Big Commitments From the Weekend

Scout takes a look at some of the bigger commitments around the country on the final official visit weekend before National Signing Day...

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CB Brad Stewart — Florida Gators

Stewart was considered a Florida lean entering this weekend and about halfway through the visit, Stewart committed to the Gators. He is a defensive back with versatility out of New Orleans (La.) McDonogh 35 who could play cornerback or safety for the Gators. He chose Florida over Arizona State and Arkansas.

WR Ryan Jones — Oklahoma Sooners

This could end up being a steal for Oklahoma. Jones is a big, strong, physical wide receiver who goes up to fight for the football. He was at one time committed to North Carolina, but the Sooners stayed on him, they landed a late visit and they could come out looking very good here if Jones goes in and works hard once he arrives in Norman.

LB Nick Smith —  Florida Gators

Smith had become a top target for the in-state Florida Gators over the last month or so, and as soon as Jim McElwain turned up the heat, Smith became a Gator lean. The linebacker was at one time committed to NC State, and the Wolfpack were one of his finalists along with Louisville, LSU and Michigan State before he committed to Florida.


DE TyJuan Garbutt —  Virginia Tech Hokies 

You do not see this much in recruiting, but Virginia Tech pulled off a coups when Fredericksburg (Va.) Riverbend's Tyjuan Garbutt committed to the Hokies ...again. The nation's No. 18 defensive end in the 2017 class committed to the Hokies in February, then decommitted in the late summer. He was down to Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, and Friday announced he was going back to the Hokies.

CB Ihmir Marsette —  Minnesota Golden Gophers

It was an interesting 10 days for Newark (N.J.) Weequahic cornerback Ihmir Marsette, who tripped to Iowa, decommitted from Rutgers, then ended his official visit to Minnesota with a commitment. It was quite the get for the Golden Gophers, who did not begin recruiting Marette until Tuesday.

RB Anthony McFarland —  Maryland Terrapins

McFarland, the No. 6 running back in the 2017 class, got the weekend off to a big start when he announced his commitment to Maryland. McFarland, who plyed down the street from Maryland at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, was also contemplating Miami, but he elected to play close to home.


TE Kurt Rafdal — Nebraska Cornhuskers

After battling for him for a long time, Nebraska finally landed the tight end Rafdal from Carmel (Ind.) after a long recruiting battle which included a prior commitment to Indiana. The Huskers kept chipping away and now get a 6-foot-7 tight end who can block and be a good red-zone and intermediate receiving option.

OT D.J. Washington — Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue flipped Louisville (Ky.) Ballard offensive tackle D.J. Washington who was committed to Western Kentucky. Washington is an athletic 6-foot-5 prospect we see as a steal for the Boilers.

DE Austin Schirck — Minnesota Golden Gophers

Minnesota flipped a Northern Iowa commitment in Austin Schirck. While that may not seem exciting on the surface, Schirck is a big (6-5, 265 pounds) kid who had a strong senior season. He has a lot of room to grow still in the Gophers' strength program and projects as a strongside end in their system.


WR Octavius Evans — Boise State Broncos

With a big frame and the requisite natural pass-catching instincts, Octavius Evans is a high-major receiver prospect in the 2017 class. He has good height and length that suggests he can bulk up to a truly big outside receiver at the next level. Big catch radius and high-pointing ability make Evans a dangerous red-zone weapon.

S Donovan Stiner — Florida Gators

Stiner's done a little bit of everything in high school. He's played deep safety, in the box, corner, and the nickel. Stiner is a long, lean safety who has above average frame potential because of the space he possesses to add good bulk. He can improve his tackling consistency, but he will occasionally provide the big hit. He has a good nose for the ball and coverage instincts.

DT Tyreece Lott — Oklahoma Sooners

Lott was a bit of a late bloomer on the recruiting trail as he was into his senior season before he started to blow up. The one time TCU pledge took a late January official visit to OU and liked what he saw in Norman. He is an athletic specimen at the position who really tracks ball carriers well and runs well in the open field. He fills a huge position of need for OU as it is switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3.


Isaiah Pola-Mao — USC Trojans

The top safety in Arizona and one of the best in the West, Pola-Mao committed to the Trojans on Friday morning, getting what should be a big week for the Trojans started nicely. Pola-Mao will join with Bubba Bolden to give USC two of the top three safeties in the West.

CB Javelin Guidry — Utah Utes

Guidry chose the Utes over Texas and it was a huge coup for Utah.  Guidry had committed to new Horns' coach Tom Herman when he was at Houston but when Herman left for Austin, he opened things up.  Arizona State also made a push for Guidry but Utah and Sharieff Shah made a bigger one and Guidry chose to stay in the Pac-12 instead of returning to the Lone Star State.

WR Jamire Calvin — Nebraska Cornhuskers

Calvin once and for all committed to the Huskers, the team most thought he was going to pick at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.  While Calvin picked Oregon State in San Antonio, shortly after, he opened things up and on Friday, picked the Huskers over Washington State, giving Nebraska their third four-star receiver from the West in this class, joining Tyjon Lindsey and Keyshawn Johnson.

National recruiting analysts Allen Trieu, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins and Greg Powers contributed to this notebook.

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