B/R Recruiting Notebook: 4-Star Talks Visits, Sleeper QB Throws 9 TDs

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystOctober 26, 2015

Florida wide receiver Binjimen Victor has more than 40 offers and said he is taking his time with his process. He's taken official visits to West Virginia and, most recently, Ohio State.
Florida wide receiver Binjimen Victor has more than 40 offers and said he is taking his time with his process. He's taken official visits to West Virginia and, most recently, Ohio State.Credit: 247Sports.com

Two official visits are in the books for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, wide receiver Binjimen Victor. As the nation's No. 7 receiver, and someone with 42 reported offers, Victor enjoyed a visit to West Virginia last month and then took in Ohio State the weekend of Oct. 17—a trip that, on a scale of 1-10, he gave "a 9" because of the game atmosphere.

What's next for Victor? That seems to be the big question, as the 6'4", 170-pound receiver said he's continuing to weigh all options—and do so at a relaxed tempo—within his process. His 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions lean to him staying in state and committing to Florida, but he said no schools are ahead of one another, and he's making sure proper research is done.

"I'm basically wide-open," he said. "There are few schools I'm interested in, and I'm looking at those five or six that I feel will fit me best. I'm looking for a place where I feel can develop me and get me to the next level."

Victor said schools like Auburn, Louisville, Tennessee, Ohio State and Florida are among the ones still alive in the recruiting race. He values the fact that they've been the schools to keep in contact the most consistently.

A final decision, Victor said, will come at the U.S. Army All-American Game in January. He said he is looking at one other official visit—a Nov. 28 venture to Florida—but isn't ruling out officials before or after that.

One thing's for certain: Victor has a solid idea of what he wants in a winner.

"You know, they have a saying that coaches never stay, but to me, it's important to have that relationship with your position coach," he said. "He'll be the one with you every day. That's a big factor to me.

"Plus, certain schools say certain things. Some say I've got to come in and work my butt off to get a starting spot. I like that. I know with academics, every school's going to give you a chance to get your education, but on the field, I know I'll have to come in and work hard. If I do that, I'll be fine."

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Another recruiting X-factor for DT Gary

Paramus, New Jersey, defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the nation's top-ranked player in the 2016 class, has 30 reported offers to choose from. Michigan, Alabama, Ohio State, Auburn, Clemson, Ole Miss and LSU are among the many schools still in the running.

The comfort level on the football field and the player-coach relationships obviously are X-factors in choosing a final destination, but for Gary, life after football matters just as much. And when discussing life after football, Gary wants to one day live as relaxed of a life as possible.

"I don't know how to describe it; I want to be that guy just laying on the beach and making my money and making it work for me," Gary said, according to Bleacher Report's Sanjay Kirpalani. "I'm trying to find a way to do that."

Gary, who is considering announcing his verbal commitment either at the Under Armour All-America Game in January or on national signing day in February, said he is interested in pursuing a business degree.

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QB Patterson: Different pitches for Ole Miss targets

With November rapidly approaching, recruiting becomes more and more of a priority for college coaches. And college coaches will be the first to admit that a good player-recruiter is key in landing talent.

Shea Patterson is Ole Miss' ace player-recruiter. A 5-star talent and the nation's top-ranked pro-style quarterback in the 2016 class, Patterson told Bleacher Report's Sanjay Kirpalani that he has a different recruiting pitch for every athlete, depending on how he gauges the athlete's interest in his future college home.

The common denominator with every pitch: keeping the conversations as light as possible.

"I just try to speak with some of the guys who are interested in Ole Miss. It's been cool; I just try to have fun with it," Patterson said. "Recruiting can be stressful, so I think it's important to keep that levity with it when we joke around about it."

Patterson has been committed to Ole Miss since Feb. 17. Since his pledge, 11 players have committed to the Rebels, including the 4-star duo of running back Justin Connor and offensive tackle Bryce Mathews.

Ole Miss has 19 commitments, but Patterson said he has a few targets between now and February. Among them are IMG Academy teammates in 5-star Isaac Nauta and 4-star receiver Drake Davis.

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Can Tulane hold off Pac-12 for QB Abraham?

For those following the recruitment of Oxford, Mississippi's Jack Abraham, the question still remains: How is Tulane managing to keep the 3-star quarterback committed?

With schools like UCLA and Cal looking to steal away a pro-style quarterback commit, Abraham on Sunday said he is still happy with Tulane and what it has to offer. The 6'0", 195-pound quarterback said Tulane offers a great academic plan and the possibility for early playing time once he arrives on campus.

And while he is quite comfortable with what Tulane brings to the table, the idea of potentially playing on the West Coast intrigues him. Both Cal and UCLA have quarterback pledges, but Abraham is still a candidate to keep an eye on for the Pac-12 programs.

UCLA, in particular, is a school to watch from now until February's national signing day.

"I've got good relationships with the coaches there. [Offensive coordinator] Coach [Noel] Mazzone is pretty good friends with my head coach and has been around in the football world," Abraham said. "They have good academics there, and I know they have [Josh] Rosen right now, but I don't know if there's anyone behind him. It makes for a chance to compete."

Abraham said distance won't play a factor in his final decision. Louisiana Tech and South Alabama are two other FBS programs to offer. He said he is considering an unofficial visit to Louisiana Tech in November, followed by a potential official there later in the year. But for now, Abraham said he's still a Tulane pledge.

"Having great academics is huge for me," he said. "You want to know you have something after football. Having a degree from Tulane is top-notch. From a football standpoint, I like the coaching staff, and I know I'll fit there."

Sleeper alert: South Carolina QB throws for 9 TDs

Spartanburg, South Carolina, gets plenty of recruiting love thanks to 5-star Clemson running back Tavien Feaster. The guy who gives Feaster the ball reminded everyone on Friday why he deserves face time, as well.

2016 quarterback Austin Scott put up ridiculous numbers in Spartanburg's 76-34 win against Wade Hampton High School out of Greenville, South Carolina. On a team with a high-powered back in Feaster, Scott threw for 686 yards and nine touchdowns in the victory. He threw touchdown passes of 34, 23, 26, 22, 5, 60, 33, 11 and 61 yards—all in the first three quarters of play—according to statistics provided by Spartanburg sports information director Zach Johnson.

The nine touchdowns tied a South Carolina state mark set by Old Dominion redshirt freshman Shuler Bentley, who threw for nine touchdowns in a 2013 game against Woodruff High School as the quarterback of Byrnes High School in Duncan.

Impressive stats for an unrated quarterback who is still looking for his first Power Five offer. Scott has four reported offers from Old Dominion, Newberry, South Carolina State and Elon. He has FBS interest from schools such as North Carolina, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Purdue.

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand, unless otherwise noted. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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