The aim of SECCountry.com’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 decommitments and everything in between.
Today’s need-to-know stories
1. Auburn commit and 5-star DE pictured wearing Alabama gear
That is some not-so-comforting news for the Tigers.
Of course, what makes this even more concerning is that Davidson’s brother, Kenneth Carter, played for Auburn and currently serves on Gus Malzahn’s coaching staff. Clearly, the family lineage won’t stop Davidson from considering all of his options even despite his commitment to the Tigers.
2. Top Florida prospect set to announce decision this afternoon
Freddie Swain will put an end to his recruiting gamut Friday afternoon.
The 4-star receiver from Citra, Fla., told the AJC’s SEC Country that he’ll decide between USC, Miami, LSU, South Carolina, LSU and Florida, with the latter considered the favorite.
Swain has long been an advocate for the Gators on social media and took two unofficial visits to Florida in September. It would appear the Gators are the team to beat here with Tennessee trailing behind.
Swain even changed his official visit to Tennessee earlier this week. He was scheduled to visit on Saturday, but will instead visit in November.
3. Several elite recruits expected at Alabama-Arkansas
Around 50 of the country’s top football prospects will be in attendance for Alabama’s home game against Arkansas on Saturday.
Among the group will be several marquee recruits, including Ben Davis (Gordo, Ala.), Lyndell Wilson (Carver, Ala.), Nigel Knott (Madison, Miss.), Jake Fromm (Warner Robins, Ga.) and Davis Mills (Norcross, Ga.), the AJC’s SEC Country has confirmed.
The biggest surprise here is Mills, a 4-star quarterback from Greater Atlanta Christian. He holds an offer from Arkansas, but early indications suggest he’s not headed to the SEC.
4. 4-star WR has four SEC programs in his top eight
The nation’s No. 6 wide receiver has narrowed down his list to eight schools.
Tyrie Cleveland, a 4-star prospect from Westfield (Houston, Texas), has Florida, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Houston, TCU, Oklahoma and Arizona State in his top eight.
According to 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball, TCU has 41 percent of the predictions, followed by Texas A&M.
Cleveland decommitted from the Aggies back in April.
5. Top recruits headed to Tennessee for showdown with UGA
Some of the country’s top prospects will be in attendance for the UGA-Tennessee game this weekend.
The biggest names will be Mecole Hardman, Jr. and Derrick Brown. Hardman, the nation’s No. 1 athlete, is widely believed to have UGA and Tennessee at the top of his list. Brown, Georgia’s No. 1 prospect in 2016, is also strongly considering both UGA and Tennessee.
6. UGA and Tennessee targets and commits predict outcome
The AJC’s SEC Country polled a few commits and targets from both programs on who they think will come out on top, and the results favored the Bulldogs.
Tre Shaw, a cornerback from Cedar Grove (Ga.), called UGA’s loss to Alabama a fluke, and predicted the Bulldogs would exact revenge on Saturday.
7. Soundbites and storylines from around the SEC
LSU to honor South Carolina tradition on Saturday … Nick Saban compares freshman Calvin Ridley to Alabama great … Bear Bryant responsible for Saban’s speech after UGA game … Redshirt freshman QB to get playing time for South Carolina … LSU lending charter plane to South Carolina … Butch Jones defends himself on radio show … Pro Football Focus ranks Florida at No. 12