Friday’s AJC Recruiting Links

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Deadlines spur action.

On Thursday, the AJC set out for the annual Corky Kell Kickoff Classic luncheon, and the crew came away with some great content.

The country’s No. 1 receiver narrowed down his final three schools, a USC commit has his eyes set on UGA and a 4-star halfback tells the AJC that he has something lined up for his September announcement.

That’s just a primer. On to other important things.

Starting today, the AJC is going to unveil a weekly spotlight series that introduces some of the state’s lesser known players who we think should be on your radar. This week’s recruit is Dreshun Miller, a converted defensive back over at Sprayberry High School.

Now, it’s been a relatively slow week in the recruiting realm, but I guarantee you there are some storylines below that you won’t want to miss. Check them out.

7September 13, 2014 Atlanta - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson (left) and Graduate Assistant Coach Steven Sylvester (right) before their game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September, 13, 2014. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM


Today’s need-to-know stories

  1. Georgia Tech on commitment watch for 4-star defensive tackle

Nyles Pinckney, a 4-star defensive tackle out of South Carolina, is scheduled to announce his commitment at 2 p.m., according to’s Paul Strelow. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound tackle is considered a strong Clemson lean, and has even suggested that he’ll remain in-state to play out his college football career.

What are the odds Georgia Tech lands Pinckney? Low, very low. Pinckney received an offer from Clemson back in 2013, and the Tigers have long been considered his frontrunner. It would take a lot — more than just great academics — for the Seabrook Whale Branch standout to consider playing out of state, especially with South Carolina in the fold, too.

Stay tuned.

  1. A pair of highly ranked recruits visit Auburn

Class of 2017 prospects Xavier McKinney and LeAnthony Williams, Jr., of Roswell High School accompanied one another on a trip to Auburn a few days ago. McKinney, a 3-star cornerback, and Williams, Jr., a 4-star cornerback, are considered two of the best defensive backs in the state.

It’s important to note that Williams, Jr., has already picked up an offer from the Tigers. As it stands, he’s considered a heavy lean to Auburn. On the flip side, McKinney has picked up some notable SEC offers of his own. Alabama and South Carolina have each offered.

Could the two possibly want to play together at the next level? 

  1. Georgia DB reschedules commitment date 

Javon Jackson, a 3-star cornerback, told the AJC that he would announce his commitment before Aug. 21, the day of Sandy Creek High School’s season-opener.

That didn’t go as planned.

Though he did narrow down his final schools to South Carolina and Duke — both are still his leaders — he told the AJC that he feels he may have rushed to a decision too soon. Jackson will now likely commit towards the end of the season.

It’s clear that he wants to consider all of his options, but my guess is that another school of interest came into the picture at the last second.

  1. Ole Miss commit is flirting with SEC program

Chandler Tuitt, a 3-star offensive lineman, has been committed to Ole Miss since July, but he’s keeping his ears open.

Though his recruiting has died down a bit he says he continues to hear from Florida fairly often. How interested is Tuitt in the Gators? In my opinion, it’s minimal at best. He’s a firm commit to the Rebels and it’s unlikely that a kid who hasn’t even visited the campus once would give it some thought.

But don’t rule out a potential official visit. Tuitt says it’s a possibility. And if that happens, anything could happen.

Note: Another school to keep an eye out for is Clemson. Tuitt acknowledged to the AJC that he’s always had an affinity for the Tigers ever since he was young. And if he were to receive another offer, he says he’d like for it to come from Clemson.

  1. Louisville commit wants FSU offer

If Tabarius Peterson could have it his way, he’d already have an offer from FSU, at least that’s what the 3-star defensive end told the AJC.  

According to Peterson, who committed to Louisville in July, FSU is his No. 2 school. He’s visited the campus twice in the last two years, and he had nothing but good things to say about the program, campus and city.

Of course, that doesn’t guarantee an offer, but anything can happen between now and signing day.

  1.  Recruiting round-up

Let’s get you squared away with some other happenings around the state.

Quentavious Monday of Carver High School committed to Tulane.  

Juwuan Jones of Lanier High School picked up his first offer from Wisconsin.

Jalen Camp of South Forsyth High School picked up an offer from Mercer University. He committed to Liberty back in June.

  1. Soundbites and storylines from around the SEC

Remember when Dak Prescott was involved in that spring incident last March? It turns out it was actually much, much worse. According to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel, One of the men told Prescott, “I got a bullet with your name on it.” Read more on the detailed account here … Another Alabama receiver has been bit by the injury bug … The 75th anniversary All-America team was released yesterday, and 13 former SEC players made the cut, including three UGA members …

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