When it comes to 2011 prospects on the East Coast, Jeoffrey Pagan is among the elite. Where does LSU…
Five Southeast Questions
After winning the national recruiting championship with the last class, how is Florida looking for 2011? Florida is still Florida and they have high expectations in this class just like they did in 2010. It is hard for me seeing them finishing with a class this year like they just signed. They inked the top players in Pennsylvania (Sharrif Floyd), New York (Dominique Easley), and California (Ronald Powell) along with signing one of the best out of Georgia (Mack Brown), and still getting tons of talent out of Florida. It will be hard for them to repeat that type of success nationally, but they will do well. It will start in-state where they are in the lead for guys like Tim Jernigan and James Wilder, the top two players in Florida. Others like Mike Bellamy, Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Shazier, Kelvin Benjamin, Brandon Fulse, Rashad Greene, Jordan Prestwood, Giorgio Newberry, Nick Waisome, and Lonnie Gosha are in-state targets that have interest in the Gators. They also already have commitment from Pop Saunders and A.C. Leonard. They will have success outside of Florida again also. Christian LeMay is a quarterback they target and his father Stacy LeMay was a chaplain in Gainesville for many years because starting up his own ministry in Charlotte, North Carolina. Isaiah Crowell, Charone Peake, Brandon Shell, Jeoffrey Pagan, and Stephon Tuitt are other out-of-state prospects that have listed UF at least in their top three recently. Tim Jernigan is on top of many boardsChad Simmons, Scout.com They have not started to look at West or even too far up North like they did in 2010, but expect the best of the best to be in Gainesville later in July for Friday Night Lights and that is usually when the Gators separate themselves from the pack or make a move for the Nation's best. I would not expect them to sign the type of class nationally that they did in 2010, but they will still be Florida and finish with one of the top classes in the country. What team or teams appear poised to take the top spot in the Southeast this year? Early on, I have to look at LSU as the school everyone will be chasing for some time. They are hot out of the gates with nine commitments. Eight are from Louisiana which has a very talented group in 2010 and five of the top seven prospects in the Bayou State have already given Les Miles a verbal commitment. The top three in Louisiana are debatable and they already have commitments from two (La'El Collins and Anthony Johnson) of them and they are very much in it for the third (Jermauria Rasco). They also have commitments from Jeremy Hill and Kenny Hilliard who are the top two backs in Louisiana and two of the top 22 running backs in the country. Jarvis Landry is the top receiver in their home state and he has committed to the Tigers as well. LSU is off to a strong start and after closing extremely strong on Signing Day in 2010 to finish with the 7th best class in the country, they look to be primed to back that up with another stellar class in 2011. What state has surprised you with depth so far in the class of 2011? I do not know if I would call it a surprise because the way recruiting is now, we are out there looking for talent at least a year in advance. Florida and Georgia are always going to be strong and deep and Alabama has up and down years when talking depth, but if I had to name one state that looks to be as strong and deep as ever, it would be South Carolina. Jadeveon Clowney is one of the nation's bestMiller Safrit, Scout.com Louisiana is very top heavy and strong in numbers, but South Carolina has someone like Jadaveon Clowney at the top and he is one of the best in the country and you can work your way down to 10 with Lateek Townsend and to Pat Martin closer to number 20 and still have guys with impressive BCS offer lists. South Carolina has gotten better over the past five years when talking numbers, but the strength and depth of this class is one of the best they have had. Clowney is a national recruit and he is followed by guys such as Brandon Shell, Charone Peake, Phillip Dukes, Shon Carson, Shamir Jeffrey, Dexter Staley, Lateek Townsend, Everette Golson, and Jerome Maybank who all can play for the majority of the schools in the country. The list could go on, that is how talented the state is in 2011. Mississippi is another state that has better depth in 2011 than 2010, especially at the skill positions. What player has had the best month after signing day? The one guy that comes to mind is Jeoffrey Pagan out of Acheville, N.C. He has quickly gone from a few offers to close to 30 from schools across the country. He has to be one of the hottest recruits in America at this time. It seems I am getting calls and text messages daily about him adding one, two, three, or even four offers in a day. He has really been a hot prospect and he would have to be the one for me. Sterling Bailey, Jordan Prestwood, and Tony Steward are some others that come to mind. What player is going to have the busiest spring evaluation period with college coaches watching? A lot of prospects as we all know will be under the watchful eyes of college coaches as they hit the road for the evaluation period this spring, but one that may not have the offer lists of others yet that will be closely evaluated is Stephen Rivers out of Athens, Alabama. His older brother Phillip Rivers was not too highly recruited either. People doubted his ability at North Carolina State, and even at San Diego, but he is currently one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. There are questions out there about Stephen as well, many are the same as Phillip had, so I know a lot of schools are interested in Stephen that have yet to pull the trigger. Expect a lot of eyes to be on him in the coming months.
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