DAVENPORT, Fla.-- Scout recaps the top recruiting headlines from The Opening Orlando.
Scout has a quick rundown of the top recruiting headlines from The Opening Orlando.
Nothing has changed for Xavier Thomas. The five-star defensive end is still down to both South Carolina and Clemson. Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Virginia Tech are just some of the schools he mentioned. Although the Scout's No. 2 defensive end has had the same two for a long time he says there is only one other school that could enter the mix, "only other school that I would consider outside of South Carolina, if that doesn't happen, which most likely will, is Alabama," said Thomas.
Artur Sitkowski continues to weigh his options but the Scout 100 quarterback admits that Miami, LSU, Rutgers, and Wisconsin are the schools recruiting him the hardest. Sitkowski's most recent visit was to Florida State, and he will next visit the Hurricanes. The IMG signal caller does not have a definite timeline for his commitment, he says he could make a decision any time in the spring or summer.
Amari Burney has an impressive offer list, however, the Scout 200 athlete has a few schools that are standing out enough that he wants to visit this spring. The Scout 200 athlete wants to visit: Florida, Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Virginia Tech. The Clearwater (Fla.) Calvary Christian athlete is being recruited as a defensive back by most schools except the Tigers, who see him as a wide receiver. Burney is expected to make an announcement on June 1.
The Scout 100 wide receiver says Miami, Auburn, Florida and Utah are some of the schools that are recruiting him the hardest at the moment. Mark Pope is considering a visit to Florida for a junior day next month and then a visit Georgia for the spring game. The Miami Southridge wide out, however, has not set up these visits or any other yet. He hopes to make his decision in the spring.
Things are picking up for Warren Thompson. According to the Scout 200 wide receiver, North Carolina, Miami, Mississippi and LSU are among the schools that are recruiting him the hardest. With the Armwood high school playmaker seeing more interest since signing day, he has decided he needs to take a few trips this spring. The four-star wide out expects to visit: UNC, FSU, Florida, Miami, Alabama and Ole Miss.
This Scout 100 wide receiver continues to weigh all his options with no clear-cut front-runner, but says Miami and Ole Miss are the schools currently pushing hardest for his commitment. Hightower also added that he plans to dish out a commitment June. 20.
Ohio State, Notre Dame
, Ole Miss and Oklahoma
are schools expected to get him on campus over the next several months.
Barnes, who's fresh off a visit to Miami, lists Florida State, Florida, UNC and Auburn as schools on his short list heading into the spring. Clemson is another school he's keeping close tabs on as well. The Scout 100 offensive tackle doesn't plan to reveal his decision until National Signing Day, but continues to dissect his options with a trip to Florida State set for this upcoming weekend.
Reed, who really covets an offer from the lifelong favorite Alabama Crimson Tide, currently has a top three (no order) of Florida, Ohio State and North Carolina. Miami will have their shot to roll out the red carpet and make a move as well, with Reed slated to travel down to Coral Gables this upcoming weekend. The Scout 300 offensive lineman is also planning to attend Ohio State's spring game, but don't expect a decision any time soon.
Montilus continues to do all he can in order to net an offer from the in-state Florida Gators, a program located roughly two hours from his home, but says Auburn, who offered a number of months back, is the school currently sitting atop his list.
Miami pushed all the right buttons at Saturday's junior day event as well. With a decision coming shortly after his senior season, Montilus has plenty of time to accumulate additional offers and journey through college campuses, but the Tigers are sitting in a good spot early on.
Tolson, one of the more fleet-footed outside linebackers in the Sunshine State, provided Scout with a top four (no order) of Pittsburgh, Indiana, Iowa State and UCF. The three-star prospect also says that Oregon is very interested in his services, so an additional offer could be on the way sooner than later. Tolson, who plans to announce at some point over the summer, says he has the best relationship with Tom Allen's staff at Indiana.
Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard running back Justin Watkins
is a Florida State commitment on Scout, but it may not last very long. The three-star says he has a top three of Texas
, Florida and LSU with the Longhorns both out front and next up on the visit list. He is slated to be in Austin next weekend on a visit many will be tracking.
Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough cornerback Ken Montgomery
has been hot of late, with Alabama representing his newest offer and the next visit he is slated to take. However, he recently discovered he had a longstanding offer from UCLA
as well and the educational aspect of the program will get him to Los Angeles in the near future as well. "That's an offer I wanted for a long time," Montgomery said.
Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy defensive back Bookie Radley-Hiles
, who won DB MVP at the event in addition to being invited to The Opening Finals, is fresh off of a visit to Florida State. The Seminoles didn't offer but he spent time with head coach Jimbo Fisher and is expecting to return to Tallahassee to learn more in the near future. Among his top schools, he is likely to return to Nebraska
for another visit while Oklahoma may soon host him for the first time. Radley-Hiles isn't in a rush to make a verbal commitment.
Mammoth Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy offensive lineman Daniel Faalele
visited Florida State on Saturday
and picked up the scholarship offer while on campus. "It was definitely more than I expected," he said. The Australia native says location doesn't play a big part in an upcoming decision, though he isn't looking to make a pledge any time soon.
Kennesaw (Ga.) Harrison quarterback Justin Fields
, who won QB MVP and was invited to the Elite 11 competition Sunday
, says he remains 100 percent committed to Penn State though considerable programs continue to recruit him. While not closing the door on the others, his camp and baseball slate will make navigating visits a tough task going forward.
John Garcia and Corey Bender contributed to this report.