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. Nation’s top OLB includes four SEC programs in his top five
On Thursday, Lyndell Wilson, the consensus No. 1 outside linebacker in the country, unveiled a top five — and the Bulldogs made the cut.
Accompanying Georgia on that list is Florida, Alabama, LSU and USC, respectively. Wilson has maintained for some time that the Gators lead for his signature, but Kirby Smart’s imminent move to Athens, Ga., could potentially affect his recruitment.
The 5-star prospect from Montgomery, Ala., still lists Alabama has his No. 2 school.
2. Auburn commit diagnosed with cancer
Tashawn Manning, a 3-star defensive tackle and Auburn commit, has been diagnosed with cancer, according to a report.
Per the Orlando Sentinel’s Chris Hays, Manning learned of the news last week. He canceled his official visit to Auburn as a result.
According to Hays, Manning was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia.
“He has a 90 percent chance of it being cured, which is very, very good,” his father, Buck Manning, told Hays in an interview.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound senior from Wekiva High School (Apopka, Fla.) was originally slated to enroll early at Auburn. However, Manning’s father told Hays that is no longer a possibility.
“He won’t be able to enroll and go to Auburn early,” Buck told Hays. “We talked to Auburn and they said they got his back and they support him 100 percent; that he’s part of the Auburn family.”
3. South Carolina’s top recruit keeping his options open
It’s been nearly a calendar year since quarterback Brandon McIlwain committed to South Carolina. And much has happened since.
Steve Spurrier is no longer the Gamecocks coach, and there remains a lot of uncertainty surrounding Spurrier’s staff as the university looks to hire its next coach.
McIlwain is in wait-and-see mode, but he remains committed to South Carolina until further notice.
“I’m just waiting to see who the next coach is, then I’ll start evaluating things,” McIlwain said.
SEC Country’s Sam Spielgelman has more on Mcllwain’s recruitment here.
4. Georgia commit to visit Tennessee this weekend
Tennessee is expecting a highly touted, surprise visitor.
Four-star defensive tackle Tyler Clark from Americus Sumter County South (Americus, Ga.) will take an official visit to Tennessee this weekend, according to a source close to his recruitment.
The 6-foot-3, 290-pound prospect has been committed to Georgia since May. He chose the Bulldogs over scholarship offers from Auburn and Louisville, among others. He has visited Auburn on multiple occasions.
It makes sense for Clark to explore his options. Georgia has yet to officially name a coach after parting ways with Mark Richt on Sunday, although the Bulldogs have reportedly agreed to terms to hire Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart.
5. Tennessee is looking to shake some rival commitments
Tennessee’s team of recruiters will test the conviction of two commitments this weekend.
The Vols will host two 4-star prospects that are committed to sign with two SEC East rivals. It’s a small group but it should be exciting.
SEC Country’s Dave Hooker details which recruits will be in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend and where the Volunteers stand in their recruitments.
6. Four-star Louisiana LB receives in-home visits from LSU, Texas A&M
Michael Divinity pledged to LSU during the height of the Tigers’ 2015 season.
After receiving his Under Armour All-American jersey last month, Divinity (Marrero, La.) said he was sticking with LSU through thick and thin. But he also mentioned Texas A&M was coming on strong.
Boy, was he right.
Both LSU and A&M made in-home visits to the 4-star Louisiana linebacker recently.
Divinity posted photos with LSU coach Les Miles and running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson with the rest of his family on Twitter.