It is now less than a week before the 2017 signing day is sealed and delivered. I have been covering Southern Miss recruiting for over 20 years, and I can not remember their being so much question and speculation going into the final week of a recruiting season. The main reason for this is the staff has been extremely tight lipped with information regarding numbers and who we are actually recruiting. This season the majority of the information Drew and I have provided came through a great deal of research, internet messaging, phone calls, and comparing notes. Usually with less than a week before signing day all the recruiting services have a consensus on the size of a current class, and who is in the class. I have seen anywhere from 18-22 commitments listed.
After analyzing the numbers from the current football roster and last years recruiting class, as well as the current list of commitments, I have us sitting with 21 commitments. Some services have T'Rod Daniels on their list. I do not. Here is my logic behind his omittance. Daniels graduated from MSGCC in December. He should already be here. He has also not been on an official visit. If he does end up at USM, it could be as a grey shirt or more likely a blue shirt.
The last week of visits is also the time to bring in a need athlete, like a safety that you are attempting to flip late. Bubba Fludd may indeed end up here, but I think there are two players ahead of him with similar skill sets that the staff had in last week, in Jaylond Adams and Wesley Kennedy.
Below I will have a Stock Report. Some guys I expect to visit, as well as some nice athletes we are bringing in as preferred walk-on candidates. From my calculations I still look for the class to grow by 1-3. Like I mentioned before, Hopson and staff turned off any information coming out about recruiting and I would not be surprised if they have also instructed kids they are recruiting to do the same. With less than a week before signing day, the best word to describe the current state of affairs is FLUID. It should make for high drama on February 1st.
Paul Gainer offensive tackle 6-4 290.
Schderrian Archie safety 6-2 180.
Jaylond Adams Ath 5-10 180.
John Wesley Kennedy Ath 5-10 190.
Wydale Flott CB 6-1 190.
Some of these have been confirmed. Some are guys we have found that our staff seems to be keeping quiet and are in communication with.
Jacob Shoemaker offensive line 6-5 290 Warren Central Gulfport .His Play in the AL-MS All-Star game caught our staffs attention.
Troy Young Safety Mobile Christian 6-1 200. Currently commit to Arizona. USM, Tulane,USA, W.Mich on him. Wed-Thur at WMU. We are fighting for his last visit. Our staff visited him Monday. He is a big time safety prospect.
Jamauri Laguerre CB 6-0 180 Miami Edison. We have offered. Nice long corner that is still on the market. Good friends with QB commit Marcelo Rodriguez.
CJ Miller Safety McEarchern 6-1 190. Big time safety we have been on for some time. Have really turned ups the pressure on him of late. Supposedly at UCF this weekend. We shall see.He may sign after signing date. Big time prospect.
Zikerrion Baker OLB 6-2 210 4.6 Minden La. Our staff started working him hard about three weeks ago. Col. State has offered recently.
LaMarque Davis DB 6-2 185 Arlington TX. Vistited UH, TX Tech, our visit this weekend.
Bubba Fludd Slot 5-9 170 Okeechobee FL.
Davondre Robinson Safety 6-0 190 Santee SC Long considered a Clemson, USC battle for him. Seems they have cooled and coach Nicholson knows that area. We are trying to get in late.
Sherman Timbs 6-3 270 DE-TE Indianola Academy. Wrecking ball on the MS private school level. Grew up MSU fan. They have offered walk-on. Don't think we have room to offer. Is supposed to visit this weekend. Will have film up on him later. You will enjoy it. Beast.
Justus Satterfield 6-3 300 OG Coffeville CC. Very athletic with sub 5.0 40 time. Has three years left to play.
Brian Thomas 6-4 290 Offensive tackle Scottlandville La. UTSA commit.
Trent Franklin 6-2 200 ATH. Played QB and Safety at Haynesville La We are recruiting him as a safety.
Thomas Morton 6-4 222 TE Niceville FL. He has been offered a preferred walk-on. Coach Hopson and Disch had an in home visit with him this week.
Robert Wilcke 6-0 190 QB 4.6 40. Hernando MS. Impressive little QB that started for the North team in the Blackwell classic. True deal threat, with strong arm. Presently committed to NWCC