SEC Recruiting Rewind: Longtime Florida commit changes official visits
This week has been filled with a lot of firsts.
On Thursday, we unveiled SECcountry.com, a site that is sure to become your go-to outlet for the latest trending stories around the conference. A day later, we’re introducing our SEC Recruiting Rewind, which aims to bring you the top recruiting news across the SEC.
Yes, the entire conference.
The goal of this weekly segment is to get you caught up on the latest with prospective recruits, from where they’re taking unofficial and official visits to what schools have offered and, ultimately, where they’re going to commit. Needless to say, we have a lot of ground to cover.
Let’s get you caught up to speed.
Friday’s need-to-know stories
1. Longtime Florida commit tweaks official visits
Chauncey Gardner, a 4-star cornerback from Florida, made an adjustment to his list of official visits this past week. Rather than visiting Penn State, he’s considering traveling to either Ohio State or Florida State, along with taking visits to UGA, Florida, Alabama and Notre Dame.
In a conversation with the AJC yesterday, Gardner appeared particularly focused on the Gators, Bulldogs and the Crimson Tide. He cited the possible turnover in each program’s secondary next year as a point of interest.
Though he’s committed to Florida, it wouldn’t come as surprise to see him reconsider. He’s decommitted twice before, and he did acknowledge to the AJC that things could change in the coming months.
2. 4-star DT names UGA and Ole Miss his co-leaders
Aubrey Solomon, one of Georgia’s top prospects in 2017, has the Bulldogs and Rebels atop his short list, he confirmed to the AJC on Thursday.
The 4-star defensive tackle from Lee County says both schools have been recruiting him from the start.
“They’ve been showing quite a bit of love ever since I was a freshman,” Solomon said in the interview. “I like that they still look at me as a priority and have been showing their love for my three years I’ve played varsity.”
Solomon, the No. 13 prospect in the state, was originally scheduled to release a top five on Thursday, but chose not to.
3. Top California prospect set to take official visit to Alabama
Alabama got some really, really good news on Thursday.
Devin Asiasi, a 4-star tight end from De La Salle (Calif.), confirmed to Rivals.com’s Adam Gorney that he would be taking an official visit to Alabama on Sept. 25.
Though the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder is considered a strong lean to USC, don’t rule out Alabama just yet despite having two tight end commitments in 3-stars Miller Forristall and Brendan Scales.
Asiasi, who also flashes at defensive end, is ranked as the No. 9 player in the state.
4. Florida commit to visit two SEC programs this fall
Vosean Joseph, a 3-star linebacker from Noland, Fla., is set to visit Florida, South Carolina, West Virginia, USF and Louisville, he confirmed to the AJC on Thursday.
Joseph, who committed to the Gators in February, has the Gamecocks as his No. 2 school, a program he acknowledged he chose over earlier this year. He unofficially visited South Carolina on July 25.
Joseph has reported over 10 offers and is ranked as the No. 100 player in the state of Florida.
5. Soundbites and storylines from around the SEC
I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell, or something like that. On Thursday, Mississippi State set a new Guinness World record for the most cowbells rung in one place … Nick Saban is tired of hearing about what you think about his special teams players … Paul Finebaum let’s you know — again — that Florida State fans are the absolute worst … South Carolina will be without its starting cornerback on Saturday …Skip Holtz says Jeff Driskel was a scapegoat at Florida … Speaking of Florida quarterbacks, Will Grier gets the nod for Saturday’s game against East Carolina