Five players in the Scout.com Top 100, including one five-star, decided it was time to go ahead and pull the trigger. These prospects are from the South region or have given their commitment to a southern school.
Mike Bellamy, Scout.com five-star running back from Punta Gorda-Charlotte, Fla., committed to Clemson joining Scout300 running back Marlin Lane from Daytona Beach-Mainland, Fla.
Bellamy wasn't the only National 100 prospect to commit to coach Dabo Swinney. Charone Peake, Scout.com four-star wide receiver from Spartanburg-Dorman, S.C., committed to the ACC program. Peake has long been considered a Clemson lean, but finally announced his intentions.
North Carolina received a major commitment from Kiaro Holts, Scout.com four-star offensive tackle from Indianapolis-Warren Central, Ind., who is the No. 5 offensive tackle in the country.
Miami received a big commitment from Teddy Bridgewater, Scout.com four-star quarterback from Miami-Northwestern, Fla., who is rated the No. 3 quarterback in the country. He follows a slew of former Bulls to the 'U' including current starting quarterback Jacory Harris.
Stanford has been a regular Pac-10 school recruiting prospects in the Southeast since coach Jim Harbaugh's arrival. He may have landed his best yet in James Vaughters, Scout.com four-star middle linebacker from Tucker, Ga.
The Florida Gators had a big month for commitments with six during the month of June including four Scout300 members. Ryan Shazier, Scout.com four-star outside linebacker from Plantation, Fla., Tommy Jordan, four-star offensive tackle from Ridgefield, Conn., Javares McRoy, Scout.com 300 wide receiver from Lakeland, Fla., and Ja'Juan Story, Scout.com 300 wide receiver from Brooksville-Nature Coast, Fla.
The University of Georgia had a very good month by landing four commitments. Two were members of the Scout.com 300 which included Watts Dantzler, Scout.com four-star offensive tackle from Dalton, Ga., and Nick Marshall, four-star safety from Rochelle-Wilcox County, Ga. The Bulldogs are defending the homefront with 12 of their 13 commitments from within the state borders.
Several members of the Scout300 from the Sunshine State gave their commitments this past month. Two decided to stay in-state with Rashad Greene, Scout.com four-star wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas to Florida State and teammate Phil Dorsett, Scout.com 300 wide receiver to Miami. Chevelle Buie, Scout.com 300 running back from Cocoa, Fla., committed to Rutgers.
Auburn snagged a couple of elite playmakers on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The last week of May the Tigers landed Kiehl Frazier, Scout.com four-star quarterback from Springdale-Shiloh Christian, Ark. Frazier is rated as the No. 4 QB in the country. Auburn received an in-state commitment from Jabrian Niles, Scout.com 300 defensive end from Mobile-Davidson, Ala.
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Nick Marshall will play two sports at Georgia.
The Pac-10 is invading the South region. Schools like USC, UCLA and Oregon have recruited the South well over the last few years. Other schools are starting to jump on board.
Washington State has received four commitments this summer from the state of Florida which includes Darryl Monroe, middle linebacker from
Orlando-Dr. Phillips, two teammates who are wide receivers in Henry Eaddy, and Isiah Myers from Orlando-Olympia and Spencer Waseem, cornerback from Apopka.
Coach Mike Riley has landed a couple from the Tar Heel State in Chris Lampkins, wide receiver from Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy and Jeremy Reynolds, cornerback from Greensboro-Dudley, N.C.
Cal took five-star recruit Keenan Allen from Alabama in February and now have a commitment from his cousin Maurice Harris, Scout.com three-star wide receiver from Greensboro-Northern Guilford, N.C.
Take a look at several who we expect to make a decision before the 2010 season.
Most eyes are on James Wilder, Jr. Scout.com five-star outside linebacker from Tampa-Plant, Fla., who plans to announce before his senior year.
"I have only seen Florida State, Florida, South Florida, and Alabama so far," Wilder told Scout.com in late June. "I want to see Georgia, California, and USC for sure before I commit, and I will probably see a few more too. I want to see a lot to make sure I see everything I need to before I commit."
Jonathan Rose, Scout.com four-star cornerback from Leeds, Ala., could finally pull the trigger for Auburn. Aaron Lynch, Scout.com four-star defensive end from Cape Coral-Island Coast, Fla., to Notre Dame.
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Will Jonathan Rose choose the Tigers?
Many expect Dee Hart, Scout.com four-star running back from Orlando-Dr. Phillips, Fla., to announce a decision. Michigan is considered the team to beat.
Bobby Hart, Scout.com four-star offensive tackle from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla., will take his final visit of the summer to Florida State. The Seminoles have led since the spring.
The University of Alabama could land a major commitment from Trey DePriest, Scout.com five-star middle linebacker from Springfield, Ohio, who plans to graduate in December.
Spencer Region, Scout.com 300 offensive guard from Cullman, Ala., may finally put an end to his recruitment. He committed to Auburn in early February, but de-committed only to see the Tide possibly back in the lead for his signature.
Brey Cook, Scout.com four-star offensive tackle from Springdale-Har-Ber, Ark., will announce July 6. Cook will decide between Arkansas and Oklahoma.
A couple of other Scout300 prospects who are expected to announce their decisions in the near future include Nick Waisome, Scout.com four-star cornerback from Groveland-South Lake, Fla., and Senquez Golson, Scout.com 300 cornerback from Pascagoula, Miss.
Here's a list of the rest of the commitments from the first part of the summer.
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Vinnie Sunseri, Isaac Luatua
Isiah Wiley, Davyon McKinney, Marcus Danenhauer, Mitch Smothers
Grady Jarrett, Isaiah Battle, Joe Gore, Adam Humphries
Jonathan Woodruff, Carson Ginn, Lucas Fisher, Matt Skura, David Helton
Hunter Long, Zach Witchett
Darren Waller, Shaquille Mason, Jabari Hunt-Days
Hunter Joyer, Kyle Christy
Jacob Coker, Devonta Freeman
Eli Rogers, Nick Menocal
Ethan Hutson, Chelarvez Brown, Cody Prewitt
Devin Fosselman, Rufus Warren
Scott Thompson, Tony Knight
Angelo Watley, Edward Muldrow, Jared Henry, Mason Harris, Deion Green
Zack Bullock, Chris Garye, Willie Davis
Michael Smith, Terrick Wright, Collin Jarbo, Tray Becton, Ed Wilkins
Brian Randolph, Tom Smith, Andrew Power
Cedric Thompson, Kion Williams, Tarik Cook, Dalton Wertz, Brandon Bragg, Jermaine Reve
Here's a look at other commitments from inside the region who will leave the South region to play college football.
Zack Oliver (Northwestern), Kevin Sousa (Michigan), Ben Councell (Notre Dame), Charles Henderson (Utah), Christian Reeves (Virginia Tech), Alex Chisum (Cincinnati), Demarcus Sherod (Oklahoma State), Matt Roth (Virginia Tech), Max Chapman (Northwestern), Clay Burton (Nortre Dame), Justin DuVernois (Illinois), Jerrard Randall (Oregon), Chris Robinson (Kansas), Jephette Matilus (Minnesota) and Niklas Sade (Nebraska).