Wide receiver Josh Malone from Gallatin, Tenn., and linebacker Raekwon McMillan from Hinesville, Ga., will make their official visits to Georgia this weekend.
McMillan, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker by 247Sports, will be making his first official visit. He also plans to take trips to Clemson (Oct. 18), Ohio State (Oct. 25), Alabama (Nov. 8) and Florida (Nov. 29).
McMillan told 247Sports he hopes to learn more about Georgia and its defensive coaches during his visit to Athens this weekend.
“They really have to sell it to my parents during my official,” McMillan said. “I got to get a good relationship with the players and they need to give me the inside feedback on the linebackers’ coach and defensive coordinator. I just want to know how it really is at Georgia.”
Georgia is probably hoping to have a better understanding where it really stands with Malone. The nation’s No. 6 ranked receiver by 247Sports has shown strong interest in the Bulldogs, Tennessee, Clemson and Florida State.
Malone hasn’t named a leader, although Tennessee has appeared to gain momentum with its successful run of in-state recruiting. Georgia has remained in good shape with Malone, who’s been impressed with the Bulldogs’ offense under head coach Mark Richt.
“I really like (Georgia’s) offense,” Malone told 247Sports. “It’s a very balanced attack, and they like to throw the ball downfield. I feel like that’s the type of wide receiver I am — a big wide receiver, and I like to go downfield — but, also, they really run every route on the route tree. Really, I like the coaches, too, and I just feel kind of comfortable at the place.”
Georgia expects to have two high-profile unofficial visitors on campus this weekend.
Defensive end Lorenzo Carter from Norcross, Ga., and offensive lineman David Sharpe from Jacksonville, Fla., will both make return trips to Athens. Carter took his first official visit to Florida last weekend.
It will be interesting to see how Georgia manages its number of scholarships for the 2014 class. The Bulldogs received their 17th commitment for the class on Thursday from defensive end Keyon Brown from Wauchula, Fla.
Georgia’s staff has known for some time to include Brown on its list of commitments. That’s because he admitted to 247Sports on Thursday that he’s been keeping his commitment to the Bulldogs silent.
“Honestly, I’ve been committed for like three months,” Brown said. “I chose Georgia because when I went there on a visit, I felt comfortable. It felt like home. Great coaching staff. Coach Richt is a good, honest, Christian man. I enjoyed my time there, and it’s a great program.”
With LSU coming to town along with several top prospects, Georgia is hoping this turns out to be a great weekend.
Moses ends recruitment… kind of
Dylan Moses committed to LSU’s 2017 class earlier this week.
Moses, 15, began to receive increased attention earlier this year when schools like LSU, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Texas offered him a scholarship. He even landed on the cover of ESPN The Magazine in June.
Moses, who’s a freshman at University Lab High School in Baton Rouge, La., is the third player from his school to commit to LSU. Senior offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield and junior running back Nick Brossette are also committed to the Tigers.
Moses will continue to be recruited by other schools. After all, they have more than three years remaining to try to convince Moses he should leave home and play elsewhere. It will also be worth monitoring the development of Moses, who looks advanced for his age but is still far from a finished product as a player.
For now, Moses can sit back and enjoy his commitment.
“I’ve always wanted to play for LSU since I was a kid,” Moses said when he received an offer from LSU in 2012. “Now it’s coming true in front of my eyes.”
Missouri lands Florida running back
Missouri received a commitment from running back Ish Witter from Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday.
— OneMissionIsh (@rashaanish21) September 27, 2013
Witter is the 22nd prospect to commit to Missouri’s 2014 class.
Kentucky-Louisville battle for top hoops prospect
Forward Trey Lyles from Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis announced this week he has narrowed his list of schools to Kentucky and Louisville.
Lyles, who previously committed to Indiana, was also considering Florida and Butler. But Kentucky and Louisville have widely been considered the two favorites to land Lyles since he reopened his recruitment in August.
“I just want to thank all the schools that have recruited me but these are the final 2 schools on my list the decision is going to be very hard!!” Lyles wrote on Instagram
Don’t expect a decision from Lyles anytime soon. His father told the Louisville Courier-Journal last month his son will likely wait until the spring to sign with a school.
Lyles is ranked the nation’s No. 2 power forward and No. 7 prospect overall by ESPN RecruitingNation.