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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Harris Closes In On Decision

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxThe nation’s top uncommitted quarterback prospect is close to making his decision.

Brandon Harris from Parkway High School in Bossier City, La., will announce his college decision on Thursday. Harris, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports, is considering Auburn, LSU and Ohio State.

Auburn and LSU are both looking for their first quarterback in the 2014 class. Ohio State has already received a commitment from quarterback Stephen Collier from Leeburg, Ga.

Harris insisted to ESPN RecruitingNation that Collier’s commitment to Ohio State doesn’t rule out the Buckeyes.

“I am not afraid of competition,” Harris said. “Last year, LSU took two great quarterbacks in Hayden Rettig and Anthony Jennings. Auburn took a quarterback (Jeremy Johnson) who went to the Elite 11 finals. I would have to compete with them and I’m not afraid to do that. To me, that’s what makes you better.”

There aren’t many quarterbacks in the 2014 class better than Harris. ESPN’s scouting report on Harris reads in part:

“Harris is a guy who grows on you the more you watch him. An athletic passer who is considered a dual-threat, but is a thrower first. A shotgun player in a spread set that really suits his talents. This is a nice prospect with developmental upside to blossom at the next level.”

The sales pitch from Auburn and Ohio State has been similar: both schools have coaches (Gus Malzahn at Auburn, Urban Meyer at Ohio State) who have a proven track record preparing quarterbacks. LSU is pitching itself as the in-state school that’s a “top 10 program every year,” according to Harris.

It’s unknown which way Auburn or LSU would go if it misses out on Harris.

Auburn has shown an increased level of interest in Sean White from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. White, who earned Elite 11 MVP honors last week in Beaverton, Ore., visited Auburn on Thursday. He’s optimistic an offer could arrive soon.

“They said they were really, really impressed with me,” White told Rivals. “They’re going to talk about it over the next few days and it’s very likely I could get an offer. They hope I liked it out here and it was a great visit.”

White said he received an offer from Arizona and has seen interest from South Carolina, North Carolina and Notre Dame. Tennessee and Wisconsin have also made contact with White.

But the focus this week will be on Harris. We’ll find out his decision on Thursday.

 

Georgia prepares for Dawg Night

Georgia will have several highly-touted prospects on campus Friday night for its Dawg Night camp.

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Georgia Adds Two To 2013 Class

Georgia received commitments on Friday from two 2013 prospects: linebacker Tim Kimbrough from Warren Central High School in Indianapolis and safety Quincy Mauger from Kell High School in Marietta, Ga.

Both committed during Friday’s “Dawg Night’ festivities in Athens, Ga. Mauger knew he would commit to the Bulldogs after he received a scholarship offer last month.

“I told Mark Richt that I wanted to commit,” Mauger told ESPN RecruitingNation, “but I wanted to surprise my mom and make it official with her in person at Dawg Night. He said he was very happy but would be ecstatic when I make it official.”

Mauger will work to make it official with one of his teammates, cornerback Brendan Langley. He attended Dawg Night with Mauger.

“I am just going to tell him what sold me and hopefully he will buy into being a part of our class,” Mauger told ESPN.

Langley has several options, including a top five list of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and UCLA. Alabama is the leader for Langley’s services.

Georgia has 21 commitments for the class of 2013.

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Friday Morning Headlines

A good Friday to you. Here are some headlines to get your day started.

1. Georgia is hoping to add to its 2012 class during “Dawg Night 2011.”

2. How might Georgia Tech’s sanctions affect its recruiting? The AJC has some answers.

3. Offensive lineman Cody Waldrop committed to South Carolina just as he said he would.

4. The image of South Carolina has improved on the recruiting trail thanks to its recent success.

5. Florida state landed a wide receiver ahead of Florida, LSU and Texas A&M.

6. Here’s an updated list of the prospects expected to attend Florida’s Friday Night Lights.

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