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SEC Recruiting Headlines 2/27/2013

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1. Ole Miss has offered more than 70 prospects on ESPN’s class of 2014 watch list as the Rebels ride the momentum of a breakthrough signing class earlier this year.  Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze: “Already, we’ve had four or five of the nation’s top 100 kids on campus, and we hope to have more soon.”

2. With offers already from LSU and Alabama, the recruiting of 14-year old Dylan Moses is generating plenty of buzz. The AP’s Jim Litke is not a fan – “It sounds like brainwashing to me.”  You can read the MrSEC viewpoint here.

3. What’s happened to other middle school athlete phenoms who were offered early scholarships?  Jon Solomon goes exploring for some answers.

4. Along with Texas Tech, Auburn offered Mobile, Alabama lineman Josh Casher this week.  Auburn wants him to play center – a position he’s never played but Casher’s high school coach thinks he’ll do just fine.  ”I think he has a chance to be a great lineman in college — an All-SEC or All-ACC performer.” Casher says Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Alabama (which has yet to offer) as his favorites.

5. Nassau (New York) Community College lineman Chad Mavety has received an offer from Alabama.  Crimson Tide face competition from Ohio State – Urban Meyer is recruiting Mavety personally – and Syracuse.  Mavety, a New Jersey native, has called Syracuse his “dream school.”

6. Florida high school principal Bob Jones on defensive end and Kentucky 2014 commitment Denzel Ware: “He is as good as the three players I coached who went to the NFL. He is a legit four-star player with size, speed and strength. I think UK is looking at him as an outside linebacker, and he can play that spot.”

7. The 2014 wide receiver class at South Carolina has the potential to be one of the best in the country.

8. 2014 quarterback prospect Jarrod Heard is a Texas commitment but Texas A&M is reportedly pursuing him.  His high school coach thinks he’ll stick with the Longhorns - “I don’t see him de-committing from Texas.”

9. Alpharetta, Georgia quarterback Josh Dobbs, part of the 2013 class at Tennessee, won the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award Saturday night in Los Angeles, which recognizes the “premiere African-American male scholar athlete.”

10. Robbie Andreu thinks six members of Florida’s 2013 class can have an immediate impact – four freshmen and two transfers.

11. Greenwood, Arkansas quarterback Jabe Burgess just wrapped up a visit with the Razorbacks.  He came away impressed with new coach Bret Bielema. “I loved what he had to say and I loved the direction he’s leading the program. He makes you feel at ease while you’re talking to him.”

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12. For the first time since 2010, Kentucky will have a signee play in the 40th annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.  Derek Willis will play in the game scheduled for April 19th in Louisville’s Freedom Hall.

13. The nation’s No. 1 prep player is visiting Kentucky.  Huntington Prep’s Andrew Wiggins is scheduled to be on hand tonight at Rupp Arena when UK hosts Mississippi State.  His high school coach tells the Lexington Herald-Leader, ”I know it’s probably not the greatest game in the world for Kentucky. But he was at the Carolina game last year, so he’s seen the atmosphere when it’s at its highest.”

Check out Wiggins highlight video below.




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