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Here are some news and notes from Monday February 14.
There was a lot of news in recruiting out of the South, but some of the biggest news of the day was St. Thomas Aquinas George Smith stepping down and retiring. He was 361-66 in 34 years with six state titles in 34 years at STA. Defensive Coordinator Rocco Cassulo takes over as the head coach.
One of STA's top juniors Dami Ayoola picked up his third offer on Monday and it came from the Central Florida Knights. He is a strong running back that gets good yards after contact. Iowa and Rutgers have also offered.
Alabama picked up two commitments on Monday. The first was from athlete Kenyan Drake out of Powder Springs (GA) Hillgrove and the second was from athlete Tyler Hayes out of Thomasville (AL). Both play running back in high school, but both could be used in different ways in Tuscaloosa. Drake is more of an offensive athlete that could end up at wide receiver and Hayes will likely play outside linebacker.
The Florida Gators got good news from Matt Jones, one of the top prospects in the state of Florida for 2012. Jones is a big running back out of Seffner (FL) Armwood and he had a long list of offers already. At 6-feet 2-inches tall and 220 pounds, some think he could end up at linebacker on the next level, but he will get every shot to play running back for Will Muschamp.
Buford (GA) junior linebacker added an offer from Penn State to his list on Monday. He has around 15 scholarship offers at this time and all signs point to him leaving the Peach State to play college football. His brother Dallas Lee plays for the University of Georgia.
Illinois was the first school to offer Dallas (GA) East Paulding defensive end Ladarius Banks. He is a 6-foot-2, 263 pound strongside end on the next level.
Offer 20 is in for five-star running back Keith Marshall out of Raleigh (NC) Millbrook. Tennessee's Coach Joseph let him know he had an offer from the Vols Monday night over Facebook. Marshall is a special back with offers from coast to coast.
Mississippi four-star defensive tackle Quay Evans told me on Monday afternoon that he is leaning heavily towards signing with an in-state school next February. The star out of Morton has a long list of offers, but Mississippi State and Ole Miss may be battling it out for the 6-foot-3, 300 pound defensive tackle.
Atlanta (GA) St. Pius corner Geno Smith picked up an offer from Stanford on Monday. He has no real list right now, but Auburn offered him first and they have been high on his list since then.
West Virginia offered 2012 wide receiver Jody Fuller and the Mountaineers have his interest. The 6-foot, 200 pound wideout has around a dozen offers. He has talked to coaches from Illinois, North Carolina, and Virginia recently.
Colquitt County offensive lineman Preston Mobley will be visiting Georgia Tech this weekend. He plays offensive tackle for Rush Probst in his offense, but will be an interior lineman on the next level.
It was a big day at Bamberg-Ehrhardt on Monday when Colorado and Tennessee offered defensive lineman David Deleon and when Auburn and Colorado offered big defensive end Martin Aiken.
Clemson has invited athlete Chris Jenkins and 2013 wide receiver Mike Williams out of Lake Marion (SC) to visit Death Valley on March 5. Both are expected to attend.
Georgia Tech offered offered one of the top offensive linemen in their home state Monday in Joe Harris. The Lithonia native said, "I like Georgia Tech and it is somewhere I could see myself playing."
Grimsley (NC) lineman D.J. Reader picked up an offer from South Carolina on Monday. It was his first offer from a non ACC school and the 6-foot-3, 330 pound junior could play offensive or defensive line in college.
Stone Mountain (GA) Stephenson running back Mike Davis picked up offers from North Carolina and Penn State on Monday. He is over a dozen scholarship offers now.
Jarontay Jones, a junior defensive end out of Stephenson picked up an offer from the Tar Heels of North Carolina.
Quayvon Hicks was offered by Georgia Tech last week, but he wanted to talk to the GT coaches to make it official. He talked to them on Monday and he said he was offered to play defensive end by the Yellow Jackets.
Notre Dame is the latest school to offered junior defensive back Deon Bush out of Columbus in Miami, Fla. He has been picking up offers on a daily basis it seems over the last week.
Illinois offered junior defensive end Kendarious Whitehead out of Monroe (GA) Monroe Area on Monday. Whitehead said, "Illinois called my coach and offered me. They seem like a great school and I am interested in them."
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. Chad's Blog | Facebook | Twitter