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Stone Mountain Receiver Sweat Commits To Kentucky

Kentucky has received a commitment from wide receiver DeMarcus Sweat from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Sweat committed to Kentucky after performing at a camp in Lexington on Sunday. His firmed up his commitment during a conversation with Wildcats coach Joker Phillips on Sunday night.

I told Coach Phillips that I wanted to be a Wildcat,” Sweat told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I said I really wanted to talk to my parents first about it, but wanted to go ahead and commit because I didn’t want to lose that spot if another wide receiver committed. Coach Phillips was great about it. He said, ‘I know what you’re thinking. Don’t worry about it. We got your scholarship. We’ll hold your spot. Talk to your parents and call me back later.”

And that’s when Sweat told Phillips he would be sticking with his commitment to Kentucky.

Sweat is the fourth prospect to commit to Kentucky’s class of 2012.

Stephenson High School now has seven players committed to FBS schools. Five of those players are committed to SEC schools. Stephenson is expected to have 14-17 players sign with FBS schools in February, according to the AJC.

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Stephenson Linebacker Chooses Vanderbilt

Linebacker Darreon Herring from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., has committed to Vanderbilt.

Herring chose Vanderbilt over offers from North Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He’s the fourth commitment for Vanderbilt’s class of 2012. Three of those prospects are from the state of Georgia.

Herring is the fourth player from Stephenson to commit to an SEC school, joining running back Mike Davis (Florida), defensive tackle Jafar Mann (Florida) and defensive lineman Carlos Hood (South Carolina).

Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Miami) and tight end Joshua Parris (South Florida) have also committed to major conference schools.

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Florida Adds Another Stephenson High Commit

Florida has received a commitment from defensive tackle Jafar Mann from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga.

Mann is the second prospect from Stephenson to commit to Florida for the class of 2012, joining running back Mike Davis, who gave his pledge to the Gators in February.

Florida is also actively recruiting Stephenson defensive end Jarontay Jones and and linebacker Raphael Kirby, both of whom are highly-touted prospects. Could all four players end up signing with Florida?

I’d say it’s a strong possibility,” Mann told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Davis certainly appeared to play a role in Mann’s decision to commit to Florida.

“He was an influence, yeah,” Mann said of David. “He’s our running back and we’ve been playing together a long time. It was a factor.”

Mann also held offers from the top two schools inside the state – Georgia and Georgia Tech. So why choose Florida?

“Georgia, I feel like Georgia waited too late,” Mann said. “They offered me two weeks after Florida, so I didn’t feel like they were as interested. Tech actually offered me before Florida, but I wanted to get out of Georgia. They’re both good teams but I really wanted to go out of state.”

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Thursday Night One-Liners

Here are some headlines for your Thursday evening.

1. This former South Carolina commit feels “shoved away” by the Gamecocks.

2. Brian McLaughlin looks at some of the top quarterbacks prospects for 2012.

3. Gainesville (Fla.) High School has two prospects very much on the SEC’s radar.

4. The NCAA’s investigation of Tennessee went through Atlanta.

5. New Florida commit Mike Davis is another in a long line of impressive players from Stephenson High School.

6. ESPN’s Greg Biggins has several notes from the recent Nike combine in Miami.

7. Here’s a look at Virginia Tech’s recruiting now that the Hokies have made some coaching changes.

8. There will be plenty of top prospects at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando this weekend.

9. John Pennington asked earlier today if the SEC is cleaning up its act.

10. A look at the 2011 class for North Carolina – a direct recruiting competitor of the SEC.

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Florida Receives Two Weekend Commitments

Florida picked up its fourth and fifth commitments of the 2012 class this weekend when running back Mike Davis and linebacker Jeremi Powell gave their pledges to the Gators.

Davis, who attends Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., made his commitment while attending Florida’s second Junior Day of the year.

I felt at home,” Davis told the Gainesville Sun via text message.

“I love the coaching staff. They were real with me the whole time, and I love the feeling of being in The Swamp.”

Davis is the second running back to commit to Florida for 2011. Matt Jones from Seffner (Fla.) Armwood High School committed to the Gators last week.

Powell’s decision to commit seemed like an easy one after his trip to Gainesville.

“It was an unbelievable experience being up there,” Powell told the St. Petersburg Times. “I was up there with my mom and that’s all we could talk about on our way back.”

Powell, who attends Pinellas Park High School in Largo, Fla., plays on both offense and defense in high school. Linebacker appears to be his destination in college.

“I kind of had a feeling I would be playing on the defensive side of the ball in college,” Powell. “I don’t mind that at all. I’m just thrilled to know I’ll be playing for Florida.”

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SEC Weekend Commitment Roundup

South Carolina had a bad weekend on the field, but it was successful on the recruiting trail.

Offensive lineman Kyle Harris from Pepperell (Ga.) High School and safety Kadetrix Marcus from Stephenson High School in Stone Mounatin, Ga., both committed to the Gamecocks.

Mississippi State picked up a commitment from defensive end Johnathan Harris from Boynton Beach (Fla.) High School. Harris will graduate early and enroll at Mississippi State in January.

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