South Recruiting Notebook

BY foxsports • February 23, 2015

A handful of schools picked up multiple commits this past week, but the top prospect to pull the trigger was No. 1 quarterback Shea Patterson.

The five-star out of Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist is a former Arizona commit, but on Wednesday it was Ole Miss.

The quarterback who throws a tight spiral with pitching machine-like accuracy isnow a Rebel.

Ole Miss is off to a great start in 2016. It has 10 verbal commits with six of those being Scout 300 prospects.

Patterson was the biggest get for any school, but the Big Three in Florida were all very active.

Florida State picked up two 2016 commits and one for 2017 over the weekend.

A pair of teammates out of Miami Central, defensive end Keir Thomas and safetyJamel Cook are now Seminoles. As prospect rankings are updated in the near future, Cook, a 6-foot-5, 200 pound versatile athlete has a chance to make a big jump.

Sophomore running back Zaquandre White is now a Seminole as well. They are called 'Junior Days', but they are far from that when schools host prospects on their campus this time of year. White is not a junior, but he is a prospect high on FSU's board, so he had an invite.

FSU now has nine verbal commits for 2016.

Miami has more than half of their class filled at this point for 2016 with 18 verbal commits to date.

Over the past week, UM added commits from running back McArthur Burnett, wide receiver Isaiah Johnson, and inside linebacker Greg Simmons. All three are out of South Florida.

It did not stop there for The U -- Al Golden picked up commitments from three sophomores from the same area -- running back Bentavious Thompson, outside linebacker Tyler Dunning, and quarterback Todd Centeio.

To cap the weekend off, a Miami legacy became a Hurricane. Alphonso Blades II, son of former star defensive back in Coral Gables Al Blades ended his recruitment three years early.

New Florida head coach Jim McElwain is putting together his first full class and he added commitments two and three last week.

Miami Central rush end Eric Mitchell and athlete Vosean Joseph of Miami Norland are now Gators. Joseph is already a three-star.

A couple of top corners who have a chance to be Scout 300 prospects in 2016 committed to schools Friday and Sunday.

Virginia Tech was first to offer South Carolina native Troy Pride a scholarship and he committed to the Hokies to start off the weekend. He is a long corner with ball skills and someone with real upside.

Tyrique McGhee is a strong cornerback out of Peach County High School inGeorgia, a powerful program, and after visiting UGA Saturday, he committed to the Dawgs Sunday.

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