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 No. 1 TE explains why Alabama will receive an official visit
Isaac Nauta was originally scheduled to take an official visit to USC on Nov. 7, but he opted to make a change to his itinerary in light of the news surrounding former coach Steve Sarkisian.
“The obvious reason was the coaching change,” Nauta told SEC Country. “I just don’t see myself going out there under those circumstances.”
Instead, the 5-star tight end from IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) will head to Alabama, a program he acknowledged has always been persistent throughout his recruitment. Nauta said he’s developed a close relationship with coach Nick Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, but how much interest he has in the Crimson Tide remains to be seen.
2. Most important recruits Florida, Tennessee and Alabama must sign
We took a look at the three aforementioned SEC programs to find out which key players each needs to sign come January. Of course, each list included several top-tier players, most notably Derrick Brown, the No. 1 player in Georgia, and Lyndell Wilson, the highest-rated outside linebacker in the country.
3. Six recruits who could be impacted by the Florida-UGA game
From SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner:
“Florida and UGA head to Jacksonville this weekend to square off in the annual rivalry game. What sort of recruiting impact will the game have?”
The Gators are coming off of their first loss of the season. When speaking with recruits, a lot of them look at how teams bounce back after a tough loss. Will the team come out fired up, or will they look flat and defeated? For UGA, the Bulldogs are coming off of a not-so-impressive 9-6 win over a struggling Missouri team. Will the offense improve against a tough defense?”
Kirschner laid out which six recruits could be impacted by Saturday’s outcome.
4. South Carolina commit sustains season-ending injury
South Carolina wide receiver commit Bryan Edwards’ high school career came to an end after sustaining a right leg injury.
Edwards, a 4-star prospect from Conway High School (Conway, S.C.), tore his meniscus in his game this past weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder remained committed to South Carolina despite Steve Spurrier’s departure from the program. He has looked around at other schools, though. UGA, in particular, appears to be a school that Edwards is strongly looking at. He visited the school last summer for its prospect camp and is expected to take an official visit there at some point.
5. UF-UGA targets and commits predict Saturday’s outcome
SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner polled several commits and targets from both programs to get their predictions for Saturday’s game. The majority picked Florida, and one recruit (Shug Frazier) picked the Gators because they “have a team of headhunters.”
6. How will family ties influence the decision of Georgia’s top prospect?
Derrick Brown’s official visit dates haven’t been finalized, but they’re coming into focus.
The 5-star defensive lineman from Lanier High School (Ga.) will take his final three official visits to UGA, Tennessee and Auburn in January. That will give those schools some final face time before Brown signs his letter of intent on National Signing Day in February.
“Those will be in the weeks leading up to signing day,” the 6-foot-4, 318-pound prospect told SEC Country in a recent interview.
Find out how deep his family ties to Mississippi State run.
7. Several SEC schools trail FSU for 5-star CB
UGA was thought to have the edge for William Poole, but the Bulldogs aren’t in the driver’s seat.
Poole, a 5-star 2017 prospect, according to Rivals.com’s rankings, from Hapeville Charter (Atlanta), told SEC Country that Florida State would be the school he chose if today was his National Signing Day.
“When I went down there for the Florida State-Miami game, I was just intrigued with everything that was going on — the environment, the coaching staff, [FSU defensive backs coach Charles] Kelly — he’s a great guy — but like I said, the environment there was just amazing,” Poole said. “I can see myself under those lights playing in that stadium.”
Poole is rated Georgia’s No. 3 prospect in next year’s recruiting class, according to Rivals.
8. One of Georgia’s top uncommitted prospects considering an official visit
Marquez Callaway’s recruitment could finally be heating up.
The two-sport athlete from Warner Robbins High (Ga.) told SEC Country his upcoming football schedule has him thinking about an official visit on Nov. 7. His weekend is open because his high school team plays on Thursday instead of Friday.
Callaway said he’s considering taking an unofficial visit this weekend if time allows. Although with a Friday game, that could be difficult. As for the Nov. 7 weekend, Tennessee hosts South Carolina and UGA hosts Kentucky, so there’s potential landing spots at both schools.
Mississippi State and Notre Dame have also pursued Callaway. However, both have away games on Nov. 7.