Scout was at Samford University to cover the Badger Sport 7v7 over the weekend and numerous top prospects participated. Here are some recruiting notes from the event.
It's really no secret that Pennsylvania LB Deaysean Rippy favors Florida. He reconfirmed that this weekend by telling us Florida is still his number one. No one else seems to be in the mix here and now he told us he is basically trying to decide when to commit. He thinks he may pull the trigger sometime before the season or during it. He still plans on taking a few visits "just to see parts of the country" but this guy will be a hard steal from the Gators at this point in time.
Will Gross: Even though Gross just got an offer from Alabama very recently, he seems to be heavily favoring Louisville and Kentucky. He told us that Louisville is sitting at his number one spot right now and Kentucky is a close second with Mississippi State sliding into the third spot. It would be hard to imagine Alabama not making his top five, however, and the Crimson Tide could position itself ahead of schools he's liking currently after more attention and a visit.
Brian Kimbrow: As the number one prospect in the state of Tennessee, obviously the Volunteers are going hard after Kimbrow. He is a skill player that could do big things at any of the 30-plus schools that have offered him. He said Tennessee is constantly on his mind.
Eddie Printz: Printz had some great things to say about many of the schools he's visited and received attention from. Still, when he talked about Clemson his demeanor changed. He had very vivid descriptions of his visit there and talked about "running down the hill" with the team and said it was so exciting to see the tradition. Clemson is the first school to show Printz a lot of attention and things could come full circle here for Printz/Clemson at the end. Still, we have a while to wait for this 2013 prospect's decision and he will likely take it slow and look at all of his options.
The Blaylock Twins: Zack Blaylock and Daron Blaylock were very serious about Kentucky having a strong lead over other schools at this point for their services. I wouldn't be surprised if these guys add some more offers but they seem very comfortable with the Kentucky coaching staff and are really happy with the way they have been treated by Kentucky. Vanderbilt is also in the mix as they are very interested in Vandy academics and say they love the campus but, if a prediction had to be made right now, it would be Kentucky. Several schools visited Walton this past week including Georgia Tech and South Florida.
Jason Croom: Croom is loving the idea of Dan Mullen's offense at Mississippi Stata. He listed Miss. St, Miami and Louisville as the leaders for his services. Miami certainly has a need for a big receiver like Croom so you can't count the 'Canes out and I'd imagine they will be in Croom's top five. He plans on visiting The U in the summer. He emphasized the "family" feeling he gets from Louisville and he says he likes the idea of being a big receiver in a spread offense at Louisville. He is also talking to Mississippi State coaches often. Whoever gets Croom is getting a solid playmaker.
Chaz Elder: The three-star safety from College Park-Banneker, Ga., has recently added offers from South Florida and Nebraska.
South Florida and Clemson visited Banneker this past week. He favors Clemson and Georgia.
Channing Ward: Ward is the number two prospect in the state of Mississippi and the star out of Aberdeen High School is still wide open. He does want to stay in the South and he said that Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss are recruiting him the hardest.
Darion Monroe: The Texas A&M commitment called himself an Aggie commitment, but he is still looking at other schools. The safety out of Reserve, La. named Baylor, Pittsburgh, and Vanderbilt as schools of interest.
C.J. Curry: Curry was the first Georgia Bulldog commitment of 2012 and he remains solid to the Dawgs. Auburn, Oklahoma State, and Tennessee among others have offered the athlete out of Gainesville (GA) North Hall, but he told Scout, "I am going to Georgia" over the weekend.
Ray Buchanan, Jr.: Minnesota offered this corner out of Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge last week and he said LSU and Miami are showing interest as well. He currently has five offers.
D'Arthur Cowan: This Mississippi wide receiver has four offers right now from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Memphis, and Mississippi State. He feels Ole Miss and Southern Miss may offer soon. Both of those schools have sent coaches to Olive Branch to check on him recently.
Will Redmond: This athlete out of East High School in Memphis now claims offers from Memphis, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt. He has saw his stock rise in recent weeks and he makes it known that he and his teammate Brian Kimbrow are likely going to sign with the same school.
Nate Cole: Cole is the top wide receiver in the state of Tennessee and he let Scout know that he plans to narrow his list down over the summer and then hold out until Signing Day to announce his decision.