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Chaz Elder doesn't pull the trigger

The plan for Chaz Elder (College Park, Pa./Banneker) was to make his commitment Friday night via Twitter between Georgia, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

However, 45 minutes after his scheduled commitment there was a change of heart.

"I do apologize," Banneker assistant coach Ryan Andrews said via text message. "I know everyone is waiting on his announcement. I was just informed by Chaz that he will not make his announcement today. I am not sure what caused the change of heart. Again, I do apologize for this. I am not sure when or how soon a decision will come. Thank you."

It's thought Elder wants to continue to evaluate the schools and make some visits this fall. Currently, he does not have any visits scheduled to Athens, Columbia or Nashville.

In Saturday's 48-20 win over Forest Park, the nation's No. 8-ranked safety had an interception that he returned for a touchdown and registered four tackles.

On Sunday, Elder said he believes he could possibly make a decision towards the end of this football campaign.

"I'm think towards the end of my season maybe," Elder said. "I will probably not be able to make any official visits before my decision. I am just not sure yet."

Elder, 6-2 and 185 pounds, said he will travel to Auburn this weekend to see his former teammate Demetruce McNeal get his first start with the Tigers against Utah State. It's also highly likely Elder will visit Athens when Georgia hosts South Carolina the following week.

Carter scheduled for surgery

Junior LB Reggie Carter was hoping to have a monster season for South Gwinnett High School after recently transferring from Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson. In his first game with South Gwinnet on the second play, he tore his ACL and is out for the year. His father, Harvey Spruill, said via email that his son would have knee surgery on Sept. 13 and will be back playing again in the spring.

"Doctors say he should be better than 100 percent when it's all said and done," Carter said. "Rehab is what's most important. He will have to work through the pain. But he is a hard worker and he will get through it. I'm trying to do what I can to keep his spirits up. As you can imagine he is a little down about missing the season."

Carter, 6-0 and 220 pounds, reportedly had scholarship offers from FSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee, Central Florida, and others.

How some of the best in the South fared in Week 1

• ESPNU 150 DT Jonathan Taylor (Millen, Ga./Jenkins County) had 11 tackles, two forced fumbles, two sacks, and an 80-yard interception return for touchdown. Taylor, 6-4 and 315 pounds, has committed to the University of Georgia.

• ESPNU 150 DE Jordan Jenkins (Hamilton, Ga./Harris County) had a big game Friday night in Harris County's 33-10 win over Columbus (Ga.) Hardaway with three sacks. Jenkins, 6-3 and 225 pounds, is ranked as the No. 5 defensive end and currently favors Alabama and Florida over Georgia and Auburn.

• Four-star DE James Deloach (Millen, Ga./Jenkins County) had six tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. Deloach has committed to Georgia.

• Auburn commitment Ja'Quay Williams (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) had touchdown receptions of 70 and 58 yards in Sandy Creek's 43-20 win over Whitewater on Friday.

• Running back Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) had 21 carries for 173 yards including a 79-yard touchdown run. Davis, a four-star recruit and the No. 17 running back prospect, has committed to Florida.

• Athlete T.J. Yeldon (Daphne, Ala./Daphne) had 10 carries for 102 yards and touchdown runs of 29 and 15 yards in a 41-14 win over Bryant. Yeldon, 6-1 and 205 pounds, is the No. 119 prospect in the ESPNU 150.

• The nation's top quarterback, Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Ala.) threw for 238 yards and rushed for 51 yards in Hueytown's win over Pelham (Ala.) High School.

• ESPNU 150 defensive end Channing Ward (Aberdeen, Miss./Aberdeen) had two sacks in Aberdeen's 22-14 win over Shannon. The 6-3 and 230 pound Ward has scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Notre Dame, Kentucky, LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Tennessee and others.

• Tight end/defensive end Larry Jefferson, caught three passes for 132 yards and had two touchdown receptions.

• Banneker 2013 athlete Tyrell Brown had 16 carries for 150 yards and two scores.

• 2014 running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) suffered a separated shoulder in a jamboree this past Friday against New Orleans Edna Karr.

Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting both in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at jamienewbergbw@yahoo.com.