After a relatively quiet March, April was a busy month for SEC de-commits, with three key prospects backing off pledges to SEC programs.
Georgia lost one of its top commitments in 4-star LB Adam Anderson, who flipped to LSU on April 22. The loss leaves Georgia with the No. 69 ranked recruiting class in the country. Anderson picked the Tigers so he could play with two of his teammates from Rome High School — 3-star defensive linemen Jamarcus Chatman and Jaquon Griffin — who both committed to the Tigers as well.
“They all want to play together, and that was one of the kickers,” Rome coach John Reid told DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell. “That is a great moment for the history of that program. When [LSU] coach [Ed] Orgeron said yesterday he wanted to offer all three of those guys together, my jaw about hit the floor.”
Meanwhile, Kentucky lost a commitment from 3-star QB Jarren Williams, who had been committed to the Wildcats since last June.
A few SEC programs are competing for Williams, the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback in the nation. He has offers from LSU, Florida and Tennessee. But his de-commitment came not long after receiving an offer from Alabama. He is one of the Crimson Tide’s top quarterback targets in the 2018 class.
Alabama is still in search for a quarterback in its Class of 2018, and the Crimson Tide staff is expected to see Williams throw in person this spring.
Nick Saban told Williams on his visit to Tuscaloosa earlier this month that he has what he’s looking for in his potential Class of 2018 quarterback. Saban wants a combination of a pro-style passer and a dual-threat quarterback.
After suffering a lot of de-commitments early in the cycle, LSU was actually on the right side of a flip for once with Anderson. However, the Tigers lost another commitment from 4-star WR Stephen Guidry. It was Guidry’s second de-commitment after pulling his pledge from South Carolina a year ago. He is LSU’s sixth de-commitment of the 2018 cycle.
Let’s take a look at all the de-commits in the SEC for 2018. All rankings and ratings come from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted:
4-star DT Dare Rosenthal (April 4, 2016) — Uncommitted
4-star TE Malcolm Epps (Feb. 4, 2017) — Uncommitted
3-star DE Robert Hicks (Sept. 3, 2016) — Uncommitted
4-star OT Max Wray (March 10, 2017) — Uncommitted
4-star LB Adam Anderson (April 22, 2017) — LSU
4-star ATH Jermaine Eskridge (Nov. 10, 2015) — Uncommitted
3-star QB Jarren Williams (April 24, 2017) — Uncommitted
4-star ATH Justin Watkins (Feb. 16, 2016) — Texas
4-star WR Devonta Jason (July 9, 2016) — Kansas
4-star WR Stephen Guidry (April 8, 2017) — Uncommitted
4-star CB Corione Harris (July 9, 2016) — Kansas
4-star WR Kenan Jones (Feb. 24, 2017) — Uncommitted
3-star QB Zadock Dinkelmann (Jan. 10, 2017) — Uncommitted
3-star DT Emmit Gooden (Jan. 11, 2017) — Uncommitted
3-star CB Jemaurian Jones (April 9, 2017) — Uncommitted
3-star ATH Marcus Murphy (Jan. 3, 2017) — Uncommitted
3-star DE Daniel Parker (Sept. 5, 2016) — Uncommitted
3-star DE Josh Smith (Jan. 21, 2017) — Uncommitted
4-star WR Stephen Guidry (April 29, 2016) — Uncommitted
3-star S Bryson Richardson (Jan. 21, 2017) — Uncommitted
4-star ATH Alontae Taylor (May 12, 2016) — Tennessee