Southeastern Recruiting Notebook

There is only a week and a half to go before National Signing Day and there is plenty of news circulating throughout the South. Check out this notebook for some of the latest news and notes.

Chickillo Sticks, UM on the Move

Anthony Chickillo may have wavered a little bit with Randy Shannon was let go by the University of Miami, but Al Golden came in and got the five-star defensive end back on board. Chickillo will be the face of this class and he will be a very good one. He is a hard working student-athlete with Miami in his blood. Both his father and grandfather played for the Hurricanes and Chickillo will be making plays in Coral Gables in the near future.

Another big commitment for the Canes over the weekend was linebacker Denzel Perryman. He is a linebacker that is ideal for the middle. He is a little undersized at just under 6-feet tall, but he can hit and he can run.

Golden and company also have picked up recent commitments from Dallas Crawford and Kevin Grooms, two outstanding and versatile athletes out of the Sunshine State. Crawford is the more sound football player of the two, but Grooms is someone who can break a big play on either side of the ball at any moment.

Where Will Drew Go?

WDE is what Ray Drew posted on his facebook status Sunday night shortly after returning from Clemson. What does that mean you might ask? War Damn Eagle. Auburn is a finalist for Drew and he has had strong interest in Gene Chizik's program for some time. Clemson, Georgia, and LSU are the other schools in the mix for this 6-foot-5, 255 pound defensive end out of Thomasville, Ga.

He is set to announce Friday January 28 somewhere around 10:30am ET. He has done an excellent job of stirring the pot over the past month on facebook, twitter, and all of the social networks. Drew has enjoyed the process, he has always been open for interviews, but he told Scout Sunday night that the process is getting to him a little and that he is now ready to announce his decision.

Will it be Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, or LSU? Scout will be there to cover the event on Friday, so stay tuned.

The Latest on Jernigan

Florida State had Tim Jernigan on campus this past weekend for an official visit and reports are that all went very well. The Noles have emerged in some eyes as the school to beat for this five-star defensive tackle. LSU has already received a visit from him also and they are in the mix as well, but he still has a visit to Tennessee this coming weekend and Alabama and Florida are still in the picture also.

Florida was the school everyone had him playing for up until about six months ago. Since then, it has gone back and forth with Florida in and Florida out. Can Jernigan actually go somewhere other than the University of Florida to play college football? He has been telling everyone for years that he would be a Gator, so has he truly opened up?

This is one prospect that many across the country are interested in because he has created a lot of buzz recently. Could he leave the state of Florida? Could he sign with Florida rival FSU, or could he still ink with the childhood favorite Gators?

Only time will tell, so stay tuned.

Is Pagan Solid to Clemson?

Former Florida commitment Jeoffrey Pagan is currently committed to Clemson, but he has yet to fully shut the door on other schools. He visited Alabama over the weekend and the Tide could still be in the mix. He visited Georgia in December and they could still be in his head as well. Tennessee has been a school talked about with Pagan also, so the Vols may not be totally eliminated from the picture yet either.

So will Pagan stay with the Tigers? He felt very good about his decision when he tripped to Death Valley and he committed to them on the spot. Alabama has obviously not given up, and other schools still call as well. Could this one go down to Signing Day before we truly know just who Pagan is going to play college football for down the road?

It looks that way. He is good friends with Stephone Anthony, so could he factor into the final decision? Anthony looks to be a future Clemson Tiger or Florida Gator.

Can USC Keep Turene?

Fort Lauderdale (FL) Boyd Anderson linebacker Kent Turene committed to USC early in July, but has been looking around since. He has taken official visits to Georgia and Nebraska and he tells Scout that he could take one final visit this weekend before signing on February 2.

Is he set to be a Trojan? It is hard to know because he has not opened things up completely, but there is a real chance he could still sign with another school a week from Wednesday.

Lane Kiffin will be in to see Turene on Monday, Mark Richt will be there on Tuesday, and Turene said he expects Nebraska and Texas Tech to be in this week as well.

O'Leary to FSU, Will Teammates Follow?

Nick O'Leary officially became a Florida State Seminole over the weekend. O'Leary gives the Noles a real reason to really involve their tight end in the week to week game-planning. It is a big get for the Noles and he may help FSU land another prospect or two from Dwyer as well.

Jacoby Brissett is the quarterback and Curt Maggitt is the defensive end that O'Leary is very close with, so could all three end up together? Florida and Wisconsin and a few others are involved with Brissett while Florida, Tennessee, and Wisconsin are the ones chasing after Maggitt the most. Maggitt is set to visit UF and Brissett could visit the Gators this weekend as well.

Quick Hitters

  • Hakeem Flowers has committed to North Carolina State over LSU, Michigan, and Oregon Sunday night.

  • West Virginia picked up a commitment from running back Andrew Buie. The Mountaineers beat out schools like Auburn, Louisville, and some others.

  • Former Clemson commitment Geraldo Orta committed to Tennessee over the weekend. He could play corner or safety in Knoxville.

  • Georgia offered Miami commitment Taylor Gadbois Sunday. Both Al Golden and Mark Richt are expected to visit the Peach State OL on Monday.

  • Miami (FL) Jesuit Linebacker Nick Menocal switched his commitment from Miami to Georgia Tech over the weekend.

  • Columbus (GA) Carver DL Gabe Wright cancelled his official visit to Clemson last week and he ended up spending the weekend at Auburn to see the National Championship Celebration. He will take his official visit to Auburn this weekend. It is down to Auburn and Tennessee.

  • Chris Jones out of Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fla. committed to North Carolina State, but there is a chance he could end up at Junior College before he gets to Raleigh.
    Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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