Southeast Recruiting Notebook

We are now just nine days away from signing day, so the stories get bigger and bigger as we inch closer to the biggest day in recruiting.

Last week I put five Scout 300 prospects on Flip Watch and one of those was Johnny Frasier.

I honesty did not expect him to flip this weekend, but he did. All signs pointed to him announcing his flip in a week or so, but during his official visit to N.C. State, the No. 1 prospect in the state of North Carolina made his decision public.

It is a huge get for the Wolfpack and you can read about it here.

The Pack now has four commits that rank in the Scout 300. Frasier is the latest and the highest rated. The former Florida State commit is the No. 4-ranked running back and No. 53-ranked overall prospect. Frasier is out of Princeton (N.C.).

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Another prospect who had been on Flip Watch for over a month now is Scout 100 wide receiver Van Jefferson.

The elite receiver out of Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood did not flip completely, at first, but he did open back up his recruitment, and pulled off his commitment to UGA.

Oklahoma had a lot of momentum when Jefferson decommitted from UGA, but Ole Miss got the 6-foot-2, 172 pound playmaker back on campus this weekend.

That was all it took. Jefferson has committed to the Rebels and he now plans to play for Hugh Freeze.

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An evolving story all fall and into the winter has been the one of offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke.

He started off the season without a high school after moving to Georgia fromFlorida. After settling in at Stockbridge (Ga.) Faith Academy and playing a handful of football games, he was re-classified to the 2015 class.

The 6-6, 310 pound four-star tackle has taken official visits to AlabamaAuburn, Georgia, and LSU. His leader was thought to be the Crimson Tide, but UA picked up a commitment from Isaiah Prince last week.

Does this put Auburn as the favorite? Valentine-Okeke is planning to announce his decision in the near future.

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A week ago at this time, Mark Fields was on Commitment Watch after his official visit to Clemson.

Less than 24 hours after the No. 3 prospect in North Carolina left Clemson, he committed to the Tigers.

Fields was scheduled to visit Texas this weekend, but that did not take place.

Dabo Swinney and Clemson is putting together an impressive recruiting class, and it is No. 11 right now on the Scout Team Rankings.

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Is Ohio State commit Torrance Gibson looking around? It seems like he is now more than he has been.

Last week the Scout 100 signal caller was at Auburn, then at LSU this weekend, and there is some chatter behind the scenes that that dual-threat lefty out of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage is seriously looking at his options.

He sees the depth at Ohio State, and that concerns him, but he really likes the fit there for his skill-set.

Miami has entered the race again too, due to Gibson’s relationship with James Coley.

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Florida had a huge weekend in recruiting with five-star prospects Byron Cowart andMartez Ivey among others on campus.

Cowart had to leave early and you can read more on that here. Jim McElwain is expected at Ivey’s house on Wednesday, then in to see Cowart later this week for one, final visit.

It is going to be a wild final week for the Gators, so make sure you follow theirRecruiting Board Trends.

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It was down to Georgia, Michigan, and UCLA last week, but then Scout 100 linebacker Roquan Smith decided late to take an official visit to Texas A&M, and the Aggies are now in this race.

It is still a signing day decision and instead of it being a three-team race, it is a group of four. Smith is set to meet with coaches from Texas A&M Tuesday, Georgia Wednesday, and Michigan Thursday morning before heading out to L.A. for his official visit to UCLA this weekend.

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The top two running backs in Louisiana are Derrius Guice and Nicholas Brossette — both are committed to LSU, but will the Tigers sign both February 4?

A week ago Brossette took an official visit to Texas, then he was back at LSU this weekend for his official visit there.

Like Brossette, Guice was in Baton Rouge this weekend too, but next weekend, the No. 1 running back in the Southeast will be in Tuscaloosa to visit Alabama.

Can the Tigers hang onto both in-state running backs or could they lose both to out-of-state schools? Could one stay, one go? Stay tuned.

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