of Tucker, Ga., but Georgia is making a late push. Dawson has been committed to the Commodores since last summer. Dawson is rated by ESPN as the No. 44 defensive end prospect in the country.
- Running back Justin Taylor of Atlanta visited Ole Miss over the weekend and will decide between Alabama and Ole Miss. The Crimson Tide have talked to Taylor about grayshirting and enrolling in January, but the Rebels have a spot for him right now.
- Cornerback Sheldon Dawson of Memphis is down to Ole Miss and Georgia. Dawson visited Ole Miss this past weekend and is rated by ESPN as the No. 69 cornerback prospect in the country.
- Auburn lost out to Oregon over the weekend on offensive/defensive lineman Arik Armstead of Elk Grove, Calif. Armstead is an ESPNU 150 prospect and rated as the No. 3 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.
- As Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com's TideNation points out, Alabama has 12 ESPNU 150 commitments heading into signing day, which is more than all of the other Western Division teams combined. The other five West teams from 2011 have a total of nine ESPNU 150 commitments. LSU has four, Auburn two, Ole Miss two and Mississippi State one.