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Scout's August Premium Recruiting Scoop

Aug. 4 -- Scout's Inside Recruiting Scoop is the latest on key targets such as Jack Sears, Tyjon Lindsey, Oliver Martin and Trevor Lawrence among other big topics in the month of August...

2018's No. 1 About to Commit?

Trevor Lawrence may only be a junior, but he is the No. 1 prospect in the country — so all eyes stay on him.  He thought he could be committed in June, then it was July, and we are now in August — he is still not committed.  This could go into the season now.  It will be Clemson or Georgia, but he is truly torn.  A decision this month is 50-50 right now based on what we are hearing because he is not speaking on that.  Georgia had some momentum early in the summer, but Clemson has made this very interesting.  He could pop at any time, but it is definitely going longer than was planned.

DE Flirting With a Decision

Keep an eye on defensive end Michael Allen.  A commitment could be nearing for the three star out of Buford (Ga.) Kell.  He has a handful of schools in mind, but the one we are hearing most about behind the scenes is Wake Forest.  He flirted with a decision a couple of weeks ago, but he held off.  Now he could within two weeks from pulling the trigger.

A Week Away for Top Athlete

Jacoby Stevens has been linked to three different SEC schools in the past six weeks.  It was Georgia, then it was Alabama, and now, with his decision coming Monday August 8, LSU has taken the momentum.  The Scout 100 athlete out of Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Oakland was committed to LSU last fall, so could he go back to the Tigers?  As of now, that is the way it looks.  

Back to Football for 4-Star WR

There has been much speculation about Iowa City West wide receiver Oliver Martin as he has been one of the Midwest's hottest prospects over the last few months, but the answer as to where he is leaning or what has been happening in his recruitment is that, because of baseball, there just has not been much happening. With his baseball season now complete, Martin will have more of an opportunity to begin getting out and seeing more schools, starting with Michigan and Michigan State this week. As he starts to take more visits, that is when a more clear picture will emerge for the four-star prospect.

More Offers Coming for Ohio TE?

Scout 300 tight end Charles Reeves is one of the most athletic pass catchers left on the board in the Midwest. Monday, the first day of official offers, was a big one for the Steubenville (Ohio) native. He reported recently that Syracuse was a school standing out to him and the Orange continue to turn up the heat. That is coming both from the coaching staff and quarterback commit Tommy DeVito. That said, Penn State and Pitt will not go quietly and are both still recruiting Reeves. The possibility of more offers including Auburn still remains.

Second Look for JUCO DB

The Netflix series Last Chance U has been a quick hit, showing what life is like for JUCO players at East Mississippi Community College. A former top Midwest recruit has joined EMCC this year in Brian Cole, once a four-star who signed with Michigan and played for the Wolverines as a true freshman last season. Early reports say Cole is doing well at his new home. He is playing safety at EMCC currently. Once set to transfer to Kentucky, the Wildcats are still a team high on his list, but it remains to be seen what other opportunities will come his way with a good season.

West Coast WR Decision Coming

Corona (Calif.) Centennial wide out Tyjon Lindsey  will make his long awaited decision later this month. Lindsey has an announcement date set for August 22 and lists 10 schools on his list. The colleges we feel have the inside track remain Nebraska, Ohio State and Oregon but the receiver did visit Alabama and Auburn shortly after The Opening and raved about his time in the South. Saying that, the Buckeyes do appear to be the team to beat here and not just because his close friend and former teammate Tate Martell is committed there. Ohio State has been doing well with Lindsey since early in the spring and could be another piece in what is shaping up to be a historical class for the Buckeyes.

Top Uncommitted 2017 QB Could Commit at Any Time

The original plan for San Clemente (Calif.) quarterback Jack Sears was to make his decision in early to mid July. Then, he pushed the decision back until later in the month but we're now in August and Sears remains on the board. The signal caller is still talking with Duke, UCLA, USC and Utah and the Blue Devils and Trojans have been receiving most of the buzz as of late. Look for Sears to decide any day now, although he doesn't have a commitment date set.

Top 6 Coming from Texas WR

Cartrell Thomas , a 2017 three-star receiver from talent-laden Lancaster High School near Dallas, told Scout on Monday that he's narrowing down his choices and will release a top six this coming Sunday, right before Lancaster kicks off its 2016 season with its "Midnight Madness" event Sunday night. Scout ranks Thomas as the No. 20 receiver in Texas, which is loaded at the position in this recruiting cycle. So far, he has 15 FBS offers: Colorado, Illinois, Texas Tech, Utah, Boise State, Colorado State, Bowling Green, Miami (OH), New Mexico, Nevada, North Texas, San Diego State, Texas State, Tulane, and Tulsa.

TAMU WR Commit to Take Other Visits? 

Monday night brought a UCLA offer for 2017 Scout 300 four-star receiver Camron Buckley, who committed July 1 to Texas A&M. In late May, prior to Buckley's Texas A&M offer, Buckley told Scout at Cedar Hill High School's spring game that UCLA was showing interest and would be a school he would definitely try to visit if an offer materialized. Buckley got the Texas A&M offer at the end of June and wasted little time committing to the Aggies. We'll stay on top of anything that might develop with the No. 11 receiver in Texas in regards to a potential future UCLA trip.

When will the nation's No. 4 running back D'Andre Swift make a decision?

It could be as early as mid-August, or it could be pushed into September. But he and four-star receiver Mark Webb  are talking about a package deal being a reality, and Georgia continues to be the leader for Webb. In fact, talk at The Opening was both were already planning their decisions and Georgia was the school of choice.

Four Finalists for 4-Star DE

Four-star defensive end Jordan Williams of Virginia Beach (Va.) Cox is set to announce Aug. 6 and Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech are his finalists. Williams made a July 22 visit to Clemson, and the Tigers usually do a good job of closing.

Two on Top for Hand

Cherry Hill (N.J.) West cornerback Harrison Hand  looks to have a top two of Virginia Tech and Rutgers, and while Rutgers is pushing the hardest for a commitment, Scout is hearing Hand is most intrigued by Virginia Tech. He also wants to make official visits, which will allow other schools to further scout him and possibly offer and provide more options.

Big Flip for DT Stills 

Fairmont (W.V.) defensive tackle Darius Stills  made it a whirlwind weekend for two schools. Stills unofficially visited Rutgers on Saturday, where he ended the trip with a verbal commitment to coach Chris Ash. Here's the strange part. Stills, who long waited for a West Virginia offer, finally received one after he returned home from Rutgers. Stills' father played for West Virginia, and the Mountaineers successfully flipped the 2017 prospect within 48 hours of his initial commitment to Rutgers. Younger brother Dante Stills is the No. 19 defensive end in the 2018 recruiting class.

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