Today’s edition of SEC Recruiting Rewind has a little bit of everything.
We have some news on Kentucky basketball recruiting (because, why not?), news on where the No. 1 wide receiver in the country is headed this weekend and which prospects a 5-star quarterback is actively recruiting to Texas A&M.
Today’s need-to-know stories
1. Nation’s No. 1 WR to take official visit to UGA this weekend
Kyle Davis, the No. 1 receiver in the country, has been a mystery throughout his recruitment. But the 5-star prospect from Archer High School (Lawrenceville, Ga.) will be taking his first official visit of the fall to UGA this weekend for its contest versus Alabama, the AJC’s SECCountry.com has confirmed.
What it means, per the AJC’s DawgNation.com’s Jeff Sentell: UGA has definite needs at the receiver position, and a commit from a talent like Davis is one that UGA will definitely accept. Yes, 5-star quarterback Jacob Eason anchors this signing class. UGA needs to surround him with elite receivers like Davis to give him the weapons he needs to win big games in the SEC. UGA is a major contender for his commitment but will have to also fend off Auburn and Tennessee for him. He will also enroll early. That gives him a great shot to contribute as a true freshman.
Davis is set to announce his decision on Oct. 23 and has reportedly invited six schools to his ceremony, per Scout.com’s Chad Simmons. Those schools include UGA, Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina, Miami and Ole Miss.
2. Could Auburn’s recent struggles force this 4-star prospect to reconsider the Tigers as his leader?
Auburn is undoubtedly off to a poor start to the 2015-16 season. And Tray Bishop, who has the Tigers at the forefront of his recruitment, described the team’s early woes as “ugly”. Could the 4-star athlete be reconsidering his standing with the program?
Not quite yet. In a recent interview with the AJC’s SECCountry.com, the Terrell County High School (Dawson, Ga.) prospect said he won’t give it any consideration at least for another year. Bishop, one of the top recruits in the class of 2017, maintained that Auburn still leads, followed by FSU and UGA.
3. 5-star guard puts Kentucky in his top three
Kentucky could be closing in on its first backcourt commit of 2016.
Kobi Simmons, a 5-star combo guard from Alpharetta, Ga., listed Kentucky as a finalist along with Ohio State and UNLV on Tuesday. The No. 18 prospect in the country, Simmons spurned other national powers such as Syracuse, North Carolina and Kansas.
According to 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions, Simmons is considered a heavy Kentucky lean.
4. Former LSU commit includes five SEC programs among his finalists
One-time LSU commit Stephen Sullivan has narrowed down his top schools to LSU, TCU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn and Tennessee, in no particular order. The 4-star receiver from Donaldsonville, La., made the announcement through Twitter on Monday.
Sullivan took an unofficial visit to LSU on Sept. 19 and is slated to take his first official visit to Florida State on Oct. 17, though the Seminoles did not make his list.
According to 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions, Sullivan is slated to go to TCU.
5. UGA commit is considering taking official visits to three SEC programs
Chris Barnes, a 3-star offensive lineman from Lee County High School, said the UGA coaching staff isn’t too excited about him taking official visits elsewhere this fall. In fact, Barnes told the AJC’s DawgNation.com that he would ideally like to visit LSU, Florida and South Carolina.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound prospect has been committed to UGA since April. And it’s unlikely that an official visit or two would force him to reconsider his standing with the Bulldogs.
6. 5-star quarterback is recruiting for the Aggies
Tate Martell, a 5-star quarterback from Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.), doesn’t hear much from coaches, media outlets or random people across social media anymore. Since he announced his commitment last month, though, Martell says he’s been the one reaching out to players.
The No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2017 told the AJC’s SECCountry.com that he’s been actively recruiting Aggies targets since he announced his decision. Among them are two of his high school teammates: 5-star receiver Tyjon Lindsey and 4-star defensive tackle Haskell Garrett.
Find out what Martell had to say about Texas A&M’s start to the season and his comparisons to Johnny Manziel here.
7. Soundbites and storylines from around the SEC
Should Leonard Fournette sit out in 2016 to preserve his draft stock … Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk suspended indefinitely … Florida coach Jim McElwain delivers heartfelt message to young cancer patient … Ole Miss employing extreme practice measures ahead of Saturday’s game against Florida … Nick Saban says he may still be in the NFL had he signed Drew Brees … Tennessee’s defensive coordinator says he called too many coverage plays against Florida, accepts blame for loss