South Region Commitments

Two dozen players announced their college decision in the last couple of weeks. Who did you miss? Andrew Bone provides the complete list and what several had to say about their commitment.


R.J. Prince (6-6, 285) offensive tackle class of 2013 from Albemarle, N.C.

"I felt I just needed to pull the trigger. The atmosphere was just perfect. I really feel like home down there," Prince told "I had fans, players, coaches and even the coaches' families giving me hugs. It was really special."


Kent Taylor (6-5, 215), the nations' No. 1 tight end from Land O' Lakes, Fla..

"I feel great, and it feels good to go play in my home state where a lot of great players have played," Taylor told FightinGators. "Playing for Florida and one of the greatest offensive minds out there with Charlie Weis. I just want to try and make a big impact. I am glad it's over, and I get to go on and know that I am going to be a Gator. I look forward to being a Gator and recruiting some big-time recruits."

Mississippi State

Jordan Washington (6-2.5, 275) three-star defensive tackle from Suwanee-North Gwinnett, Ga.

"Mississippi State is just where I belong," Washington told, "and I get to play in the SEC, the best and most competitive conference in NCAA football. I can't wait to get to Mississippi State and compete."

Adarrius Perkins (6-2, 210) three-star safety from Brooklyn-Forrest County Ag, Miss.

"I made up my mind for good on Thursday, the day I committed," Perkins told "I had been talking with Coach Hughes and a lot of the other coaches at Mississippi State. "I have a good understanding of what they are trying to do as a program, and I am ready to be a part of it."

North Carolina

Malik Simmons (6-0, 185) three-star cornerback from Lehigh (Acres) Fla.

"It was just the coaches. Everything just felt good," Simmons told InsideCarolina. "I felt like [the coaches] were keeping it real with me. They showed that they really wanted me. It was just the people altogether. Everyone was genuine. Everybody respected everybody – it was drama free. I also liked how they are really into academics. They said they were really going to support me and not let me fail."

North Carolina State

Tyler Knox (6-4, 228) three-star defensive end from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"They brought me in, showed me a lot love, showed me what being a part of the Wolfpack is all about," Knox told The Sun News. "I like everything about it, the environment, the program, how they come out hype for every game, how they work hard each and every day."

Marchez Coates (5-11, 170) three-star cornerback from Pomfret-McDonough, Md.

"State was just a better fit for me," Coates told PackPride about switching his commitment from Pittsburgh. "I came down a few weeks ago for a visit and it was nothing against Pitt. I love the coaches. I love Pittsburgh, period. It was just a better fit for me.

Ole Miss

Ike Spearman (6-0, 215) three-star outside linebacker from St. John-Lake Central, Ind.

"They've been around from the beginning and with their record, they're going through a rebuilding season," Spearman reporte to GoldenSports. "That's given me some possibly early playing ability in the best conference out there. They have me as a Will [linebacker]. I've played everything this year from middle, to strong, to Will, to like this is my first sectional game, and I'm playing strong safety. On my team I'm one of the faster guys, so in the SEC it will fit well for me to go to the Will linebacker position. It fits well into what I'm good at."

South Florida

James Hamilton (6-4, 335) three-star offensive guard from Orlando-Olympia, Fla. (de-committed from Florida State

"I don't want to go into why I de-committed, but I committed to USF for a lot of reasons," Hamilton reported to "I feel very good about my decision. It was the best one for me and my family."


Will Holden (6-6, 271) offensive tackle from Green Cove Springs-Clay, Fla.

"Will has great feet, long arms, and moves well," Clay Head Coach Josh Hoekstra told VandyMania. "Last spring he really started to fill out in size. He dedicated himself to the weight room in the off-season. At tackle, he gets out quickly to the second level, has a good initial punch, and has worked well with Coach Nettles on improving his technique and fundamentals. I think he comes in (at Vanderbilt) and competes early for playing time and becomes a starter soon after that."

Wake Forest

Dominique Gibson (5-10.5) safety from Belle Glade-Glades Central, Fla.

"The last night I was there (Wake Forest) I spent the entire time with Coach Russ watching film, looking at their different coverage packages," Gibson said to DeaconSports. "I liked what I saw. It shouldn't be too difficult to learn what I need to in order to compete for early playing time. Plus, you can't beat the education there. I'll have better chance out in the workforce with a degree from Wake Forest if I don't make it to the league (NFL)."

More across the region

Arkansas State: Colton Jackson (6-4, 250) offensive guard from Ozark, Ark.; James Rooks (6-6, 320) offensive guard from Memphis-Frayser, Tenn.

South Alabama: Davion Stuarts (5-11, 215) middle linebacker from Punta Gorda-Charlotte, Fla.; Clay Machen (6-4, 290) center from Auburn, Ala.; Caleb Autrey (5-8, 165) cornerback from Foley, Ala.

Southern Miss: Tyre Bracken (5-9.5, 180) running back from White Castle, La.; Wes Saxton (6-4, 220) JuCo tight end from Itawamba in Fulton, Miss.

Troy: Brandon Burks (5-10, 190) running back from Daleville, Ala.; Mitchell Roland (6-1, 230) middle linebacker from Auburn, Ala.; Luke Lawrence (6-3, 295) offensive guard from Tuscaloosa-Hillcrest, Ala.

UAB: Kenneth Towns (6-2, 192) wide receiver from Albany-Westover, Ga.
UCF: Stanley Sylverain (6-3, 215)defensive end from Naples-Golden Gate, Fla.

ULM: Jack Mervin (6-5, 275) offensive tackle from New Orleans-De La Salle, La.

Leaving the region

Cincinnati: Tion Green (6-0, 185) three-star cornerback from Altamonte Springs-Lake Brantley, Fla.

Minnesota: James Gillum (5-11, 195) juco running back from Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston, Miss.

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