South Recruiting Notebook
Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson
Scout.com - Southeast
Posted Mar 26, 2007


Miami and head coach Randy Shannon made a big splash over the weekend adding several big names to their commitment lists, but they were not the only program to pick up a commitment. Find out more in this week's Southeast Recruiting Notebook.

Three of the top overall prospects in South Florida for the class of 2008 committed to Randy Shannon over the weekend. The commitments, headlined by Patrick Johnson, who is competing for the top cornerback prospect in the country.

"I gave Miami a verbal," Johnson said on Saturday night. "I don't really take it as a commitment yet because I still wanna take other visits and look at other schools but it's looking real good for Miami right now."

On Saturday, Micanor Regis, a big defensive tackle from Pahokee, Fla., decided to end the recruiting process nearly one year prior to signing day.


Brandon Washington
"I committed to Miami today," he said. "I'm gonna be a Hurricane. I went to their scrimmage today and talked to all the coaches. They were glad to meet me and were all congratulating me. I'm really excited about it."

Johnson and Regis were joined by offensive guard Brandon Washington from Miami Edison, who added "I really think [Randy Shannon] is going to turn Miami back into a national power, a team that can win the title every year. I've been talking to Coach Stoutland and I really like what he's going. And my old coach here, Coach Bell, is down there working. I just felt real comfortable with those guys."



Georgia's junior day took place on Saturday with the Dawgs offering and receiving a commitment from Fayette County (Ga.) cornerback Brandon Boykin.


Brandon Boykin
"Coach [Mark] Richt talked with me about what things will be like at Georgia," said Boykin on Saturday after making his commitment. "He was real with me. He didn’t say that I would come in and start or play right away – I know the secondary at Georgia is very deep. I also know that I will have to work my way into playing time."

The Dawgs also pulled in a big name visitor for junior day in A.J. Harmon, who may be close to deciding between Georgia and Clemson.

"I am starting to think I may decide earlier," he admitted. Harmon previously thought he may wait a while before deciding, but, he said, he has been thinking about it more and more.



Commits for the sophomore class have already begun? Times are changing, but it looks like colleges have already started locking up players that will be rising juniors. Jesuit sophomore running back Payten Jason has committed to Ole Miss. The 6' 0", 190 pound tailback rushed for 728 yards and 9 touchdowns on 114 carries last season. Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron made his mark on Jason during Ole Miss’ junior day.

"He came up to me told me that he wanted me to be a Rebel, and if that is what I wanted to do, he said I would be there first scholarship offer for my class. That was pretty cool to be their first offer. I told my parents when I got back home that they had everything I wanted and that I wanted to be their first commit since they showed me so much love."



Undra Billingsley, from Birmingham-Woodlawn, (Ala.), noted his commitment was in the near future. He was right as he gave his pledge this weekend to the University of Alabama.

"I committed to Alabama," said Billingsley. "I committed after practice. I told coach Nick Saban about my decision. He was very excited. He called coach [Kevin] Steele in the office, and he jumped all over me. Coach Saban was excited too. He said it was good news after practice."




Marquan Brown
The first North Carolina Shrine Bowl Combine of the year took place on Saturday in Rockingham, N.C., and there were several big names on hand including Scout100 member and top prospect in North Carolina Terrell Manning, Gray's Creek athletes Marquan Brown and Chris Enos, Hoggard offensive guard Jonathan Cooper, West Columbus running back Travis Leggett, and New Hanover offensive tackle Nick Becton.

Brown could be the fastest player in the state, and Scout.com had his forty times as 4.31 and 4.35 (though his official times were much lower). Coming in at 5.6-5 and 147 pounds could hurt his stock some in the eyes of the recruiters.

Manning found out about the combine early Saturday morning before the event and decided to show up even with a tweaked ankle. Posting a 4.85 on his first, obviously awkard run, Manning pulled off his shoes and posted a 4.75 on our watched in socks. Manning measured in just under 6-4 and 201 pounds.


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