December 8, 2006
Huge visit weekend around the SEC
Rivals.com Southeastern Recruiting Analyst JC Shurburtt breaks down this weekend's scheduled official visits in the SEC.
|SEC official visitors breakdown|
Scheduled visitors: DaMario Ambrose, DE, Mobile (Ala.) Davidson; Brandon Barnett, RB, Butler County (Kan.) C.C.; Ryan Broyles, CB, Norman (Okla.); Grant Freeman, TE, Paris (Ark.); Jermaine Love, LB, Garland (Texas) North Garland; Nevin McKenzie, S, Athens (Texas) Trinity Valley C.C.; Alex Tejada, K, Springdale (Ark.)
Most likely to commit: Love has had Arkansas at or near the top of his list for some time, so a great visit could lead to a pledge.
Would fill the biggest need: The Razorbacks are determined to find junior college help in the secondary and McKenzie could make an early impact.
Just visiting: All indications are that Broyles will stay in-state.
Scheduled visitors: Allen Bailey, DE, Darien (Ga.) McIntosh County Academy; Chris Little, OG, Jeffersonville (Ga.) Twiggs County; Brandon Paul, ATH, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln; James Scott, CB, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze; Bo Williams, RB, Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast
Most likely to commit: As an early enrollee, Scott is winding down his recruitment. He's never had the Gators in the lead, but they've always been in the top 2-3. Because he is closer to a decision than anyone else on campus this weekend, he gets the nod as most likely to commit, though it would be a mild surprise if he did.
Would fill the biggest need: Williams would give Florida the big running back that it needs, but there are questions about the interest level from either side.
Just visiting: Despite what has been said publicly, it would be a surprise to see Little end up anywhere else but Clemson.
Scheduled visitors: Justin Anderson, OG, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military; Neland Ball, DE, Jackson (Ga.); Vance Cuff, CB, Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County; Rennie Curran, LB, Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood; Antwane Greenlee, OT, Columbus (Ga.) Hardaway; Scott Haverkamp, OT, Butler County (Kan.) Community College; Caleb King, RB, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian; Tanner Strickland, OG, Nashville (Ga.) Berrien County
Most likely to commit: Considering he is the only prospect currently scheduled to be on campus this weekend that is not committed to Georgia, Haverkamp would get the nod here.
Would fill the biggest need: That goes to Haverkamp to, considering Georgia's need for offensive lineman who can help right away.
Just visiting: All of the other prospects (besides Haverkamp) on campus already have committed to Georgia.
Scheduled visitors: Mark Jean-Lewis, OL, Cerritos (Calif.) C.C.; Greg Meisner, DE, Greensburg (Pa.) Hempfield; Darnell Williams, S, Winter Park (Fla.)
Most likely to commit: If Meisner wants to play major college football, Kentucky appears to be his best option. If the Cats push, he could commit or risk not having a spot given the way UK has been recruiting defensive lineman of late.
Would fill the biggest need: Williams is a sleeper prospect who could step in and provide early depth in the defensive backfield. Despite having some young talent back there, the Cats need to add even more athletes to achieve quality depth.
Just visiting: Jean-Lewis committed to Ole Miss last week and plans to enroll in January, so he's up against the wall in terms of a decision. If he does visit UK this weekend, the Cats face an uphill battle turning him.
Scheduled visitors: Phelon Jones, CB, Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen; Drake Nevis, DT, Marrero (La.) John Ehret
Most likely to commit: Nevis, who is committed to Ole Miss, has maintained that if the Tigers want him, he would have a hard time turning them down. If LSU pushes this weekend, a commitment is not out of the question.
Would fill the biggest need: While it's not a pressing need for the Tigers, every program in the country needs talented defensive lineman, so Nevis would be the pick here.
Just visiting: If LSU and Jones have mutual interest, the Tigers could make a big move. LSU has had some success with Mobile prospects during the past few years.
Scheduled visitors: Allen Bell, CB, Independence (Kan.) C.C.; Jesse Bowman, DT, Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) J.C.; Larry Dennis, DE, Compton (Calif.) C.C.; Jonathan Frink, LB, Oxford (Miss.); Jamison Hughes, CB, Oxford (Miss.); Malachi Lewis, ATH, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa; Rolando Melancon, DT, Lutcher (La.); Stanley Porter, DE, Rosedale (Miss.) West Boliver; Co-Eric Riley, WR, Gulf Coast (Miss.) C.C.; Isaiah Smith, LB, Columbia (Tenn.) Central; Bradley Sowell, OT, Hernando (Miss.); Alex Williams, OT, New Orleans (La.) O.P. Walker; Marshall Williams, LB, Decatur (Ga.) Southwest DeKalb.
Most likely to commit: Frink, a local linebacker from Oxford, has favored Ole Miss throughout the process. He's visiting with his teammate, Hughes, who already is committed to the Rebels. For Frink to follow now would not be a surprise.
Would fill the biggest need: Bell could step in and see time right away in the Rebels secondary.
Just visiting: Marshall Williams is committed to Auburn and likely is heading for a prep school placement by the Tigers.
Scheduled visitors: Akeem Auguste, CB, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna; Mat Williams, TE, Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar
Most likely to commit: Williams is rumored to be favoring the Gamecocks in a big way following a recent in-home visit with head coach Steve Spurrier.
Would fill the biggest need: Auguste could contend for playing time next year in a young, thin South Carolina secondary.
Just visiting: The Gamecocks have a shot with both scheduled visitors.
Scheduled visitors: Todd Campbell, WR, Franklin (Tenn.); B.J. Coleman, QB, Chattanooga (Tenn.) The McCallie School; Kevin Cooper, FB, Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor; Chris Donald, LB, Huntingdon (Tenn.); Art Evans, ATH, Lakeland (Fla.) Evangel Christian; C.J. Fleming, CB, Highland Springs (Va.); Cris Hill, CB, Highland Springs (Va.); Tyler Maples, WR, Maryville (Tenn.); Ben Martin, DE, Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle; Darris Sawtelle, OL, Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice; Harrison Smith, ATH, Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic; Daryl Vereen, ATH, Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg; Brent Vinson, ATH, Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military; DeAngelo Willingham, College of the Desert (Calif.)
Most likely to commit: Willingham, a junior college cornerback who is originally from St. Matthews, S.C., could give the Vols a pledge this weekend as he wants to play football closer to home.
Would fill the biggest need: Willingham, along with Virginia cornerback Cris Hill, could step in and play in the UT secondary, which loses several players.
Just visiting: While anything can happen, it will be a surprise if Martin ends up in Knoxville.
Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State
and Vanderbilt are not scheduled to host official visitors this weekend.
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