Scout's May Inside Recruiting Scoop

May 2 -- Scout's Inside Recruiting Scoop provides the inside info on key targets such as Tate Martell, Tyshon Fogg, Marvin Wilson, and CeeDee Lamb among other big topics in the month of May...

Hawaii's Top QB to Announce

Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will make his decision Monday night in what has been a fascinating recruitment to watch. This one appeared to be a battle between the two L.A schools, UCLA and USC with the Trojans holding a solid lead as recent as a few months ago. Things changed dramatically in Tagovailoa's recruitment after he took an unofficial visit to Alabama a month ago and the Tide now look like a solid leader to land him.

http://www.scout.com/player/193492-tua-tagovailoa

Tagovailoa's raved about his time in Tuscaloosa and the small college town feel seemed to really impress both the signal caller and his family who accompanied him. We've also heard the opportunity to play for Nick Saban is a big deal here and coming off a National Championship has also made a big impact on the strong armed lefty.

Tagovailoa has a big upside and arguably the strongest arm in the country this year. He's a dual threat quarterback but is most comfortable sitting in the pocket and making throws down the field so the Tide offense actually would fit him very well.

Projected Pac-12 Battle for WR Announcing Today

Walnut Creek (Calif.) Berean Christian wide out Isaiah Hodgins will make his commitment Monday night at 6:00 PST. The receiver was originally set to to make his announcement April 23 but he decided to hold off and a handful of new offers have come for Hodgins in the last couple of weeks.

http://www.scout.com/player/199684-isaiah-hodgins

Hodgins said he's down to Nevada, Boise State, Nebraska, MichiganOregon State and Washington State. The receiver never made it out to Michigan or Nebraska and we can't see him committing to a school he never checked out. Hodgins enjoyed his visit to Nevada but you don't see the Wolfpack win too many battles over Pac-12 schools or Boise State.

We had predicted Hodgins would choose Washington State when he initially set his commitment date and although he hasn't given too many clues about who was leading, we're going to stick with the Cougars in this one.

Top South OT Nearing Decision?

Scout 100 offensive tackle D'antne Demery  is very close to make a decision. He recently visited Alabama and the Crimson Tide are in the race, but  Georgia Bulldogs is the school trending.  He has talked about holding off and taking more visits, but decision is likely to come sooner than later for the four star out of Brunswick (Ga.).

One of the Midwest's Best Plans to Early Enroll

One of the Midwest's best, Detroit Cass Tech wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones, said recently that he plans to enroll early wherever he chooses, which will speed up his timeline some, but he is still a kid we would expect to take his time. He recently visited Michigan State and the Spartans along with Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame are the Midwest schools he has visited the most, but leaving the region is a legitimate possibility. Should he do that, he has visited schools both on the West Coast and in the south, but Tennessee and Florida are two of the out of region schools we hear associated with his name the most.

http://www.scout.com/player/181386-donovan-peoples-jones

Decision Time for Taquon Graham

Scout Top 300 prospect Taquon Graham a has set his decision date. The Texas prospect will announce his college decision May 27 following Temple (Texas) High’s spring game, which will end his final spring practice as a high school football player . The 6-foot-3, 251-pounder has a good list of offers, but this is believed to be a battle between Big 12 powers TCU and Texas.

http://www.scout.com/player/195794-taquon-graham

Based off of the timing of the announcement of his decision date – quickly following an unofficial visit to the University of Texas – there are strong indications that this could end up being positive news for the Longhorns. There are also some strong behind the scenes rumblings that back it all up, giving us the logical belief that it’s very likely to be the ‘Horns on the Scout four-star’s decision day.

On a scale of 1-10, we are giving it a strong 9.5.

Nation's No. 1 QB to Take Visits & Taking in Tweets

Last week, a handful of UCLA commits set out a series of tweets directed at Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman quarterback and Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Tate Martell. Recruits recruiting other top recruits via twitter is nothing new but it begged the question, is there anything going on between UCLA and Martell right now?

http://www.scout.com/player/179608-tate-martell

While we still feel Martell is solid in his commitment to the Aggies, he did recently tweet out that he planned to take his official visits this fall. Now it has become pretty common for committed players to take a few official visits, you don't see committed quarterbacks chose to go that route in their recruitment very often.

Now we're not saying Martell is on the verge of de-committing and we're also not saying UCLA has suddenly become the team to beat for the 5-star quarterback. We are saying it's something worth monitoring and if Martell decides to take one of his official visits to UCLA, the Bruins could have a chance if they decide to go all in on the gifted quarterback.

Hokies Closing in on Michigan Duo?

Virginia Tech recently hosted Muskegon (Mich.) ATH Kalil Pimpleton  and the Hokies have his attention. They are the only power-five school to have offered him and he had a great visit. He is not rushing a decision, but it is still expected that he won't wait too long. Should the Hokies land his verbal, it would greatly help them with teammate Andrew Ward, a linebacker they've offered as well who also had a good visit to Blacksburg. Ward is keeping his options, which include Iowa State, Arizona and Nebraska, open as well, but he and Pimpleton grew up together and are close friends.

