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. 2 prospect postpones decision date
Gregory Little was originally supposed to announce his commitment on Nov. 4, but there has been a change of plans.
Little, the nation’s No. 2 prospect, has decided to push back his announcement nine days to Nov. 13, according to Damon Sayles of Bleacher Report.
One of the reasons for the delay? Little wants to take an official visit to Alabama on Nov. 7 for the LSU game. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder is expected to choose between Alabama, Auburn, LSU, UGA and Ole Miss.
2. Florida lands commitment from 4-star DE Antonneous Clayton
Less than a month after announcing Florida as his leader, Antonneous Clayton ended his recruitment on Wednesday and committed to the Gators.
The news came in the early morning on Wednesday, as the 4-star defensive end from Vienna, Ga., made the announcement through Twitter.
Clayton chose Florida over Auburn, Oregon, Clemson and FSU. In total, the 6-foot-3, 218-pound senior from Dooly County High School reported 39 offers. He is rated as the No. 12 player in Georgia.
Clayton gives Florida its 21st commitment in next year’s class, one that ranks 12th nationally, per 247Sports.com.
3. Vols’ commit, No. 1 player in Tennessee in 2017, is trying to lure others to Knoxville
Tennessee commitment Tee Higgins doesn’t mind a challenge. That has nothing to do with his play on the football field.
The four-star junior receiver from Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High has targeted a number of prospects that he would like to join him as future Volunteers. The two at the top of the list may be two of the toughest to convince to sign with Tennessee.
SEC Country’s Dave Hooker highlights which key players Higgins is targeting in his piece from Wednesday. You can read it all here.
4. Six best recruiting battles won by Florida over UGA throughout the years
SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner digs up the top six recruiting battles Florida has won over UGA in recent memory ahead of Saturday’s game in Jacksonville, Fla.
Needless to say, the list includes some notable names, such as Cam Newton. You can check out the full list here.
5. Florida LB commit suffers torn MCL
On Wednesday, one of Florida’s top recruits received some unfortunate news.
Vosean Joseph, a 3-star outside linebacker from Miami, Fla., announced through Twitter that he had suffered a torn MCL. It would appear he is done for the season.
“Tore my MCL,” Joseph tweeted. “But trust me imma come back faster then ever, stronger than ever and wiser than ever. God knows what he’s doing.”
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior from Norcross High School committed to the Gators back in February. He is just one of two linebackers to verbally commit to Florida in the 2016 class.
Joseph is rated as the No. 48 outside linebacker in the country.
6. South Carolina target schedules four of five official visits
Dre Massey, a junior college athlete, released four of his five scheduled official visits on Wednesday.
The 3-star from Holmes Community College (Miss.) is slated to visit Cincinnati (Oct. 31) this weekend, followed by trips to South Carolina (Nov. 14), Oklahoma (Nov. 21) and Florida (Nov. 28). His fifth and final allotted trip has yet to be determined.
Earlier in the week, Massey declared South Carolina his leader immediately after receiving an offer from the Gamecocks. The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect is originally from Mauldin, S.C., where he played at Mauldin High School.
7. Ole Miss commit: Rebels “are going to win by at least 20 points”
No. 19 Ole Miss (6-2, 3-1 SEC) heads to Auburn (4-3, 1-3 SEC) this Saturday for a conference showdown, and several recruits will be tuning in. SEC Country polled a handful of commits and targets from both programs for their prediction of this weekend’s much-anticipated contest.
8. LSU, Tennessee making push for Mississippi State commit
Cameron Dantzler is a Mississippi State commit, but that could very well change if two more offers roll in as he expects.
LSU and Tennessee are among five schools that have made a strong push for the 3-star receiver from St. Thomas Aquinas.
“I’m waiting [on offers], but I’ve been talking to them real heavy,” Dantzler told SEC Country. “Mississippi State is still at the top of my list, but these two teams [LSU and Tennessee] are not behind by much.”
You can read more about Dantzler here in his interview with SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman.
9. Vanderbilt picks up commitment from Houston OL
Late on Tuesday, Braden Kopp, an unranked offensive tackle from Houston, Texas, announced his commitment to Vanderbilt.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound senior from Houston Christian chose the Commodores over programs such as Army, Harvard and Rice. He held eight offers, per 247Sports.com.
Kopp gives Vanderbilt its 12th commitment in next year’s class.
He becomes the second offensive lineman to verbally commit, joining Devin Cochran (Norcross, Ga.) of Greater Atlanta Christian.
10. Five most important recruits Auburn must sign to finish 2016 class
As it stands, Auburn has the No. 28 recruiting class in the country, and it will certainly need a few more top-tier prospects to elevate that ranking.
Even with the addition of defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and secondary coach Travaris Robinson, both of whom are reputable recruiters, the Tigers have only secured 11 verbal commitments (four 4-stars, six 3-stars), with Marlon Davidson (Greenville, Ala.) headlining the class as the only 5-star to verbally commit.
You can check out the full list here, which includes some notable top-rated targets such as Kyle Davis, a 5-star receiver from Lawrenceville, Ga.
11. Top high school evaluator could be headed to the college ranks
Per SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner, one of the top talent evaluators in high school football may be heading to the college ranks soon, and that could shake up the recruiting world.
Erik Richards, the National Recruiting Director for the US Army All-American Bowl, told SEC Country that he has had contact with college coaches about a potential job.
“Currently I am happy and content in my role with All-American Games, however, I know it will be time to move on shortly,” Richards said. “There has been some communication between myself and some of the Power five conference programs. It definitely interests me a little bit to see if I can help a program succeed at the next level.”
Richards has developed relationships with staffers at some of the top schools in the country, and one of those schools is in the SEC.
“I have developed some good relationships with (Ole Miss coach) Hugh Freeze, (Georgia Tech defensive coordinator) Ted Roof, (Clemson defensive coordinator) Brent Venables, (Tennessee running backs coach) Robert Gillespie and (Texas running backs coach) Tommie Robinson.”
Now, it’s not a certainty that Richards will leave his post as the recruiting director for the Army All-American Bowl, but he did say that he would answer the phone immediately if one coach called.
“One thing is for sure if (UGA defensive coordinator) Jeremy Pruitt took a head job somewhere I definitely would pick up the phone. I really like that guy,” Richards said.