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SEC Recruiting Headlines 3/28/2013

recruiting-headlines-gfx1. Plaquemine, Louisiana defensive lineman  Davon Godchaux has received offers from about 17 schools, including Florida and Vanderbilt.  He’s hoping for offers from Alabama and LSU.  ”LSU is a great program to be around, Godchaux tells NOLA.com.  ”Alabama on the other hand, it’s about business. (Coach) Nick Saban and those guys, they win championships. They build and build championships every year, and it’s a great program to be in … I would like those offers to come, but if they don’t, it’s understandable.”

2. Hampton, Georgia linebacker DeMarquis Gates commits to Ole Miss.  Gates, considered a top 200 prospect by recruiting services, was a high teammate of 2013 Ole Miss signeee Arshad Jackson.

3. Rod Taylor is considered the top unsigned prospect in the state of Mississippi.  The Jackson, MS offensive lineman has attracted attention for years – Alabama offered him before his sophomore season.  Two of Taylor’s teammates have already committed to Ole Miss. Here’s how Taylor’s high school coach described him: “As big as he is, to be as agile as he is, you just don’t see many guys like that. You could see the natural ability when he came in as a freshman. He’s beyond his years. He needs to be a little bit more of a technician, but as far as raw natural ability, he’s exceptional.”

4. When defensive back Landon Collins committed to Alabama, it greatly disappointed his mother, who wanted him to stay in-state and go to LSU.  Now Collins has a brother who’s drawing attention from major programs around the country. Four-star defensive end Gerald Willis says his top choices right now are LSU, Texas A&M and Florida. Mom doesn’t want to go to Gainesville: “I don’t want him 10 hours away. Some of the things that I’ve talked about with the coaching staff, I just don’t think it favors my son.”

5. Arlington, Texas defensive end Myles Garrett has offers from several schools, including Alabama and Texas A&M.  He’s also drawing interest from LSU. Garrett will A&M’s “Friday Night Lights” scrimmage on April 5th. “It lets me know I’m doing good work on the field and in the weight room,” Garrett told ESPN. “I’m working hard and will keep working hard through next season — and after that.”

6. Elizabethtown, Kentucky defensive tackle Matt Elam is 6-foot-6, 350-pounds and one of the most prized recruits in the state.  He’s drawn offers from among others, Alabama and Kentucky.  He’s also drawn interest from Tennessee and Florida, his favorite team growing up.  Elam says he talks with Kentucky coach Mark Stoops every week and has been in Nick Saban’s office - “looks like a million dollars with all the wood on the walls.”

7. Here’s  a scouting report on LSU commitment Sharieff Rhaheed ”LSU may have found another diamond in the rough.”

8. Here’s a ranking of the five best offensive tackles 2014 prospects in state of Texas.

9. The Sporting News ranks the 2014 recruiting classes. No. 1 right now?  Texas A&M.

SEC Basketball

10. Madison Central High School (KY) guard Dominique Hawkins will reportedly sign with Kentucky Friday.  A former teammate of Hawkins tweeted the news today.  Hawkins led his team to a state basketball championship.

11. Huntington Prep star and Gatorade National Player of the Year Andrew Wiggins is reportedly meeting with Kentucky coach John Calipari today. USA Today writer on Wiggins: “What stands out most to me is that when he decides to go to the basket from 15 feet away or in transition when he gets a step, I have not seen anyone stop him. That will serve him well in the NCAA.”

12. Lee College guard Jamal Jones received an offer from Arkansas coach Mike Anderson last week.  Jones says his top five in no particular order are Arkansas, Texas A&M, TCU, Oregon and San Diego State. Jones signed with Ole Miss coming out of high school but was dismissed by coach Andy Kennedy for a violation of team rules

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SEC Early Entrants 2013

nfl-draft-podium-tightThe NFL early entry deadline had come and gone and SEC teams took quite a hit.  Not surprising considering the SEC leads the nation in recruiting rankings every February and in NFL draft picks every April.  With that much talent in SEC programs, there will always be a number of stars leaving prior to their senior seasons.

