Alabama beats FSU, Texas A&M, MSU to 4-star DT

Alabama has its 18th commitment of the 2015 class – T.D. Moton, a defensive tackle from Louisiana.

The 6ft-2, 310lb player from Woodlawn HS in Shreveport, LA is ranked the 11th player in the state, the 21st DT in the country, and 271st player overall.

Moton was recruited by LSU, Florida State, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Notre Dame, and Mississippi State.

Moton initially committed to Mississippi State on November 16th, and then de-committed on January 10th. Moton then paid unofficial visits to Texas A&M before going on Alabama’s camp on June 1st and committing on June 2nd.

Moton announced the commitment on his Twitter.

Recruiting: Vanderbilt lands defensive commitment

Vanderbilt has added defensive end Landon Stokes to its 2013 recruiting class, 24-7sports has reported.

The Orlando Prep star had offers and interest from over 30 schools, including Missouri, the two Mississippi schools, as well as Clemson and West Virginia.

Stokes – Vandy’s 13th overall commitment – is ranked as Rivals’ 31st-best weakside defensive ends in the country and the 96th player in all of Florida.

 

Recruiting: New WR commits to Mississippi State

Wide receiver Scott Austin has committed to Mississippi State, it has been widely reported.

The 6 ft 4, 180 lbs receiver out of Biloxi was ranked as the 14th best player in the State by Rivals.

“It came to the point where I had a lot of stress on me on where I wanted to go and who really wanted me at heart,” he told the Clarion-Ledger. “MSU has five receivers leaving and this is a good opportunity to probably start as a true freshman.”

He is the third player in the Dan Mullen’s 2013 receiving corps to be over 6 ft 3, the Clarion Ledger noted.

Southern Miss had also recruited Austin.

 

Recruiting: Texas A&M grabs new WR commit

Texas A&M continued its recent excellent run of commitments by grabbing former wide receiver commit Kyrion Parker.

The 6 ft 3, nearly-200 lb player  from Texas had previously committed to LSU before de-committing to play for Sumlin instead.

“I just loved the coaching staff there,” Parker reportedly told 247sports.com in an interview. “Coach Sumlin is a great guy. He’s a down-to-earth coach and he’s funny. It was so welcoming there and I just love the program.”

“Plus the way they run their offense, I think my game fits perfectly into that spread. I also really wanted to play in the SEC because that’s where the best competition is and that’s where you’re going to get better at.”

Parker’s reason for de-committing from LSU was simple: home. He told ESPN’s recruiting site on June 15: “I just didn’t know if LSU was the right fit for me. I wanted to stay closer to my family. A lot of people say when you’re in college, you’re going to need someone to fall back on. That’s really it; I wanted to be closer to family.”

Parker had also had an offer from Mississippi State.

Recruiting: Florida adds QB commitment

The University of Florida have added a commitment at quarterback for its 2013 class, Gatorsports.com reported on Monday.

Three-star Quarterback Max Staver committed to Will Muschamp’s side, decided to go for Gainseville instead of Dan Mullen’s Mississippi State, who had also given him an offer.

Staver, from Brentwood, Tennessee, is ranked the 14th player in the State and the 27th in the country amongst pro-style quarterbacks nationally. “I called them and they asked me if I was ready to be a Florida Gator, and I committed on the spot,” he told the website.

Staver had also been shown interest from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, but none of the other schools had offered him yet.

Recruiting Focus: Why did Robert Nkemdiche opt for Clemson?

The consensus No.1 player in high school football, Robert Nkemdiche,  today stunned the college football world by committing to Clemson over Alabama or LSU. But why did he decided to play his football in the ‘other’ Death Valley for the ‘other’ Tigers?

The defensive end from Georgia – who is seen by some as another DeMarcus Ware – had 18 sacks in a season for Grayson and he’s pretty useful on the other side of the ball, too. To say he’s ‘physically gifted’ is one of the major understatements of the year. He’s incredibly gifted, and he’s going to frighten the beejesus out of an offensive line near you in college.

Many in the SEC were convinced that he’d go to the ‘big SEC schools’, and were stunned – and some seemed to be a little insulted – by the fact that he’d opted to play in that other nasty, small conference known as the ACC.

Gamecocks fans immediately jumped on Twitter reminding Tigers fans that they still managed to get Jadeveon Clowney (and what signing he became), as an effort to tone down the joy of the Clemson fans, who probably turning the bars orange in celebration.

