Monday, September 2, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC
By Derek Tyson
With football season now in full swing, there was plenty of recruiting news over the weekend. From top high school performances to a five-star prospect ready to announce his decision, here is the latest news around the SEC.
Biggest commitment: There was only one commitment in the SEC over the weekend. Defensive lineman Braxton Hoyett (Pelham, Ala./Pelham) verbally committed to Mississippi State on Friday. Hoyett also had offers from Miami and UAB. The 6-foot-3, 274-pounder announced his decision via Twitter:
Best weekend performances: Many SEC commits were in action this weekend. Here's a look at some of the top performances that happened over the weekend.
RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) -- Georgia commit: 350 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) -- Florida commit: 17-of-21 for 398 passing yards and seven touchdowns in only one half of play.
WR Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) -- Florida commit: Seven receptions for 189 yards and two TDs.
QB Sean White (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School) -- Auburn commit: 8-of-10 passing 150 yards and four touchdowns.
DB Ed Paris (Arlington, Texas/Timberview) -- LSU commit: 70-yard interception return for touchdown and a 50-yard reception on offense.
Injury update: Kentucky defensive end commit Denzel Ware (Crestview, Fla./Crestview) went down with an apparent neck injury during his game on Friday. The ESPN 300 prospect was taken off the field on a stretcher for precautionary reasons. But Wildcat Nation can breathe easy as Ware suffered a bad stinger and said on Sunday that he will be able to play next week.
Auburn running back commit Racean "Roc" Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) also left his game early on Friday for what he termed "a minor concussion, nothing major." Thomas said he plans to be back in action next week. Before his departure, Thomas rushed for 52 yards on eight carries.
Most important visit: The most important visit this weekend wasn't even to an SEC school. ESPN 300 offensive tackle David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence Christian) visited Clemson for its 38-35 victory over Georgia on Saturday night. Sharpe is very high on both schools. The Clemson atmosphere was electric, but Georgia, at times, had some breakdowns on the offensive line that could work in the Bulldogs' favor. Sharpe took to Twitter to talk about his experience in Death Valley:
Biggest questions: There are two big questions heading in to this week. One, where will five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) commit on Wednesday? It's come down to Alabama and LSU and, as of now, things appear to be trending in Alabama's direction. The second question also involves LSU. Why doesn't five-star athlete and New Orleans native Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) have LSU in his top three? The Tigers have always appeared to be the team to beat, but Noil named Florida, USC and Texas A&M as his top three schools on Sunday. But don't count out the Tigers just yet. There is still a long way to go and LSU is likely to get back in the picture for Noil.
Biggest answers: Two ESPN 300 targets, wide receiver Moral Stephens (Perry, Fla./Taylor Co.) and cornerback Duke Dawson (Cross City, Fla./Dixie Co.), squared off on Friday night. Taylor County operates a run-heavy offense, so Stephens was only targeted five times and totaled 32 receiving yards on just two catches. Dawson, a Florida commit who matched up with Stephens on just about every snap, recorded three tackles, one pass breakup and one interception.
Stephens hasn't said much about his recruitment, but he revealed after the game that Kentucky and South Carolina are his two favorite schools and he plans to visit each school this fall.
Here's a Vine video of Dawson's interception:
ESPN 300 wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer) has a top three of Alabama, Ohio State and Miami but announced his official visit plans on Sunday. Dixon will visit NC State this Friday, while Arkansas on Sept. 13, Ohio State on Sept. 27 and Alabama on Nov. 8 are his other set official visits.