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Alabama Commit Deon Johnson Arrested, Charged

Alabama wide receiver commitment Deon Johnson from Spanish Fort (Ala.) High School has been arrested on charges of second-degree rape and sodomy.

Johnson, 18, turned himself into police on Thursday, a spokesman for the Daphne (Ala.) Police Department told AL.com.

Check the link above for more information on Johnson’s charges. See the arrest report here.

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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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De’Asian Richardson Chooses West Virginia

Defensive  tackle De’Asian Richardson from Orange Park (Fla.) High School announced his commitment to West Virginia on Monday.

Richardson, who previously committed to Florida State, had also considered Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee and Oklahoma.

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Jay Woods Commits To Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt’s class of 2013 received a boost on Thursday when defensive tackle Jay Woods from Jackson (Ga.) High School committed to the Commodores.

Woods chose Vanderbilt over Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Clemson and Georgia Tech. It was an unofficial trip to Nashville that helped put the Commodores on top for Woods.

“When I went up there for my visit, I was like … ‘Woah,’” Woods told 247Sports. “Coach Franklin came in a day early from his vacation just to see me, and I felt like it was home. You have the best of both worlds at Vanderbilt. You got a prestigious college in academics and you’re playing SEC football.”

Woods’ commitment helped Vanderbilt’s standing among SEC schools in the 2013 class. The Commodores moved up to No. 8 in the SEC – No. 18 overall – in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings.

Vanderbilt has 20 commitments for the class of 2013.

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Richardson Ready To Announce

Defensive lineman De’Asian Richardson from Orange Park (Fla.) High School will announce his decision this week, according to Chad Simmons of Scout.com.

Richardson is ranked the nation’s No. 24 defensive tackle by Scout.

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Jay Woods To Announce Decision

Defensive tackle Jay Woods from Jackson (Ga.) High School plans to announce his decision on Thursday.

“I will be making my college decision on Thursday after my walk through practice,” Woods wrote on Facebook.

His list of schools includes Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Clemson and Georgia Tech. Woods hinted earlier this month that a decision could be coming soon.

“I want to get it out of the way so I can focus on the season,” he told Rivals on Aug. 1.

Woods is ranked the nation’s No. 24 defensive tackle by Rivals.

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Jordan Wilkins Commits To Auburn

Auburn received a commitment on Wednesday from running back Jordan Wilkins from Cordova (Tenn.) High School.

Wilkins, who was celebrating his 18th birthday, has favored Auburn for several weeks. The Tigers took a big step in their recruitment when Wilkins visited Auburn in June.

“I just fell in love with Auburn when I came down for my visit,” Wilkins told AuburnUndercover.com. “I just got the vibe for it. I loved all the coaches. They jump around when they get excited and get you pumped up.. That’s what I’m looking for. On top of that, they’re going to coach you. They’re going to make it hard on you, which is good because you need somebody to push you. It was really a comfort thing and I feel like we’re going to do big things at Auburn.”

Wilkins chose Auburn over Vanderbilt. Tennessee and Michigan had also recruited Wilkins, who’s considered the nation’s seventh-best all-purpose back in the nation by 247Sports.

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Tide Commit Foster Schedules Announcement

Alabama linebacker commit Reuben Foster from Auburn (Ala.) High School will hold a press conference at his school on Thursday at 3 p.m. eastern time.

Foster will have an announcement concerning his recruitment, according to 247Sports.

Foster said in the last week he’s “100 percent” committed to Alabama. But he followed up that statement with an unofficial visit to Washington, and Auburn and Georgia have continued to be linked to Foster’s recruitment.

Naturally, skepticism has surrounded the strength of Foster’s commitment to Alabama.

Foster, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker by 247Sports, has shown strong interest in Georgia. He’s visited Athens twice in the last month.

Foster returned from his most recent trip promising he would attend the same school as Newnan, Ga., safety Tray Matthews, who’s committed to Georgia.

“Me and Tray are going to play together – 100 percent – in college,” Foster told 247Sports on July 2.

Matthews added to the speculation last week when he discussed playing at the same school as Foster, along with Norcross, Ga., uncommitted running back Alvin Kamara and Tyrone, Ga., cornerback Shaq Wiggins, who’s committed to Georgia.

“We (Matthews and Foster) both decided on a school and we are the only two that know,” Matthews told ESPN RecruitingNation on July 3. “A couple of people are not going to like the decision, but we have to do what is best for us.

“Alvin Kamara and Shaq Wiggins are going to as well. I can promise you Shaq is going to go wherever I go.”

Georgia fans hope that school will be in Athens.

But Auburn fans might have reason to feel confident Foster will make a switch to the Tigers. After all, it was an Auburn website that broke the news of Foster’s upcoming announcement.

If Foster switches his commitment to Auburn, could Matthews really join Foster on The Plains? Matthews likes Auburn, but his mother doesn’t.

“My mom will support me wherever I go, but she would be very disappointed if I went to Auburn instead of Georgia,” Matthews told ESPN.

One thing is clear: No matter the announcement from Foster on Thursday, speculation will continue to follow his recruitment until he officially lands on a campus.

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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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Derrick Henry No Longer Committed To Georgia

It’s a move that many people following his recruitment have expected: running back Derrick Henry from Yulee (Fla.) High School has decommitted from Georgia.

Henry, who was the first prospect to commit to the Bulldogs in the 2013 class, announced the decision Wednesday afternoon following a trip to Alabama last weekend. Henry issued the following statement:

“This has been a great experience getting to know so many great coaches and visiting some of the best college football programs in the country. Even though I’ve worked really hard to put myself in this situation, I know I’m blessed to have this opportunity. I’m very thankful for that.

“For me personally, this is one of the biggest decisions I’ll make in my life and probably the most important to this point. I want to be 100 percent sure I am making the best choice on where I go to college and to play football. I’m going to open up my recruitment and take some more visits, get as much information as I can, and then decide from there. I was probably a little too quick in making my initial decision and got caught up in the moment so I apologize for that. I’m still considering Georgia and I have nothing but great things to say about their program, but I want to be honest with everyone in the fact that I am going to go over all my options and do what is best for me and my athletic and academic career. 

“For the rest of the summer, I am focusing on helping my team have the best season that we can have and achieve our team goals. Please refer any questions about my recruitment to my head coach. I’m not sure when I’ll make a final announcement, but when I have no doubts at all about where I’m going, I’ll let everyone know.”

So where will Henry go? Alabama is certainly a team to watch now that he’s visited Tuscaloosa. He also took a trip to Tennessee in late March, and the Vols will continue to push as they look for a highly-touted running back in the 2013 class.

And then there’s Georgia, which had told prospects it planned to only sign one running back (Henry) in 2013.

The Bulldogs will likely continue to pursue Alvin Kamara from Norcross (Ga.) High School. There’s also UCLA running back commit Keyante Green, who tried to commit to Georgia in February and recently told MrSEC he still has interest in the Bulldogs.

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