In all, 33 players from the league submitted their paperwork to the NFL for early entry into the draft.  More could have changed their mind at the last minute, but for now we know of 33.  That number includes former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu who did not play with the Tigers in 2012 due to a suspension.

 

ALABAMA — 3

DJ Fluker, OT

Eddie Lacy, RB

Dee Milliner, CB

 

ARKANSAS — 2

Alvin Bailey, OG

Knile Davis, RB

 

AUBURN — 1

Corey Lemonier, DE

 

FLORIDA –4

Matt Elam, S

Sharrif Floyd, DT

Jelani Jenkins, LB

Jordan Reed, TE

 

GEORGIA — 3

Kwame Geathers, DT

Jarvis Jones, LB

Alec Ogletree, LB

 

KENTUCKY — 0

 

LSU — 11

Chris Faulk, OT

Michael Ford, RB

Bennie Logan, DT

Tyrann Mathieu, CB (already off team)

Barkevious Mingo, DE

Kevin Minter, LB

Sam Montgomery, DE

Eric Reid, S

Tharold Simon, CB

Spencer Ware, RB

Brad Wing, P

 

MISS. STATE — 0

 

MISSOURI — 1

Sheldon Richardson, DT

 

OLE MISS — 0

 

S. CAROLINA — 2

Marcus Lattimore, RB

Ace Sanders, WR

 

TENNESSEE — 4

Tyler Bray, QB

Justin Hunter, WR

Cordarrelle Patterson, WR

Darrington Sentimore, DT

 

TEXAS A&M — 2

Luke Joeckel, OT

Damontre Moore, DE

 

VANDERBILT — 0

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Gators Lose LB Jenkins To The NFL

mrsec-breaking-newsFlorida had the nation’s fifth-best defense in 2012.  But come 2013, only four starters look to be returning.

Oft-injured Gator linebacker Jelani Jenkins has announced that he will leave Gainesville for the NFL as a junior this offseason.  He joins fellow juniors Matt Elam,  Sharrif Floyd and Jordan Reed as early departees from Florida.

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Moving Day In The SEC; Draft Declarations, Curfew Violations, Coaches And Players Coming And Going

Moving-VanSEC Players

1. Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones makes it official – he’s leaving school for the NFL draft.  Mel Kiper: “If the medical stuff checks out fine, he’s a top-five pick, maybe the No. 1 pick overall.”

2. With Jones departing, Georgia also announced Friday 13 early enrollees.

3. As we noted Friday, running back Spencer Ware and punter Brad Wing leaving LSU for the draft.  Then Friday night, they were joined by defensive end Barkevious Mingo. That’s now six juniors at LSU leaving early for the draft – never had more than three before.

4. Florida tight end Jordan Reed joining teammates Matt Elam and Sharrif Floyd – he’ll enter the 2013 NFL draft. Had signed with Urban Meyer to be a spread option quarterback.

5. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has signed with an agent - ending any chance of coming back for a senior season.

6. Two Alabama players sent home for curfew violations.  Freshman linebacker Ryan Anderson hasn’t played this year.  Dillon Lee, another freshman linebacker, has played sparingly.

7. South Carolina basketball player LaShay Page declared academically ineligible for the rest of the season. Had started every game he played for the Gamecocks.

SEC Coaches

8, Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson expected to join Georgia’s staff as defensive line coach. Friday morning, Dan Mullen had announced the promotion of co-defensive coordinator Geoff Collins to full-time play-caller. Hiring may not be announced by Georgia until next week. 

9, Gus Malzahn has completed his coaching staff at Auburn by hiring former Arkansas recruiting coordinator Tim Horton to coach tight ends.

