Several players decided they want to play in the SEC during the weekend.
The most notable player was D.J. Humphries, an offensive lineman from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, N.C. The nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle according to ESPN and Rivals became Florida’s 17th commitment for the class of 2012 on Friday night.
Humphries, who chose Florida over Tennessee, informed Gators coach Will Muschamp of the decision on Friday afternoon.
“I could hear him drop the phone and screaming for all the coaches to come into the office,” Humphries told ESPN.com
Alabama’s coaches should have had a similar response when the Crimson Tide received a commitment from wide receiver Chris Black from First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla. Black chose Alabama over Florida State.
“My decision wasn’t based on one or two things,” Black told the Florida Times-Union. “I have a great relationship with the coaches at both Florida State and Alabama. I prayed about it and in my heart felt more comfortable at Alabama.
Black is Alabama’s 16th commitment for the class of 2012.
Tennessee picked up its fourth commitment from a linebacker when Dalton Santos of Van (Texas) High School gave his pledge to the Vols. Santos chose Tennessee over Texas A&M. He originally committed to Oklahoma State.
“I’d just have to say the biggest downfall for me there as the Big 12,” Santos told GVX247.com. “I didn’t really like the vibe of the Big 12. I’d rather play in the big SEC, where you play top-10 schools six times a year. You’re going to play Floridas. You’re going to play Alabamas. You’re going to play them kind of cats, guys like that, week in and out, you’re going to play the top-of-the-line, pro-styles (offenses) every week. That’s what I was looking for.”
-Quarterback Alec Morris switched his commitment to Alabama after previously giving a pledge to Wake Forest. Alabama offered Morris a scholarship after he had committed to Wake Forest.
-Georgia coach Mark Richt hugged Greg Pyke after the Baltimore offensive lineman committed to the Bulldogs on Friday. Pyke gives Georgia 13 commitments for the class of 2012.
-Arkansas picked a commitment from Carrollton, Texas, defensive end Deatrich Wise. He’s the 15th player to commit to Arkansas for 2012.