But seriously, why Clemson? He could have been part of a Nick Saban defence (where more than half of the starting line-up graduated to the NFL in the first or second round). He could have been part of a Les Miles defence (where the crowd’s the noisiest in college football….and they’ve also got great players). He could have been part of, er, Ole Miss (where it’s ‘quite a campus’, so we’re told).

So here are our reasons:

1) His buddy David Kamara, a three-star cornerback from the same school was picked up Clemson. Everyone needs a buddy in college. And not many people are expecting Kamara to turn on his commitment, considering he was far lower on the commitment scale than his partner-in-defense. That definitely gave Clemson an advantage.

2) Playing time. With the way that Saban and Miles recruit, Robert Nkemdiche probably wouldn’t have started as a freshman or even a sophomore. At Clemson – like Clowney had a South Carolina – he can be an immediate star and a game-changer, while at the Crimson Tide, he’d probably have to bide his time a little.

3)  It’s not like Clemson has no history of defensive players  Da’Quan Bowers was drafted last year, while Andre Branch, and Brandon Thompson may start in the first years.

4) Clemson just won an ACC title The Tigers just won an ACC title, which means that Dabo Swinney could give ‘Rob’ the story about the continued success story at Clemson.

BOTTOM LINE: Right now, the recruitment of Robert Nkemdiche is a massive coup for not only Clemson, but the much-maligned ACC in general. But this thing isn’t over. Expect the likes of Saban, Miles and Richt to continue to  recruit HARD for Robert Nkemdiche. And Robert Nkemdiche himself had better pray he doesn’t get injured in his final year of high school football. But if  Nkemdiche wants playing time as a freshman, he’ll probably stay in the ‘other’ Death Valley.

Recruiting: Top CB commits to Texas A&M

Top Texas cornerback Tavares Garner has committed to Texas A&M, it has been widely reported.

Garner, who is a four-star cornerback according to Rivals, spurned offers from a number of Big XII schools as well as Mississippi State, de-committed from Texas Tech prior to his decision to move to College Station.

According to ESPN Insider, Garner decided not to play for Tech on Friday.

It’s been a big week for the Aggies, who saw linebacker Reggie Chavis decide to play SEC football at Kyle Field on Tuesday.

Texas A&M now has 19 commitments.

Recruiting: Four-star WR commits to Vanderbilt

Four-star wide receiver Carlos Burse has committed to Vanderbilt.

Burse said on Twitter this morning: “So it’s about that time!! I’d like to let everyone know that…. My commitment goes to the Vanderbilt Commodores! #AnchorDown‬ #VU‬

Burse, who was offered by the likes of Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Oklahoma- and had interest from Alabama, plays his school in Alpharetta, GA.

The player is ranked as the 18th player in the state and 234th nationally – and is a super pick-up for James Franklin and the Commodores, who are starting to make waves on the commitment trail.

Keith Niebuhr, college football analyst at Rivals tweeted: “Quick thoughts on new #Vanderbilt 4-star WR commit Carlos Burse: Good feet. Strong route runner. Excellent hands. Big body.”

BOTTOM LINE: Vanderbilt gets stronger and stronger in its commitments as this goes on, and this could be a dangerous under-the-radar team in the SEC East this year and now – next year.

 

 

Recruiting: Auburn adds four-star DE Tashawn Bower

Auburn has added defensive end Tashawn Bower, according to reports.

The three-star weakside defensive end from New Jersey opted for Auburn on Tuesday.

He said on his Twitter feed: “Just committed to auburn #wareagle“. In another tweet, he asked the media to stop nagging him for an interview: “Dear media please stop calling my phone #it‘s dying”.

He’s thought of as the 8th best defensive end in New Jersey, and had a number of offers, including SEC schools Florida, South Carolina, Kentucky and Ole Miss.

In fact, there weren’t a lot of schools in the country that didn’t chase him.

 

Recruiting news: Bulldogs grab monster QB commitment

The Mississippi State Bulldogs added two commitments on Monday, the Starkville Daily News has reported.

Floridian quarterback Cord Sandberg – noted by the News as being “top quarterback prospect on the MSU recruiting board” told the Daily News: “”I wanted to play football in the SEC. That was important to me. I know what Coach Mullen has done with other quarterbacks and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Sandberg was given a four-star rating by Yahoo Rivals and was listed as having offers from SEC rivals LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt as well as interest from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

He added: “”I am coming up to visit on the 23rd and 24th of July. I am not going to visit anywhere else. I know this is where I want to be and I am done with recruiting. I am a Bulldog now.”

But Dan Mullen wasn’t finished – he also landed Chris Jones, a defensive end from Houston (Miss.), who was considered more under-the-radar.

 

 

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