After adding one of the top cornerbacks in the country the week before, the Florida Gators continued their roll again last week as Will Hill, the nation’s number one safety according to Scout.com, committed to Urban Meyer on Thursday.
"The reason why I chose Florida is because it is similar to where I came from," said Hill. "St. Peter's Preparatory is exactly like Florida except for the climate. It’s like a big family environment. Everyone is on the same page, and it’s a great place to be."
Tennessee added a big name themselves in local product Rodriguez Wilks, a three-star wide receiver from Smyrna who decided to stay in-state. Wilks, 6-0.5 and 196 pounds, committed to Tennessee over Vanderbilt, Florida and others at a press conference.
"“I feel like I have a great opportunity to play as a freshman," said Wilks. "It’s close to home and I can play for a great coaching staff. I know they are going through some things but it’s a great program to be in."
Other big names on the national scene inched closer to their decisions as Arthur Brown, the top prospect in the country on Scout.com, announced the five schools to which he will take official visits. Those five schools include LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Southern Cal, and Alabama, which he visited over the weekend.
The Scout.com number one quarterback, Terrell Pryor, announced his final six schools as well in Ohio State, West Virginia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, and Penn State.
T.J. Bryant, the nation’s number two rated cornerback and a five-star prospect, has narrowed his list down to seven schools – Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma and USC. Scout.com has also learned that Bryant is in the process of setting up official visits to Florida, Miami and Southern Cal. It is expected that he will also visit LSU and his last visit will go to either Alabama or Oklahoma.
Glenn Harbin, a Scout.com four-star defensive end from Mobile-McGill-Toolen, (Ala.), is one of the top uncommitted players in the South. Harbin has trimmed his list of favorite schools to five.
“Alabama is one of my top five schools," said Harbin after his unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa last weekend." The atmosphere up there is unreal. I really like it. I like the coaches. When I went up there I got to talk to coach [Lance] Thompson. He said he was glad I made it up there.”
Florida, Florida State, North Carolina and South Carolina round out Harbin's top five.
Aramis Hillary, one of the top quarterbacks in South Carolina this season, was offered and committed to South Carolina on Thursday. The quarterback from Strom Thurmond High School in Johnston picked the Gamecocks over Mississippi State and East Carolina, among others. He said he was instructed to call South Carolina after he got out of class on Thursday.
"Coach Spurrier got on the phone and said that he wanted me," Hillary said. "He said that I really impressed him at summer camp, and that I had been on his mind ever since. I was surprised, listening there on the phone. I mean, this just came out of the blue. I knew they were always interested in me, I just didn't know how serious. When they offered, I jumped all over it.
Lousisiana (formerly known as Louisiana-Lafayette) added their second commitment of the year over the past week from center Joe Duhon. The 6-3, 290-pound Duhon is a three-time All District 4-4A member and Class 4A All-State honorable mention last season at Washington-Marion High in Lake Charles.