Archive for May, 2015

Texas A&M beats Texas, OU to 4-star DE

Texas A&M has added the commitment of four-star defensive end Mark Jackson.

The Aggies beat Oklahoma and Texas to Jackson’s commitment. 6-2, 226lb Jackson hails from Steele High School in Cibolo, TX.

Jackson is rated as the 9th-best weakside defensive end in the nation, 28th-best player in the State of Texas and 179th-best player in the USA overall by 247Sports.com.

Aside from Oklahoma and Texas, Jackson was also offered by Missouri, Notre Dame, Baylor, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, and UCLA and was also recruited by Stanford and LSU, but not offered.

 

Four-star CB commits to LSU

Four-star cornerback Andraez “Greedy” Williams has committed to LSU.

The player, who hails from Shreveport, LA, plays at Calvary Baptist Academy and is considered the 10th-best player in Louisiana, the 12th-best cornerback in the country and the 221st-best player overall, according to 247Sports.com.

Williams, who is 6-2 and 130lb – was also recruited by Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Missouri, TCU, Arizona, Nebraska and Houston.

Williams visited Texas A&M twice in the recruitment process  – so it won’t be a huge surprise if Williams becomes an Aggie come National Signing Day. Especially if LSU has a poor season.

LSU gave Williams an offer in June 14 after the player attended a Tigers camp.

 

 

Spurrier confirms addition of transfer safety

Steve Spurrier has said that the Gamecocks will be adding a graduate transfer safety from Kansas this off-season.

Speaking on the Paul Finebaum Show at the SEC Spring meetings in Destin, FL, The Head Ball coach said:

“I hope that’s not against the rules,” he added. “We think he’s got to get in grad school and do some stuff. Our conference – if they’ve had issues before – would frown on us taking a player like that.”

He added: “It’s just one year. Maybe he’s gone to a place where things haven’t worked out or maybe he played on a team that doesn’t win that much and he wants to go and play on a successful team. Let ’em play. That’s the nature of our sports these days.”

The comments confirm ex-Kansas safety Isaiah Johnson’s tweet in mid-April that he’ll be Gamecock next year. Johnson had 75 tackles in 2014 and 73 in 2013.

Spurrier also added that he doesn’t want any more four hour ballgames.

“We don’t need four-hour ballgames. Even three-and-a-half ones”, adding that the ideal time was around the 3.20 mark. “I think fans like a 3.20 game,” he said.

He added that South Carolina wasn’t the worst culprit of long games. “In the SEC we don’t throw the ball 30 or 40 times. So we’re probably below the national average“.

He added that referees need to speed up decision-making on reviews. “We need to speed up that.

 

 

 

 

LSU O-Lineman arrested on domestic abuse charges

LSU offensive linesman Jevonte Domond has been arrested on felony domestic abuse charges, according to reports.

According to Ross Dellenger of The Advocate, the 6-6, 310lb freshman offensive tackle was arrested on “felony domestic abuse battery with strangulation” charges after Domond lifted his girlfriend off the ground and dropped her.

The LSU team suspended the player, a spokesman from the team told The Advocate, although Les Miles didn’t offer further comment.

Domond came to LSU from Glendale Community College and played for the Tigers in one game, the report said.

He was thought to be challenging for a starting job on the LSU side, but now that doesn’t look like a possibility.

Michigan CB transfers to Auburn

Michigan CB Blake Countess has transferred to Auburn.

Countess will play in Jordan-Hare as a graduate student. He had 114 tackles for Michigan in 3 seasons, including 3.5 tackles for loss. He also had six interceptions during his career.

Countess’ best season was in 2013, where he recorded 46 tackles, two tackles for loss, six interceptions (returned for 169 yards) and a touchdown. He also had four passes defended.

Countess tweeted: “Excited to attack the next chapter in my life!”

The move by 5-10, 180lb Countess will strengthen Auburn’s secondary which has been decimated by injuries this off-season.

 

Alabama moves up SEC recruiting table with DT commit

The commitment of four-star defensive tackle Kendell Jones to Alabama has moved the Crimson Tide up the SEC recruiting rankings.

The 6-4, 361lb Jones is ranked 67th on the National Composite rankings, as well as being the 11th-best DT in the nation and the 9th-best player in Texas, where he plays at Shoemaker High School.

The rankings – according to recruiting website 24-7 – sees Alabama leapfrog Tennessee to fifth, behind Georgia, Ole Miss, LSU and Kentucky.  Florida is in seventh, followed by Mississippi State, Auburn, Arkansas, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Missouri.

Alabama also moved up four spots to No.10 in the national rankings, which is currently headed up by Florida State.

The Crimson Tide currently has five four-star commitments and four three-stars.

Missouri DE dismissed

Missouri has dismissed redshirt sophomore defensive end Marcus Loud for a violation of team policies, the team has said.

According to website RockMNation, the dismissal of the 6-4, 260lb DE was not on legal grounds. Loud was one of the favourites to start at the position this year.

In 2014 he played all 14 games for Missouri, putting up 14 tackles and a tackle for loss,

Loud, from Wheatley, TX, was a 3-star recruit in the Tigers’ 2012 class as the 54th-best strongside defensive end in the country, according to recruiting site 24-7. He spurned offers from Mississippi State, TCU and Michigan State (amongst others) before deciding to play in Columbia.

 

 

 

Three SEC schools make Phil Steele Top 10

Three SEC schools have made Phil Steele’s projected AP Preseason Top 10 poll, the writer tweeted today.

Alabama is No.3 on the list behind Ohio State and TCU, while Auburn and Georgia are in the No.9 and No.10 spots.

Alabama plays Georgia on Oct. 3rd at Sanford Stadium, and Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 28th. Incidentally, Auburn plays Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov.14th.

That means that according to Steele, Georgia and Alabama will play for the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta at the end of the season.

The full list is this:

1. Ohio St

2. TCU

3. Alabama

4. Baylor

5. Oregon

6. Mich St

7. USC

8. Florida St

9. Auburn

10. Georgia

Vols beat eight SEC schools to 3-star DE

Three-star defensive end Chidi Okonya has committed to Tennessee.

The Riverdale High School player is ranked the 19th-highest defensive end in the nation by 24-7 Sports, and the 31st overall player in Georgia.

The 6-5, 230lb player from Riverdale, Georgia was offered by a large number of schools, including Georgia, Florida, LSU, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt in the SEC. Big-name out-of-conference schools included Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn State, Oregon and Clemson.

He was visited by coaching staffs from Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Wisconsin, Louisville and Duke.

 

Four-star DT commits to Georgia

Four-star defensive lineman Tyler Clark has committed to Georgia.

6-3, 230lb Clark, from Americus, GA, was also highly recruited by Auburn and Clemson – although only Georgia, Louisville and Wake Forest had given the player an offer.

Clark, who plays at Americus Sumter County South High School, is rated as the 22nd best defensive tackle in the nation, and the 20th best player in the State of Georgia.

 

 

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