South: Uncommitted five-star update
Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney
South Recruiting Manager
Posted Sep 29, 2010
Chad Simmons


Out of the top 50 prospects in the country, 10 of those five-stars out of the South are uncommitted. Each has many options, but who are they really looking at? Scout brings you up to date in this feature.

There are 20 five-star prospects on Scout from the South Region and half of them are already committed to the school of their choice. That leaves 10 that are still uncommitted and looking at their options.

Scout updates you on each one right here:

The Best in the South
Jadeveon Clowney – 6-5/240 – DE –South Pointe (S.C.)
The Latest in Recruiting: Clowney has about every option that a top prospect can have, but I give the home state team the edge in the end. Just like Marcus Lattimore a year ago, I feel South Carolina has the lead here. Alabama is in and Auburn is a school I hear more and more about as well. Some have Alabama in the lead, others have South Carolina, but I still like the Gamecocks at this time.
 
Tim Jernigan – 6-2/285 – DT – Columbia (FL)
The Latest in Recruiting: Many expected Jernigan to be on Florida’s commitment list months ago, but he decided a while back that he was going to take a look at his list, take his official visits, and then make his decision. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, and Michigan were schools he told Scout he would visit and he still plans to visit those at this time. But, Florida is still the school Scout feels all others are chasing.
 
Isaiah Crowell – 6-0/210 – RB – Carver (GA)
The Latest in Recruiting: Crowell is another elite prospect that has about each offer out there other than one from the Texas Longhorns. USC was a favorite school of his growing up, but the Trojans are not in the picture any longer and while he still lists schools like Clemson, Florida State, and Miami, it will be Alabama or Georgia for Crowell. He has visited Tuscaloosa this year, but has yet to visit UGA, but Georgia holds a slight lead at this time. This is a very tight race.
 
Tony Steward – 6-1/215 – LB – Pedro Menendez (FL)
The Latest in Recruiting: Clemson, Alabama, and Florida among others are still in the mix for Steward, but it would be surprising if he did not pick Florida State in February. Most feel the Noles have led from the beginning and he has been getting to know many of the FSU commitments over the past couple of months. There are no locks in recruiting, but it looks like FSU is in the driver’s seat at this time.
 
Jay Rome – 6-6/240 – TE – Valdosta (GA)
The Latest in Recruiting: Rome’s father Stan played football and basketball for Clemson and Jay admitted to Scout that he grew up following and rooting for the Tigers, so many felt Clemson was going to be the school for Rome. They still may, but Georgia and Alabama have jumped up and grabbed the lead early in the fall. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and Florida are Rome’s top four at this time.
 
Sammy Watkins – 6-1/185 – WR – South Fort Myers (FL)
The Latest in Recruiting: Clemson looks to be in the lead right now for Sammy Watkins, but it is tough to know by how much. Miami is up there, but he has yet to visit that in-state school. LSU and Michigan are in there as well and he should take official visits to these four schools. His teammate and close friend Dallas Crawford could play a role in his decision as well because they talk a lot about playing together.
 
Jermauria Rasco – 6-3/250 – DE – Evangel Christian (LA)
The Latest in Recruiting: Rasco steadily added offers from late in 2009 through late spring 2010 and he ended up with over three dozen offers to look at. Texas has always been a school high on his list and LSU consistently does well with top in-state prospects, so those two are in this along with Alabama and Florida State. He has yet to rule anyone out, but those seem to be the four that have the best chance to land him at this time.
 
Nick O’Leary – 6-4/240 – TE – Dwyer (FL)
The Latest in Recruiting: Some felt early on that Georgia would have a good shot at landing O’Leary because his father played football there and his mother played volleyball there, but it appears UGA is a little ways down his list. Alabama was high at one time and now it looks like Florida State has made a strong push. You cannot rule Miami out either and both Florida and North Carolina have been mentioned in recent months as well. Right now, it looks like Alabama, FSU, and Miami are the three to watch the closest.
 
Stephone Anthony – 6-3/230 – LB – Anson (NC)
The Latest in Recruiting: One school jumped out in front a few months ago and they have held the lead since then. That school is the University of Florida. The Gators have held the lead for the linebacker for months now and it looks like it could be tough for anyone to catch the Gators. Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech are schools he still mentions, but it is clear that Florida holds a strong lead at this time. He plans t take his official visits and then make his decision.
 
Brandon Shell – 6-7/290 – OL – Goose Creek (SC)
The Latest in Recruiting: It is no secret that Shell wants to stay close to home, so Coach Reedy at Goose Creek told schools like USC, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma, thanks for the offer, but that Shell was staying in the South. Miami was on his list, but he has recently eliminated them, so now it is Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and South Carolina. The Gamecocks are closest to home and he has been there most to this point, so they have an edge and it looks like Georgia is right there with them. He will visit all four finalists officially.
 
Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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