Southeast Recruiting Notebook
That time has just about come.
The dead period will end this week and there will be big visits taking place in a prospect’s home, on a college campus, or in a high school office.
Decisions have been made recently and some are on the horizon.
The top 10 prospect out of Tennessee was a long-time Ole Miss commit, then he opened up his recruitment just over a month ago. LSU beat out Tennessee for his commitment late in January, but after defensive coordinator John Chavis left LSU, Amadi decided to be a Duck.
Amadi is a December graduate and he will begin his career in Oregon very soon.
Taylor is a former Scout 100 prospect out of Millen (Ga.) Jenkins County, but after being dismissed from Georgia, he attended Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in Mississippi this fall, and he is now part of Alabama’s class of 2015. He is a defensive tackle who should have an immediate impact.
Taylor is now in Tuscaloosa (Ala.) on the Alabama campus, and the Sooners cannot wait for Campbell to move to Norman. The star defensive lineman out of Yazoo City (Miss.) is committed, but he still plans to take official visits to in-state schools Ole Miss and Mississippi State the next two weekends.
Who is the next Scout 100 prospect to commit? It could be Donte Jackson, an elite athlete out of Jefferson (La.) Riverdale.
As the dead period ends later this week, Jackson will leave for Athens (Ga.) to visit UGA officially. That visit takes place January 16-18, then he is set to commit on January 21 at his school.
It is down to Georgia and LSU — Jackson is scheduled to visit LSU officially the weekend of January 23. The four-star cornerback on Scout said, "If Georgia is the right school for me after my visit, then I will commit to them, then visit LSU to give them their shot."
New commitments will take place weekly now as we close in on signing day, but there is a lot of de-committing going on as well.
Scout 300 defensive end Arden Key (pictured below) has committed to South Carolina twice and he has de-committed from the Gamecocks the same. He is now scheduled to visit Auburn, LSU, and South Carolina over the final three weeks. Visits to Georgia and Miami are possibilities as well.
Do not rule out Key signing with South Carolina on signing day, but he wanted to open his recruitment back up, give each school a chance, and not be committed to a school while doing so.
The Scout 100 linebacker out of Montezuma (Ga.) Macon County has visited Georgia and USC officially already, and he is now planing to visit Michigan, Arizona State, and UCLA this three weekends leading up to signing day.
Georgia, the in-state school is looked at as the favorite right now, but Smith has a great bond with new Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin. That puts the maize and blue right in this game. Smith will announce his decision on signing day.
There is always a prospect that catches fire the last month or two of the recruiting cycle and that is Chris Williamson this year.
The athlete out of Gainesville (Ga.) has added 20 of his 22 scholarship offers over the last eight weeks. Over the last week, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, and others have jumped on board.
The three-star cornerback has visited California officially and he is set to head for Chapel Hill (N.C.) to check out UNC on January 16. At this time, Florida is set to host Williamson on January 30.
Will he take his other two official visits? He may take one, he may take both. Georgia,Kentucky, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech are all being considered for those visits.