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Frank Herron Chooses LSU

Defensive end Frank Herron from Memphis (Tenn.) Central High School has committed to LSU.

Tennessee and Clemson were finalists for Herron, who’s considered the nation’s fourth-best prospect in the state of Tennessee by ESPN RecruitingNation.

“It felt like home,” Herron said of LSU, according to ESPN. “Family feeling. I feel like I could play there and grow there.”

That growth will be led partly by LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis, who headed up the recruitment of Herron.

“That’s a great guy. A great guy,” Herron said of Chavis. “He motivates me.”

Herron is the 14th prospect and second defensive end to commit to LSU’s class of 2013.

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Latevius Rayford Commits To Vanderbilt

Wide receiver Latevius Rayford from Memphis (Tenn.) Central High School committed to Vanderbilt on Friday morning.

Rayford made the decision after receiving a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt on Monday. He chose the Commodores over offers from Arizona State, Purdue, Memphis and Western Kentucky.

Rayford said Vanderbilt offered him the best opportunity in athletics and academics.

“They’re in the SEC,” Rayford told MrSEC. “That’s the No. 1 conference in football and I really feel like I can play in the conference. And academics has always been my focus. My coaches have always been telling me, ‘You’re a student first. You have to get your business done in the classroom first.’ That’s the opportunity I’m going to have.”

Rayford believes Vanderbilt’s program will have a chance to compete at a high level in the SEC under head coach James Franklin.

“He has an enthusiasm and hype for the game and a love for football,” Rayford said. “He’s determined to turn the program around. I see the progress of the program and I’m running along with it.”

Rayford is Vanderbilt’s eighth commitment for the class of 2013. He said he’s hoping to help bring more prospects to Nashville with him.

“I’m trying to put a message out there that I want all the top prospects to be a part of the family with me,” Rayford said.

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Vanderbilt First SEC School To Offer Rayford

Latevius Rayford could have a decision to make.

The wide receiver from Memphis (Tenn.) Central High School received a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt on Monday.

Rayford, whose offer list includes Arizona State, Purdue, Memphis and Western Kentucky, received the offer during a phone conversation with Commodores head coach James Franklin.

“I was very excited because a lot of schools have offered but Vanderbilt has been one of my top choices for a long time because of the academics,” Rayford told MrSEC. “My main focus is on academics.”

And Rayford’s attention is now focused on his latest offer from Vanderbilt. He said he plans to spend Monday night discussing the offer with his parents and Franklin before he decides if he’s ready to commit to the Commodores.

Along with academics – Rayford said he plans to study business in college – Vanderbilt offers a chance to play in the SEC.

“That’s big time right there because that’s the best football conference in the NCAA,” Rayford said. “That’s where the big-time players go to pursue a chance to go to the NFL. The SEC gets your name out there. I just really want to play in the SEC to play against the best competition.”

Rayford would be the first wide receiver to commit to Vanderbilt, which has seven commitments for the class of 2013.

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SEC Commitment Roundup

Here are some of the latest commitments in the SEC.

1. LSU picked up its 23rd signee for the 2011 class when athlete Jerrard Randall gave his signature to the Tigers.

“I wanted to find a place I could call home and LSU is that place for me,” Randall, who originally chose Oregon, told Rivals.com.

2. Tight end Ty Smith committed to Georgia. The in-state prospect is the third commitment for Georgia’s 2012 class.

“Actually I grew up a Georgia fan, so I’ve always been a fan of the Dogs,” Smith told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

3. Auburn received a commitment from wide receiver Alex Taylor from Lester, Ala.

I felt like this was the place I needed to be at,” Taylor said.

4. Offensive lineman Devon Desper from Madison (Miss.) Central High School has committed to Mississippi State, becoming the first commitment for the Bulldogs’ class of 2012.

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U.S Army Bowl Recruiting Wrap-Up

The SEC was very involved on Saturday when prospects at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio were announcing their college decisions.

Georgia received the news it had been waiting on when athlete Damian Swann from Atlanta committed to the Bulldogs. The announcement on Saturday probably came easily for Swann.

It’s been my decision for about a month,” said Swann, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I wanted to do it out here so I had to keep it a secret for a while. But I’m glad to finally get it off my chest.”

Dee Hart made a similar move. The running back from Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., gave a public commitment to Alabama. The news wasn’t a big surprise considering his friend and teammate, Alabama commit Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, mentioned Hart’s commitment to the Crimson Tide earlier in the week.

Hart switched his commitment from Michigan to Alabama.

“Because of the Michigan coach change, plus coach (Nick) Saban and I got a good relationship,” Hart said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Alabama’s in-state rival, Auburn, had an even better day at the U.S. Army Bowl. The Tigers landed commitments from athletes Kris Frost and Brent Calloway, who switched his commitment from Alabama to Auburn.

I just weighed out my options and I feel more comfortable,” Calloway told Rivals.com. “I felt more comfortable running the ball and I looked at the depth. I looked at all the aspects you’re supposed to look as an athlete going to a college and to make a life decision for four years. After I weighed out everything, it was Auburn. It feels right for me.”

Alabama has recruited Calloway to play linebacker. His preference, however, appears to be to play running back in college. Auburn will give him that opportunity.

He hardly played any defense this season,” Scout.com recruiting analyst Andrew Bone told The Birmingham News. “He really likes running the ball and had over 2,000 (rushing) yards this season.”

LSU received a commitment from athlete Odell Beckham Jr. from Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. Beckham could play offense or defense for the Tigers.

“I’m much better with the ball in my hands,” Beckham told Rivals. “It’s really going to be whatever the coaches need. If they need me at DB, I’d play DB.”

Beckham’s commitment wrapped up a solid weekend in recruiting for LSU. Baton Rouge running back Jeremy Hill, who recently visited Auburn, re-committed to the Tigers on Friday.

The 2011 class for Ole Miss received a boost when wide receiver Tobias Singleton from Madison (Miss.) Central High School committed to the Rebels.

Singleton, who’s considered the nation’s 12th-best receiver by Rivals, is the 26th commitment for Ole Miss in 2011.

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