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SEC Headlines 5/10/2013

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1. Is Auburn still shopping for a transfer quarterback? “We’ve got two guys currently, we’ve got three coming in. We feel like all of them can play.”

2. The trial of  former Auburn player Dakota Mosley - who was prominent in ESPN’s coverage of failed synthetic marijuana tests – remains tentatively scheduled for June 10.

3. Auburn assistant coach Dameyune Craig is getting attention for his work on the recruiting trail. (Also see our SEC Recruiting Notebook from earlier today).

4. Nick Saban with an endorsement of a power conference schedule.  He likes what the Big Ten is doing – moving away from playing FCS schools.  “I’m for five conferences – everybody playing everybody in those five conferences.”

5. Jeff Schultz on the Alabama coach : ”When Saban speaks, everybody listens now.” Pat Forde: “There is no longer a viable excuse for the rich not to play a nine-game conference schedule.”

6. Saban updates spring practice injuries – including running back Derrick Henry.

7. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and his NFL critics.

8. Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is guarding against complacency.  ”I’m not the most popular guy with our offensive football team right now.”

9. Tennessee secondary looks thin after the departure of cornerback Daniel Gray.

10. Some marquee non-conference matchups involving SEC teams.

Bob Stoops/SEC

11. David Climer on Bob Stoops’ comments regarding the SEC.  ”The Oklahoma coach is right.”  Top six SEC teams went 30-0 against the bottom eight in 2012.

12. Matt Hayes disagrees: “Last year, the Big 12 had one team in the top 10 of the final BCS regular season poll. The SEC had six.”

13. Joe Walljasper: “Look, we don’t judge the Jacksons on the merits of Rebbie and La Toya.”

14. MrSEC’s take  -  top to bottom –the SEC dominates everyone else come bowl season.

SEC Basketball

15. Long rumored – finally happening. Georgia assistant coach Kwanza Johnson leaving for a job with TCU. Bulldogs only getting Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky on the road next year.  Coach Mark Fox:  ”Those are our biggest draws, and we don’t have that at home, so that’s concerning,”

16. I count five former SEC players on this list of those invited to NBA combine.  One of them is former Mizzou point guard Phil Pressey.

17. The question that will be asked all year – Kentucky or Louisville?

18. Referees could be getting some leeway on players elbowing an opponent above the shoulders. Also some changes coming to the block/charge call.

Extras

19. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany will be deposed in Ed O’Bannon lawsuit against NCAA.

20. . Concern over a toe was apparently the reason why former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy fell to late in the second round of the NFL draft.

21. Jeff Pearlman: “ Were it not for (Donald) Trump, (Tim) Tebow may very well have a job right now.” (If you’ve ever watched the ESPN documentary-  ”Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?” – you’ll know why Pearlman’s comments make sense.)

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Derrick Henry: ‘I’m Done With Recruiting’

There never was much of a question.

Still, the running back from Yulee (Fla.) High School erased any doubt on Tuesday morning during a radio interview on 97.3 The Zone in Birmingham, Ala.

Henry committed to Alabama in September after he reopened his recruitment in June. He had originally given his pledge to Georgia.

Henry’s decision to play for the Crimson Tide has been met with criticism from some people because of the presence of T.J. Yeldon, Alabama’s standout freshman running back.

But the competition in Alabama’s backfield has never seemed to concern Henry, whose goals seem greater than starting as a freshman.

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Henry To Announce Friday

Running back Derrick Henry from Yulee (Fla.) High School has postponed his announcement by a day.

 

Henry will choose between Alabama and Tennessee. Alabama has been the favorite to land Henry since he decommitted from Georgia in June.

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Alabama, Georgia Continue Pursuit Of Kamara

Alabama and Georgia remain the top two candidates to land 2013 running back prospect Alvin Kamara from Norcross (Ga.) High School.

And both schools are making a strong push as Kamara prepares to schedule his official visits.

“Georgia is definitely recruiting me the hardest, with (UGA commitments) Shaq Wiggins, Tray Matthews and all of them,” Kamara told ESPN RecruitingNation. “(Alabama defensive coordinator) Kirby Smart and them are really persistent, so Alabama’s coaching staff is on me harder.”

Other schools are, too. While Alabama and Georgia lead the race for Kamara’s services, he told ESPN he’s still considering other schools.

“Oregon is still in the mix, as is Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Florida State,” he said. “But Georgia and Alabama are definitely the top two.”

Kamara said earlier this month he would like to make a final decision before October. That plan appears to have changed.

“It is still early in September, so I just want to visit each school, set my officials and go from there,” Kamara told ESPN.

Alabama already has two running backs committed to the 2013 class and could have a third by Sept. 27. That’s when Yulee, Fla., running back Derrick Henry plans to announce his decision.

