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Vanderbilt Lands Three Commitments

Three players committed to Vanderbilt’s 2013 class during the weekend.

The first, cornerback Tre’ Bell from Jersey City, N.J., switched his commitment from Florida.

“Yes, I decommitted and committed to Vandy,” Bell confirmed to GatorNation via text message.

Or did Florida make the decommitment? From the Gainesville Sun:

“A source close to the situation told The Sun that UF’s coaches wanted to see Bell in action this summer so they could critique his play, something several of Florida’s commits were required to do. But Bell never attended any of Florida’s camps in June and didn’t work out when he came down for Friday Night Lights on July 27. The source said Bell refused to participate because his coach, Rich Hansen, advised him against it.”

That led to the Gators deciding to part ways, according to the Sun.

Bell was joined on Vanderbilt’s commitment list this weekend by linebacker Oren Burks from Lorton, Va., and defensive end Mike Tyler from Brecksville, Ohio.

Tyler found the right combination of academics and athletics at Vanderbilt.

“I love that I didn’t have to compromise and choose great football over academics or great academics over football,” Tyler told “At Vandy I can have it all. Add amazing coaches and great players and it was a no-brainer.”

Vanderbilt has 19 commitments for the class of 2013.

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SEC Headlines 7/28/2012

1. Georgia coach Mark Richt does an about-face over the recruitment of Penn State players. Georgia had previously given Penn State notification on 19 players they planned to contact – on the same day punishment against the Nittany Lions program was handed down.

2. Current Georgia roster – “fewer than 70 players recruited on scholarship, well below the NCAA limit of 85.”

3. 14-year old runs a 4.46 40-yard dash.  Gets scholarship offer from LSU.

4. Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs on the season opener against Alabama: “It’s a huge game for this conference.”

5. As recently as 2009, Nick Saban’s staff had zero “analysts.” Now Alabama has nine of them.

6. Alabama’s preseason camp opens in six days.

7. No SEC team will start practice sooner than Auburn – drills start on Wednesday.

8. With nine starters returning, Auburn will have an experienced defense.

9. A rundown of important preseason dates at Mississippi State and at Ole Miss.

10. What Denzel Nkemdiche means to the Rebels.

11. A plea from a choked-up Joker Phillips: ”These players don’t need everybody to believe in them. But they damn sure need somebody to.”

12. The reason for  a sharp dropoff in season ticket sales at Kentucky?” UK officials can talk about the economy and the vast number of games on television, but the main factor is performance on the field.”

13. Friday Night Lights at The Swamp.

14. Derek Dooley on Tennessee’s new $45 million practice facility: “This is going to be the gold standard for the next 15-20 years.”

15. New lights, new artificial turf ,  HD video screen and increased capacity at Vanderbilt will all be done by August 11th.

16. Kiero Small’s leadership abilities have Arkansas excited about a transition to the linebacker position.

17. Arkansas linebacker Alonzo Highsmith, Jr. is stepping out of the shadow of his father.

18. Arkansas – Missouri a neutral site game?  Arkansas AD Jeff Long: ”Just off the top of my head, I don’t see how that would be beneficial to Arkansas.”

19. Want to get tickets to the Arkansas – Alabama game?  They won’t come cheap.

20. “The kickoff will be much different in 2012.”

21. Mississippi State will meet North Carolina in the Maui Invitational in November.


22. Jon Solomon: “North Carolina’s academic scandal is a big deal. And it could be bigger if it becomes attached to Roy Williams’ basketball program.”

23. Knoxville businessman Jimmy Haslam wants to buy the Cleveland Browns?

24. Texas coach Mack Brown on his colleague at Kansas State: “Bill Snyder is the best coach in the country.”

25. Best remembered for an incident caught on camera – choked by his coach Bob Knight back in 1997.  Neil Reed is dead at the age of 36.

26. The Penn State scandal and big money donors – could have repercussions for decades.


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SEC Headlines – 1/7/11 Part Two

1.  Ryan Mallett could have gone pro last year but chose not to.  This year he’s making the move.  And no Arkansas fans should blame him.

2.  So who’s the next man behind center for the Razorbacks?  (Tyler Wilson isn’t a lock.)

3.  In the Cotton Bowl, LSU will enjoy their own Friday Night Lights in the heart of Texas.

4.  LSU and Texas A&M used to have a strong rivalry… and no one seems to know exactly how that rivalry ended.

5.  The Tigers will be facing an up-tempo Aggies offense that averages 80 snaps per game.

6.  Here are the keys to an LSU victory tonight.

7.  With Zach Mettenberger transferring in, the Cotton Bowl could be Jordan Jefferson’s last start at quarterback for the Tigers.

8.  On Monday night, Darron Thomas will be quarterbacking Oregon in the BCS title game.  He might’ve been playing for LSU tonight if the Tigers had called him a quarterback rather than an “athlete.”

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