Two quarterbacks committed to SEC schools this week while other signal-callers continued to show strong interest in playing in the conference.
Florida received a commitment from quarterback Sheriron Jones Jr. from Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif. Jones committed to the Gators after visiting Gainesville last weekend.
“The players are great and they really just felt like family to me,” Jones told Rivals. “The coaches were straight up about their quarterback situation and they let me know what was going on in the program and things like that.”
Jones, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 10 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals, said he has reached out to other prospects and will continue to do so to help Florida’s recruiting efforts.
“I just am trying to see where their interest is with Florida and try to get close with them,” he said. “It’s their decision so I don’t really want to push them or anything like that, just want to get close because they could one day maybe be teammates with me.”
Quarterback Quinten Dormady from Boerne (Texas) High School decided this week he wants to play at Tennessee. He chose the Vols over Alabama.
Dormady visited with Tennessee’s coaching staff in Knoxville last weekend, which led him to feel comfortable with the idea of playing in the Vols’ offense.
“I feel like I fit their system in the way they envision it,” Dormady told Volquest.com. “I’m not going to be a guy that’s going to be running all over the place. I’m going to make the right reads and put the ball in the right place to help my team win.”
Dormady sat out the 2013 season after injuring his shoulder playing baseball during the spring of his sophomore year. Before that, he performed like one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, according to Barton Simmons of 247Sports.
“(Dormady is) a kid that’s a coach’s son,” Simmons told WNML Radio. “He’s a very cerebral kid, has some of those off-the-field intangibles or mental and emotional intangibles.
“All those factors combined I think made us go ahead and make him a high four-star (out of five) even before he had kind of started picking up all these offers form Oklahoma State and TCU and Vanderbilt and now recently Alabama and Tennessee. I’m certainly a big fan of the kid.”
Quarterback Torrance Gibson from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., remains a fan of Tennessee despite the Vols landing Dormady’s commitment. Gibson spent the week visiting Knoxville and called Tennessee his leader ahead of Auburn on Thursday.
Gibson told Volquest that Dormady’s commitment to Tennessee hasn’t affected his interest in the Vols.
“I actually didn’t talk to them about that, but I will be talking to them about that,” Gibson said. “I’m not concerned. It’s a business.
“I’m not concerned at all. I’m just having a great time during this recruiting process.”
Quarterback Travis Waller narrowed his list of schools to four this week. The standout from Servite High School in Anaheim, Calif., is considering Alabama, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Ohio State. The Buckeyes haven’t offered Waller a scholarship.
Quarterback Kai Locksley from Gilman High School in Baltimore has several offers to consider, including one from Alabama. The Crimson Tide offered Locksley this week after he visited Tuscaloosa. He then took a trip to Florida State.
Harris chooses Georgia
Tight end Jackson Harris from Columbia (Tenn.) Central High School committed to Georgia on Thursday.
Harris chose Georgia over Alabama and Vanderbilt.
“Everything just clicked at Georgia,” Harris told Scout.com. “It is just the best fit for me and that is why I committed to Georgia. From the players to the coaches to the town, Georgia was the best fit for me.”
Harris should be able to help Georgia’s running game, according to ESPN’s Craig Haubert. He wrote in part:
“This can be a nice fit, with Harris able to fill an important role. It might not be glamorous, but when you have a collection of talented RBs as the Bulldogs have you better have some players up front who can open holes for them. Harris brings the size and ability to be a good blocker and develop into a valuable contributor to their running attack.”
Mississippi State continues to add commitments
Athlete Malik Dear from Murrah High School in Jackson, Miss., and tight end Farrod Green from Wesson (Miss.) Attendance Center are the latest additions to Mississippi State’s 2015 class.
Green attended a camp at Mississippi State last weekend. The Bulldogs offered him a scholarship following the camp.
“I think I did alright at the camp and coach Mullen told me (Tuesday) morning that I had an offer from MSU,” Green told BulldogBlitz.com. “I talked to my family and this is where I want to be so I committed.”
Six prospects have committed to Mississippi State since the beginning of June, giving the Bulldogs 17 commitments for the 2015 class. Dear told BulldogBlitz he believes Mississippi State will continue to build on its recruiting momentum.
““I think MSU should have the best recruiting class in the country,” Dear said. “It’s great for MSU to get all of these players putting the team on the come up. I haven’t started recruiting just yet, but I know that it will be coming.”
Clark chooses South Carolina
Offensive lineman Austin Clark from Rockbridge High School in Lexington, Va., committed to South Carolina on Thursday.
Clark, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 9 offensive tackle by Rivals, chose South Carolina over Tennessee, Virginia Tech and several others. He decided on South Carolina last weekend.
“I would say it was Sunday night,” Clark told GamecockCentral.com. “I had been going back and forth between two or three and into the weekend but I think it was Sunday night I was kind of sitting, thinking which school I would like to go and it just hit me that South Carolina was the place for me.”
Clark is the 14th prospect and second offensive lineman to commit to South Carolina’s 2015 class.