Henry, who’s also considering Tennessee, plans to visit Alabama this weekend before he makes his final decision. Henry has continued to call the Crimson Tide his leader.

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Derrick Henry To Announce Sept. 27

Running back Derrick Henry from Yulee (Fla.) High School appears to have set an announcement date.

Henry hinted last week at the idea of announcing on ESPN on Sept. 28. Henry, who decommitted from Georgia in June, said last week he plans to take official visits to Alabama and Tennessee before he announces his decision.

“I think those will probably be the only two (official visits),” Henry told 247Sports last week.

Henry, who plans to enroll in college in January, is clearly ready to end his recruitment. Southern California running back commitment Ty Isaac tweeted a message encouraging Henry to take his time with his decision.

Henry responded that he’s ready to get it over with because the recruiting process is “not fun anymore.”

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Bulldogs, Tide Lead For Kamara

Alabama and Georgia are the top two teams in the race to land running back Alvin Kamara from Norcross (Ga.) High School.

Kamara told Rivals.com he’s still considering four other schools: Tennessee, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Oregon.

“I came out with a top two of UGA and Alabama,” Kamara said. “I just feel like they have the edge over the other four schools that I have in my top six.”

The other schools will have to catch up quickly to have a chance at landing Kamara, who could make a decision soon.

“I’m still trying to probably get it done this month,” Kamara said. “We will just have to wait and see. I know I’ll hold the cards close when it comes to my decision time, but it’s all about a feeling. You can’t really put a time on a feeling.”

Georgia has been considered a favorite to land Kamara since running back Derrick Henry from Yulee, Fla., decommitted from the Bulldogs in June. He’s considering Alabama and Tennessee, both of whom are continuing to recruit Kamara.

Henry could also make his decision this month, with Sept. 28 being a possible announcement date.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 7/11

1. Several defensive prospects from The Opening are considering Alabama.

2. Running back Ashton Shumpert is taking his time with the recruiting process.

3. South Carolina commit Connor Mitch hopes to be the Gamecocks’ quarterback of the future.

4. Ex-Georgia running back Derrick Henry will attend “Dawg Night” on Friday.

5. Georgie linebacker commit Naim Mustafaa plans to visit Tennessee and others.

6. Here’s a guide to the July recruiting period in college basketball.

7. Richmond, Va., running back Derrick Henry has several trips planned in the next month.

8. Running back Jordan Wilkins might be close to making a decision.

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Tenpenny ’99 Percent Solid’ To Alabama

Running back Altee Tenpenny from North Little Rock, Ark., plans to take all five of his official visits this fall to help decide if Alabama is the right school for him.

“With Alabama, I’m 99 percent solid,” Tenpenny told 247Sports. “The one percent is just the recruiting process, since you know anything can happen. I want to take all my visits and just enjoy it.”

Those visits will be to Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Notre Dame and a “toss up” school, most likely Auburn or Vanderbilt.

“I mean, they’re great schools, and I just want to see what they have to offer,” said Tenpenny, who’s considered the nation’s fourth-best running back by 247Sports.

Tenpenny is one of two running backs committed to Alabama’s 2013 class, joining Tyren Jones from Walton High School in Marietta, Ga.

The Crimson Tide has continued to recruit other 2013 running backs, including Derrick Green from Richmond, Va., Derrick Henry from Yulee, Fla., and Alvin Kamara from Norcross, Ga.

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Alabama Leads For Derrick Henry

Running back Derrick Henry from Yulee (Fla.) High School confirmed via twitter on Monday that Alabama is his leader.

Henry, who’s considered the nation’s fourth-best athlete by ESPN RecruitingNation, is also considering Georgia and Tennessee. He wrote that he plans to announce his decision in December.

Georgia and Tennessee are going to have some work to do to sway Henry from Alabama.

“The past few years speak for itself with what Coach (Nick) Saban has done with the program and how the players turned out to be first-round picks at my position,” Henry told ESPN. “Trent (Richardson) and Mark Ingram were very, very successful at Alabama.”

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Tramel Terry Recommits To Georgia

Wide receiver Tramel Terry from Goose Creek (S.C.) High School has committed to Georgia.

Terry originally committed to Georgia in July before he decided to reopen his recruitment in September. Terry privately gave his pledge again to Georgia’s coach staff on Feb. 24.

“I just felt like home at Georgia,” Terry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I de-committed just to look around and see other places where I could get my degree. I felt like I needed to do the smart thing and take my time, so I visited other places like Alabama, Virginia Tech, everywhere … and I felt like Georgia was home.”

Seven other prospects from the 2013 class have made the same decision. Terry’s announcement was met with great anticipation on Monday night from his fellow Georgia commits.

Georgia quarterback commit Brice Ramsey will certainly be happy to have Terry on board to go along with running back commit Derrick Henry.

 

 



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