South: Five-Stars Off the Board
Landon Collins
Landon Collins
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jan 11, 2012
Chad Simmons


Channing Ward got it all started last week at the Under Armour All-America game and Jordan Jenkins is the latest five-star to commit. Get caught up on the elite out of the South here.

Channing Ward chose Ole Miss over Auburn and Mississippi State on Thursday January 5 on ESPN at the Under Armour All-America game.

Ward, a 6-foot-4, 245 pound defensive end out of Aberdeen, Ms. wanted to stay home and be a part of the Rebel program that is now being run by Hugh Freeze.

He had a strong week in Orlando, Fla. and he is currently ranked the 41st best prospect in the country on Scout.

Not too long after Ward announced his decision, Landon Collins made his. This one was talked about a little more.

Sure, Collins is the number two safety in the country and the number 12 overall prospect in America, but it was all about how it went down.

It was no secret that his mother wanted him to choose LSU, the home-state school, but Collins chose Alabama instead.

The 6-foot, 203 pound safety out of Geismar, La. - Dutchtown felt the Crimson Tide was the right choice for him. You can bet Les Miles and company will not give up on him, so stay tuned.

After Ward and Collins announced their decisions on Thursday, Jonathan Bullard was set to announce on Saturday January 7 at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Bullard planned to commit on December 21 at his school originally, but he decided to push that back to January 7. That changed things.

The 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive end out of Shelby (NC) Crest told Scout he would have picked Clemson in December, but he chose Florida this past Saturday.

Bullard is one of the best defensive ends in the country and Scout currently ranks him as the 31st best prospect.

Two days after Bullard put his name on the Gator commitment list, Jordan Jenkins committed to one of Florida's biggest rivals.

Live on Fox Sports South, Jenkins committed to Georgia on The Next Class: 2012. That announcement surprised more than when Collins chose Alabama over LSU.

The 6-foot-3, 246 pound rush end out of Hamilton, Ga. - Harris County had Alabama on top for almost a year and Florida was thought to be next for the last six months or so.

Jenkins visits UGA in November and it took off from there. It came down to Alabama and Georgia for Jenkins and the top prospect in Georgia picked the home team.

Scout currently has Jenkins ranked at number 30 overall.

Four off the best are now off the board, so what five-star prospects are left on the board in the South?

Avery Young (no. 14), Nelson Agholor (no. 25), Kwon Alexander (no. 35), and Tracy Howard (no. 43) are the current prospects in the Top 50 that have yet to make a decision.

Young and Alexander have stated they will wait until Signing Day (February 1) to announce their decisions. Howard will visit Florida the weekend before Signing Day, so he will announce on Signing Day or right before. Agholor could announce in January.

Jameis Winston remains a Florida State commitment, but Alabama is very much involved here and Ohio State could be one to watch as well. He is considered a soft commitment by Scout.

These prospects are all five stars on Scout as of Tuesday January 10, but rankings will be updated again this week.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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