Southeast Recruiting Notebook

Southeast Recruiting Notebook

North Carolina has very limited room remaining in their 2013 class and two of the best in their state could fill their final spots.

Can Carolina Do It?

The North Carolina 2013 class is pretty much filled up, but they are saving spots for Marquez North and Tyrone Crowder, two of the best in their home state.

Both North and Crowder are Scout100 prospects and both appear to have UNC high on their list. Both have attended multiple games there this season and both are expected back in Chapel Hill this weekend.

Crowder said, "Clemson and Georgia are my top two and North Carolina is next" in a recent interview, but the Tar Heels must be right behind the Tigers and Bulldogs because Larry Fedora and company have definitely captured his attention this fall.

North has not said too much other than he likes the UNC offense and it is close to home, but that may all he needs to select them as his school.

The four-star wide receiver out of Mallard Creek has taken an official visit to Tennessee and he has spent time at Florida and Virginia Tech, but he is close to those at home, UNC is school close to his family, and they appear to be in great shape to land this play-maker.

Both still say they will take other official visits and decide later in the process, but UNC seems to pressing all the right buttons with these two young men right now.

Tigers Cash In

It came down to Florida and LSU for the No. 1 prospect in the state of North Carolina and the Tigers won out for Greg Gilmore.

The 6-foot-4, 270 pound defensive lineman out of South View announced Thursday evening that he was committing to LSU and that he was happy to have the recruiting process behind him.

"I chose (LSU) because of the opportunities there, good coaches – I love them all – good atmosphere. I feel that the school is the best for me, a good gut feeling," he said to Scout's Amy Campbell.

Gilmore is the No. 8 ranked defensive tackle in the country and he is the second prospect out of North Carolina to chose the Tigers.

Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark feels both are good gets for the Tigers.

"Greg and Lewis Neal are great young men and I expect both to really help LSU when they get there. Everyone knows about Greg, but Lewis has had a great season too. Both work hard, both are great players, and both are great young men," said Clark.

Number One Opens Up

Thursday morning November 8 started out as an ordinary morning, but not for long. The news of Robert Nkemdiche decommitting from Clemson started to leak out and that was the hot topic for the day.

Grayson Head Coach Micky Conn released the news and it took off.

Nkemdiche committed to Clemson back in June when he was there on a visit, but has taken numerous trips to Ole Miss this fall to see his brother Denzel Nkemdiche play. That raised questions and those questions were somewhat answered when he opened things back up Thursday.

The No. 1 prospect in the country may take some official visits before making his final decision, but Ole Miss looks to be in the driver's seat here due to his brother playing there and his family liking the idea of them playing together.

"Clemson is not out of it," Coach Conn has said, "but I think Robert should take some official visits and see other places."

Scout knows the Nkemdiche family will be in Oxford, Miss. this weekend. Alabama and LSU have always been in the picture and he was at Georgia last weekend.

For now, Nkemdiche is back on the market and uncommitted. Will he take that to Signing Day or will he act fast and choose a new school in the near future?

Stay tuned.

Mother's Day Important in Recruiting?

It is great that these young men have family support and they need it going through the recruiting process, there is no doubt about that.

But it seems like the moms are the ones generating the buzz this season. It is not the first time moms have been this involved, but it may be that they are involved with three of the top prospects in the country and not only are the schools from coast to coast recruiting the prospects, but they are recruiting the moms too.

Robert Nkemdiche is the No. 1 prospect in the country, Laremy Tunsil is the No. 4 prospect in the country, and Montravius Adams in the No. 7 prospect in the country - All have their moms by their side and all will play a role in their decisions.

In the end, the prospect will likely be the one making the decision on which school he would like to attend, but the coaches are and will be building the trust of the mom, showing they can take care of their son, and that they can put them on a path for success.

Coaches and office personal might want to mark May 12, 2013 on their desk calendars and set an alert on their smart phones because that is Mother's Day. It might be smart to send some letters, Facebook messages, or even work the phone a little on that day because there will be a top prospect or two next year that they will need to have the mom on their side too.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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