Some Southeast Schools On A Roll

There are always several points in the year when a surge in new commitments normally take place before the season begins: after junior days, after summer camps, and right before practice begins. Several teams are smoking hot after a recent run in July.

Perhaps no team in the country is quite as hot as the Miami Hurricanes. The University of Miami has continued its recruiting success by landing some top prospects, including four of the National 100 in the past ten days and five in the month of July.

The 'Canes took advantage of the nation's most talented high school team, Miami Northwestern, as they added commitments from the number two defensive tackle in the country, Marcus Forston, and earlier added Aldarius Johnson, who gives the Hurricanes its most talented wide receiver prospect since Andre Johnson. The two join quarterback Jacory Harris and offensive lineman Brandon Washington in committing to Miami and they are not done yet at Northwestern as they try to land linebacker Sean Spence.

Speed at linebacker is obviously key for new Miami head coach Randy Shannon who has commitments from two National 100 linebacker prospects who ran under 4.55 at a Combine in Lerentee McCray and Marcus Robinson and a third who certainly looks every bit as fast in Ramon Buchanan.

Rounding out the month of July for Miami is, perhaps, its most intriguing prospect in Davon Johnson from Booker T. Washington, who could easily play wide receiver or cornerback while seeing some early playing time as a return man.

Not to be left behind, the Arkansas Razorbacks decided to use the entire month of July to nearly complete its recruiting. Even with the media turmoil surrounding head coach Houston Nutt, Arkansas was able to show the rest of the SEC not only does it know how to keep the top players in-state, but it can raid some of the top talent from around the region.

Entering the month of July, the Hawgs started off with a very respectable seven commitments. After the summer camps ended and a bevy of new offers were placed on the table, the commitment count is up to nineteen with twelve new commitments coming in, including ten in the last two weeks.

With a huge emphasis on pure athletes, Arkansas added commitments from five players who could easily play on either side of the ball, including three-star running back prospect Khiry Battle (right), who plans to play safety in Fayetteville.

With pressure from its fellow SEC-West team, LSU caught fire over the last few days of July with a solid roll. DeAngelo Peterson got the ball started in early July, and followed up his strong spring combine performances with a great day at the Friday Night Lights camp at Florida. Though a very soft commitment, he is still a Bayou Bengal none-the-less.

Cordian Hagans, a three-star defensive tackle from Northview, Ga., followed Peterson's commitment and was quickly followed by wide receiver Timothy Molton from Destrehan, La., and linebackers Ryan Baker from Blountstown, Fla., and Kyle Prater from Kerrville, Tex.

The biggest news came on the first day in August as LSU added a commitment from Derrick Bryant, a cornerback from Peachtree Ridge in Suwannee, Ga., who continues to rise in the rankings as he continues to achieve more and more of his very high ceiling as a prospect.

Mississippi State also continues to find some future stars from its summer camp as Sylvester Croom and company added eight commitments in the latter half of the month, including Templeton Hardy.

Hardy (left), a four-star prospect ranked as the number three prospect in the state of Mississippi, is a huge get for the Dawgs if they hope to surpass its the final team ranking of 2007, when it finished among the top thirty recruiting classes in the country.

Continuing in the SEC West, and taking advantage of the best talent in recent memory for its own state, Alabama is poised to jump into the front in terms of a recruiting roll. Adding four-star prospects Tyler Love, an offensive tackle, wide receiver Melvin Ray, and wide receiver Burton Scott, the Tide is certainly rolling along very well.

Two key decisions sit on the horizon as Alabama and head coach Nick Saban await Saturday's announcement from wide receiver Devonta Bolton and an announcement later in the month from elite quarterback Star Jackson. Both will go a long ways to help the Tide as it continues to compete for the many uncommitted players in state against Auburn and the many national powers getting ready to set up camp for impending season.

No matter what, many teams certainly took advantage of the camping season. Now it is time to see who takes advantage of the regular season.

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