Every Wednesday here at The SEC Blog, we will update you on the latest commits, news and rumors in the recruiting world.
With high school seasons getting started around the country, it was a slow week on the commitment front as high schoolers got focused on the task at hand. With that said, there were some key pledges this week.
Alabama secured one of the biggest pieces to its 2012 recruiting puzzle this week, when 6'3", 276-pound defensive end/defensive tackle DeMarcus Walker committed to play for the Crimson Tide. Walker is a 4-star prospect according to 247Sports.com, and rated as the No. 28 player in the country in the 247Sports.com Composite.
Walker has the size to play immediately, but is also light on his feet, which makes him a perfect fit to play defensive end in Alabama head coach Nick Saban's 3-4 scheme.
Texas A&M got some good news for the Class of 2014 with the commitment of 5'10", 175-pound cornerback Cedric Collins. Collins is a 4-star prospect according to 247Sports.com, and chose the Aggies over an SEC offer from Ole Miss. He is the first commitment for the A&M in the Class of 2014.
Collins is fast, has good recovery speed and is physical at the line of scrimmage, which will be beneficial when get goes up against big SEC wide receivers.
News and Rumors
This offseason, Texas A&M and Arkansas co-sponsored legislation that now allows schools to host prospects at neutral site and off-campus stadiums.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Auburn will take advantage of that rule when the Tigers face off against Clemson in the second of two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Reuben Foster, Montravius Adams, AJ Jackson and Trey Johnson all told the AJC that they will attend the game on Saturday night, and South Carolina commit Brendan Langley said that may join them.
The rule likely contributed to the deal that will move the Texas A&M/Arkansas rivalry back to Cowboys Stadium from 2014 through 2024.