This week in the recruiting roundup we get a chance to say something that we have not said much, if at all: Oregon got a commitment. Chip Kelly and staff have had a rough go of it where securing commitments are concerned and this week the Ducks were able to get just their third pledge in the boat. That commitment comes from Dontre Wilson and proves Chip Kelly's still got some pop as the Ducks beat out Texas for the big-time running back. With the way USC is recruiting it is going to be interesting to watch Oregon's strategy as the Trojans nudge closer and closer to their scholarship cap for 2013's cycle.
Coming back East, in the great state of Florida, only the Seminoles are making a splash out of the Big Three this weekend. Jimbo Fisher and staff have got Marquez White on their list of pledges and the cornerback from Alabama is a good one. White is also toying with the opportunity to play some round ball for Florida State's ACC champion basketball team.
Also in the ACC, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets get a commitment from offensive lineman Jeremi Hall, a 4-star recruit. Hall joins his high school teammate Shamire DeVine, another 4-star lineman, to complete a package deal for Paul Johnson and give the Jackets five total commitments for 2013. Twelve less than in-state rival Georgia but Paul Johnson is starting to get going on the trail.
Speaking of getting things going, John L. Smith is still rolling at Arkansas. After losing all of their commits following the Petrino fiasco, the Razorbacks are up to six pledges with the recent commitment of Tyler Cogswell, a quarterback.
Staying in the SEC West, the Bayou Bengals and the Auburn Tigers have got a few commitments as they push to keep pace with Alabama. LSU picked up two kids; Logan Stokes and Ethan Pocic. Stokes is a JUCO tight end and Pocic is one of the nation's top offensive tackles. For Auburn, Arshad Jackson, a tight end, committed to the Tigers during their Big Cat Weekend.
SEC West newcomer Texas A&M also locks in a recruit for the 2013 cycle as Jordan Points pledges his allegiance to Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies. Seventeen total commitments for the Aggies as Points, a defensive end, proves that Sumlin is focused on getting defensive bodies into the boat as well.
We wrap up on the other side of the SEC with South Carolina grabbing a couple of kids for the 2013 cycle. JUCO Brandon Golson commits to South Carolina, again. The linebacker, who committed to South Carolina in 2010, failed to qualify and spent 2010 at Fork Union before committing to Louisville. Then as a non-qualifier at Louisville, Golson headed to Georgia Military Institute where he is set to finish this year and enroll at South Carolina in January of 2013.
In addition to the Golson commitment, South Carolina also obtained a pledge from linebacker Matt Rolin out of Virginia. Huge get for the Gamecocks, not just because he can help bolster their defense but because Spurrier and staff are slowly expanding their recruiting sphere of influence.
We'll be back next Thursday to look at all the big commitments around the nation.