The place to be on Saturday if you were an elite college recruit in the southeast was Athens, Ga. An impressive win over South Carolina and an outstanding game-day atmosphere delivered a perfect setting for Georgia’s recruiting efforts. The weekend didn’t lead to any commitments, but progress was made.
Most importantly, perhaps, progress was made with the five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter. While Carter has had Georgia in his top three along with Alabama and Florida, most have him penciled in to the Crimson Tide. That may still be the case, but a strong effort by Mark Richt on Saturday has Georgia trending.
Other prospects had similar positive experiences, including four-star linebacker Rashaan Evans out of Auburn, Ala., and five-star offensive tackle David Sharpe out of Jacksonville, Fla. Evans came away very impressed with his experience, particularly with his talk with Todd Grantham after the game.
Underclassmen that took in the atmosphere include 2016 TE Isaac Nauta and 2015 running back Eric Swinney, both major in-state targets.
One game removed from a prime-time loss to Clemson, Georgia didn’t waste any time making up ground among its top targets.
- Despite a slow start to the season, USF got some good news on the recruiting trail recently when three-star wide receiver Ryshene Bronson committed to Willie Taggart. At 6-3, 180 pounds, Bronson is an elite talent at wide receiver who has tremendous upside.
Previously, Bronson was committed to Florida before decommitting back in May. It’s likely that his recruitment will continue to be highly contested all the way up to national signing day in February.
- Other commits around the southeast include Memphis picking up a serious sleeper talent in Tyler Jones out of Alabama. Jones is a big athlete that could project to either offensive line or defensive line on the next level. Wisconsin also dipped into Florida for a defensive end in three-star Rohan Blackwood. Meanwhile Georgia Tech picked up a new commitment out of three-star center Andrew Marshall.
- This Friday, the CSS Game of the Week features several SEC talents. On the Franklin (Tenn.) Centennial side, Finis Stribling (Missouri) Vic Wharton (Tennessee) and Rashaan Gaulden (Tennessee) comprise a secondary that may be one of the best in the Southeast. While Wharton and Gaulden are the more celebrated of the three, Stribling is a talent in his own right and one of the fastest track athletes in the state of Tennessee.
On the Hendersonville (Tenn.) Beech side of the ball, five-star running back Jalen Hurd will be out of commission after tearing his labrum. The Tennessee commit set the state record as a junior for single-season rushing yards, but was injured in his team’s opening game. In his stead, Beech still has fire power at the running back position, in particular Beech will look to Dorian Carter, a senior back with major college talent who could emerge as a prospect to watch with a strong senior campaign.