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.
Today’s need-to-know stories
1. LSU commit Feleipe Franks takes in his second visit to Florida in as many weeks
One of LSU’s prized recruits has been flirting with Florida over the last two weeks, and he intends on heading back to Gainesville, Fla., for the program’s season finale against FSU.
That would be Feleipe Franks, the No. 5 quarterback in 2016, who has been committed to LSU since June. His recent slate of visits is certainly a cause for concern, and many believe there is a chance Florida could flip the pro-style quarterback in the coming weeks.
2. One of the nation’s top linebackers schedules official visits to Alabama, Florida
Dontavious Jackson, the nation’s No. 5 inside linebacker, will take official visits to Alabama, Florida and Michigan, according to Gerry Hamilton of ESPN.
Jackson, a 4-star linebacker from Houston, will visit Florida on Jan. 15 and Alabama on Jan. 22. His trip to Michigan is scheduled for Nov. 28.
According to his 247Sports.com Crystal Ball, 77 percent of recruiting analysts believe he will commit to Texas. He has already taken official visits to UCLA and Florida State.
The 6-foot-2, 239-pounder is rated as the state of Texas’ No. 17 overall prospect.
3. Texas A&M lands commitment from 3-star receiver
Texas A&M landed its third commitment in the month of November on Saturday.
Mannie Netherly, a 3-star receiver from Crosby, Texas, announced the news through Twitter late Saturday evening.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior from Crosby High School joins Kellen Diesch (Trophy Club, Texas) and Trayveon Williams (Houston, Texas) as the latest recruit to commit to the Aggies.
Netherly is now the third receiver and 18th player in Texas A&M’s 2016 recruiting class.
He is rated as the No. 45 player overall in Texas.
4. Florida commit Jeawon Taylor to take an official visit to Auburn
Jeawon Taylor unofficially visited Auburn on Saturday, and the Florida commit plans to return later this fall.
The 3-star safety from Montgomery, Ala., confirmed to SEC Country on Sunday that the trip will, in fact, be an official visit.
Taylor will also take an official visit to Florida, though neither visit has been scheduled. He will decide on his remaining three visits in the coming weeks.
Taylor, who has been committed to the Gators since August, will be in attendance for Florida’s in-state game against Florida State on Saturday.
He is rated as the No. 18 prospect in Alabama.
5. Meet Auburn’s newest commit: Paul James
Paul James knew three weeks ago he was going to commit to Auburn. But instead of making the news public then, he opted to reveal his decision on his official visit this weekend.
“I decided to wait until I took my official visit so I could tell the team face-to-face,” said James, a 4-star defensive end from Copiah-Lincoln junior college (Wesson, Miss.).
The defensive end spurned Mississippi State in the process. He garnered interest from several other schools, including Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas. But he admitted the decision was never close — it was Auburn from the start.
6. Florida in pursuit of Ohio State commit and 5-star safety
The interest level surrounding Isaiah Pryor continues to grow despite his commitment to Ohio State.
On Friday, the 5-star safety from Lawrenceville, Ga., told SEC Country he continues to be heavily recruited by several schools, most notably Florida. And it appears there is mutual interest between both sides.
“Definitely Florida,” Pryor told SEC Country. “I’ve been talking to them a lot. I’ve been keeping a close connection with them.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety said his relationship with Florida has grown since he attended the program’s Friday Night Lights prospect camp in June. He received an offer a day later and has since been in communication with coach Jim McElwain and defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan.
7. Four-star athlete releases loaded top 20, includes several SEC programs
Malcolm Askew, a 4-star athlete from McAdory High School (McCalla, Ala.), included six SEC schools in his recently released top 20. The only SEC schools to not make the cut were Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Arkansas.
The nation’s No. 13 athlete in 2017, Askew told SEC Country he almost committed to UGA last summer, and he acknowledged that the school still leads, followed by Clemson and Ole Miss.
8. Report: 4-star SEC target faces sex charges
One of Louisiana’s top prospects may have more pressing matters on his mind outside of his recruitment.
Devin White, a 4-star running back who has reported offers from 11 SEC schools, has been arrested on sex charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, according to The Shreveport Times’ Luke Thompson.
White, 17, is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old. White is facing misdemeanor charges because he is less than four years older than the victim.
Police said the sex was consensual. White was released on $1,000 bond.
White is rated the No. 8 prospect in Louisiana and the No. 9 player at his position in the country.
The North Webster (Spring Hill, La.) product’s offers include LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, UGA, Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Florida and Vanderbilt.