Nation's No. 1 DT Eliminated Reigning National Champs?

Alabama could have been considered the top school to beat for the signature of five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson, but things can change quickly in recruiting and with the resignation of Bo Davis it looks like the chances of the Crimson Tide signing the No. 1 DT have went down tremendously.
 
Wilson Tweeted, “Bo (Davis) is gone there goes Bama in my recruitment.”
 
One school that could take advantage of the departure of Alabama in that top grouping of schools for the 6-foot-4, 329-pounder from Bellaire (Texas) Episcopal is the Texas Longhorns. Wilson made a visit to the campus in early April and despite the fact that he has been considered leaning to Southeast region programs he has been a pretty frequent visitor to the ‘Horns campus in Austin, Texas.
LSU is another program for those tracking Wilson’s recruitment should keep a close eye on. The Tigers would be a program that could be the best of both worlds. They play SEC competition and Baton Rouge is only four hours away from Houston.

Is a Leader Emerging for Scout 100 WR?

There aren't many that say less to the media that Scout 100 wide receiver Tee Higgins.  He is definitely not going to tip his hands when talking schools of interest, but Clemson Tigers has been trending behind the scenes for some time now.  The Tigers have to feel good about where they are at with the former Tennessee commit.

http://www.scout.com/player/195099-tee-higgins

Where do Things Stand for 4-Star Warren?

Four-star offensive tackle Carter Warren of Wayne (N.J.) Passaic County Tech is not listing a top list of schools, but North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Maryland are all doing well with him. 

Coaches from Michigan and Tennessee were in to check on him Thursday, but right now they are playing catch up. Warren wanted to make his decision in January, but because classes are filling up, look for a decision to make before his senior season begins.

Visits on Tap for Wade-Perry

Defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry of Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII visited Ohio State for its spring game, and he is planning a trip to Stanford later this month and Notre Dame on June 23.

http://www.scout.com/player/182371-dalyn-wade-perry

Keep an eye on the Irish. Ohio State may not have room for him, and Stanford is always a question mark until a prospect gets admitted. Meanwhile, Notre Dame assistant coach Scott Booker spent several hours on Pope John XXIII during a recent visit, and the Irish like Wade-Perry a lot. And, the feeling is mutual.

Who has the Inside Track with LB Fogg?

Baltimore Calvert Hall four-star linebacker Tyshon Fogg speaks the most with coaches from Cal, Stanford, Rutgers and North Carolina, but it is the Scarlet Knights that currently have the inside track. 

Distance could be a factor with Fogg and the Pac-12 schools, which could make it a North Carolina-Rutgers offer. However, Fogg spent a few at Rutgers on Saturday night after attending a Saturday camp in the area, and he has strong New Jersey roots. He considers himself a "Jersey" kid after growing up in Asbury Park, N.J., before moving to Maryland as a sixth grader. He regularly returns to Asbury Park to visit family, and often stops by Rutgers.

Commitment on Mind of Elite LB?

Elite outside linebacker Willie Gay has not committed yet, but he has had commitment on his mind.  Mississippi State Bulldogs is trending in a big way for the Starkville (Miss.) four star.  Others are trying to move up, but at this time, the Bulldogs are leading the way and a decision could happen at any time.

Where to Watch for Recent Oklahoma Decommit

CeeDee Lamb, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver from Richmond (Texas) Foster decommitted from Oklahoma on Friday (4/29).
The decommitment came after an April offer run that saw teams like Baylor, Florida and Texas A&M jump in the race with scholarship offers, joining schools like Mississippi and LSU amongst a host of others.
 
One offer to keep a closer eye on is LSU. That is one that could have been a game changer for Lamb, as he has admitted a high interest in attending the SEC school. Still keep an eye out for Lamb to possibly get out there and take some visits as one source indicated to Scout this weekend.

Offer Coming for 4-Star Bell?

Bridgeton (N.J.) High four-star athlete Markquese Bell continues to talk to a lot of schools, and Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was in to see him during the week. The Buckeyes are yet to offer, but one could come at Friday Night Lights, if he can get to Columbus to camp.

And while going away from home for school could be a tough proposition for Bell, one school to keep an eye on is Florida. He visited the campus briefly with his 7-on-7 team in the spring, and is now talking to the staff daily and the Gators are making a huge run for him.

Rising Prospect Gaining B1G Interest

A popular prospect this spring evaluation process has been University of Detroit Jesuit safety Scott Nelson. Schools really like his smarts and instincts, but we've always felt he was faster and more athletic than given credit for and schools who have seen him work out agreed and offers came from Wisconsin, Purdue and Kentucky. Michigan State still seems to be the team to beat, but Nelson, having played basketball in the Winter and early part of spring, has not made many visits yet.


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