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SEC Recruiting Headlines 5/2/2013

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1. The NCAA has suspended new rules that would have allowed unlimited electronic communication between college coaches and recruits.

2.Is Alabama vs. Georgia the top recruiting rivalry in the country?

3. Alabama has offered 2014 linebacking prospect Nyles Morgan.  The 6-2, 220 pound prospect has 31 other offers.

4. Lousiana running back Leonard Fournette is considered by many to be the top prospect in the country but right now he’s focused on track. “I’m leaving the recruiting stuff up to my parents right now. And I won’t focus on football until track season’s over.”

5. Kyle Allen is rated as the No. 5 quarterback prospect in the country in the class of 2014.  Texas A&M is after the Scottsdale, Arizona product.  ”Right now, the schools recruiting me the hardest that I’m feeling the most are probably UCLA, ASU, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.”

6. The Aggies have offered a trio of prospects from New Orleans -  linebacker Arthur McGinnis, wide receiver Tyron Billy-Johnson and athlete Deshawn Capers-Smith. The teammates are 2015 prospects.

7. Offensive lineman Bill Weber is getting attention from several schools including Arkansas and Missouri.  The Coppell, Texas lineman attended the Razorbacks spring game with teammate and defensive end Solomon Thomas.  He came away impressed with the knowledge exhibited by Arkansas fans.  ”The fans know their stuff.”

8. Nashville wide receiver Thomas Richard became Missouri’s sixth commitment over the weekend. Heres how his high school coach described him. “As far as ball skills go, Missouri’s getting as good as they can get in the 2014 class. I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of really good receivers, and he’s going to be up there with the top of them when his time’s up at Missouri.”

9. ESPN’s Chris Low: “Over the last three years (2010-12), nobody in the SEC has signed more ESPN 150 prospects offensively than Auburn.”

10. Alabama signee Reuben Foster on what opposing fanbases were telling him - “They told me, ‘I hope you tear your ACL,’ “

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11. LSU’s incoming class rated the 9th best by ESPN, 10th best by Rivals. Here is ESPN’s final 2013 ranking of recruits.

12. Kentucky is one of four schools still chasing top prospect Andrew Wiggins.  Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News says he’s worth the wait. “On the day Wiggins steps on an NBA court, and that’ll happen sooner rather than later, he’ll become one of the greatest athletes ever to play in the league.”

13. 2014 basketball prospect Emmanuel Mudiay on an in-home visit by Kentucky coach John Calipari:  ”He does a good job with his point guards, and that’s a big part that I really look into.”

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Wow Saturday Headlines 2/9/2013

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham withdraws his name from consideration for position with New Orleans Saints
Father of Alabama signeee Reuben Foster apprehended by U.S. Marshals in Florida – had escaped from an Alabama jail in 1996
Saturday’s SEC hoops schedule:
Missouri 98 – Ole Miss 79
Vanderbilt 67 – Arkansas 49
Kentucky 72 – Auburn 62
Florida 83 – Mississippi State 58
Georgia 52 – Texas A&M 46
Alabama 60 – LSU 57
Sunday Afternoon…Tennessee at South Carolina
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Collins, Foster Prepare For Announcement

There’s plenty of anticipation for the announcement of linebacker Reuben Foster from Auburn (Ala.) High School.

Foster will announce his choice sometime after 10:00 eastern time on FOX Sports South. He’s considering Alabama, Auburn and Georgia.

Foster has previously been committed to Alabama and Auburn before opening his recruitment in December when Auburn coach Gene Chizik was fired.

Foster had been considered a favorite by some analysts, including TideSports.com‘s Andrew Bone, to pick Auburn. But Bone wrote Monday that his opinion has pick has changed to Alabama following this past weekend.

“I have been told the coaching staffs of both schools have not been informed of Foster’s decision at this point. I believe Alabama is more confident right now.”

Of course, what Foster thinks now doesn’t guarantee what he will do on Wednesday. He could commit to one school tonight and sign with another on Wednesday.

Also announcing during the show will be tonight will be highly-touted running back Alex Collins from South Plantation High School in Plantation, Fla. He’s considering Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Wisconsin.

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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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Simmons: ‘Rich Are Getting Richer’ In The SEC

Alabama and LSU have already established themselves as the two best teams in the SEC.

Don’t be surprised to see their success continue in the upcoming years.

Alabama’s 2012 class, which currently holds 24 commitments, is ranked No. 1 in the nation by 247Sports.com. The Crimson Tide has commitments from three five-star prospects, which also leads the nation.

Barton Simmons of 247Sports spoke on WNML Radio in Knoxville, TN, on Tuesday and gave credit to Alabama coach Nick Saban for the Crimson Tide’s recruiting success.

“It’s phenomenal what Nick Saban has been able to do,” Simmons said. “Their linebacker class this year is the best group of linebackers that I’ve ever seen in one class. The rich are getting richer in a big way there.”

That class of linebackers includes Reggie Ragland of Madison, Ala., Tyler Hayes of Thomasville, Ala., and Dillon Lee from Buford, Ga.

It’s worth pointing out Alabama has a commitment from junior linebacker Reuben Foster, who’s already regarded as one of the nation’s top overall prospects for the 2013 class.

LSU’s 2012 class, which has 22 commitments, is ranked fourth nationally by 247Sports. That’s second to only Alabama in the SEC. But Simmons believes the Tigers’ class could turn out to be even better than its ranking indicates.

“They recruit what they have found success in and that’s size and raw athleticism and speed,” Simmons said of LSU. “They’re maybe not guys that everyone knows about nationally but they’re guys in that state of Louisiana that are fast and run and can hit. So I think that’s a class that’s going to be even better than maybe it looks on paper to some folks.”

And that will only make it harder on the rest of the SEC as it tries to catch up to Alabama and LSU.

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