In our new weekly feature, we are going to take a look back at the week in recruiting. For Southern Miss, it was a good week and the commit list has found itself nearly half full heading into the season. Even more offers have gone out, and the hard work put in on the front end of the class of 2017 is starting to really pay dividends now.
Here is a look back at some of the happenings this week in recruiting..
- The big news of the week was the "Black Ops" weekend where some of the top prospects on the board came in for a big weekend visit full of food, games, tours, and rolling out of the red carpet in an effort to show the love to some big time prospects. We were told there was around 15 prospects on campus this weekend. A few that we know:
- On the visit, Southern Miss landed a commitment from Tahj Sykes, DE, from Columbus. Sykes had picked up an offer at an elite camp earlier in June and USM was right at the top for him throughout. The talented DE/DL is up to 260 and has incredible quickness and more strength than he appears to have at first sight. This is a nice pick up for USM. Story: http://www.scout.com/college/southern-mississippi/story/1690652-sykes-ci...
- Antonio Moultrie, who committed to Southern Miss back in June, confirmed his commitment to the coaching staff on the visit as well.
- Southern Miss offered IMG Academy, Bradenton (FL) CB Elvis Hines:
- For a few extra tid-bits from the Black Ops weekend, Glyn Dyar broke down another situation: LINK
- Southern Miss hosted (not on the black ops weekend, but just before it) 3 star former Wisconsin QB D.J. Gillins. Gillins is currently at Pearl River CC and has terrific athletic ability along with college experience. He would come in January were he to commit.
Story with Gillins: LINK
- USM offered Jaylon Jones, DB, from Dacula, GA this week. Highlights: LINK
- Earlier in the week, Southern miss landed a commitment from Bubba Fludd, a speedy Scat back that will play in the slot and in the return game for the Golden Eagles:
- In the beginning of the week, USM kicked things off with a commitment from Trevor Terry, WR from JCJC. Here is the story: http://www.scout.com/college/southern-mississippi/story/1689686-local-ju...
- On Monday, Southern Miss offered three star LB out of Fairburn, GA, Malik Horton: http://www.scout.com/college/southern-mississippi/story/1689338-eagles-o...