1. Time to go out West, Tennessee? That’s the argument made by columnist John Adams, saying that “everywhere Tennessee turns in the Southeast, it’s running into flourishing programs: Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, even Ole Miss now. California is a different ballgame. There, you’re competing with Pac-10 schools. There, you would stand out.”
2. Jeremy Johnson is headed to Auburn after being named Mr. Football in the state of Alabama. The Carver-Montgomery product is also a candidate for the state’s Mr. Basketball Award, a twin-feat that no one has ever accomplished. Johnson’s high school football coach Billy Gresham: ”He’s incredibly competitive, he’s a great passer, he sees the whole court very well, which I think is something he gets from being a quarterback.”
3. High expectations for Florida’s class this fall. ESPN’s Edward Aschoff says “the pressure is on five freshmen receivers who signed this year.” by Will Muschamp and staff. ”If none of them set themselves apart, the Gators could be in real trouble this fall.”
4. Vanderbilt basketball’s loss could be Tennessee’s gain. Darius Thompson committed to Vandy last month but now he’s decided to re-open the process. The first team to visit the 6-foot-4 point guard? A member of the Tennessee staff was at Thompson’s school in Murfreesboro, TN on Wednesday. Thompsons’ father tells the Nashville Tennessean: ”It’s wide open right now,” saying he expects his son to sign with an SEC or ACC school.
5. How SEC dominance has changed the recruiting dynamic in the state of Texas.