SEC Football Weekly Recruiting Roundup: Florida Gators Load Up on Commitments
Every Wednesday here at The SEC Blog, we will update you on the latest commits, news and rumors in the recruiting world.
Without question, the biggest commitment of the week came from Vernon Hargreaves III, who chose the Florida Gators over Vanderbilt, Clemson, Miami (Fla.) and Notre Dame. The 5'11", 185-pound cornerback is ranked as the No. 1 overall cornerback in the country according to the 247Sports.com Composite. Hargreaves is the biggest name in head coach Will Muschamp's Class of 2013, and has the skills to be able to contribute immediately.
Joining Hargreaves on the Gator defense will be Jordan Sherit, a 6'4", 240-pound weak-side defensive end from Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Fla. Sherit is rated as the No. 9 weak-side defensive end in the country according to the 247Sports.com Composite.
Sherit will get some help on the defensive line. Antonio Riles, a 6'4", 265-pound strong-side defensive end from Archer School in Lawrenceville, Ga., will also play his college football in Gainesville. Riles' size should earn him some consideration for playing time once he arrives on campus.
On the other side of the ball, wide receiver Chris Thompson will join the Gator offense in 2013. The 5'11", 165-pound speedster has good hands and can make opposing defenses pay if he gets the ball in his hands in space.
As if Muschamp wasn't busy enough with commitments for the Class of 2013, he also got one for 2014. Travonte Valentine, a 6'4", 297-pound defensive tackle from Palm Bay, Fla., committed to the Gators this week. Valentine is rated as the No. 3 defensive tackle in the Class of 2014 according to the 247Sports.com Composite.
LSU continued its recruiting hot streak with the commitment of Rashard Robinson, a 6'2", 165-pound cornerback from Pompano Beach, Fla. Robinson is ranked as the No. 30 cornerback in the country according to the 247Sports.com Composite. He chose the Tigers over SEC offers from Arkansas and Ole Miss.
LSU head coach Les Miles also got some good news from a prospect in the Class of 2014. Devin Voorhies, a 6'2", 185-pound athlete from Woodville, Miss., committed to the Tigers. Voorhies can play quarterback, wide receiver or safety at the next level.
Jordan Davis, a 3-star prospect at tight end, committed to Georgia head coach Mark Richt and staff this week. At 6'4", 230 pounds, Davis is a big target that will continue the tradition of Georgia having big, athletic tight ends on the roster.
South Carolina posted a familiar name on its commitment list. Ronnie Martin, a 5'10", 185-pound cornerback from Georgia Military College, committed to the Gamecocks this week. Martin originally signed in 2011, but went the JUCO route. He has three years left to play two seasons.
Vanderbilt got perhaps its biggest recruiting news for the Class of 2013 with the commitment of Ryan White, a 5'9", 180-pound cornerback from Louisville. White, who is rated as a 4-star prospect by 247Sports.com, flipped from his hometown Cardinals to the Commodores.
Texas A&M knows that to win in the SEC, you need to be strong up front. Robert Zimmerman, a 6'3", 290-pound defensive tackle from Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College. Zimmerman chose the Aggies over Nebraska, and will have three seasons to play once he arrives in College Station in 2013.
Kentucky got some good news this week, with the commitment of Deangelo Yancey, a 6'2", 200-pound wide receiver from Mays High School in Atlanta, Ga. Yancey chose the Wildcats over offers from Ole Miss, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Buffalo, FIU and Middle Tennessee State.
Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze kept his hot streak on the recruiting trail going with the commitment of Chucky Williams. Williams is a 6'2", 180-pound athlete that can play safety or cornerback. He is rated as a 3-star prospect according to 247Sports.com.
Joining Williams in Oxford will be Peyton Barber, a 5'11", 215-pound running back from Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga. Barber is also rated as a 3-star prospect, and chose the Rebels over SEC offers from Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
On the defensive side of the ball, Freeze will get help from Finesse Middleton, a 6'1", 245-pound defensive end from Gadsden, Ala. Middleton chose Ole Miss over several offers from Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools, including Louisville, Southern Miss and Arkansas State.
SEC newcomer Missouri got some good news this week with the commitment of Eric Beisel, a 6'4", 236-pound linebacker from Fenton, Mo. Beisel is rated as the No. 32 inside linebacker in the country in the recently-released 247Sports.com Composite.
News and Rumors
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Tuesday that linebacker Mario Mathis had his scholarship offer pulled by Ole Miss. His mother, however, disputed that claim to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. There's nothing like a little family squabble to complicate the recruiting process.
Derrick Henry, a 5-Star athlete from Yulee (Fla.) High School, is hoping to announce his college decision in August, according to the AJC. Henry was a once a commitment to Georgia, but lists Alabama as his favorite now. Tennessee is also in the mix for getting Henry's services.
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