247Sports was on the road last week, checking in at eight high schools and four junior colleges in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Here is the latest on some of the top prospects in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes.
Alabama, Florida and Mississippi State remain in contention for Marlon Humphrey.
Gamecocks out for five-star CB Marlon Humphrey
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- On Friday, five-star Marlon Humphrey (Birmingham, Ala./Hoover) acknowledged that one SEC program is no longer under consideration.
“South Carolina is out,” Humphrey said. “They kind of stopped talking to me, so since they dropped me, I dropped them. Then they tried to come back after they lost a cornerback commitment (Wesley Green.).”
Alabama, Florida State and Mississippi State are the schools still in contention for the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the country.
"Those three schools are all coming at me about the same,” Humphrey said. “I mainly talk to Coach Kirby Smart from Alabama. I talk to Coach Geoff Collins and Coach Deshea Townsend from Mississippi State. I always talk to Coach Jeremy Pruitt at Florida State. It's all on Facebook and Twitter. It's all pretty chill."
One official visit was tentatively scheduled for Florida State, but there might be a change of plans.
“I was going to take my FSU official Nov. 1 for the Miami game, but Coach Pruitt talked to me and said he might want me to reschedule it for after the season,” Humphrey said.
Javon Patterson said the Alabama offer is big.
For some time now, Humphrey has stated his intentions were to announce his decision at the Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2. Now it looks like his recruitment could continue a little longer.
“I think I am going to wait until after the All-American games to commit, because when I commit I want it to be completely over with,” Humphrey said. “I don't want to have to talk to anyone else.”
No. 1 OL in Mississippi wide open
PETAL, Miss. – So far this fall, Top247 offensive lineman Javon Patterson (Petal, Miss./Petal) has been to games at Auburn and Southern Miss. He intends on trying to get to Ole Miss for the Texas A&M game and to LSU for their game against the Aggies as well.
No colleges stands out right now for the 6-4, 290-pound junior, but one offer stood out when he got the news.
“The Alabama offer is big time because of the national championships and everything,” Patterson said. “I was like ‘wow Alabama just offered me and I am sitting there talking to Nick Saban with my mom.’ It was just a blessing.”
Patterson, who feels LSU could be close to offering, plans to announce his decision at whichever All-American game he participates in his senior year.
Vols lead for explosive 2015 RB
Running back Nick Gibson recently had a 464-yard, six-TD game.
PINSON, Ala. - A few weeks ago, running back Nick Gibson (Pinson Ala./Pinson Valley) says he could see what he wanted to do before each snap. While he did not realize it at the time, the 5-11, 194-pound junior was on his way to one of the most dominating rushing performances in Alabama history, rushing 34 times for 464 yards and six touchdowns. His coach is pretty sure he leads the state in rushing through five games, with about 920 yards.
Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida State, Mississippi State and Arkansas have offered. Georgia, Clemson, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Cincinnati are among the schools that have shown interest in him this season. The old staff at Auburn offered Gibson, with Tommy Thigpen extending the offer again from Tennessee. When interviewed, Gibson was sporting an Alabama shirt, a program he grew up following.
“Alabama is telling me to keep working hard and that they are interested in me,” Gibson said. “They want me to come out to their camp and get to know the coaching staff. An offer would mean a lot, but I would not just go there because I am a fan, which I am a big Alabama fan. I would explore all of my options.”
The new staff at Auburn is evaluating Gibson.
“I like Auburn too,” Gibson said. “I definitely like the new running back coach Tim Horton and I like the school too. I think they would be a good fit and if I went up there I could help turn the program around. An offer would also give me a chance to stay in-state near my family as well.”
Another SEC program currently leads for Gibson.
“The team I am favoring the most is Tennessee,” Gibson said. “They have really nice facilities, the coaches are cool and I like it there.”
JUCO DB sets official
Josh Keys claims no leader but has an official visit set to Arkansas.
BOONEVILLE, Miss. - While he has been hindered by nagging injuries this fall, juco defensive back Josh Keys (Perkinston, Miss./Gulf Coast C.C.) has still been able to reel in two interceptions this fall. The 6-2, 191-pound prospect is hoping to make his decision by the end of November and enroll early at the program of his choice.
