SEC Recruiting Rewind: UGA-Alabama vying for 4-star DT
The aim of SECCountry.com’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 decommitments and everything in between.
Today’s need-to-know stories
1. Alabama, UGA vying for 4-star DT
It appears to be a split between UGA and Alabama for one of Georgia’s top uncommitted prospects.
Michail Carter, a 4-star defensive tackle from Jackson High School, told the AJC’s SECCountry.com that he’ll take official visits to both programs this fall in hopes of getting a better feel for each team. He maintained that he has no leaders, but it’s possible an official visit will change that. Auburn, Clemson and Georgia Tech are also possible visit destinations.
2. 4-star LB Keion Joyner no longer a part of high school team
Keion Joyner, the nation’s No. 4 outside linebacker, will reportedly no longer be a part of Havelock High School (N.C.) moving forward. Joyner’s coach confirmed the news to a local media outlet on Monday.
This is relatively big news on the recruiting trail. Joyner is considering LSU, North Carolina and Florida State, and this recent news could certainly influence his football prospects depending on what occurred.
3. Vanderbilt lands commitment from 4-star QB
Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason tweeted the Commodores “won the bye week.” The reason for that? The program picked up a commitment from dual-threat quarterback Alontae Taylor.
Taylor, a 2018 4-star prospect from Coffee County Central (Manchester, Tenn.), announced the news through Twitter on Monday.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is rated the nation’s No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2018.
4. Ex-Ohio State commit says he wasn’t hearing much from Urban Meyer, decommits
College football coaches are typically busy this time of year, but Bruce Judson admitted to the AJC’s SECCountry.com that his relationship with Urban Meyer began to fall off well before Ohio State took the field this fall.
As a result, the 4-star athlete decommitted from the Buckeyes through Twitter on Sunday.
“I know Coach Meyer is busy, but I just didn’t feel like he was trying to reach out to me the way he did before,” Judson told the AJC’s SEC Country on Monday night.
Judson also credited his decision to wanting to get his mother more involved in his recruitment. And he did concede that he and his parents will visit OSU later this fall to meet face-to-face.
Alabama and Florida are two schools to keep an eye on moving forward for the 2017 prospect from Cocoa, Fla.
5. Brother of Texas A&M WR commits to Aggies
The Reynolds family lineage continues on at Texas A&M.
On Monday, Moses Reynolds, a 3-star athlete from San Antonio, Texas, announced his commitment to the Aggies. Moses will be reunited with his brother Josh Reynolds, a junior receiver.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound product from John Jay High School reported 15 offers but was widely considered a strong lean to Texas A&M.
Reynolds is rated as the No. 108 player in Texas.
6. Florida loses commitment from 3-star athlete
Tyrek Tisdale, a 3-star all-purpose running back from Orlando, Fla., has decommitted from Florida, he confirmed to the AJC’s SECCountry.com
The 6-foot-1, 199-pounder from Oak Ridge High School had been committed to the Gators since March. Though listed as a running back, per 247Sports.com, Tisdale was recruited by Florida as a safety.
Tisdale has reported 15 offers and is rated as the No. 92 player in Florida.
7. Arkansas down to 14 verbal commitments following 3-star OL’s decommitment
Kellen Diesch, a 3-star offensive tackle from Texas, has decommitted from Arkansas, he confirmed to the AJC’s SECCountry.com.
The 6-foot-7, 270-pounder from Byron Nelson High School (Trophy Club, Texas) had been committed to the Razorbacks since June. His decision leaves Arkansas with just 14 verbal commitments, including just one on the offensive line.
According to 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions, Texas A&M and Tennessee are picking up ground for the 3-star lineman.
8. Soundbites and storylines from around the SEC
Auburn moving forward following dismissal of Duke Williams … Leonard Fournette is not focused on the Heisman Trophy … Tennessee coach addresses rumors that Butch Jones punched a player … Alabama teammates troll Derrick Henry after viral video fail … Ole Miss LB C.J. Johnson to miss four to six weeks … Gators still projected to play in the TaxSlayer Bowl