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Monday, November 4, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC

By Derek Tyson


As always, there was a lot of news around the SEC over the weekend. There were some record-setting performances and some important visits. Here’s a closer look at some of the top recruiting storylines in the SEC from this weekend.

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

RB Racean “Roc” Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) — Auburn commit: Thomas rushed for an incredible 409 yards on 32 carries including touchdown runs of 42, 65, 21, 20 and 85 yards.

WR Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) — LSU commit: Quinn totaled 14 receptions for 152 yards on Friday. With his big performance Quinn is now the state of Louisiana’s all-time leader in both receiving yards and receptions. For his career, the ESPN 300 wideout has ammassed 5,881 receiving yards and 327 receptions.

RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) — Georgia commit: Chubb rushed for 281 yards and four touchdowns. On one of Chubb’s touchdown runs, the bruising tailback broke nine tackles before racing 27 yards to the end zone. Here is video of the incredible run.

QB Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) — Texas A&M commit: Allen passed for only 172 yards, but it was in one-half of play and four of his completions went for touchdowns.

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Florida QB commit Will Grier totaled five touchdowns over the weekend.
QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) — Florida commit: The four-star quarterback passed for 382 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for another 66 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

2015 DE Andrew Butcher (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) — Tennessee commit: Totaled 10 tackles including a school record five sacks in his game on Friday.

Most Important visit: Florida four-star running back commit Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central) took an official visit to Arkansas this weekend. The Razorbacks have done well recruiting in Miami under new coach Brett Beliema. In the Class of 2013, Arkansas signed ESPN 300 offensive lineman Denver Kirkland and one of the top running backs in the country, Alex Collins, who are both from South Florida.

The Razorbacks might have lost to Auburn 35-17, but Cook was able to watch one Arkansas running back Johnathan Williams rush for over 100 yards and another, Collins, come close to the century mark.

Florida, meanwhile, has struggled to get much out of the running game this season. Kelvin Taylor has been the lone bright spot for the Gators, but their running attack hasn’t been very effective in SEC play.

Cook hasn’t said much about his visit to Arkansas, but the Razorbacks have a recruiting pitch that most running backs would at least listen too.

TE Goolsby set to decide: Three-star tight end DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan./Derby) announced on Twitter Sunday that after taking all five of his official visits, he is ready to decide and will make an announcement on Friday at around 1 p.m. ET. Arkansas, Florida, Kansas State, Ohio State and Oklahoma are in his top five. For the Razorbacks and Gators, Goolsby might be the top tight end on both of their boards.

Biggest question: Does Tennessee have a chance with David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence)? It certainly appears that way. The No. 18-ranked prospect in the country said on Friday that he would take his first official visit to Tennessee this upcoming weekend. The Vols haven’t been mentioned by Sharpe in the past but there might be an opportunity to play basketball and football in Knoxville. That has caught the attention of the talented lineman.

The Vols are also losing several offensive lineman and the 6-foot-6, 285-pound athlete would have an opportunity to see the field early on in his career. Georgia, Florida and even LSU are still right in the picture but things could start to get interesting after Sharpe’s visit to Tennessee this weekend.

Biggest answer: Florida is in unfamiliar territory. The Gators dropped to 4-4 on the season after a 23-20 loss to Georgia on Saturday. The Gators still have to play at South Carolina and have Florida State at home the final week of the year. The Gators have a top-10 recruiting class, but with losses mounting, will this hurt the Gators in recruiting?

For now, at least, it doesn’t appear to be. Several recruits sent out tweets reaffirming their commitment to the Gators including ESPN 300 defensive back Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) and wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead)
It don't even matter to me what happens with the rest of the Gators season. I'm 100 to the Gators and can't wait to get on campus next year

— Gator Boy$ (@DC_Wilson954) November 3, 2013

 
Next year it's out time

— (@_MoneyLane) November 2, 2013

 

Things could certainly change as the season progresses, but as of now it looks like Florida’s recruiting class is staying in tact.