College Football: 2013 Weekly Recruiting Roundup July 12-19
Every Thursday, we bring you a quick whip around the nation as the major programs keep hitting the recruiting trail hard. We have big commitments across the nation, so let's get into what has happened since our last update.
Last week, we wrapped up with the SEC, so we'll kick off with them this week. The big news from the last week was Reuben Foster's Thursday afternoon flip to Auburn from rival Alabama. He pulled a reverse TJ Yeldon, so to speak, and then added a tattoo to make it more real.
To go along with Foster, the Tigers also added 4-star running back Jordan Wilkins to the 2013 haul. Auburn and Gene Chizik are moving up in the recruiting rankings, and that is something folks are getting excited about. Also in the SEC West, the Bayou Bengals have added another strong defender to their class. Defensive back Ricky Jefferson from Destrehan Louisiana jumped on to the Tigers boat this week.
The SEC East also made some waves in the recruiting game as well. South Carolina added Jamari Smith, a running back from Jacksonville, Florida, to their 2013 class. Tennessee got a big commitment from Paul Harris, a 4-star receiver from Maryland, a huge move for the staff that needs talent to be successful.
Finally, to wrap up the SEC, the Georgia Bulldogs are continuing their climb to the top of the recruiting heap. The Dawgs grabbed three big-time commitments for the cycle in the last seven days. Tim Kimbrough and Quay Mauger both pledged to the Bulldogs at Dawg Night, a big deal for the football program in Athens. Shaun McGee also joined the gang later in the week after being offered a scholarship at Dawg Night and mulling it over a bit.
Out of the SEC and into the ACC, as we look at Florida State and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles grabbed Richy Klepal, an offensive lineman, for Jimbo Fisher's continued push for talent in Tallahassee. The Hokies grabbed two commitments following a big recruiting event on campus this week. Kyle Chung, a tight end, and Brandon Facyson, a defensive back, both offered verbal commitments to Frank Beamer and his staff.
We'll wrap up with a team that continues to just hit home runs on the recruiting trail; the University of Southern California. The Trojans moved up to the top of a couple ranking services this week, and that's thanks largely to adding two stud recruits to their class. Jalen Ramsay, a cornerback from Tennessee, was the first to make the decision for the Trojans. He was followed by fellow defensive back, Max Redfield, two ball players that will help solidify that secondary for USC.
As we get closer to training camp, we'll see how the commitments hang in there and which schools use the season as their springboard into recruiting success.
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