SEC Rewind: Elite recruits react to Ole Miss-Alabama outcome
The weekend came and went, but we couldn’t have asked for better conference play.
Ole Miss topped Alabama in a game that had everything: multiple failed comebacks, the most improbable play ever and some ridiculous hits.
We also saw LSU exploit Auburn in Baton Rouge, La., where Leonard Fournette was downright impressive. Florida narrowly edged Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., in what turned out to be an entertaining game nonetheless despite what the final score indicates.
But we also had a bevy of recruiting news, and our aim is to get you caught up on those storylines this fine Monday morning.
Today’s need-to-know stories
1. Elite recruits react to Ole Miss’ upset over Alabama
If Saturday’s game between Alabama-Ole Miss didn’t entertain you …
It certainly had the attention of several recruits. It was reported that well over 80 prospective recruits were in attendance, and I’m certain many, many others were looking in from afar. The AJC’s SECcountry.com caught up with a handful of those elite players to gauge their take on the outcome.
2. Top-rated DE has official visits in mind
The country’s No. 38 player overall is eyeing a few visits this fall.
Jeffery Simmons, a 4-star defensive tackle from Mississippi, conceded to the AJC over the weekend that he’ll likely take official visits to Tennessee, LSU and Auburn, though nothing has been scheduled.
Simmons has largely been considered a lean between Mississippi State, Alabama and Ole Miss. And it’s important to note that few top-tier recruits ever leave the state of Mississippi.
He was in attendance for the Alabama-Ole Miss game over the weekend.
3. SEC Recruiting Honor Roll: 5-star LB flashes on offense
Ben Davis, a 5-star linebacker from Gordo High School (Ala.), cracked SECcountry.com’s first-ever SEC Recruiting Honor Roll, and for good reason.
He racked up 15 tackles and flashed on offense, where he hauled in four catches for 48 yards. When asked about his performance, Davis simply responded, “Athlete”.
Note: We will continue this segment throughout the season. It will be published every Sunday.
4. 5-star Alabama commit hurdles defender with ease
I’m amazed every time I watch Alabama’s Derrick Henry carry the ball. He possesses a unique combination of size and speed that isn’t found in today’s game — or even yesterday’s.
But 5-star running back and Alabama commit Najee Harris reminded me again that there are Henry 2.0s out there.
Last week, Harris, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound running back from California, hurdled a defender and continued his stride en route to a 57-yard touchdown. It was an impressive play, and one you can watch here.
Oh, he also rushed for 394 yards and five touchdowns two weeks ago.
5. One of Georgia’s top uncommitted DL denies commitment date
It was originally reported on Friday that 4-star defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson was set to announce his decision on Tuesday.
However, that turned out to be false. Jackson cited a miscommunication with one of his coaches at Cedar Grove, which led to the reported news.
As it stands, Jackson has Ohio State and Auburn as his co-leaders with UGA trailing behind.
6. LSU QB commit’s season cut short by ankle injury
Zadock Dinkelmann, a 2018 LSU commit, announced his season had been cut short over the weekend.
Dinkelmann, who committed to LSU in February of 2014, is reportedly suffering from a stress fracture on his ankle.
7. Texas A&M gains commitment from 4-star DT
Over the weekend, the Aggies picked up a key recruit.
Justin Madubuike, a 4-star defensive end from McKinney North (Texas), pledged to Texas A&M. He joins Mark Jackson, Jr. as the second 4-star defensive lineman to commit for the class of 2016.
Madubuike reported 26 offers.
8. Soundbites and storylines from around the SEC
The official SEC Country Power Poll was released … Jeremy Johnson expected to start against Mississippi State … Former LSU tight end found dead … Alabama’s Robert Foster out for season … ESPN: UGA “extraordinary measures” to warn Alabama about Jonathan Taylor … Player is confident Alabama will be in CFB Playoff, Ole Miss won’t … Oxford Police troll Harvey Updyke … Texas Tech coach blasts Bret Bielema