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Monday, November 11, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC

By Derek Tyson

Lots of news around the Southeastern Conference over the weekend. There were a few commitments, and Alabama hosted several visitors for its big win over LSU. Here’s a closer look at some of the top storylines in the SEC this weekend.

Biggest commitment: Missouri continues to capitalize on it’s outstanding season by adding its second ESPN 300 recruit in less than a week. Outside linebacker Brandon Lee (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central), the No. 239-ranked player in the country, committed to Missouri on Friday over offers from Virginia Tech and Cal.

Today I verbally committed to the University of Missouri!!!! #Tigers #Mizzou

— Brandon Lee (@Bossmann_4) November 8, 2013
The Tigers now have 26 commitments, and for the first time this year, are ranked in the top-40 of the class rankings.

DeAndre Goolsby
Florida picked up a key commitment from TE DeAndre Goolsby over the weekend.
Florida also picked up a big commitment this weekend from three-star tight end DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan./Derby). The athletic prospect chose the Gators over Arkansas, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Kansas State. Florida tight ends have combined for three catches for 30 yards on the season. Goolsby, meanwhile, totaled 42 receptions for over 600 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.

Tennessee, despite losing to Auburn on Saturday, picked up a commitment from defensive end Dimarya Mixon (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite).

Mixon was a 2013 prospect, but he didn’t pass the math part of the Texas state-mandated test. During the middle of the summer, Mixon took and passed the GED and was cleared through the NCAA clearinghouse. Mixon will enroll at Tennessee in January and thinks he has a chance to help the Vols turn things around.

"It was a little bit of everything, even from the coaching standpoint,” he said. "They’re rebuilding right now, and they’re losing a lot of people. I feel like I can help with the turnaround. I wanted to be a part of the program’s rebuilding.”

Tennessee currently has the No. 2 recruiting class in the country.

Best weekend performances:
A few SEC commitments put up numbers. Here's a look at some of the top weekend performances.

RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) — Georgia commit:
Rushed for 305 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in a 41-27 win on Friday.

QB Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner) — Kentucky commit:
Barker hit on 17-of-28 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-28 playoff win.

QB Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day) — Florida commit:
Grier went 21-of-23 for 439 yards and nine touchdowns Friday night in a 59-0 playoff win.

Most Important visit:
Running Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine), the nation’s No. 1-ranked player, visited Alabama to watch his two favorite teams square off in a primetime game. By all accounts, the visit was a success for the Crimson Tide. He witnessed Alabama pull away from LSU with a strong rushing attack, and fellow Louisiana native Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe) appeared to be attached at the hip with Fournette the entire night. The two prospects have become good friends and took a photo together before the game.

Mr. Roll tide and I

— LeonardFournette (@_fournette) November 9, 2013

LSU, meanwhile, needed a victory to try and offset any momentum Alabama might have gained during his visit to Tuscaloosa. His recruitment will go down to the wire, but Alabama certainly didn’t do anything to hurt its chances of landing the five-star prospect.

Biggest question: Does Tennessee have a legitimate chance to land top-20 prospect David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence Christian)? The No. 18 prospect in the country took his first official visit to Tennessee this weekend. The Volunteers will be losing several players along the offensive line and playing time will be a key factor for the talented offensive tackle.

It might be too early to tell just how interested Sharpe is in Tennessee, but there is no question he is still wide open in the recruiting process. In addition to Tennessee, LSU and Auburn are other schools which Sharpe has recently mentioned as having interest in. Florida and Georgia are still in the mix as well. There’s a long way to go in the process for Sharpe, but Tennessee has as good of a chance as anyone else at this point.

Biggest answer: After Florida’s embarrassing 34-17 homecoming loss to Vanderbilt on Saturday, many have started to wonder when the wheels will start falling off of the Gators' top 10-ranked recruiting class. That hasn't happened so far, however. Three Florida commits including 2015 wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips (Miami/Central), his teammate/ running back Dalvin Cook and defensive back Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School) all posed for a picture on Saturday night. The three commits all showed support for the Gators.


— Gator Boy$ (@DC_Wilson954) November 10, 2013

In addition to those three commits, Florida wide receiver commit Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) was in attendance at the Central vs. University School game and supported his fellow Florida commits while wearing Florida apparel.

Central vs Uschool game #Rain

— Support #„5„Jwalk (@_MoneyLane) November 10, 2013

This is recruiting, however, and things can certainly change on a dime. But, for now, Florida seems to be holding this class together.