SEC Recruiting Rewind: Several SEC schools recruiting Miami commit
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. Could Auburn and Florida be in the mix for Miami commit?
Sam Bruce is one of the top-rated receivers in the country, and for that reason he is still being heavily recruited by several programs despite his commitment to Miami.
In an interview with SEC Country, the 4-star senior from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) named Florida, Auburn, Alabama and FSU as the few schools that continue to aggressively pursue him. Bruce admitted that he’ll likely take his remaining official visits to a combination of the four schools mentioned. For his first visit, Bruce attended Ohio State’s game against Penn State in the Horseshoe on Oct. 17.
2. Son of former NFL All-Pro is high on several SEC programs, LSU included
Patrick Surtain, Jr. is a ways away from making any type of decision, but the 2018 cornerback will have plenty of schools to choose from when he does.
A cornerback like his father, Patrick Surtain, who played 11 seasons in the NFL, Surtain, Jr. is racking up offers at American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.). But it would appear his interest lies in the SEC. As it stands, he’s reported offers from LSU, Alabama, UGA and Florida, among others.
The Tigers, however, have a bit of an advantage. Surtain, Jr. has a strong relationship with defensive backs coach Corey Raymond by way of his father. Read up on where he plans on visiting later this fall.
3. Florida QB commit recruiting several elite WRs to the Gators
Jake Allen has been an ambassador for Florida on the recruiting trail ever since he committed in July.
“Whoever is interested in Florida and has an offer, I’m talking to them,” Allen told SEC Country.
The 4-star quarterback from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is actively recruiting some of his own teammates, including Sam Bruce and Trevon Grimes, two of the highest-rated receivers in Florida, and Nate Craig-Myers, a four-star receiver from Tampa Catholic (Fla.).
4. Sons of NFL star could be package deal at SEC school
Bruce Jordan-Swilling and his half brother Tre Swilling would like to play for the same team in college, and it’s a good possibility that they will.
The Swillings both have offers from LSU, Texas A&M, Michigan, UCLA and Tulane. They haven’t made their college choice yet, but it looks like when they do, it’ll be a decision they make together, per SEC Country’s Chris Kirschner
5. Tennessee, UGA and LSU gaining ground on one-time Michigan lean
In late September, Tedarrell Slaton maintained Michigan was his leader. It appears that has changed.
In an interview with SEC Country, the 4-star offensive tackle from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) said he couldn’t definitively claim Michigan as his No. 1 school anymore, though the Wolverines remain among his list of favorites. Slaton also mentioned Tennessee, UGA and LSU as three schools that have emerged of late.
Slaton, who is rated as the No. 7 player in Florida in 2017 and No. 33 overall in the country, went in-depth on the recent emergence of the aforementioned SEC schools here.
6. Florida loses commitment from offensive lineman
Florida received some bad news on the recruiting trail Thursday night.
The nation’s No. 1 JUCO offensive guard, Coffeyville Community College’s Brandon Autry, de-committed from Florida.
The 3-star prospect originally committed to the Gators back in May. With the de-commitment, UF only has two offensive line commits remaining in this year’s recruiting class. In total, the Gators have 20 commits.
7. Nation’s No. 11 tight end commits to Kentucky
Kentucky picked up a big-time commitment Thursday afternoon.
Charles Reeves, the nation’s No. 11 tight end in the class of 2017, announced his commitment to the Wildcats through his Twitter account.
Reeves was offered by Kentucky on Tuesday. The Steubenville, Ohio, native held offers from Michigan and Wisconsin, among others.
8. Elite Florida DE taking time to weigh options, has SEC heavyweights among his final five
Brian Burns has yet to take an official visit this fall, but the 4-star defensive end from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) told SEC Country that his visits will likely influence where he commits.
“Once I take my official visits, I’ll really get a feel for the atmosphere outside of the school,” Burns told SEC Country. “I think that’ll really determine my decision.”
Burns said each of his top schools — Alabama, UGA, Alabama, LSU and FSU — continue to recruit him aggressively. Three weeks ago, Burns told DawgNation.com that Florida, UGA and Alabama were his co-leaders. Despite having some kind of clarity, he’s uncertain when he’ll even be announcing his commitment.
9. Son of ex-MLB catcher remains firmly committed to Tennessee
Last month, Brandon Johnson made the decision to commit to Tennessee over schools such as Miami and LSU — and he’s been firmly committed ever since.
In an interview with SEC Country, the 3-star receiver from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) said he won’t even give any thought to an official visit outside of Tennessee.
“Really, I’m just building my relationship with Tennessee,” Johnson said. “I’m talking to them more and more every week. As far as other schools, no other ones are trying to get in contact with me. I feel like they probably know I’m a strong commit.”
10. Alabama, Florida remain strong in top five for nation’s No. 12 tight end
Back in August, Nick Eubanks told a reporter he would choose Alabama if he had to make a decision the following day. But that may no longer be the case.
In an interview with SEC Country, Eubanks didn’t reaffirm or deny that notion.
“My top five schools are my favorites,” Eubanks said. “I don’t know. Whatever it comes down to.”
What is for certain, though, is the 3-star tight end from American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) will choose from the same list of schools he announced as his favorites less than two months ago.
11. Nation’s No. 3 CB goes in-depth on his favorites, includes LSU and Auburn
Earlier this week, Trayvon Mullen gave an indication of where he’ll be playing out his college career when he released a list of top schools.
“It’s come down to the time where I’ll be making a decision and I felt like I should release a list of the schools I deal with the most and the coaches I talk to the most,” said Mullen, the No. 3 cornerback in the country.
LSU, Florida, TCU and Clemson are among the 13 programs he included. Mullen will determine his official visits from that list moving forward, but he admitted to SEC Country that he’ll likely take visits to Clemson, LSU and FSU.
As it stands, Mullen is slated to take an official visit to Auburn on Nov. 28 for its game against Alabama, but he conceded he may swap the visit for a trip to TCU on Nov. 27.