One program is set to get Keys on campus soon.
“I have an official set for Arkansas Oct. 12,” Keys said. “All schools are even, but I want to see how it feels to be in their stadium. Oklahoma State is kind of right up there with Arkansas. USC told my coach two weeks ago I had an offer, so I want to set up a visit there too.”
Another JUCO lighting it up
Former Top247 running back and Auburn signee Jovon Robinson continues to dominate JUCO competition. Now at GMC, the 5-foot-11, 225-pound tailback leads the NJCAA with 1136 yards and 14 touchdowns on 133 carries.
On Saturday, Robinson and his teammates faced off against defending NJCAA champions and No. 2 ranked Iowa Western. Robinson showcased an elite combination of size/speed, running for 229 yards and two touchdowns.
Two assistants mentioned that Georgia had definitely made an offer. His head coach Bert Williams says that just about every school in the Southeast has let Robinson know he has a spot waiting for him when he leaves GMC. But the question is just that: when will Robinson leave. According to Williams, since Robinson has taken classes before he arrived at GMC, there is still a chance he can enroll at a four-year college after the spring semester, which would make him a 2014 prospect. Regardless, schools are tracking Robinson.
Hoover duo like Dawgs
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - While top-ranked Birmingham (Ala.) Hoover might have four major prospects on defense in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 class, a pair of offensive standouts will also sign with FBS programs. Running back Bradrick Shaw stole the show on Friday, getting 115 yards and a touchdown in a tough matchup against Vestavia Hills. The 6-1, 200-pound tailback is getting iinterest from Vanderbilt, Louisville, USC, Oregon, Auburn and Georgia. Mississippi State has offered and Darin Hinshaw from Cincinnati offered him on Friday.
Shaw hopes the Bulldogs are next.
“If I could pick offer No. 3, it would be Georgia,” Shaw said. “I just love Coach Bryan McClendon, I like Coach Mark RIcht and the way they run their offense. Coach BMac is recruiting me and he is telling me to just keep working hard. Hopefully I can get an offer from them, because I like Georgia a lot.”
Shaw took in the Auburn game vs. Mississippi State and the Alabama game versus Ole Miss Saturday. He hopes to visit Mississippi State soon.
Wide receiver Justin Johnson might have added an offer from Cincinnati Friday as well, but he has not been able to check and verify. Along with an offer from Mississippi State, the 2015 wideout is getting interest from Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Like Shaw, he is waiting to see if Georgia deems him worthy of a scholarship.
“I hope Georgia offers next,” Johnson said. “I grew up watching them and I always liked their team. I am an A.J. Green fan as well. An offer from Georgia would mean a lot to me and my family because that is all we used to talk about.”
Johnson hopes to visit Mississippi State Nov. 16 for the game versus Alabama.
- Former Indiana signee Maurice Swain is at Northeast Mississippi now and the 6-6, 296-pound lineman says Washington has told him he still has a spot there. Ole Miss is showing interest. Swain would love to hear from Auburn and Georgia again.
- Former Ole Miss tight end signee A.J. Jackson, at 6-6, 260-pounds, is now playing defensive end at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
- During his 14 seasons as head coach at Georgia Military College, Bert Williams has seen over two dozen former players make it into the NFL. His team this season might be the most talented he has ever coached. Four freshmen at GMC to watch are wide receiver Zireycus Letman, defensive back Donte Beckham, defensive end Kendarius Whitehead and defensive back Corey Neely. All made big plays on Saturday and all are having a big impact for Coach Williams this season. Whitehead was previously at N.C. State. Expect them all to see offers coming in by this time next year.
- Birmingham (Ala.) Shades Valley School 2015 athlete Keith Mixon is making every touch count on offense. In five games, the 5-10, 165-pound junior has 38 rushes for 506 yards and six touchdowns, along with 21 catches for 471 yards and seven touchdowns. That is an average of over 15 yards for every time Mixon touches the ball. He also has an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown this season. Considered one of the best open space players in Alabama, Mixon would be great fit in a spread offense as a slot receiver, with the ability to run jet sweets to take advantage of his speed. He hopes Clemson offers and feels they are close to pulling the trigger, but is also getting interest from Auburn, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Tulane and UAB.