Thursday comes, and of course, that means we have your weekly whip around the nation on the recruiting front. As teams get into camp, things have slowed down a bit on the commitment side of things, but we've still got news. Recruiting never stops!
The topic on everyone's mind has been Penn State and what happens with its roster. The transfers are slowly mounting, but those are not the only woes for Nittany Lions fans. Three members of the class of 2013 decommitted this week, the biggest being Dorian Johnson, the 5-star offensive lineman. Johnson reopened his commitment, with Pitt, Ohio State and Virginia Tech as his leaders.
William Fuller was another name on that Penn State list that defected this week. He left the Nittany Lions and opted for the comforts of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The other Penn State decommit, Zach Bradshaw, also found a new home quickly. Bradshaw, a wide receiver and linebacker, pledged to Mike London and the Virginia Cavaliers.
Also in the ACC, the Wahoos' rivals North Carolina got a commitment from Marquis Haynes. Haynes is a defensive end from Jacksonville, Fla., who will help bolster the North Carolina defense. The addition of Haynes makes the UNC total 16 for the new staff.
Staying in the Southeast, the University of Tennessee added to its slowly growing class of 2013. Cameron Sutton, a wide receiver and defensive back, pledged to the Volunteers after his folks got a chance to meet the coaches and check out the campus.
In other SEC East news, the Bulldogs have picked up a JUCO commitment, big lineman Trenton Brown, who should provide instant relief upon enrollment in 2013, something the Dawgs will most certainly need. The Bulldogs' big rivals, the Florida Gators, also picked up a solid commit. Octavius Jackson, a massive, athletic offensive lineman, committed to the Gators to help further Will Muschamp's drive to get physical.
We're wrapping up with some West Coast news, but it is not out of USC as it has been in recent weeks. Instead, across town, Jim Mora and the Bruins are making waves of their own. John Lopez, a highly touted offensive lineman, pledged for the folks in Westwood, and that's a big get for a team with a lot of rebuilding to do.