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Top Class of 2017 Commitments in August

Sep. 1 -- Scout looks at the biggest commitments by conference for the class of 2017 during the month of August...



RB Bruce Jordan-Swilling - Georgia Tech

Bruce Jordan-Swilling, the No. 14 running back in the nation, gave Georgia Tech a huge commitment and he should be a big factor early. He could also play linebacker. USC was also heavily involved with Jordan-Swilling.


A.J. Terrell - Clemson

A.J. Terrell, who is from Atlanta, crossed the boarder north and opted for Clemson. The No. 16 safety in the nation has a big frame. He also had Florida and South Carolina in his final three, but the Tigers won out.


QB Jack Sears - Duke

A huge, huge pickup for Duke in landing the nation's No. 11 quarterback, and to get Jack Sears out of southern California is that much sweeter. He is smart, poised and mobile. The Blue Devils beat out USC and UCLA for Sears.


Trajan Bandy - Miami

New Miami coach Mark Richt landed a big one from his own backyard in getting the No. 21 safety in Trajan Bandy, who is quick out of his breaks and changes direction well. The one-time Oklahoma commit had the Sooners, Penn State, Tennessee, South Carolina USC in his top six.


WR Tahj Capehart - Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech got a needed in-state boost with a commitment from Tahj Capehart, the No. 2 receiver in the East. He is elusive after the catch and runs very well. The Hokies beat Maryland and Tennessee for Capehart.

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OLB Addison Gumbs – Oklahoma

Gumbs bolstered what s already an impressive recruiting class for the Sooners in 2017 by giving them one of the top defenders on the West Coast. He will fit in well with the Sooners who will be featuring him in its 3-4 defense as an edge rushing linebacker. He picked OU over UCLA and Texas A&M.


Creed Humphrey – Oklahoma

Humphrey made his commitment to out of the gates to Texas A&M, but switched things up and decided to stay in-state after the Sooners made a strong push. The depth chart is favorable at the center position as the current starter is a junior and the listed back-up is a senior. His commitment gave OU the top five highest rated prospects in the 2017 OkPreps Top 25.


WR Shamond Greenwood – Oklahoma State

This is a commitment happened at the beginning of the month, but should not be overlooked. Greenwood is on the precipice of four-star status. He is a big-bodied wideout who can also really run. He posted a 4.41 laser-timed 40-yard dash at The Opening Dallas and is the type of receiver who is well-rounded. He could have an NFL ceiling.



WR Trevon Grimes - Ohio State

The Buckeyes got two of the nation's top receivers in August with Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey. Grimes, who was excellent at The Opening Finals, is a big, gifted and competitive player who has the tools to play early in Columbus.


OG Larry Boyd - Illinois

The Illini have had a really good month of August, reeling in several commitments they had to beat out other power-five and Big Ten schools for. In our opinion, none were bigger than Boyd, a St. Louis kid who had a Missouri offer among others. Big and physical, he and defensive back Tony Adams, both showed that Illinois under Lovie Smith will be factors in Missouri.


DT James Hudson - Michigan

The Wolverines had to battle back for Hudson, who visited rival Michigan State just a few days before the Wolverines' BBQ. That BBQ visit helped secure the verbal of Hudson, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound high school defensive end who keeps getting bigger and bigger and will move inside at the next level. He showed his upside in week one of his high school season with a two sack performance.



OT Alijah Vera-Tucker - USC Trojans

Oregon and Washington were the schools getting the most buzz with Vera-Tucker but USC quietly was able to close this one out following an unofficial visit to campus. In Vera-Tucker, the Trojans land one of the most athletic tackles in the region and a player who is only scratching the surface of how good he can be. He has only played three years of football and grew up playing soccer, which undoubtedly helped with his coordination.


WR Osiris St. Brown - Stanford Cardinal

Despite his older brother Equanimeous being a Notre Dame freshman receiver, the younger St. Brown decided the Cardinal was the best fit. St. Brown actually said he knew Stanford was the spot for him two years ago while tagging along with Equanimeous on an unofficial visit to the Farm.


TE Jimmy Jaggers - UCLA Bruins

UCLA desperately needed to bring in a quality tight end in this class and Jaggers fills a big hole. He's an every down tight end who can block as well as he catches and in the Bruins new offense that is more geared towards a pro-style tight end rather than an h-back type, Jaggers is an ideal fit.



ATH Jacoby Stevens - LSU

Stevens had it down to Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and LSU before committing to the Tigers of LSU on August 8. Early in the spring, it looked like Georgia had the No. 2 prospect in Tennessee, then over the summer Alabama started trending, but in the end, he went back to LSU. He committed to the Tigers last fall as well before re-opening his recruitment late in 2015. This time it appears his recruitment is officially over.


ATH Jamyest Williams - South Carolina

Williams went with the South Carolina Gamecocks. He chose USC over many schools, but the one who finished second was home-state Georgia. Williams connected with Tavaris Robinson, the new defensive coordinator at South Carolina, so he went with the Gamecocks.


RB Ty Chandler - Tennessee

The in-state Tennessee Volunteers kept this Scout 100 running back at home. Chandler was being pursued by top programs all over the South, but he felt staying close to home was what is best for him. He is a very quiet young man, but his commitment to UT seems to be strong.

National recruiting analysts Allen Trieu, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins and Greg Powers contributed to this report.

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