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SEC Recruiting Headlines 5/9/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Alabama offered 8th grader Dylan Moses a scholarship back in February.  He now has offers from eight schools, half of them in the SEC - LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida, Florida State, UCLA, Nebraska and Texas.

2. So why did linebacker Tre Williams commit to Auburn over Alabama?  ”I went to Auburn because that’s a whole family from the coaches to the fans to the players.” Williams says linebacker depth at Alabama was not a factor.  He says he was told he would inside linebacker at Auburn, but that could change.

3. Alabama’s quarterback wish list. Crimson Tide’s top five recruiting targets.

4. Missouri has added a lineman from the Kansas City area to its 2014 class.  Lee’s Summit West lineman Kevin Pendleton committed to the Tigers Wednesday night.  Pendleton’s coach is Royce Boehm, father of current Tiger lineman Evan Boehm. Pendleton is Missouri’s seventh 2014 commitment.

5. The nephew of former Georgia great Herschel Walker has committed to Clemson.  Milan Richard, from Savannah, Georgia, picked the Tigers over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

6. Wide receiver Demarre Kitt was once a Georgia commit but re-opened his recruiting process and now has a new top three.  The Sandy Creek (GA) prospect will decide among Clemson, Tennessee and Ohio State.

7. According to Arkansas commitment  Rafe Peavey, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer liked what he saw from the Bolivar, Missouri quarterback last week. “Sometimes I didn’t think even think he was watching. I would throw and I would hear ‘nice ball’.”

8. Louisiana quarterback Brandon Harris has added an offer from LSU to an ever-growing list.  ”It was a little frustrating to not have it at one point to be honest. Now I have it and it feels good. In the end, Coach Cameron knows what he wants in a QB and he felt comfortable with offering me a scholarship to play quarterback at LSU.” Other SEC schools interested in the Bossier City quarterback include Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 5/8/2013

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1. Linebacker Tre’ Williams says he is headed to Auburn. He made the announcement just moments ago. Along with Auburn, Williams had strongly considered Alabama.  His other finalists were Florida and Ole Miss.  The Mobile, Alabama prospect is considered one of the nation’s top inside linebacker prospects and had taken multiple visits to both Auburn and Alabama.

2. Four-star defensive back  Jamoral Graham has committed to Mississippi State.  Here’s how Newton County (MS) coach Jackie Williamson described it.  “I think he came to the realization that he was comfortable at Mississippi State. He felt really comfortable with (safeties coach) Tony Hughes and felt like he was a guy that he could play for.” Graham is Mississippi State’s second verbal commitment in the class of 2014.

3. Alabama coach Nick Saban thinks so highly of Calera, Alabama prospect Ronnie Clark, he called him from the NFL draft.  Projected to play free safety and quarterback this fall, Clark is expected to choose between Alabama and Auburn but he’s drawing attention from programs and coaches all over the country, including Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.  ”Coach Franklin is a good guy,” Clark said. “Real good guy. I believe they are going to turn the program around at Vanderbilt.”

4. Auburn’s top five defensive line recruiting targets include Da’Shawn Hand.  The Virginia lineman visited Auburn last weekend.

5. Razorbacks expected to get visit from top-1oo prospect  - safety Steven Parker from Oklahoma.

6. Linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed is an LSU commitment.  Arkansas linebackers coach Randy Shannon visited his school on Monday.

7. Broadarius Hamm is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive lineman from Georgia and wears a size 18 shoe.  He’s 15 years old and is reportedly drawing interest from the home-state Bulldogs.

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8. Top prospect Andrew Wiggins could reportedly make his decision soon. Kentucky is one of four schools still in the mix for the Huntington Prep star. Louisville is not one of the four schools Wiggins is weighing, but it’s the one his host mom at Huntington Prep prefers. “If it was my choice, I’d say he should go to Louisville...I love Coach Pitino’s program.”

9. 2014 prospect Trey Lyles. “I have six top schools: UCLA, Butler, Florida, Kentucky, Duke and Louisville and all of those schools are ones that I’m really looking at.”

10. The final scholarship at Ole Miss will go to Jerron Martin.  The Maryland point guard committed after taking an official visit to Ole Miss last weekend. He used the social media network Vine to make the announcement.

11. The New Orleans Times Picayune ranks the top 16 2014 prospects in the state.

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 3/21/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. William Clapp’s father, Tommy, played for LSU back in the 1980′s.  His son plans on following him. But since younger Clapp committed, LSU has brought on new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron.  What does the offensive line prospect think about the change? “I talked to Coach Cameron for about five minutes on Junior Day,” Clapp said. “I think it is going to be great for the offense and program. With all the NFL experience he has, it should do some good.”

2. Jackson, Alabama linebacker Gavin Bryant received offers this week from Auburn and Alabama.  He also has offers South Carolina, Kentucky and Jacksonville State.

3. St. Paul (Alabama) linebacker Tre Williams reportedly received an offer from Missouri today – but he’s apparently already narrowed his list to five teams that doesn’t include Mizzou.  Williams top five is reportedly Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida and USC in no particular order.

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4. Dominique Hawkins is the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Kentucky.  The Madison Central (KY) guard is now being recruited by Kentucky and has  offers from South Carolina, Murray State, Morehead State and Western Kentucky, among others. Another player that Kentucky is recruiting, Andrew Wiggins, is the Gatorade Player of the Year in West Virginia.

5. Julius Randle made news on Wednesday when he committed to Kentucky live on ESPNU.  The five-star Dallas, Texas area forward joins a star-studded recruiting class headed to Lexington that includes twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, also from Texas.  Rumors that Randle and the Harrison twins would never play on the same team proved to be unfounded gossip.  Here’s what Aaron Harrison, Sr. told the Lexington Herald-Leader:

“The animosity that people try to create – it’s not there. It’s never been there. They’ve never had adverse words. We won, they won. And I will give Julius credit because we probably won a lot more than they did against each other. He’s never had an adverse word. After the game is over with he always shook hands, said, ‘Yes, sir or no, sir,’ to me. And my kids have a great relationship with his mother. That’s been the case since elementary school.”

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 3/22/12

1. Auburn is showing interest in quarterback Hunter Stovall. That’s freshman quarterback Hunter Stovall.

2. Then there’s sophomore linebacker Tre’ Williams, who’s receiving plenty of attention from Alabama and Auburn.

3. Running back Johnny Jefferson has switched his commitment from Texas A&M to Baylor.

4. Georgia’s basketball program is trying to pull off a huge recruiting upset with center Tony Parker.

5. No argument here: Mark Richt and Paul Johnson make in-state recruiting priority No. 1.

6. LSU leads Florida and Clemson for Hope Mills, N.C., defensive lineman Greg Gilmore.

Here’s a look at 2015 quarterback prospect Hunter Stovall.

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