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B/R Recruiting Notebook: 3 Schools in Front for 4-Star RB Devwah Whaley

Damon Sayles@@DamonSaylesNational Recruiting AnalystNovember 16, 2015

Beaumont, Texas, 4-star running back Devwah Whaley on Sunday said Georgia, Arkansas and Texas are three schools that lead his recruiting. Whaley, the nation's No. 4 running back, will announce his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2.
Beaumont, Texas, 4-star running back Devwah Whaley on Sunday said Georgia, Arkansas and Texas are three schools that lead his recruiting. Whaley, the nation's No. 4 running back, will announce his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2.Credit: 247Sports.com

As a national top-five running back, Devwah Whaley is a wanted individual.

On Sunday, the 4-star prospect from Beaumont, Texas, announced that three schools lead the race for his verbal commitment, which is expected to come at the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2.

Whaley said Georgia, Arkansas and Texas are the front-runners. The 6'0", 210-pound running back is expected to be at Arkansas this weekend for an official visit. He visited Georgia in September and is still working out plans for a potential official visit to Texas. A visit could come in December, he said.

"I'm still wide-open at this point," Whaley said. "I took an unofficial [to Arkansas], but I didn't really get to do much or hang with the players. That's what I'm looking for, to get a better feel for everything and to get around the campus."

One school that seems to be losing steam is Texas A&M. The Aggies picked up a new commit in 4-star Trayveon Williams and now have two running back pledges in Williams and 3-star Rakeem Boyd.

"They aren't planning on taking three [running backs]," Whaley said. "I'm not saying A&M is out of the question, but they have two committed already. It is what it is."

Whaley's 247Sports Crystal Ball points to Georgia, and Whaley's a fan of the program and its direction. He said he enjoyed his trip in September and has thought about him and 4-star running back commit Elijah Holyfield being a one-two punch similar to Georgia's 2014 tandem of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

"It'd be a cool deal," Whaley said. "Elijah's a good person. We hung out together at Dawg Night [in July]. We've gotten to know each other. He's a good football player. It would be pretty cool to make up the next Sony-and-Chubb combo." 

The winner of the Whaley sweepstakes gets a running back who rushed for 1,389 yards and 22 touchdowns for Central High School in his senior year. He rushed for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior year. In those two seasons, Whaley showed his durability by rushing 416 times, including 234 as a senior.

Credit: 247Sports.com

Out-of-state school on watch for California ATH

Although many feel the race for Long Beach, California, 4-star athlete Jack Jones will come down to the two Los Angeles rival schools, USC and UCLA, Jones said that one out-of-state school has been showing the most interest.

Jones, the nation's No. 3 athlete, said Texas A&M has been the most active of the schools interested in him. He's being recruited to Texas A&M by tight ends coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Banks and receivers coach Aaron Moorehead.

"They've been talking to me every night," said Jones, a 6'0", 170-pound athlete who can play receiver, cornerback and be a solid returner on special teams. "They've been consistent, and they're telling me I can play both sides [of the ball]."

Choosing a school is one issue Jones has to worry about; deciding whether he wants to play receiver or cornerback at the next level is another issue. Jones has made official visits to Arizona State (week of Sept. 25) and Texas A&M (week of Oct. 2) and added that while he has an idea of the top contenders, he is in no rush to make any sudden moves.

"Everything is straight right now. It's all starting to slow down," Jones said. "I haven't thought about any other visits. They can get real tiring, but it's always fun to check out a new school."

Jones said a decision could come on national signing day, Feb. 3.

"Moose" watch: Race for Kansas DT continues

Lawrence, Kansas, 4-star defensive lineman Amani "Moose" Bledsoe tweeted a top six back in August that included Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA. That half-dozen hasn't changed for the defensive end, and three schools are currently fighting for two available official visits.

Bledsoe visited Oregon in September and Oklahoma and North Carolina State last month. Kansas, Missouri and UCLA are hoping to host Bledsoe on upcoming official visits, and with new offers from Baylor and USC, Bledsoe said the final two visits are considered tossups.

"I'm going to take my time with it all," Bledsoe said. "I'm just looking for somewhere that I can fit in, somewhere where I can make an impact and develop as a player. I want to be the best I can be."

Bledsoe, a 6'5", 265-pound athlete who can line up in the trenches on both sides of the ball, said he hears most from Kansas and Oklahoma. The Sooners, in fact, lead Bledsoe's 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions.

Bledsoe said he is considering holding off until national signing day to make a decision. However, he isn't opposed to ending his recruiting process if he feels completely sold on a program.

Credit: 247Sports.com

Potential package deal with Georgia prospects?

Ellenwood, Georgia, linebacker Elysee Mbem-Bosse has nearly 20 reported offers, and while he admitted that he's still weighing his options, he said a decision could come with the help of another teammate.

Mbem-Bosse, the nation's No. 14 inside linebacker, plays for Cedar Grove High School and is a teammate of Antwaun Jackson, the nation's No. 9 defensive tackle. Mbem-Bosse said the idea of the two being college teammates isn't a foreign topic.

"We've talked about playing together at the next level," Mbem-Bosse said. "That's a conversation we have every day. But we'll just have to see how things work out."

Mbem-Bosse, a shade under 6'3" and 227 pounds, is being recruited as a linebacker but can also play tight end and wide receiver if necessary. He has offers from Auburn, Michigan, North Carolina State and a host of other programs. He's taken an official visit to North Carolina State and said he's considering a visit to Oklahoma this weekend, depending on his team's playoff schedule. Cedar Grove is three games away from a Georgia state championship.

"NC State was amazing. It was good to get out and see one of my former D-tackles, Quentez Johnson," Mbem-Bosse said. "With Oklahoma, I really like the staff there and the defense that they run. They run a 3-4 [defense] and just let their linebackers play football."

Sleeper alert: Texas RB rushes for 8 TDs in win

Replacing Chris Warren III isn't an easy task for any running back at Rockwall (Texas) High School in. Warren, now a freshman at Texas, rushed for 58 touchdowns and more than 4,100 yards for his high school career.

2016 running back Caleb Broach is doing his best to fill Warren's shoes and made a statement in a playoff win over the weekend. Broach rushed for 309 yards and eight touchdowns in the victory.

Chris Warren III @ScorealldayCW25

S/o to my man @1beast1mode for getting his name sketched into the Rockwall record books w/ 8 tds✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽

At 5'9" and 195 pounds, Broach has 1,347 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. His numbers are even more impressive considering that this is his first varsity season lining up at running back. Broach was a defensive back during Warren's time at running back.

Broach, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, according to his Hudl page, is still looking for his first FBS offer.

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

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