- Class of 2016 Opelika (Ala.) running back Josh Johnson, after a spring with his new program, thinks his recruitment will take flight this summer.
“I’m looking for more colleges, right now it’s just Jacksonville State,” he said. “They haven’t offered, but they’re talking to me. Auburn wants to see my tape, too.”
Johnson, who ran for 2,000 yards as a sophomore at Russell County (Ala.), says he would like to head from Georgia, Auburn, Mississippi State, Clemson and South Carolina before his recruitment is all said and done.
“Those are some schools I’ve grown up on, they have great football programs,” he said.
- Michael Jackson is on the opposite pace, as the SEC has been hot on the trail of the Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park three-star cornerback.
“I went to the ‘Bama camp, balled out and my name is taking off,” he said. “Alabama thought I did real good, they like my size and speed. Coach Kirby Smart told me I ran a high 4.4 (second 40-yard dash), low 4.5.”
Another pair from the conference may be close to offering the long and physical senior.
“Georgia is saying they like my size, they want me to visit the facilities, and LSU is saying the same thing,” Jackson said.
- Injuries often slow early recruiting, and it has been the case for Roy Yancey. The three-star linebacker came off of knee surgery in the fall and then he broke his hand this spring.
“They’re still sleeping on me, they want to see me play on me knee,” he said. “I’ve been going to camps and stuff, Kentucky, Georgia State, Alabama State this summer, and the coaches have been saying I look pretty good. They’re waiting on my season (to offer) though.”
- Defending state champion Spanish Fort (Ala.) has a budding star in its 2017 class, Thomas Johnston. The linebacker already has offers from Clemson, N.C. State and Southern Miss to his name.
“I went to Southern Miss lately and we were trying to get to some SEC schools,” he said. “We talked to the head coach (Todd Monken) and the offensive coordinator (Chip Lindsey), we saw the weight room and the field, it was pretty cool.”
Johnston got in contact with an offering coaching staff over the phone for the first time this month, too.
“ I called Clemson for the first time a few weeks ago, me and the D-line coach (Marion Hobby) just had a casual conversation,” he said. “I think we’re going to try and get up there for a game this fall.”
Johnston also wants to visit, Ole Miss, Georgia and Southern Cal at some point. He is being recruited primarily as an inside linebacker at this time.
- Tim Bonner committed to Louisville Monday afternoon, marking the second Alabama prospect to do so in 2015 (Troy Thingstad). The Demopolis (Ala.) defensive end is 6-foot-5, 215 pounds and was previously thought of as a Mississippi State lean after a recent visit to Starkville.
- Less than an hour later, another trench prospect made his decision public. New Market (Ala.) Buckhorn offensive lineman Zachary Branner took to Twitter to release his intent to play at Georgia State.
I have officially committed to Georgia State University #AllBlueAllIn— Zachary Branner7?0? (@zbranner70) July 28, 2014
- It only took one visit to get Kameron Prewitt (pictured above) on Memphis’ 2015 commitment list. The Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville safety broke the news to the coaching staff while in the Volunteer State Sunday.
“I just love everything about Memphis!” he said. “I love the environment, the facilities and especially the coaching staff. It feels like home.”
- Prewitt’s teammate and fellow senior Terelle West committed to Middle Tennessee before the weekend, over offers from several schools. The speedy running back will carry the full load for the first time this season.
- The third Clay-Chalkville standout to commit in the last week was LaDarius Harris, a.k.a. “Noochie,” to Southern Mississippi. The Golden Eagles added the 6-foot-1, 265-pounder on July 21. The program added Lester (Ala.) West Limestone offensive guard Dakota Siniard over the weekend, too.
- Marquise Irvin also made his decision, announcing the intent to sign with Mercer (Ga.) in February. The tight end/wide receiver hybrid out of Gurley (Ala.) Madison County had six other known offers.