South: Busy Recruiting Weekend

A number of top prospects out of the south committed to a school over the weekend. Scout takes a look back right here...

Miami picked up commitments from a trio of top in-state prospects over the weekend.

Michael Smith and Trayon Gray committed Saturday and Darrion Owens gave the Canes his verbal on Sunday.

Smith is a rush end/outside linebacker out of Miami (Fla.) Northwestern with speed off the edge and he really pursues the ball with speed. He is a lean end and he could slide back to outside linebacker on the next level. Smith is the No. 27 outside linebacker on Scout.

Gray is somewhat of a sleeper. Scout had him in the Scout 300 earlier this year and he may play quarterback this season for Carol City, but he will play another skill position in Coral Gables. He could play wide receiver, corner, or safety for UM. He has great speed, he can change direction well, and he has a great burst. Gray is the No. 51 receiver in the country on Scout.

Owens capped off a great weekend for the Hurricanes and Scout really likes his athleticism and length. The 6-foot-3, 217 pound outside linebacker can run and he covers a lot of ground. He is currently the No. 51 outside linebacker in the country, but he will ascend up the rankings.

Five-Star Picks Florida

The Gators landed commitment No. 10 on Saturday when five-star defensive tackle Khairi Clark chose UF over Alabama and Miami.

Florida has done an excellent job recruiting the No. 2 interior defensive lineman in America and this is a big get for Will Muschamp.

The star out of Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna is very strong in the middle of the defensive line. He has a good first step, he has great strength, and he really gets up the field well.

Sleeper Signal Caller to Ohio State

Ohio State showed interest in quarterback Stephen Collier in the spring, then got another up-close look at him at camp over the weekend.

The Buckeyes liked what they saw, they officially offered him a scholarship, and Collier committed to OSU on the spot.

Collier is a 6-foot-4, 210 pound signal caller out of Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County and he has a live arm, good size, and great mobility. He really processes things well at quarterback and he is a legit dual-threat quarterback.

He is the No. 57 quarterback in the country on Scout.

Dukes No Longer a Cardinal

Once Georgia offered Detric Dukes a scholarship last week, things got very interesting for the Louisville commitment.

After thinking things over for a few days, Dukes, the 6-foot-1, 220 pound inside linebacker out of Tucker, Ga. switched to the Dawgs. The three-star linebacker is very physical, he is a strong tackler, and he brings some pop when he makes a play. He is a good fit in UGA's 3-4 scheme at inside linebacker.

Scout ranks Dukes as the No. 28 inside linebacker in the country.

Scout 300 CB going to Columbia

It was only a matter of time for Wesley Green. South Carolina had him on campus June 14 and he gave the Gamecocks his commitment a week later on June 21.

Green is a corner with savvy and confidence. He plays with no fear on the edge and he has good feet and ball skills are another strength of his.

The 5-foot-11, 170 pound four-star out of Lithonia (Ga.) M.L.K. chose South Carolina over Florida, Georgia, and others. He is the No. 15 corner in the country on Scout.

Bulldogs Land Peach State OL

The last two Mississippi State commitments have been from prospects out of Georgia. Jordan Harris followed Elijah Staley and Harris is a big offensive lineman out of Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson.

Harris is a 6-foot-5, 292 pound offensive lineman who could play tackle or guard on the next level. He will likely start out at right tackle due to his size, feet, and length. He moves well and he is a good bender.

He had double-digit offers and he is the No. 76 offensive tackle in the country on Scout.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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