The big news of the week in recruiting came on Monday when Monroe (La.) Neville safety Laurence “Hootie” Jones committed to Alabama. Jones is currently the No. 2 safety in the country according to 247Sports and his commitment is a statement by Alabama as much as anything else. With his pledge, Alabama has landed three Top 100 prospects out of northern Louisiana, including Cameron Robinson, the nation¹s top overall prospect. That kind of success in LSU’s home state is unprecedented.
On Wednesday, Alabama followed up that commitment with junior college defensive line pledge Jarran Reed. 247Sports ranks Reed as the No. 13 junior college prospect in the nation and with his commitment, Alabama extended its lead in the national recruiting rankings as the top class in the country for 2014.
For 2015, Arkansas is quickly showing that its struggles on the field aren’t affecting recruiting. A weekend pledge from Ohio offensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt gave Bret Bielema the nation¹s No. 2 defensive tackle. It also gave Arkansas the No. 6 recruiting class in the country for 2015 according to 247Sports.
While Arkansas remains hot in 2015, Tennessee has been blazing on the 2014 recruiting trail. On Wednesday morning, the Vols landed a commitment from Josh Malone, one of the top wide receivers in the country and a huge in-state priority. The Vols are also hoping to close out with massive in-state defender Charles Mosley, possibly by the end of the week.
On Friday night, CSS will broadcast one of the top high school football games in the country with the Georgia AAAAAA semifinals matchup between Norcross and Colquitt County. Among the multitude of elite college prospects, Norcross five-star DE Lorenzo Carter is the most high profile with Ole Miss commit Jamyius Pittman headlining the defensive front on the Colquitt County side. The game will be Colquitt County’s fifth consecutive visit to the semifinals while Norcross looks to defend its 2012 state title.