Childhood favorites matter in the world of recruiting and last week, we saw several major prospects commit to schools they grew up watching. Braxton Berrios, a four-star wide receiver out of North Carolina, had offers from around the country but when the University of Miami came calling, everyone else was an afterthought. Berrios is proof that ‘The U’ still carries some serious weight amongst recruits, even those outside of the south Florida region.
Auburn was on the receiving end of a wide receiver commitment as well when Myron Burton pledged to the Tigers on Saturday. Burton, out of Peachtree Ridge High School in Atlanta, has been a rapidly rising prospect this fall but when Auburn offered, his recruitment was all but over. Burton’s father, Myron Burton Sr. was a defensive end on the 1993 Auburn squad that went undefeated under Terry Bowden.
South Carolina won a suspense-less commitment as well over the weekend with a Friday commitment from Donnell Stanley. Stanley is the nation’s No. 3 offensive guard according to 247Sports and committed to the in-state program after having the Gamecocks as a clear leader for months. Stanley is a 6-foot-4, 325-pound lineman who has the athleticism to hit .400 in baseball and average a double-double in basketball.
This Friday on CSS, you can expect to see a deep group of talent when IMG Academy and Jacksonville Trinity Christian square off. IMG Academy features Penn State quarterback commit Michael O’Connor and Alabama running back commit Bo Scarbrough in the offensive backfield. Meanwhile, Trinity Christian may have the most talented junior class in the nation led by 247Sports 5-star and the nation’s No. 1 cornerback Kevin Toliver. Jeffery Holland joins Toliver on the defensive side of the ball and he is currently ranked as the No. 3 outside linebacker in the 2015 class.