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Forward King Commits To Memphis

Forward Nick King from Memphis (Tenn.) East High School has committed to Memphis.

King considered Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Texas.

“I have a great relationship with the (Memphis) staff,” King told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “They have been recruiting me since ninth-grade year when coach (Josh) Pastner came in. Then (assistant) coach (Damon) Stoudamire came in, and it just built a better relationship. I feel great about it, and I have a great relationship with the players.”

King is ranked the nation’s No. 7 small forward by ESPNU.

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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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Arkansas Loses Ground In Dodson’s Recruitment

Don’t expect junior running back Mark Dodson Jr. to commit to Arkansas if the Razorbacks haven’t found a permanent replacement for former football coach Bobby Petrino by May 14.

That’s when Dodson plans to announce his college decision.

“(Arkansas) most likely wouldn’t be the school I’d choose,” said Dodson, who attends Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven High School.

Dodson, who’s also considering Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, said it would be difficult to choose Arkansas if the Razorbacks don’t have a new coach in place.

Petrino was a key reason Dodson has shown interest in Arkansas. He said he felt confident in how he would be used in Petrino’s offense.

“To me, the run was his first option,” Dodson said. “He was running the ball a lot but at the same time he was passing the ball efficiently. He had a balanced offense. Now with the new coach, I don’t know how things will go. The chemistry might be different.”

And Dodson’s choice might be different now that Petrino is no longer the coach at Arkansas.

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Memphis Commit Dawson Could Look Elsewhere

Sheldon Dawson is still committed to Memphis, but the athlete from Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway High School could look elsewhere.

The Tigers fired coach Larry Porter during the weekend. Dawson, who cited Porter as a main reason for choosing Memphis, told 247Sports.com he isn’t sure how the move will affect his college decision.

“It’s just business and it’s how it goes I guess,” Dawson told the website. “I don’t really know what I’m going to do right now. It was a surprise to me.”

Dawson told 247Sports that Tennessee, Georgia, Cincinnati and Vanderbilt have been recruiting him the hardest. He still plans to take all five official visits permitted by the NCAA.

Dawson is considered the No. 9 athlete in the nation and No. 1 prospect in the state of Tennessee by 247Sports.

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Defensive Back Redmond Set To Decide

Defensive back Will Redmond from Memphis (Tenn.) East High School will announce his college decision on Monday.

Redmond will choose between Tennessee and Mississippi State and has an “has an idea” of where he will sign, according to Keith Niebuhr of Rivals.com.

Redmond is ranked the nation’s 30th-best athlete by Rivals. His teammate, running back Brian Kimbrow, announced his commitment to Vanderbilt on July 1.

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Arkansas Adds To 2012 And 2013 Classes

Arkansas received commitments during the weekend from wide receiver Eric Hawkins and defensive end Brandon Lewis.

Hawkins is also a track standout at Longview (Texas) High School. He’s the third receiver to commit to Arkansas’s class of 2012.

Lewis is the second prospect from Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway High School to commit to Arkansas. Offensive lineman Cordale Boyd committed to the Razorbacks in April.

Arkansas has 10 commitments for the class of 2012.

Arkansas was also able to land its first commitment for the 2013 class when running back Jamel James from Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas, gave his pledge to the Razorbacks.
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Arkansas Lands Memphis Lineman

Arkansas has received a commitment from offensive lineman Cordale Boyd from Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway High School.

“I was up there about a month ago and just loved it,” Boyd told ESPN.com. “I loved the academics. They showed so much interest in academics. Some colleges don’t even bother talking to you about them. I loved the weight room because I love lifting weights. It will motivate me to do well there.”

Boyd is the fifth prospect to commit to Arkansas for the class of 2012 and the second offensive lineman to do so.

Boyd’s commitment is another example of Arkansas’ approach to recruit Memphis, as outlined by Otis Kirk on HawgSports.com last week.

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Ole Miss Lands First Commitment For 2012 Class

Ole Miss has received a commitment from offensive lineman Ben Still from Memphis (Tenn.) University School, according to Scout.com.

Still is the first prospect to commit to Ole Miss for the 2012 class.


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Basketball Standout To Choose Thursday

Forward Adonis Thomas from Memphis (Tenn.) Melrose High School will announce his college choice on Thursday, according to multiple reports, including the Memphis Commercial Appeal and Knoxville News Sentinel.

Thomas is considering Memphis, Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee and UCLA.

Rivals.com ranks Thomas the nation’s sixth-best small forward and 15th-best prospect overall for 2011.

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