Mathews, North Carolina quarterback Christian Lemay has announced that he will name his final three candidates and a "leader" this Friday, April 30.
So far, he's narrowed down his choices to a top five that does NOT include the Florida Gators, whom many assumed were Lemay's likely destination given that his father was Florida's team chaplain in the 90's.
So what teams are left standing? Who holds the edge? Click through and find out.
I liked Christian Lemay to save Mike Sherman from the pressure of the hot seat, at least from a recruiting perspective.
The Aggies recruited very well in 2010, extremely well when you consider that Sherman a) has a losing record as A&M's head coach, and b) is an ex-NFL guy. Call it the Charlie Weis conundrum.
They did, and they're arguably in the best position from a depth chart standpoint. Jerrod Johnson is a senior with little in the way of decorated backups. Lemay could take over, if he wanted to, as a true freshman.
But as I stated in that previous article, immediate playing time is not a concern. In fact, he prefers to take a redshirt year and learn the system, which makes teams with older starters more attractive.
And judging by A&M's distance and the importance Lemay places on his family, the Aggies still look to be the odd men out.
The Irish showed their compunction to land big-name recruits when they gained a verbal from five-star tight end Ben Koyack yesterday.
Despite being a tight end, Koyack aspired to catch a lot of passes, so it looks like recruits are getting the message that Kelly intends to throw—a lot.
A 4,000-yard, 40-touchdown QB like Lemay seems like he would flock to that kind of offense.
Plus, now that Kelly has gotten the can't-land-a-big-name-recruit monkey off his back, the path to South Bend looks clear.
Still, I think the Irish have come as far as they will get in this recruitment. I get the sense Notre Dame's religiosity and Lemay's family's religiosity, if not at odds, are at least strange bedfellows.
The Irish have been the "other" school in this race from the beginning, a northern school competing against nine, and now four others from the South.
They've sort of snuck into his top five, and I think they're more than likely to sneak back out.
The Clemson Tigers were one of three teams Lemay was certain would make his initial cut a few weeks back. That's a priveleged position considering how quickly he's decided to narrow down his choices to three since then.
With A&M and Notre Dame making the most recent cut, there's no such thing as an odd man out conference- or location-wise. That helps Clemson, whose place in the ACC does put them at a disadvantage when weighing conference prestige.
And Swinney, an ex-WRs coach, is an accomplished recruiter, particularly for offensive players.
But if Lemay was going to name Clemson his leader, I would guess the Tigers' message boards would be much more optimistic. Right now, the buzz is relatively non-existent.
I believe they'll be named one of his three finalists, but not his leader. Whether they can make up the distance during the summer remains to be seen.
When the original article was posted, I really liked Auburn's chances with Lemay.
He had just paid a visit to Auburn's practice, and made it known that as far as SEC schools were concerned, Auburn was tops in-conference.
With Florida not making his most recent cut, those odds started to look even better, and I think they're still a lock to make his top three for all of the reasons I posted before.
But as far as a leader goes, that honor belongs to...
There's an old saying that Mark Richt never closes a door without opening a window.
Georgia's recent rash of quarterback unrest—Zach Mettenberger's removal from the team days after he put on the best performance in the spring game, followed by the confirmed rumors that another backup, Logan Gray, was considering a transfer and had to be begged to stay—now appears to have helped the Bulldogs in their recruitment of Lemay.
Lemay's father, Stacy, confirmed as much when he said the dismissal definitely helps Georgia, and that the Dawgs were "even more attractive" now.
Beyond just making the next cut, I like the Bulldogs to emerge as the leader when the announcement is made on Friday.
Lemay has visited Athens multiple times throughout his recruitment, many times with his family, and the Lemay's have gotten a good feel for the place.
I've found that in recruiting, Occam's Razor—that the simplest explanation is often the correct one—does pertain.
Right now, the Georgia Bulldogs are the simplest explanation. The buzz is there. The interest is there. Now, the need is really there. Where there's smoke, there's fire.
If it helps salve the wounds of all those defections, so much the better. Mark Richt and the embattled Dawgs deserve as much.