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UF’s Quinn Happy With “No-Name Defense”

At Georgia, you can run down a list of NFL prospects and “watch list” athletes on Todd Grantham’s defense — Jarvis Jones, Bacarri Rambo, John Jenkins, etc.  But the Bulldog defense hasn’t lived up to its full potential yet, even with everyone back from suspension.

At Florida, the situation is a bit different.  The Gator D has been better than expected without all the hype and star power.  Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn likes it that way, too.

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UF’s “Predators” Talking Big While Coach Preaches Silence

During SEC Media Days, Florida linebacker Lerentee McCray said he and his teammates want to make teams scared to play Florida again.  Yesterday, defensive back Matt Elam took things a step further:

 

“We’re predators.  We’re looking to knock heads off or making people scare to run across the middle or do a post or run a sideline and see us coming.  We want to be the rude nation.  People come in and we want them to be like, ‘Oh, gosh, we might have a long night in The Swamp.’  Just being rude and making people afraid of us.”

 

Will Muschamp’s comments from yesterday were slightly different:  “We need to stop talking and start playing.”

Additionally, center Jon Harrison even said: “We kind of saw (smack talk) as a little bit of a problem (last year).  Everybody had kind of talked about just concentrating on football and if somebody (talks smack) we’ll pull them aside and tell them to stop it.”

Someone might want to get Harrison and Muschamp together with Elam.

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SEC Headlines – 9/2/11 Part One

It’s going to be a headline-heavy day around these parts today as a doctor’s appointment is on the morning schedule for yours truly.  So here’s the first wave of news and notes from around the SEC on this Friday:


1.  Strong safety Matt Elam is set for a breakout year at Florida.

2.  This writer projects a 35-14 Gator win against Florida Atlantic.

3.  Georgia hopes its offseason training will the Dawgs better prepared for fourth quarters this season.

4.  Nose guard John Jenkins isn’t starting for UGA, but he’s still excited.

5.  Here’s a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of how Kentucky beat WKU.

6.  After announcing his decision to start Connor Shaw, Steve Spurrier felt the need to tout his credentials.

7.  This writer doesn’t believe Shaw will unseat Garcia for long.

8.  There are still 8,000 tickets available for Tennessee’s opener against Montana.

9.  UT hopes to have a better handle on stopping an opponent’s no-huddle attack.

10.  A former James Franklin pupil will be a backup quarterback for Elon tomorrow.




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UF Safety Elam Arrested

Florida strong safety Matt Elam was arrested in Gainesville yesterday for possession of alcohol by a minor.  The 19-year-old was the Sunshine State’s top recruit last last season.

Police say they saw Elam early Sunday morning with a cup filled with a dark liquid.  When he saw the officers, Elam allegedly threw the cup down.  Police say the cup contained Hennessy cognac and Coca-Cola.

Elam was also charged with possession of alcohol last year when he was holding a can of Four Loko — an alcoholic energy drink — while standing in a parking lot.

The school says that Will Muschamp “is aware of the incident and will deal with it internally.”

The sophomore played in all 13 games for the Gators last year, mainly on special teams.

(And before anyone emails to say, “He wasn’t arrested… he was just told to appear in court,” please allow us to say, “Semantics.”)

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Three SEC Schools Lead For Lineman Miller

Patrick Miller appears to be the next player in a long line of standout prospects from Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The offensive lineman told the Gainesville Sun he currently favors Auburn, Florida and LSU. He also has offers from such schools as Florida State, Miami and Notre Dame.

“I want to play in the SEC,” Miller told the Gainesville Sun.

The Sun’s Jeff Barlis has a video interview with Miller, which you can see here.

The pursuit from Florida should be worth watching. The Gators have signed several players from Dwyer in recent years, including Matt Elam, Gerald Christian, Robert Clark and Jacoby Brissett, who joined Florida’s most recent class in February.

“Obviously they all try to promote Florida, which is great,” Miller said. “It’s a good resource to have. … It seems like Dwyer kids do really well at Florida.”

Miller said he doesn’t have a leader and that his top three schools are even.

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