The aim of SEC Country’s SEC Recruiting Rewind is to bring you pertinent recruiting news across the conference. We’ll get you caught up to speed with the latest on commitments and de-commitments and everything in between.
Today’s need-to-know stories
1. Alabama, UGA in the mix for an official visit from 4-star DT
Antwuan Jackson is set to graduate early, which leaves him with less than two months to decide where he’ll take his remaining allotted official visits.
Over the weekend, the 4-star defensive tackle from Ellenwood, Ga., (Cedar Grove) told SEC Country he’s considering taking official visits to Alabama and UGA.
“I love those schools,” said Jackson, the No. 7 player in Georgia. “Georgia is my home-state school. And I’ve visited Alabama a couple of times. I’m thinking about taking an official visit to those two.”
Jackson is scheduled to visit Ohio State (Nov. 21) and USC (Nov. 27) in consecutive weeks later this month, and he’ll likely take another to Auburn at a future date. His final two visits, he said, will come before the end of December.
2. Georgia DE David Marshall re-commits to Auburn
David Marshall’s recruitment has been as convoluted as a movie with subtitles.
He committed to Auburn in March, de-committed three months later, named Ole Miss his leader in July and, in the end, committed to the Tigers again over the weekend.
“It feels like home to me and my family,” Marshall told SEC Country. “I feel more comfortable there than any other school. I think Auburn needs more defensive linemen to help rush the quarterback, and I think I’m the right one to help fix that problem.”
The 3-star defensive end from Upson-Lee High School (Thomaston, Ga.) spurned Ole Miss and Alabama in the process, though he admitted it was a difficult decision. Ultimately, a few variables worked in Auburn’s favor, including Marshall’s relationship with defensive line coach Rodney Garner.
3. Tennessee is among final three for 4-star WR
Tennessee is among 4-star receiver Cavin Ridley’s final three schools, according to Volquest.com’s Paul Fortenberry.
Alabama and Auburn are the other finalists for the standout from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High. Ridley, who is 6-foot-1 ½ and 198 pounds, said he’ll take official visits to each school but isn’t sure when. Ridley is the younger brother of freshman standout Calvin Ridley.
Ridley is rated as the 30th-best wide receiver prospect in the nation and the 24th-best prospect in Florida.
4. Arizona’s No. 1 prospect releases top five, includes Alabama
N’keal Harry, the No. 1 prospect in Arizona, released a top five ahead of his scheduled announcement on Monday.
The 4-star wide receiver from Chandler, Ariz., (Chandler) included Washington, Oregon, Southern Cal, Arizona State and Texas A&M among his finalists.
Harry, who has reported 10 offers, is considered a strong lean to ASU, per 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions. His only official visits, however, have come to Washington (Sept. 25) and Texas A&M (Oct. 16).
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior is rated as the No. 16 receiver in the country.
5. The mysterious recruitment of the son of NFL legend Randy Moss
Here’s a sampling of what high school teammates had to say about the mysterious recruiting case of Thaddeus Moss, the son of future NFL Hall of Fame member Randy Moss:
“He doesn’t do a lot of talking.”
“He keeps it all a secret.”
“He talks to us about it a little bit, but he doesn’t say too much.”
Moss, a 4-star tight end and the No. 9 player in the country at the position according to Rivals.com, has more than 30 offers, with the latest coming Thursday from Texas A&M.
SEC Country’s Corey Masisak details Moss’ recruitment in its entirety, and you can read it all here.
6. Three SEC schools among top seven for 4-star LB
One of the top uncommitted linebackers in the country released his list of finalists on Sunday, and three SEC programs made the cut.
Dontavious Jackson, a 4-star from Houston, Texas, (Alief Elsik) included LSU, Florida and Alabama among his top seven schools. Michigan, UCLA, Florida State and Texas — the presumed favorite — round out the list.
The 6-foot-2, 239-pound senior has reported 57 offers, but 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions give Texas 77 percent of the projections to land Jackson. If it’s any indication, Jackson has already taken official visits to UCLA (Oct. 2) and FSU (Oct. 10), and he’s scheduled to visit Michigan later in the month (Nov. 28). His remaining two official visits, though, have yet to be determined.
Jackson is rated as the No. 5 inside linebacker in the country.
7. Tennessee earns last official visit from Georgia’s No. 1 prospect before Signing Day
Tennessee will have the chance to make the final impression on Georgia’s No. 1 overall prospect, defensive tackle Derrick Brown of Lanier High School.
Brown will go to Mississippi State (where both of his parents attended) on Nov. 28, and then to Alabama on the first or second weekend in December. His January schedule looks like this: UGA on Jan. 15, Auburn on Jan. 22 and Tennessee on Jan. 29 — the final weekend before February’s signing day.
“As of now, this is the schedule,” a person close to the situation told SEC Country on Sunday. “January might have changes in the next week.”
UGA is considered the school to beat for Brown, who has declared no leaders publicly.
8. Arkansas adds commitment from 3-star LB
Arkansas collected a win against Tennessee-Martin on Saturday and a commitment from a 3-star Texas linebacker.
Jordan Carmouche, the No. 27 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 58 player in Texas, became Arkansas’ 15th commitment in the Class of 2016.
9. Elite Florida WR remains committed to Miami for the time being
It’s no secret Sam Bruce has several SEC suitors. And in light of the firing of Al Golden, it would appear from the outside the Miami commit could potentially reconsider his status with the Hurricanes.
However, Bruce told SEC Country on Friday he will only reconsider if Miami receivers coach Kevin Beard leaves his post — and the 4-star from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is confident that won’t happen.
10. Four-star OL Landon Dickerson schedules official visits to two SEC schools
Landon Dickerson has nearly finalized his official visit itinerary.
The 4-star offensive lineman from Hudson (N.C.) South Caldwell told SEC Country that he will take his official visit to Alabama on Dec. 5 and to UGA on Jan. 16.
Dickerson, who is 6-foot-5 and 293 pounds, was already scheduled to visit Auburn on Nov. 28. He took an official visit to Florida State on Oct. 10. Dickerson said he’s holding onto his last official visit in case a school catches his eye late in the process. He said he will take an unofficial visit to Tennessee this month.
SEC Country’s Dave Hooker chronicles Dickerson’s itinerary here and where the top-rated offensive lineman stands in his recruitment.
11. Son of former NFL receiver unveils top five, includes Alabama
Keyshawn Johnson, Jr., son of former NFL standout Keyshawn Johnson, unveiled a new top five on Sunday, a list that included Alabama.
The 2017 receiver from Mission Viejo, Calif., (Calabasas) also included Clemson, Nebraska, Ohio State and USC — his father’s alma mater. In July, Johnson, Jr. included Arizona, Ole Miss and UCLA in his initial top eight.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect is one of the top recruits in California and is currently rated as the No. 20 receiver overall in next year’s class, per 247Sports.com’s Composite Rankings.
His father, Keyshawn Johnson, was selected first overall in the 1996 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers.
12. USC commit schedules official visits to Alabama, Mississippi State
After deciding to listen to other suitors because of the coaching change at Southern California, Velus Jones is ready to see as many as four SEC schools.
The 3-star receiver from Saraland (Ala.) High has been committed to the Trojans since last spring.
Jones told SEC Country on Sunday evening that he planned his first official visit to Mississippi State on Nov. 14. Jones has been pursued by several other schools since Southern Cal fired Steve Sarkisian in October.
“Right now Mississippi State is my only official visit (set),” Jones said. “Tennessee has come in the picture so I’m pretty sure I’m going to take an official visit to Tennessee.”