7 Elite College Football Recruits Who Are Close to Narrowing Down Their Lists

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJune 11, 2013

7 Elite College Football Recruits Who Are Close to Narrowing Down Their Lists

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    Elite recruits receive many scholarship offers, as some boast more than 30 or 40. With every major college football program calling, emailing, writing and Facebooking them, things can get hectic for elite recruits.

    Although it is tough to tell a coach he will not be attending their school, a recruit has to narrow his list at some point. Several highly ranked recruits are on the verge of trimming down their list of suitors.

    An athletic pass rusher is close whittling down his offer sheet and a physical linebacker has his eye on a small group of schools. The nation's best defensive tackle is zeroing in on a September decision, so he also is getting close to trimming down his list. 

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports ESPNU.


Myles Garrett, DE

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    Bob Wager, who is Garrett's coach at Martin High School in Texas, recently told Scout.com (subscription required) that he would be soon asking Garrett to narrow down his list. Schools like Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and Baylor will be waiting on the edges of their seats. 

    If recruiting rankings were based on which players had the best frames, Garrett would win in a landslide. He has a chiseled 6'5", 250-pound body and is also said to be a high-character guy.

Joe Mixon, RB

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    Mixon, who has gotten invited to The Opening, is one of the most wide open recruits in the nation. Scout.com (subscription required) reports Mixon has more than 50 offers and will be looking to trim his list down to a solid 10.

    Mixon, who is 6'1" and more than 200 pounds, is a talented runner with good vision, straight-line speed and receiving skills. USC, UCLA and Cal could be schools to watch for him. 

Malachi Dupre, WR

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    Dupre, who is from Louisiana, is viewed by many as a lock to sign with LSU. However, Scout.com (subscription required) reports that he is considering several other programs, and a top-five list will be revealed this summer.

    Alabama is a school high up on Dupre's list, and the Tide pose a great threat to the in-state Tigers. The 6'2" receiver is a good route runner with separation quickness and run-after-catch skills.  

Clifton Garrett, LB

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    Garrett, who is from Illinois, is a player who many feel will end up in Baton Rouge. However, the Tigers should not rest on their laurels, as the Plainfield South linebacker told Scout.com (subscription required) he will not have a top-five list until before the season.

    Garrett, who stands 6'2" and 230 pounds, has Tennessee and Alabama on his list among several others. His hard-hitting and powerful play would be a great fit in the SEC. 

Jamal Adams, S

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    Adams, who is from Texas, has an offer from every major program in the country. He is one of the best defensive players in this class and also one of the more private recruits.

    According to Scout.com, Adams says he has a list of three-five schools who stand out.Texas and Florida are schools to keep an eye on, but an array of schools could still be in the mix. 

Lorenzo Carter, DE

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    After watching only a selection of plays on his film, it is obvious why every college coach in the country wants Carter. To count the amount of offers he has would take a Snickers bar and a lot of time.

    However, Chad Simmons of Scout.com (subscription required) reports that Carter plans to narrow down his list soon. An athletic defensive end from Georgia, Carter, who is 6'5" and 235 pounds, could make the transition to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

    Alabama, Georgia and Florida are three schools that should be finalists for him.  

Andrew Brown, DT

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    Brown, who is the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country, will make his decision in September, says Scout.com (subscription required). He will make a trip from Virginia to Gainesville, and if Florida impresses him then they could make his soon-to-be-revealed top-five list.

    Brown, who is 6'4" and 295 pounds, has excellent snap quickness and upper-body strength. He can close on ball-carriers quickly in tight spaces and has spent time playing on the edges for Oscar F. Smith High School.

    Watch out for Virginia and Virginia Tech.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.