This was a frantic weekend of recruiting prior to the start of the recruiting dead period beginning on Monday. From several decommitments to a few important commitments, there was news all over the SEC. Here’s a closer look at what transpired over the weekend in the SEC.
Wild weekend for Georgia: The Bulldogs certainly had an up-and-down weekend. First, Georgia lost a commitment from three-star defensive back Malek Young on Friday.
The Bulldogs then hosted the No. 2-ranked pocket-passer in the country, Jacob Eason, on an official visit. Eason has been committed to Georgia for over a year, but the four-star prospect began looking at Florida when Mark Richt was let go.
New coach Kirby Smart had the chance to give Eason and his family one final impression prior to the talented quarterback making his final decision. By all accounts Eason had a positive visit, but it remains to be seen how the Eason saga will play out.
(UPDATE: Eason reaffirmed his commitment on Tuesday.)
On Sunday, the eighth-ranked player in the 2017 class, Richard LeCounte III, became Smart’s first verbal commitment as Georgia’s head coach. The LeCounte news was huge for Bulldogs fans as, the 5-foot-11, 174-pound defensive back is one of the most sought after prospects in the country.
— Richard LeCounte III (@LilEasy_35) December 13, 2015
Not all was good news for Georgia, though. The Bulldogs lost their 2017 quarterback commit, Bailey Hockman on Monday. The fourth-ranked pocket passer and 41st-ranked player in the 2017 class announced his decision on Twitter.
— Bailey Hockman (@B10aileyhockman) December 14, 2015
Finally, Georgia lost another commitment on Monday afternoon as the 176th-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 Darion Anderson decided to back off of his pledge to the Bulldogs as well.
Biggest commitment: In addition to LeCounte committing to Georgia, there were several other key commitments this weekend.
ESPN 300 defensive end Richard Smith, a former South Carolina commit, gave his pledge to Florida on Sunday. Smith chose the Gators over Tennessee, a team that Smith visited last weekend.
Thanks to all the schools that recruited me its been a great process but I am committing to UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 🐊🐊 pic.twitter.com/2eC0aafu3v
— 22. (@jordansmith125) December 13, 2015
Vanderbilt landed its first ESPN 300 commitment over the weekend as four-star Joejuan Williams gave his pledge to the Commodores. Williams is the 14th commitment for head coach Derek Mason
— Joejuan Williams (@JoejuanW) December 12, 2015
Another SEC East school, Kentucky, picked up a commitment from ESPN JC 50 defensive end Jordan Bonner this weekend. Bonner is the seventh-ranked junior college defensive end and the 47th-ranked juco player in the country.
Finally, four-star linebacker Marvin Terry committed to Missouri. Terry also held offers from Miami and Oklahoma.
— Marvo (@MarvinTerry7) December 13, 2015
Biggest decommitment: In addition to Young, Hockman and Anderson backing off of their commitments to Georgia, there were a few other decommitments in the SEC. Not only was Tennessee the only SEC East team not to gain a commitment this weekend, but the Volunteers lost commitments from three-star defensive tackle D’Andre Christmas-Giles and ESPN Junior 300 QB Hunter Johnson, who flipped to Clemson. The New Orleans native recently picked up an LSU offer and the Tigers appear to be the team to beat for the talented defensive lineman.
Four-star wide receiver Isaiah Johnson and Florida parted ways on Sunday. The Gators have four other four-star receivers committed and are getting tight on scholarships. Johnson, meanwhile, was being recruited by Florida to play a hybrid tight end role and the talented pass catcher chose to look at other options instead.
Biggest visits: The 13th-ranked prospect in the ESPN 300 Derrick Brown took an official visit to Alabama this past weekend. The 6-foot-4, 322 pound prospect posted several photos and a video on Twitter of his experience. There is a tight race for Brown between Georgia, Auburn and Alabama.
Bama treated us well Thank TTOWN ROLL TIDE 🐘 pic.twitter.com/ZFeehSz9qv
— Derrick Brown9⃣0⃣ (@DerrickBrown90) December 13, 2015
Had to test coach Sabans basketball skills😂💯 pic.twitter.com/FYTpfDca71
— Derrick Brown9⃣0⃣ (@DerrickBrown90) December 12, 2015
The top-ranked safety in the ESPN 300, Brandon Jones, took his first official visit to Texas A&M. The defensive backfield has been a big priority for the Aggies and Jones is certainly at the top of their recruiting list. Judging by the tweet he sent out, Jones clearly enjoyed his trip to Texas A&M.
— Brandon Jones (@BlessedJones33) December 13, 2015
Five-star linebacker Lyndell “Mack” Wilson may not have visited any schools this weekend, but three of his top schools, Alabama, Florida and Georgia sent coaches to see the hard-hitting linebacker prior to the beginning of the dead period. Wilson’s recruitment will likely go down to the wire between the three schools.
Busy day for Mack Wilson. Visits with Florida, Bama and Georgia coaches. pic.twitter.com/FktfQUdyBk
— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) December 14, 2015