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.
The next few weeks in the SEC will certainly be interesting, to say the least. The recent firing of Mark Richt and the coaching uncertainties at several other notable SEC programs, including Les Miles at LSU, are bound to have an impact on the recruiting landscape in the Southeast.
With the regular season over, this very well could be a rather significant week in the SEC. The staff at SEC Country will keep you filled in.
In the meantime, check out the latest recruiting stories around the conference.
Today’s need-to-know stories
1. Former LSU commit Feleipe Franks announces his pledge to Florida
It’s been a rollercoaster ride for Feleipe Franks, who has visited Florida’s campus three times in as many weeks. But the rollercoaster ended on Sunday, when the 4-star quarterback from Crawfordville, Fla., took to social media to announce his commitment to the Gators.
The move comes hardly as a surprise. After de-committing from LSU on Nov. 24, many recruiting circles pegged the pro-style quarterback as a strong Florida lean. Those assumptions were ultimately verified.
Franks gives Florida its 26th commitment in 2016.
2. Auburn lands second commitment in the past week
Auburn keeps rolling in recruiting.
The Tigers picked up their second commitment of the week when defensive end Nick Coe committed to Auburn on Saturday, according to a tweet by his high school coach, Owen George.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Coe is from Asheboro High School (Asheboro, N.C.). He was also primarily considering North Carolina and Virginia Tech. He is rated the No. 16 strongside defensive end in the nation and the No. 14 prospect in North Carolina by 247Sports.
Earlier this week, Auburn picked up a commitment from 5-star receiver Kyle Davis from Archer High School (Lawrenceville, Ga.). Auburn now has 17 commitments for the 2016 class.
3. Elite recruits react to the possibility of Kirby Smart heading to UGA
From DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell:
Who’s next at UGA? The name on everyone’s mind is Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. The former UGA defensive back grew up in Bainbridge and his father coached high school football in the state, too.
What would Smart in Athens, Ga. mean to some of the top recruits across the South? Smart is a relentless recruiter, and he has instant credibility and relationships with the top talent across the region.
DawgNation reached out to a few top targets across the Southeast. How would they view UGA with Kirby Smart leading the program? They had some very strong opinions.
4. Florida lands three commitments in one day
Aside from Feleipe Franks, the Gators secured two other commitments over the weekend and on the same day. Dre Massey (Mauldin, S.C.) and Jawaan Taylor (Cocoa, Fla.) joined Franks as part of Florida’s recent surge on the recruiting trail.
The trio of recruits give the Gators 26 commitments on the year under new coach Jim McElwain.
5. LSU continues to lose commitments amid the uncertainty surrounding Les Miles’ future
The hits keep coming for LSU as the program awaits a decision on Les Miles.
In the past few days, the Tigers have lost commitments from Feleipe Franks, JaCoby Stevens and, more recently, safety Clifford Chattman, according to Hunter Paniagua of The Advocate.
“I had little contact with LSU, and with all the stuff going on, I figured it was best to reopen my recruitment and look at other universities,” Chattman told James Smith of NOLA.com.
With the loss of Chattman, Franks and Stevens, LSU is now down to 17 commitments.