SEC Recruiting Rewind: Auburn, Ohio State still lead for top DL
Today’s SEC Recruiting Rewind is jam-packed with goodies.
From U.S. Army All-American jersey presentations to the ripple effects of Alabama’s loss to Ole Miss to fans suggesting recruits decommit from their beloved programs, we have every headline imaginable for your recruiting fix.
Let’s get to it.
Today’s need-to-know stories
1. Auburn and Ohio State still lead for 4-star DL
Tuesday was a special day for 4-star defensive lineman Antwuan Jackson, who was presented his U.S. Army All-American jersey at Cedar Grove High School (Ga.).
It was also a chance for SECCountry.com to catch up with the uncommitted prospect.
Jackson, the No. 56 player in the country and the seventh-ranked player in Georgia, says nothing has changed with his recruitment. Auburn and Ohio State still lead the way, and UGA is trailing behind as his No. 3 school.
Bottom line: I think this is a two-way race between the Tigers and the Buckeyes. Jackson has developed a strong relationship with both programs’ defensive line coaches, particularly Auburn’s Rodney Garner, who has recruited Jackson for the last four years.
2. Did the Ole Miss win hurt Alabama’s chances with the nation’s No. 1 LB?
Games like Ole Miss-Alabama can do a lot to a program, win or lose. So did Alabama’s loss affect its chances of securing the country’s best inside linebacker, according to Rivals.com, in 2017?
Nate McBride, a 5-star from Vidalia High School (Ga.), told SECCountry.com that he still holds Alabama in high regard. His relationship with defensive coordinator Kirby Smart appears to carry a lot of weight.
3. UGA, Auburn and Florida trail Ole Miss for top Georgia cornerback
Tre Shaw is going to change his top five sometime soon but says Ole Miss remains his No. 1 school.
Shaw, a 4-star cornerback from Cedar Grove High School (Ga.), told SECCountry.com on Tuesday that the Rebels are followed by Florida, UGA, Auburn and UNC.
What’s propelled Ole Miss to the forefront of Shaw’s recruitment? The opportunity to play early appears to be a big factor.
4. Auburn likely to make final three for LB
Elysee Mbem-Bosse is closing in on a final three, and that list is likely to include Auburn.
A few weeks ago, the 3-star linebacker from Cedar Grove High School (Ga.) settled on a top five that included N.C. State, USC, Wake Forest and Michigan. It should be trimmed again relatively soon, and it would appear that Mbem-Bosse’s relationship with Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp has the Tigers well-positioned to land his services.
Bottom line: Auburn has been associated with Mbem-Bosse for quite some time. He’s unofficially visited the program three times since he received his offer in March. Don’t be surprised if he ends up a Tiger.
(Don’t quote me, though.)
5. SEC schools move up for top Florida target
Last month, Drake Davis named Ole Miss his frontrunner.
But in a recent conversation with SECCountry.com, the 4-star receiver said he no longer has any favorites. That would mean both LSU and Texas A&M are as relevant as the Rebels, a school Davis has been closely associated with for quite some time.
Interestingly enough, though, the one official he’s set to take this fall is to Ole Miss on Nov. 3 for its contest against LSU, which leads me to believe that it’s a foot race between the two programs.
Note: Don’t expect Davis to commit until around National Signing Day.
6. Georgia’s No. 1 RB has four SEC programs in mind
Trey Sermon is regarded by some as the best running back in the class of 2017. And it would appear, as of now, that he’s destined for the SEC.
With the exception of Ohio State, Sermon is showing considerable interest in four SEC programs — Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and Ole Miss.
He’s visited each program listed aside from Florida. But that could very well change, as the 4-star running back from Sprayberry High School (Ga.) told SECCountry.com that he may attend the Florida-Tennessee game this weekend.
Find out who else Sermon is considering here.
7. 4-star OL ignores Twitter talk, says he’s 100 percent committed to Alabama
As of late, 4-star offensive lineman Netori Johnson has been getting considerable feedback on Twitter from Alabama fans.
Apparently, some have suggested he decommit because he’s expressed interest in other schools. But Johnson, who attends Cedar Grove High School (Ga.), says he’s 100 percent committed to the Crimson Tide.
“I’ve had a few fans say, ‘Decommit,’ because I like other schools,” Johnson told SECCountry.com. “I know that I’m 100-percent committed to Alabama. Just because I go to other schools and I look around, that doesn’t mean nothing to me.”
Despite the commitment, Johnson did acknowledge that there are a few schools he likes aside from Alabama, most notably Auburn.
8. Soundbites and storylines from around the SEC
Kevin Sumlin wants to referee between Bielema, Kingsbury … Derek Mason drew comparisons between this Ole Miss defender and Reggie White … Commodores tight end is done for the season … Carl Lawson will reportedly miss “extended time” … Sean White replaces Jeremy Johnson … Former Alabama running back diagnosed with ALS … Alabama fan loses bet, gets ridiculous tattoo on rear