Some days bring more recruiting news than others, and Monday was certainly a fast-paced day filled with seven commitments following a rush of pledges over the weekend.
Dallis Todd's commitment came on the heels of a big QB commit for the Sooners.
The Monday commitments were especially impactful considering three Top247 prospects announced decisions, along with a fourth four-star.
Dallis Todd, WR, La Mirada (Calif.)The 6-foot-5, 210-pound wide receiver made a big splash on Monday committing to the Oklahoma Sooners, as expected by West Coast experts. The Top247 prospect was the second big-time pick up for Bob Stoops and staff in a three-day period following the commitment of Top247 signal caller Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe).
“I went to dinner Saturday night with Justice and his family, and he had just committed to OU that day,” Todd told OUInsider. “He was really sold on the program and since he grew up around the program he knew a lot about it. I gained a great deal of perspective about the program listening to someone else that had grown up as a fan of the program, but not really a part of the program. That really helped me get a better feel what OU means to people in the community. Justice really wanted to be a part of the OU program and will get a chance to fulfill his dream, and he really recruited me hard because he wanted me to share that opportunity with him,”
Todd, who hauled in 72 passes for 1,041 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, said the similar style of offense and the success of past wide receivers was a big part of his decision.
“We run a similar offense that they run at Oklahoma with two, three and four wide receivers. I understand that OU has had some great wide receivers coming out of the program that have set records, and they have had wide receivers just flock to their program because they are a very important part of their offense. So to be able to commit to OU early is a blessing for me.” He said.
Todd is currently the No. 112-ranked prospect in the 247Composite, and the No. 14-ranked wide receiver in the 2014 class. He selected the Sooners over offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Tennessee and a number of others.
Bryson Allen-Williams, OLB, Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar GroveSouth Carolina scored big in the state of Georgia on Monday picking up a verbal from Top247 prospect Bryson Allen-Williams. The 6-foot-1.5, 214-pound defender with a non-stop motor, and nearly unmatched work ethic and competitive fire selected the Gamecocks over committable offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State and a number of others.
The Gamecocks' work with Bryson Allen-Williams paid off on Monday.
"They have been recruiting me the hardest and the longest," Allen-Williams told National Recruiting Analyst Keith Niebuhr. "I went to the Georgia game and it was a great atmosphere. When I sit at home and listen to that Welcome to Williams-Brice intro, I get chills,"
The commitment to South Carolina was actually made by his mother.
"I tried to call [Lorenzo Ward] but he didn't pick up. My mom called and talked to him when I was at baseball practice. Everything goes through her. She was comfortable with South Carolina. But he already knew I was going to commit. I talked to him after practice. He said the whole staff was excited about my commitment,” he said.
The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection is the nation's No. 183 overall prospect, the No. 18 outside linebacker prospect and the No. 19 overall prospect in the state of Georgia according to the recruiting industry-generated 247Composite rankings. He joins inside linebacker Joe Blue (Dillon, SC/Dillon Hi) as verbal commitments for South Carolina in the class.
Sam Mustipher, OG, Olney (Md.) Good CounselNotre Dame added a sixth player to its 2014 recruiting class with the commitment of offensive guard prospect Mustipher yesterday. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound physical two-way high school lineman talked about his decision via social media.
"I've decided that I will be attending Notre Dame and will do my best to add all that I can to the Irish academically and athletically," Mustipher released in a statement via Twitter on his college decision.
The four-star prospect and No. 118 ranked prospect in the 247Composite joins fellow guard prospect Jimmy Byrne (Cleveland, OH/St. Ignatius) as offensive linemen in the impressive class. Four of the six Fighting Irish commitments hail from the East Coast, which are Top247 prospects Greer Martini (Woodberry Forest, Va.), defensive end Andrew Trumbetti (Demarest, NJ/North Valley Regional) and defensive tackle Jay Hayes (Brooklyn, NY/Poly Prep).
An Under Armour All-American selection, Mustipher also had offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Oklahoma.
Thaddius Smith, WR, Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O’HaraThe 5-foot-9, 170-pound inside receiver prospect committed to Boston College as expected Monday after considering offers from Rutgers and others. The darting quick receiver and punt return man cited his relationship with the Eagles’ staff as the deciding factor.
“I felt like I was ready to commit; I just felt like BC was the right place for me, so why wait?,” Smith told Heights247. “I liked everything about Boston College when I went up there. They treated me and my family with open arms. “I liked everything about them – the academics, the coaches, the city and the ACC is a pretty good conference. But it really came down to my relationship with the coaches. I had the strongest relationship with them.”
Smith is currently the No. 149-ranked prospect in the Top247, as well as the No. 11 ranked athlete. He is the fifth commitment of the class Steve Addazio and staff.
Tyrell Crosby, OT, Henderson (NV) Green ValleyThe Oregon Ducks reeled in one of the top targets on the board Monday in Tyrell Crosby (Henderson, NV/Green Valley). The 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle was not only the first offensive lineman Oregon offered in the 2014 class, but was also the first at his position to jump on board.
"Coach (Steve) Greatwood was telling me I'm the first guy he offered at offensive line," he said. "They were super excited when I told them I wanted to commit. I had a chance to talk to coach (Mark) Helfrich 1-on-1 and he really impressed me."
The three-star Crosby chose the Ducks over offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington and others. He made unofficial visits to Utah and Arizona State before pledging to Oregon. Crosby joins Top247 outside linebacker Jordan Hoiem (Wailuku, Hi.) in the 2014 class.
Defensive end C.J. Reese (San Antonio, Texas/Madison) and Detric Dukes (Tucker, Ga.) rounded out the seven Monday commitments. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Reese selected Kansas State, while the 6-foot-0, 220-pound Dukes picked Louisville. The Cardinals also added Lake Worth (Fla.) Park Vista safety Marques Gayot and Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy OL Kavaris Harkless on Tuesday.