October commitments

The South Region has more than two dozen recruits who have already announced their decisions in the month of October. Andrew Bone takes a closer look at what the players are saying about their college choice.

Arkansas

Jamichael Winston (6-6, 230), defensive end from Prichard-Vigor, Ala. Other reported offers included Florida International, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Michigna State, Mississippi State, South Alabama, South Florida, Southern Miss, Syracuse and Western Kentucky.

"Arkansas has a great program, in the top 10 right now," Winston told HawgsIllustrated. "They play in the best conference in America. That's where I want to play and now I know that there is no reason to wait.....I'm done with recruiting and I am not going to change my mind. I am going to Arkansas and that's that."

Clemson

The Tigers are also on a recruiting roll picking up two commitments in Carlos Watkins (6-4, 280), four-star defensive tackle from Forest City-Chase, N.C., and Josh Brown (6-5, 273) a defensive end from Aiken (South), S.C.

"I felt like family [at Clemson]," Watkins told CUTigers. "They said, 'Are you all in?' And I felt like that. My family, they love, it's close to home, so I'm going to get a great deal out of it."

LSU

Vadal Alexander (6-6, 310), four-star offensive guard from Buford, Ga. The out-of-state commitment has scholarship offers from coast-to-coast, but the ultimate decision came down to Alabama, Auburn and LSU.

"I knew it was time, so I wanted to commit and go public with things," Alexander told TigerSportsDigest. "I called up coaches from Auburn and Alabama and told them my decision, then I called to LSU.....I want LSU fans to know that I am just ready to go and represent the school. I am an early graduate, which means I could be getting to campus as they are playing for a national championship. That would be really cool."

Ole Miss

The Rebels landed a huge commitment in running back Kenno Loyal (5-11, 230) who is rated a three-star from Decatur-Columbia, Ga. He has other scholarship offers, reported by his head coach, from Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Virginia. Alabama and Georgia are also giving him hard looks. Loyal rushed for more than 1,500 yards as a junior with 18 touchdowns. He has more than 700 rushing yards this season with 10 touchdowns.

"Kenno is a guy that can play halfback or even slot receiver because he has such good hands," head coach Mario Allen told Scout.com. "He's big enough to play fullback at Ole Miss, but he's a true running back. You got a kid that is 5-11, 230 that can run in the low 4.5's. He can get the tough yards, but once he gets in the open field, Kenno's gone. You can't catch him. That's what surprises people the most. He gets in that open field, and he's gone. Kenno is the type of back that can carry it 25 times a game for you. He's a lot like Trent Richardson for Alabama. They both have size, speed, good vision, and are patient runners. They can catch it out of the backfield and are also tremendous blockers. Kenno reminds me a lot of Trent Richardson."

North Carolina

Bryce Kennedy (6-3, 285) offensive guard from Southern Pines-Pinecrest, N.C. Other reported offers include Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina State and South Carolina. Tyreece Jiles (6-0, 175) three-star cornerback from Cape Coral, Fla. Other reporteed offers include Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, UCF and Wake Forest.

"I knew that I liked Carolina a lot," Kennedy told InsideCarolina. "It came down to Carolina and [N.C.] State. As soon as I got down there it seemed like the right place to be. It seemed like a home to me. I got to talk to Coach [Everett] Withers and then just kind of happened."

"The official visit played a big role," Jiles told InsideCarolina. "I knew the coaches were good, but I hadn't gotten a chance to meet any of them except Coach [Troy] Douglas. [During the visit], I got to meet the rest of the coaches and see how they treat the players and I got to see the area and I felt comfortable there. I wanted to make sure I wouldn't be better off at another school or a different location....I love the location – the distance is not far from home. It has a great education reputation."

South Carolina

Jhaustin Thomas (6-6, 233) three-star defensive end from Decatur-Columbia, Ga. Other reported offers included Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, South Florida and Virginia.

"I picked South Carolina, and I am excited about playing for them," Thomas told Scout.com. "They have a great team, I get to play for Steve Spurrier, and I really like their coaching staff. I have been wanting to commit for a while, so I am strong with my decision."

Tennessee

Danny O'Brien (6-3, 287) four-star defensive tackle from Flint-Luke M. Powers Catholic, Mich. Other reported offers included Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

"I've built great relationships with all the coaches down there," O'Brien told InsideTennessee. "I think I have a great opportunity to come in and play early. That was also a big factor in my deciding...It felt like home. I didn't get that feeling at Michigan."

Vanderbilt

The Commodores picked up an offensive guard from Duncanville, Texas, when Adam Butler (6-5, 285) committed on his unofficial visit this past weekend.

"The drive into town was beautiful," Butler told VandyMania of his trip to Nashville. "We saw mountains and lakes. It was a really great sight. I met a lot of nice people and loved the facilities. Coach Franklin blew us away though. We had an unbelievable conversation. I love what he's trying to do. He has a heck of a passion for getting things started for Vanderbilt. All of us are so excited. I think my parents were more blown away than I was."

Wake Forest

Jared Crump (6-3, 190) wide receiver from Jacksonville-Bartram Trail, Fla. Other offers included Cincinnati, Duke, Florida International, Liberty, North Carolina State, Southern Miss and West Virginia.

Other commitments


Buffalo: Inuka Rhaheed (6-3, 275) offensive guard from Ft. Pierce-Westwood, Fla.

Florida International: Adrian Jenkins (6-3, 195) wide receiver from Tampa-Jefferson, Fla.; Marques Cheeks, offensive guard from New Orleans-O. Perry Walker, La.; Davison Colimon (6-1, 180) safety from Riviera Beach-Suncoast, Fla.

Georgia State: Chris Jenkins (5-10, 170) wide receiver from Holly Hill-Lake Marion, S.C.

Louisiana Tech: Kenneth Dixon (5-11, 205) running back from Strong, Ark.

ULM: Ajalen Holley (5-11, 183) wide receiver from Hot Springs-Lakeside, Ark.; Jimmy Chung (6-3, 280) offensive guard from Irving, Texas.

Northwestern: Traveon Henry (6-1, 200) three-star running back from Ft. Lauderdale-Pine Crest, Fla.

Purdue: Dion Witty (5-11, 175) cornerback from Coral Springs, Fla.

Troy: Michael Lindsey (5-10, 175) cornerback from Elba, Ala.; Brandon Timmons (6-3, 250) defensive tackle from Northwest Mississippi in Sentobia.

Tulane: Kyle Sloter (6-5, 200) quarterback from Alpharetta-Mount Pisgah, Ga.

UAB: Kenneth Towns (6-2, 192) wide receiver from Albany-Westover, Ga.

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