Monday, December 9, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC
By Derek Tyson
With signing day less than two months away, the SEC regular season is now complete and recruiting will now become a primary focus for each of the conference’s 14 teams. As Feb. 5 quickly approaches there will be official visits, All-American games and different recruiting scenarios unfold. Here’s a closer look at the latest happenings in the SEC:
Biggest weekend performance: The high school season is just about over, but there are still a few SEC recruits in the playoffs. Here’s a look at who had some of the best performances.
QB Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) -- Georgia commit: Park went 21-for-39 for 324 yards and four touchdowns in a tough 62-35 loss in the state championship game.
RB Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) -- Georgia commit: Michel rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns on only 15 carries in a 48-16 playoff win on Friday.
2015 WR Da’Vante Phillips (Miami/Central) -- Florida commit: Phillips hauled in eight receptions for 211 yards and three touchdowns in Central’s 28-15 win.
2015 DB Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) -- LSU commit: Totaled seven tackles and one interception in Trinity’s 34-7 state championship win on Saturday.
2015 RB Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas/Katy) -- Texas A&M commit: Rushed for 247 yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries in a 56-14 win.
Most Important visits: While most eyes around the SEC were focused on the SEC championship game, LSU was quietly hosting several ESPN 300 targets this weekend. The group was headlined by Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine), the No. 1-ranked player in the country, five-star athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and his teammate Gerald Willis III, five-star defensive back Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and ESPN 300 safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron).
LSU missed out on key targets Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe) and Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville) to rival Alabama, but are hoping to close out strong. Impressing this talented group of athletes could go a long way in determining just how well the Tigers will finish the 2014 recruiting cycle.
Biggest question: Will Florida be able to replace cornerbacks Louchiez Purifoy, who announced he will enter the NFL draft, and Marcus Roberson, who will likely follow him to the pros? The Gators have targeted five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) and four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Academy) from the very beginning. Tabor visited Florida this weekend and all indications are that the visit went well. Jackson had Florida near the top of his list for some time, but LSU and Oregon are also in heavy contention. If the Gators can’t land one of these two prospects, they will certainly have depth issues in the secondary next season.
Biggest answer: ESPN 300 wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach, Fla/Dwyer) has delayed his announcement. The No. 39-ranked player in the country was set to make his college decision on Sunday night, but because his team advanced in the playoffs and will now play in the state championship game next weekend, Dixon has decided to delay his decision until after his season is over. Alabama has made a late surge and the Crimson Tide might even be considered his leader, but a weekend visit to the hometown Miami Hurricanes has made this a very close decision for the talented athlete.