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Prospect Sheds A Little Light On Florida, Tennessee Recruiting Pitches

gfx - they said itJunior college defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert has moved Florida and Tennessee — the two schools he’s officially visited — ahead of Georgia, the school that had been his leader.  If that were the end of the story, you’d find it on our Recruiting Page.  Also, you can read all about how Georgia is trying to climb back up Lambert’s list right here.

But we’re putting this story on the main page for a different reason.  Lambert told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution why he’s moved Florida and Tennessee to the front of the line.  It’s just one man’s opinion, but it gives us some insight into how both programs are pitching themselves to recruits:

 

“I love the way they (Florida) train their players.  They train their players just like the NFL.  I mean, if you go there and get your statistics, it’s like getting it done in the NFL.  They basically get their players NFL ready…

It was just the love that they showed me at Tennessee.  It was very different from all the other schools.  You know, they’ve got a new head coach and a new staff, so they are basically trying to build something new at Tennessee.”

 

Would every recruit relate those same views?  Probably not.  But it does give us a small glimpse into the recruiting tactics of two SEC schools.

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West Coast Prospect Talks About Southern Football Passion

Four-star California D-line prospect Eddie Vanderdoes is looking South when it comes to his collegiate football home.  With scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee… no wonder.

According to The Sporting News, Vanderdoes — and this is why we’ve got a recruiting story on the home page and not simply on our Recruiting Pageopened up about the differences he’s already seen between West Coast players and southern players:

 

“It’s almost like a culture change being around the southern guys.  If you compare them to the California and West Coast guys, they just take it a lot more personally.  They’re more physical.  When they’re going against you in drills, it just seems like they have a bigger purpose—that they’re representing everything that backs them up back home.”

 

Such a comment should come as no surprise to anyone who’s experienced the madness surrounding high school football in the Deep South.  There’s as much interest in some high school rivalries as their is in some college games.

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Don’t Forget To Check Out These Fine Areas Of MrSEC

Just a quickie reminder of a few things as I head out the door:

 

* For daily updates on recruiting across the entire SEC — all 14 schools — keep an eye on our Recruiting Page.  Josh Ward just posted a story today about a new Vanderbilt football commit.  He’ll keep you updated not only on what your school is doing but on what everyone else is doing, too.  He’s good like that.

* If you missed any of this week’s stories regarding the SEC’s pipeline of draft picks into the NFL, check out our Blue Chip Stories.  These are some of our best research-driven pieces and most-linked to stories.

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Top Hoops Recruit Claims UK Fan Offered Wife

You’ve gotta hand it to Kentucky fans.  Last week a Wildcat fan offered up his wife on craigslist.com in exchange for tickets to the Final Four.

Now, while doing a notebook for ESPN.com, top hoops recruit Nerlens Noel says that a Cat backer approached him on Bourbon Street and offered up his wife if the big man — presumably — would ink with his beloved Wildcats:


“I literally stopped hundreds of times and took dozens of pictures.  The fans were showing me so much love out there, and I definitely have to say that most of the fans were from Kentucky.

Now of course that had a lot to do with the fact that they were playing there, but I’m always just shocked at how dedicated Kentucky fans are.  One man asked me if I wanted to take his wife home with me, ha ha.  I couldn’t believe it.  I was like ‘Nah, I’m good,’ but that’s just how insane the fans were down there.  Great atmosphere.”


Was Noel kidding?  Was the fan kidding?  When it comes to Kentucky basketball mania, I wouldn’t be so sure.

Noel will announce his decision next Wednesday on ESPN, choosing between Kentucky, Georgetown and Syracuse.

For more normal recruiting stories for all the SEC’s schools, always keep an eye on the work Josh Ward does over on our Recruiting Page.

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Recruit Wants Horn To Stay, But He’ll Stick With USC Either Way

Normally this type of story would go only on our Recruiting Page and not on the front page, but since Darrin Horn’s job security is a major topic this week, we’ll mention it here.

