The closer the calendar gets to the 2014 football season, the more commitments occur in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The region saw at least nine new commitments and one decommitment during the past week, starting Monday (Aug. 4), when Dallas South Oak Cliff 2015 three-star safety Jamile Johnson announced via Twitter that he was no longer committed to Oklahoma.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Johnson, who holds 11 offers, tweeted this past Tuesday that he will commit Sept. 1. Scout.com national recruiting analyst reported that Johnson named the following finalists: North Carolina, Arkansas, Texas Tech, TCU, Nebraska, and one mystery school.
Also Monday, DeSoto 2015 three-star receiver Akile Davis announced his commitment to BYU. Davis picked the Cougars over offers from Bowling Green, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, North Texas, San Diego State, and Toledo.
Davis is 1 of 8 players already committed who will play for DeSoto this fall. Davis was the seventh on that list, but that was before 2015 three-star receiver James Proche announced via Twitter later in the week that he had moved to DeSoto following the ongoing turmoil at Dallas Prime Prep Academy.
On Tuesday, Mesquite Poteet 2015 four-star outside linebacker DeAndre McNeal tweeted his first three official visits: Miami, UCLA, and Oklahoma State. Those three schools are among McNeal's more than 20 offers.
Wednesday afternoon brought the news of Arlington Bowie 2015 offensive tackle Clyde McCauley committing to Fresno State. McCauley chose the Bulldogs over offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Navy, Nevada, Rutgers, San Diego State, and Texas State.
McCauley was the first of Arlington Bowie's two starting offensive tackles to commit this past week as 2015 four-star Madison Akamnonu (pictured above) announced at 12:15 Saturday afternoon that he had committed to Texas Tech, choosing the Red Raiders over fellow finalist Oklahoma and Texas. Akamnonu has more than 20 offers. McCauley and Akamnonu join 2016 right guard Tope Imade to give Arlington Bowie one of the more talented offensive lines in the Metroplex.
Aledo 2015 defensive back Johnny Durham committed Wednesday evening to Texas State. Durham, who helped Aledo win a state title in 2013, chose the Bobcats over offers from Air Force and New Mexico, as well as FCS offers from Cornell, Illinois State, and SFA.
The lone 2016 commitment of the week was a big one.
That news broke Thursday afternoon, when West Mesquite four-star receiver Dee Anderson committed to LSU. The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Anderson, who earned his LSU offer at a late July camp in Baton Rouge, picked the Bayou Bengals over nine other offers from Bowling Green, Indiana, Louisiana-Lafayette, SMU, Tennessee, UCLA, Wake Forest, and Washington.
Anderson is 1 of 5 West Mesquite players who have already committed (three in 2015, two in 2016). None of those five players is committed to an in-state school. Quarterback Chason Virgil is pledged to Mississippi State, while cornerback Josh Butler is pledged to Michigan State. Receiver Akilian Butler is committed to Boise State. Bailey Phillips, a cornerback who joins Anderson as West Mesquite's two 2016 commitments, pledged in late July to Tennessee.
Other than the Akamnonu commitment, the weekend saw four other players commit in the DFW Metroplex.
The first came Friday evening, when PonyStampede.com reported the commitment of Dallas Highland Park 2015 linebacker Mitchell Kaufman to SMU, which is his only FBS so far.
HornedFrogBlitz.com reported Saturday night that Irving Cistercian 2015 athlete Dare Odeyingbo committed to Vanderbilt. Odeyingbo picked the Commodores over a dozen other offers from Air Force, Boston College, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas Tech, and Wisconsin.
Scout projects Odeyingbo, who plays multiple spots on both sides of the ball for Cistercian, as a defensive end at the next level. Vanderbilt could potentially use him as an outside linebacker in its 3-4 scheme.
Garbutt, who also has offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Navy, and North Texas, plays running back and linebacker for Hebron and might see the majority of his playing time this fall on offense, which is also where several schools have recruited him.