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. Top Georgia LB on Alabama visit: ‘One of the best I’ve had’
Nate McBride had never attended an Alabama game prior to his unofficial visit on Saturday, and it was certainly worth the wait.
“It was a pretty neat experience seeing two of the top teams in the nation,” McBride told SEC Country. “Alabama shut down Leonard Fournette and Derrick Henry had a great game. It was a really good experience for it being my first Alabama game.
“It was one of the best visits I’ve had.”
McBride, the No. 3 outside linebacker in 2017, already holds offers from Auburn, Alabama and UGA, among others. However, the latter two schools appear to be the frontrunners so far, per 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions.
When asked if a win like Alabama’s could influence his recruitment, McBride agreed.
“It can,” McBride said. “I don’t want to base my decision off of one game, but seeing a team come through and win big like that against a big team is pretty impressive.”
2. Four-star DB Nigel Warrior set to take official visits to Alabama, LSU
Nigel Warrior was in attendance for the Alabama-LSU game and he’ll be back to Bryant-Denny Stadium at least one more time.
Warrior, who is the son of former NFL All-Pro Dale Carter, told SEC Country that Alabama, LSU and Ohio State will get official visits later this fall.
According to 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions, Tennessee is considered the favorite to land his services.
3. Nation’s No. 1 OLB enjoys ‘best’ game at Alabama on Saturday
Alabama’s 30-16 win over LSU on Saturday may have helped in its pursuit for Lyndell Wilson (Carver, Ala.).
“This was the best Alabama game I’ve been to since I’ve been getting recruited,” Wilson tweeted.
The five-star linebacker confirmed to SEC Country in October that Florida was his leader, with Alabama trailing behind as his No. 4 school.
4. Alabama lands commitment from brother of current NFL wide receiver
Trevon Diggs, brother of Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs, committed to Alabama on Saturday, a day after naming the Crimson Tide to his final five.
The four-star athlete from Rockville, Md., spurned LSU, Penn State, West Virginia and Maryland — the perceived favorite — in the process.
Diggs, who has reported 21 offers, conceded to Scout.com’s Brian Dohn on Friday that he will begin taking his official visits following Saturday’s announcement. Diggs’ older brother played at Maryland from 2012-14.
The 6-foot, 183-pound senior from The Avalon School (Rockville, Md.) is considered one of the top receivers in the country. He is ranked as the No. 6 athlete and the No. 4 player overall in Maryland.
Diggs joins T.J. Simmons (Pinson, Ala.) as the second receiver to verbally commit to Alabama in this year’s recruiting cycle.
5. Texas A&M lands commitment from 4-star OT
Texas A&M may have lost to Auburn on Saturday night, but the Aggies received some good news on the recruiting trail.
Kellen Diesch, a 4-star offensive tackle from Byron Nelson High School (Trophy Club, Texas), committed to Texas A&M while on an official visit.
The 6-foot-7, 270-pound senior becomes the Aggies’ 16th commit in this year’s recruiting class and the third offensive tackle commit.
Diesch is rated as the state of Texas’ No. 41 player and the No. 29 offensive tackle in the nation.
6. LSU commitment forced to cancel official visit to Tennessee
Dee Anderson did not take an official visit to Tennessee as was previously planned.
The 4-star receiver told SEC Country he would reschedule the visit to Knoxville, Tenn., but wasn’t sure of the date. Anderson said “family issues” caused the postponement.
The prospect from DeSoto High School (DeSoto, Texas) committed to LSU in August. The 6-foot-4, 177-pound prospect is slated to take an official visit to Boise State on Nov. 14.
Anderson is the No. 23 receiver prospect in the nation and the No. 20 prospect in Texas.
7. Florida OL discusses Tennessee visit
An official visit to Tennessee has Marcus Tatum rethinking his recruitment.
“They made up ground, but as for establishing a leader, I’m going to examine some things,” the 6-foot-6 ½, 255-pound offensive lineman from Mainland High School (Daytona Beach, Fla.) said after returning to Florida on Sunday evening.
Tatum told SEC Country last week that Florida led for his services. Uncertainty should be considered a win for the Vols. Now, the three-star prospect wants to take some time to mull things over.
Tatum said he’ll focus on the remainder of his high school football season for the foreseeable future. Playoff games are more pressing than official visits.
“I’m just going to push all of that to the side,” Tatum said of his recruitment.
8. Recruits react to Alabama’s 30-16 win over LSU
More than 101,000 fans filed into Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday for Alabama’s (8-1, 5-1 SEC) home stand against LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC). So, too, did several high-profile recruits — more than 100 prospects were reportedly in attendance, including 13 five-stars. The Crimson Tide pulled off a 30-16 win, and several recruits weighed in on the outcome.