Tyrone Haughton — South Carolina’s lone signee for 2012 — has said that he hopes Horn will be back in Columbia next year.  But the 6-9 prospect from Miami has also made it clear he’ll at least give a new coach a chance… if AD Eric Hyman decides to nuke Horn and bring in someone new:


“I hope he’s staying because he’s a good man.  I honestly don’t know (what’s going to happen)…

I think I’ll stay with them because I like the town and everything.  My (high school) coach said stay with it and meet the new coach, and if you don’t like it, transfer.  I plan to enroll and honor my letter of intent.”


Haughton is a three-star forward according to Rivals.com’s rankings.

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The SEC Never Sleeps

It’s a Thursday in mid-April.  At MrSEC.com, we only cover Southeastern Conference football and men’s basketball.

Yet on a run-of-the-mill day in April — when neither of those two sports is actually in season — we put up 15 posts and 43 additional links on the homepage today.  There are also eight additional recruiting/signing stories on our Recruiting Page.

Clearly, there’s no downtime in the SEC anymore. 

But the best part about all those stories and posts today?  Very few mentions of scandals, arrests, allegations, accusations or potential rules violations.

Amen, Hallelujah.

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FYI… A New Set-Up On The Homepage (And More)

Just a couple of quick notes for all of you out there:

1.  As you might’ve noticed, we’ve slightly shortened the homepage today.  No biggie, just 10 stories on the homepage instead of the usual 25.  Older stories (like the ones from this morning) are still on the site, of course, you’ll just need to click the “Older Entries” link at the bottom of this page to see ‘em. 

We’re just giving this streamlined homepage a look-see to determine if we like it or not.  Your feedback is welcome.

2.  Be sure to check out our Recruiting Page as we cruise toward national signing day.  Josh Ward does a great job of keeping you up to date on all of the big recruiting stories from across the entire conference.

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SEC Commitment Comparison – 1/24/11

There’s been some movement on the MrSEC.com Big Board over the weekend.  Schools have picked up commitments, lost commitments and seen some of the grades for their previous commitments change.  Here’s a look at the movement across the conference since Saturday:


Georgia and South Carolina +10 points
Vanderbilt +6
Auburn, Mississippi State and Tennessee +4
Kentucky +3
Ole Miss +2
Florida and LSU +1
Alabama -1
Arkansas -3


And how that came to pass?  Here’s a look at the Big Board itself.  As usual, we assign one point for every star that Rivals hands out as a grade.  We also give 0-star prospects a point, ’cause everybody’s worth something:


School
Commits
5-stars
4-stars
3-stars
2-stars
1- & 0-stars
Total Points
S. Carolina
31
0
5
26
0
0
98
Arkansas
28
0
5
21
1
1
86
Ole Miss
26
0
4
22
0
0
82
Alabama
21
2
13
6
0
0
80
LSU
21
3
8
9
1
0
76
Miss. State
24
0
2
22
0
0
74
Georgia
21
0
11
9
1
0
73
Tennessee
22
0
7
14
1
0
72
Auburn
19
1
9
9
0
0
68
Kentucky
20
0
1
19
0
0
61
Florida
15
0
8
7
0
0
53
Vanderbilt
13
0
0
10
2
1
35



The table below shows the average point value for each committed player in a team’s class.  This number shows what caliber of athlete the school is attracting:

School
Avg. Pts/Commit on 1/24/11
Avg. Pts/Commit on 1/20/11
Alabama
3.80
3.85
LSU
3.61
3.57
Auburn
3.57
3.55
Florida
3.53
3.46
Georgia
3.47
3.31
Tennessee
3.27
3.28
S. Carolina
3.16
3.14
Ole Miss
3.15
3.20
Miss. State
3.08
3.04
Arkansas
3.07
3.17
Kentucky
3.05
3.05
Vanderbilt
2.69
2.63



Be sure to check out our Recruiting Page for regular updates on commitments and rumors from across the SEC.

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