SEC Recruiting Rewind: New Alabama commit explains decision
Today’s SEC Recruiting Rewind has little bit of everything.
We have an Alabama commit showing off his kicking ability, a sprinkle of Kentucky basketball recruiting and an LSU commit who was denied his appeal to play his senior season.
Let’s get you caught up.
Today’s need-to-know stories
1. Top-rated Georgia safety chooses Alabama over Tennessee, Clemson
It was a tough decision for 4-star safety Xavier McKinney, who admitted to SECCountry.com that his decision came down to three programs — Alabama, Tennessee and Clemson.
According to the Roswell product, the three schools were neck-and-neck. What tilted the scales in Alabama’s favor? McKinney says his relationship with defensive coordinator Kirby Smart was unmatched. The Crimson Tide also hinted at the possibility of early playing time.
Find out what else the 2017 prospect had to say about his recent decision here.
2. Louisiana LB shares connection to Leonard Fournette
Michael Divinity, a 4-star linebacker from Louisiana, knows a thing or two about Leonard Fournette. For one, he played against him as a sophomore in 2013, and he was taken back by the Heisman Trophy candidate’s sheer size.
And now there is a chance Divinity could be joining him at LSU.
Earlier in the week, Divinity told SECCountry.com that LSU, FSU, Texas A&M, Oregon and Ole Miss are the five schools he’s showing the most interest in. The 4-star is set to visit Oregon this weekend and is in the process of setting up an official visit to Ole Miss.
Now, it would appear that Divinity is a strong lean to LSU, but he maintains that he’s wide open. In fact, he acknowledged that things could change after he finishes his official visits.
3. Alabama commit shows off impressive ball skills
Eddy Pineiro has already pledged to Alabama, but that hasn’t stopped him from showcasing his incredible footwork.
The ASA College prospect took to Twitter to display his talents and the video is a must-see.
4. Tennessee, Notre Dame competing for 4-star
Donte Vaughn, a 4-star cornerback from Whitehaven High School (Tenn.), confirmed to SECCountry.com that he’ll decide between Tennessee and Notre Dame on Oct. 12.
The news doesn’t come as a surprise. Vaughn, who has reported 17 offers, has been leaning towards the two programs for quite some time.
The most telling bit of information? Vaughn will take his second and final official visit to Tennessee the weekend before he plans to announce.
5. Kentucky in position to land next “Tim Duncan”
Jarrett Allen has been dubbed as the next Tim Duncan by MaxPreps.com. While that remains to be seen, we do know this — the eight schools he’s considering.
On Thursday, the 6-foot-9, 215-pound prospect out of Austin, Texas, listed Kentucky and North Carolina, among others, as finalists. Allen is ranked as the No. 21 player in the country, and is viewed as a heavy lean to remain in-state.
6. 4-star LSU commit loses appeal to play senior season
Dee Anderson, one of LSU’s top commits in 2016, is ineligible to play his senior season, according to reports.
Anderson was dismissed from West Mesquite High School following an incident with a coach’s son. The 6-foot-4 receiver was denied a transfer to DeSoto High School in August, which prompted the appeal.
7. Nation’s No. 5 ATH commits to LSU over Tennessee
LSU landed a commitment from one of the top 2017 recruits in the country on Wednesday.
JaCoby Stevens, a 4-star athlete from Nashville, chose the Tigers over Tennessee. Stevens becomes LSU’s second commitment in the class of 2017.
He is rated as the No. 5 athlete in the country.
8. Soundbites and storylines from around the SEC
New South Carolina quarterback draws comparison to Cam Newton … Two Arkansas players provide glimpse into injury recoveries … South Carolina to be without Brandon Wilds on Saturday … Alabama kicker arrested for DUI … Former Missouri DB resigns from high school following targeting incident