Southeast Recruiting Notebook

There are 22 days remaining before Signing Day and numerous top prospects are still uncommitted. One actually set his decision date on Monday and that is Vonn Bell. Get the latest here.

Vonn Bell is fresh off an official visit to Ohio State this past weekend and he met with Nick Saban from Alabama on Monday. He still has an official visit to Alabama set up for this weekend and then one to Tennessee the weekend of January 25.

Some felt he may commit after that visit to UT, but he will wait until February 6.

"We are going to have a big celebration for Vonn and his family at Ridgeland High School on Signing Day and that is when he will announce his decision to everyone," Ridgeland High School coach Mark Mariakis told Scout on Monday.

"It was a family decision and the mom really wanted to include all the Ridgeland people in this. She feels Vonn has been treated well and she does not want to make the announcement all about Vonn, but more about Ridgeland. I think that is great and I have a lot of respect for her."

There were some rumors floating around Monday evening that Bell had committed to Saban during his in-home visit, but Bell denied those rumors Monday evening.

The five-star safety is not tipping his hand on who he is leaning towards at this stage if he is in fact leaning towards anyone. Scout does believe it is a two school race though right now between Alabama and Ohio State with Tennessee on the outside looking in.

We will find out who Bell is going to play for on February 6 and the announcement will likely come sometime around 9am ET.

Only Two Remain for North

Clemson was scheduled to have four-star wide receiver Marquez North on their campus last weekend for an official visit, but late in the week, those plans changed, and Clemson is no longer in the running.

It is now North Carolina and Tennessee. North ended up in Knoxville over the weekend and reports have sounded positive about his experience there. He likes the new system Butch Jones will run and he has had a strong connection with running backs coach Jay Graham for over a year.

Some feel UNC will be hard to beat due to their location and North's familiarity with the Tar Heel program.

"You just don't know what Marquez is going to do," someone close to him told Scout earlier this week. "He does not reveal much about recruiting and it is really just about him and his father. They are the ones that know what is going on and which school he will choose."

North was at one time pursued by schools from coast to coast, but he did not get out much, he did not visit many schools, but the schools he has visited on more than one occasion are still in the race.

Will the Tar Heels keep North at home or did Coach Graham build a strong enough connection with the 6-foot-3, 210 pound elite athlete to get him to UT?

We will know in the coming weeks.

Can Arkansas get Collins?

Alex Collins was once a Miami commitment and the Hurricanes and working hard to get him back on their list. It is not going to be easy.

UM will get an official visit this weekend, so they are very much in this race.

Florida has already had the top running back in the Sunshine State on their campus and the Gators are a school to keep your eye on too, but UF and UM could be looking up to another SEC school at this time.

Arkansas is set to get the last official visit on January 25 and Collins and that staff have a connection.

Collins took an official visit to Wisconsin when Bret Bielema was the head coach, and the Badgers were a serious contender then. Now Beliema is at Arkansas and the Razorbacks could be the team to beat.The Razorbacks spent some time with Collins and his family on Saturday and he has a connection to that staff.

The 5-foot-11, 205 pound five-star back out of Plantation, Fla. will likely make his decision at some point between January 27-February 6.

At this time, it looks like it is shaping up to be an Arkansas-Miami battle for Collins. Florida is still in the conversation, but there is much more chatter around the other two schools.

Golson Staying on the Move

Austin Golson committed to Florida State very early in the process, but as things wind down, and we close in on Signing Day, he has been looking around.

He is fresh an official visit to Alabama and he does not seem too high on the Crismon Tide at the moment. The 6-foo-5, 290 pound offensive tackle out of Prattville, Ala. now has visited to Ole Miss, Florida State, and Auburn set up for the next three weekends.

Golson said, "I'm still committed to Florida State and I have three visits, so we'll see what happens. It's just the recruiting process, I need to check out my options and see what they have to offer."

He still seems pretty set on the Seminoles, but two of the next three weekends he will be on a campus that is not in Tallahassee, Fla. Word is that Auburn may be making a big push with this new staff and you cannot rule out Hugh Freeze and the Rebels either.

FSU has the upper-hand today, but they will have to work to keep this four-star OL on their list come Signing Day.

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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