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Defensive Tackle Russell Headed To Auburn

Defensive tackle Dontavius Russell from Carrollton (Ga.) High School has committed to Auburn.

Russell wrote on Twitter: “If you really know me you would know that I will continue playing football at the University of……………………AUBURN!!!! #WDE”

Russell, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 13 defensive tackle by Rivals, decommitted from Georgia on Dec. 1.

Auburn has enjoyed a successful run on the recruiting trail in recent weeks. Defensive backs Kalvaraz Bessent and Stephen Roberts switched their commitments from Alabama to Auburn. Junior college defensive lineman DaVonte Lambert signed with Auburn last week after he originally committed to Tennessee.

Auburn has 21 commitments for the class of 2014.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 4/24/2013

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1. Texas A&M signed quarterback Kohl Stewart in its last class but he may never make it to College Station.  That’s because he’s also quite the pitching prospect and has been invited to New York for this year’s Major League Baseball draft.  Just how good a pitching prospect is he?  Good enough to be ranked the 8th best overall prospect by one MLB analyst.

2. Georgia has as many 13 players that could be selected in this year’s NFL draft – and that’s good for recruiting, says coach Mark Richt.  ”I haven’t recruited many guys that didn’t think or weren’t at least dreaming about the NFL or hoping to be or expecting to be (drafted).”

3. Charlotte, North Carolina’s Jeb Blazevich is ranked as a top 10 tight end in the country.  He’s heading to Georgia to play for Mark Richt next year.  Blazevich committed to the Bulldogs Tuesday. “I love what they’re doing there and they’re having a lot of success.” He’s Georgia’s fourth commitment of the 2014 class.

4. Tennessee is stocking up on tight ends.  Barring attrition, the Vols could have seven tight ends on their 2014 roster.  Ethan Wolf and Daniel Helm are tight end commitments for this next year’s class on the heels of Tennessee adding two tight ends in its 2013 class.

5. Alabama’s fifth commitment of its 2014 class is Opelika cornerback Stephen Roberts.  The four-star defensive back committed after defensive coordinator Kirby Smart paid a visit, even though he grew up an Auburn fan.  ”I have always rooted for Auburn as a fan but when it comes time to making the decision about what’s best for me as a player going forward, you can’t think about those things.”

6. Kentucky landed four-star running back Mikel Horton over the weekend.  Horton, from the Cincinnati area, chose the Wildcats over Florida State and Vanderbilt. New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has made recruiting Ohio a priority.

7. Nine players from the state of Alabama have been nominated for the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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8. 6-foot 8 power forward Demetrius Henry is headed to South Carolina to play for Frank Martin next season..  The Brandon, Florida senior  chose the Gamecocks over Miami.  Here’s a look at all the newcomers headed to South Carolina for the 2013-2014 season.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 3/14/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Tennessee coach Butch Jones has landed a big one.  Five-star running back Jalen Heard took to Twitter this morning to announce that he’s committing to the Vols.  The Hendersonville, TN back becomes the fifth player in Tennessee’s 2014 class – the fourth in the last week.

2. New Orleans running back Leonard Fournette, considered the top back in the country, is paying a quick visit to Alabama and he’s bringing a few teammates with him  Cornerback Jermaine Roberts and lineman Joseph Paul both have offers from several programs.

3. Carrollton, Texas 2015 offensive line prospect Zach Rogers visited Arkansas over the weekend and came away impressed with new coach Bret Bielema.  ”He was a lot different than I thought he would be. I was more impressed than I thought I would be…”I could definitely see myself playing for him one day.”  Rogers also has offers from Texas Tech and UCLA. Razorbacks will have some prospects in attendance at football practice.

4. Kingsland, Georgia cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent is an Alabama commitment.  He grew up a Florida fan, so the move surprised a lot of people, including his high school coach. Jeff Herron.  ”I thought he would commit to Florida. He’d been a Florida fan all his life and was really leaning that way. But he went to Alabama for a junior day and was so impressed by every part of it.”

5. Opelika, Alabama cornerback Stephen Roberts has Alabama as his leader, with Auburn at No.2 on his list.

6. Georgia has 13 recruits that have enrolled early this spring.  Don’t expect this trend to go away anytime soon. Getting a jumpstart on a college career is an advantage that coach Mark Richt likes his athletes to have.   “We’ve never really had any kid come in at midyear and say that was a mistake for them.”

7. What do recruits think about proposed rules that would deregulate the process? ”The crazy thing is the nonstop text messages they can send you any time of the day. That is going to blow a lot of phones up.”

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