Saturday was the first day in the 2013 recruiting cycles that featured several programs building a solid foundation for their current classes.
Four-star running back Kelvin Taylor got things rolling for Florida early Saturday morning with the first of four Top247 verbal commitments and the first of six overall.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp took a page from former boss Mack Brown at Texas as his Gators program had a banner junior day, landing six verbal commitments, including four from the Top247.
The day started with four-star running back Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day), a Gator legacy, making a much-anticipated pledge to Florida. Taylor, the son of former Gators star Fred Taylor, is the nation’s No. 34 overall prospect and the fifth-ranked running back prospect.
The news of Taylor’s pledge broke early in the day, but Florida certainly was not done as speedy receiver Rodney Adams (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood), athletic linebacker Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland), big cornerback Nick Washington (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian), big safety Keanu Neal (Bushnell, Fla./South Sumter) and sleeper jumbo athlete/outside linebacker Dillan Lawson (Crestview, Fla.) all committed to the Gators.
Washington is the nation’s No. 113 overall prospect and the No. 7 cornerback, Adams is the No. 240 overall prospect and the No. 31 receiver and Powell is the No. 243 overall prospect and the No. 17 outside linebacker. Lawson and Neal are both high three-star prospects and currently rank inside the top 50 prospects in Florida at Nos. 48 and 50, respectively.
The talent haul vaulted Florida to the top of the 247Sports team rankings for the Class of 2013.
Huge day in Ann Arbor
What happened in Ann Arbor, Mich., was just as impressive as what happened in Gainesville, Fla., as the Wolverines landed six four-star prospects. Wheaton (Ill.) St. Francis offensive tackle Kyle Bosch got things rolling with an early pledge and was followed by fullback/defensive end Wyatt Shallman (Novi, Mich.).
Chris Fox, the top overall prospect in Colorado for the 2013 class, committed to Michigan on Saturday. He was one of six prospect rated four stars or higher to commit to the Wolverines Saturday.
Then, a pair of prospects from Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech, offensive lineman David Dawson and cornerback Jourdan Lewis, jumped on board for Nos. 3 and 4. Bosch is the No. 7 offensive tackle prospect nationally and one of several elite offensive line prospects in the Midwest (there are three alone in Illinois) for this recruiting cycle.
Shallman is rated as a strong-side defensive end prospect by 247Sports and is No. 9 at that position at No. 181 overall. Lewis checks in at No. 21 nationally at cornerback while Dawson currently is No. 28 at offensive tackle.
Michigan then went out-of-state for commitment No. 5 as big-time Parker (Colo.) Ponderosa offensive tackle Chris Fox committed to the Wolverines, telling Wolverine247 that Michigan was the “best fit for him”. Fox is the nation’s No. 8 offensive tackle prospect and the top overall prospect in Colorado for the 2013 class.
The day was capped with a commitment from the nation’s No. 9 outside linebacker prospect, Taco Charlton (Pickerington, Ohio/Central), whose stock has been on the rise of late.
With the banner day, Michigan rose to No. 3 in the 247Sports team rankings.
Aggies made a run
Texas A&M also had a big day and rose to No. 2 in the 247Sports team rankings.
Linebacker/safety prospect Holland Fisher was one of two commitments for Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Four-star offensive tackle Ishmael Wilson of Dallas, three-star running back Johnny Jefferson (Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker), defensive back Victor Davis (Rosenburg, Texas/Terry) and three-star offensive guard Joas Aguliar (North Richland Hills, Texas/Birdville) all pledged to the Aggies on Saturday.
Wilson is the nation’s No. 12 offensive tackle prospect and the No. 80 overall prospect in the country. Jefferson checks in at No. 53 overall in the state of Texas and No. 31 nationally at running back while Aguliar is No. 23 nationally at offensive guard.
-There were no commitments, but Penn State had a successful junior day, making an impression on a number of high-profile visitors, including four-star quarterback Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va.).
-Saturday was a successful junior day at Virginia Tech. The Hokies landed two prospects from the Richmond area, including four-star linebacker/safety Holland Fisher (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill). Fisher is the nation’s No. 8 prospect at outside linebacker. Jefferson is currently the nation’s No. 51 athlete.
-Alabama played host to its second junior day on Saturday and several prospects, including recently-offered and fast-rising defensive back Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) came away impressed.
-Texas did not hold a junior day this weekend, but picked up commitment No. 5 from four-star running back Kyle Hicks (Arlington, Texas/Martin). Hicks currently is the No. 146 overall prospect in this class.
-Boise State picked up three-star in-state tight end Alec Dhaenens (Fruitland, Idaho) on Friday. He currently is the No. 27 tight end on our board and also had offers from Nevada and Washington State.
-Vanderbilt fans are still celebrating Thursday night’s commitment of four-star quarterback Johnathon McCrary (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove). The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is a complete game-changer for the Commodores on offense, is the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country according to 247Sports, is ranked as the No. 177 prospect in the Top247.