There is never a shortage of news out of the Southeast and here are some top storylines over the past week.
John Burt (pictured), a Texas commitment was back at Auburn Saturday for an unofficial visit and this was his second visit there this season. Burt is a four-star wide receiver out of Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln and there is a real possibility that he flips from the Longhorns to the Tigers.
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When asked what he likes about AU, Burt said, "Everything." The 6-foot-4, 190 pound senior likes the atmosphere, the coaches, and the offense Guz Malzahn runs.
Burt does have ties to Texas, but I consider him a lean to Auburn at this time. He is one to keep an eye on moving forward.
Cornhuskers back in New Orleans
Kendall Bussey is a talented running back out of New Orleans (La.) Newman and he is one of the top commitments for Nebraska. The Cornhuskers went back into New Orleans and picked up a commitment over the weekend from Stanley Morgan out of St. Augustine.
Morgan is a three-star prospect who plays wide receiver and safety for his team, but projects as a wideout for the Cornhuskers. He’s good in a lot of areas, but not one that really wows you in one phase of his game.
His decision was made over a week ago, but waited until Friday for local media coverage.
Special Class for the Dawgs
Mark Richt has signed quite a few top 10 classes in his 13 full seasons at Georgia, but he has never signed one that was No. 1 in the country. Could this be that year?
The Dawgs picked up another Scout 300 commitment Friday when Rashad Roundtree announced he wanted to be a Bulldog. The four-star senior out of Evans (Ga.) Lakeside is commitment No. 24 for UGA and Bulldogs are now No. 2 in the country.
Alabama leads in the Scout Team Rankings, but now only by 189 points. UGA needs help, big help in the defensive backfield, so Roundtree is a big get for the Dawgs.
Scout 300 LB Down to Two?
Michigan State had their biggest home game Saturday against Ohio State and the Spartans fell to the Buckeyes, but there was plenty to catch a recruit’s attention.
Many visitors were in East Lansing and one of those was Quarte Sapp, a four-star outside linebacker out of Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton. He flew up to Michigan from Georgia early Saturday, took his official visit, and the Spartans are right in the thick of this race.
It will likely come down to Michigan State and Tennessee. Sapp is very familiar with the Vols — he has visited Knoxville a few times already. Miami is another school involved, but the Hurricanes are on the outside looking in at this time.
Expect a decision from Sapp in the near future. Sapp told me late last week that a decision before Thanksgiving is very likely. He is an athletic linebacker with length, a frame to add good weight to, and speed.
Buckeyes back in the South
On Monday November 3, Ohio State got some big news — Scout 100 athleteTorrance Gibson committed to the Buckeyes. Gibson is one of the most dynamic playmakers in the 2015 class. He is a long and rangy athlete with good speed, excellent athleticism, and he is one that is dangerous anytime the ball is in his hands.
Could he be the next quarterback in Columbus? He hopes to be, but wide receiver is another option for him and he could end up playing on Sundays there possibly. Gibson does some good things at quarterback too and he has improved there, but he still has a ways to go to play on the Ohio State level at that position. The good news there is he has plenty of time to develop the way it looks right now at Ohio State.
Gibson was not the only Buckeye commitment out of the South last week. Not known like Gibson is Joshua Norwood (See highlights below), but he is having a huge senior season and the 6-foot tall corner out of Valdosta (Ga.) gave Urban Meyer his verbal commitment less than a week after visiting Ohio State officially.
Do not be surprised to see some other schools jump on Norwood between now and signing day, but he had a great visit to Columbus and he seems solid to the Buckeyes.
Hogs go Outside their State
Arkansas is doing an excellent job of recruiting their home state this year, but there latest commitment comes from Wauchula (Fla.) Hardee.
Derrick Graham is his name and the 6-foot-3, 217 pound senior outside linebacker can rush the passer, he has good length, and he is going to add good weight on the next level. Out of the 18 commitments for the Hogs, nine come from their state, and they now have two who played high school football in the Sunshine State.
Graham is a three-star on Scout and he is the No. 68 outside linebacker in the country.