Simmons: Tuesday Recruiting Notes

Johnnie Dixon is set to take his first official visit in less than two weeks. He has four visits set, a final group of schools, and you can get the latest on Dixon and many more here...

Most of Tuesday was spent in the West Palm Beach, Fla. area and here are some notes on some of the top prospects that were visited.

  • Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer 2014 wide receiver Johnnie Dixon has set up an official visit with North Carolina State and it will take place the weekend of September 6. He has official visits set up to Arkansas and Ohio State set up for later in September, then an official visit to Alabama set up for the weekend of November 8. Who will the final official visit go to? Dixon is trying to decide between Notre Dame and Tennessee right now. Miami is the sixth and final school still in the mix for the 5-foot-11, 190 pound wideout, but he has visited Coral Gables enough that he doesn't feel he needs to take an official visit to UM. Dixon is an early enrollee and he will likely make a decision at some time in December before he plays in the Army All-American game early in January.

  • New Scout 300 wide receiver Travis Rudolph has a top five of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, and Vanderbilt. The star at Cardinal Newman is not looking to make a decision any time soon. He knows he will take official visits to Alabama and Florida State. Auburn, Tennessee, USC, and others are still being considered for official visits three, four, and five. Florida is in the thick of this race, but he has spent a lot of time in Gainesville, so an official visit to UF as of Tuesday is not likely. Rudolph is looking for the total package of academics and athletics in a program.

  • There are some skilled prospects in the 2015 class at John I. Leonard High School in Lake Worth, Fla. and wide receiver Tavares Martin leads this group. The 6-2, 168 pound junior tells Scout that schools like Florida, Florida State, South Florida, UCF, and West Virginia have offered scholarships. He grew up focusing on the NFL, so he had no favorite college team as a kid. Another receiver in that class is Larry Dunnon, he is 6-3, 206 pounds. He has an offer from FAU and he drawing interest from plenty of other schools. Michigan State offered junior cornerback Quinton Smith after watching his spring game. The 6-foot, 175 pound cornerback likes to play physical and he has interest in the Spartans. Quarterback Preston Hainesworth is 6-1, 165 pounds and he has no offers, but he is hearing from Florida, Florida State, and Louisville.

  • 2015 Scout 100 athlete Shawn Burgess-Becker now has 13 scholarship offers. Wisconsin is the latest to offer the versatile junior out of Coconut Creek (Fla.) Monarch. He visited Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Miami over the summer and those four are his current favorites. He grew up in a house of Miami fans, but he took a liking to the Florida Gators. He liked watching Tim Tebow, Major Wright, and guys that played on those teams. He plans to be at Miami for the Florida game on September 7.

  • South Carolina has stepped up to become the first school to offer 2015 cornerback Desmond Cain a scholarship. The offer came late in the spring, Cain visited Columbia over the summer, and he really likes the Gamecocks. They are high on his list. The 5-11, 183 pound cornerback out of Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage is hearing a lot from Florida, Miami, and Michigan. Cain grew up a fan of Florida.

  • Jason Pierre-Paul once played at Deerfield Beach High School and there is another big defensive end people need to know about there now. His name is Jason Strowbridge. He is a 6-4, 241 pound junior who had eight sacks as a sophomore and he is ready to break onto the scene in 2013. Marshall has offered him a scholarship and Florida and Miami have expressed interest. Strowbridge missed some time as a sophomore with a wrist injury, but he is healthy, he is talented, and he is ready to take off as a top tier prospect in the 2015 class.

    Look for full updates on many of these prospects in the future on Scout. I will be spending a lot of time in Plantation and Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday at schools and practices.

    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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