Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall is bringing a more national recruitment to Charlottesville, and it showed in the commitment of Buena Park (Calif.) High offensive tackle Ryan Nelson. He committed to the Cavaliers at the end of an official visit, and chose them over Arizona, Cal and Utah.
Syracuse landed an interesting prospect out of Baltimore St. Frances in defensive end Jonathan Kingsley. He was listed as a class of 2019 prospect in the spring, but re-classified into the 2017 class over the summer and moved Mebane (N.C.) Eastner Alamance to St. Frances. He brings speed of the edge and good size, and could be a steal for the Orange.
Graham had offers from a wide array of schools, but this one likely came down to Texas vs. TCU and at the end of the day it was the Longhorns on top. “45 minutes or less down the road depending on traffic, you know, but it is just a family atmosphere for me and just being familiar with some of the players that are going there,” Graham said.
TCU will have a smaller class in 2017 which means versatility will be important. This month, the Frogs picked up a pretty versatile defensive back in the 2017 class. Wallow picked TCU over offers from Arkansas, Arizona, Duke, Michigan, Northwestern, Purdue, Vanderbilt and more.
The Cyclones dipped into SEC country to snag a commitment from the 6-foot-4, 245-pound defender. This was a very solid addition as Patterson is nationally rated as the No. 102 DE prospect in the nation and picked ISU over offers from schools like Louisville, Memphis and Mississippi State.
Nagel was committed to Northern Iowa before getting an offer from the Cyclones. It did not take him long to make the switch to the in-state Big 12 program.
Range, who has posted a 4.51 laser-timed 40-yard dash, committed to Texas Tech over offers from Cal, Louisiana Tech and Wyoming among others. He reported interest from Arizona, LSU, Georgia, Kansas State, Oregon, Tennessee, USC and UCLA.
The Huskers go into Texas and get a kid who had offers from Texas, Texas A&M and Baylor along with out of state offers Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri, USC, UCLA and more. A big, physical kid, Watts has a chance to compete early in his Nebraska career.
The Hawkeyes bring in a big wide receiver from Texas who had previously been committed to Texas State. Corrales impressed at The Opening Regional in Chicago where he showed excellent hands and body control in a big frame. The Hawkeyes have always done well with under the radar types and he fits the bill.
Redd had been a longtime lean to Oregon and had set the late-September announcement a while back and stuck with it. He's still planning to visit UCLA, one of his earliest offers, but the Ducks have long been the favorite (and he'll still visit Oregon officially). Redd is part of a pretty talented cornerback crop the Ducks have commitments from, joining Deommodore Lenoir and Demetrius Douglas.
Peat came full circle, committing to UCLA two years after he originally committed to them. Peat was a longtime UCLA pledge in the class of 2015 but then flipped to Michigan State on Signing Day. He spent his freshman year with the Spartans, part of their Big Ten title team, but academic issues had him leaving East Lansing and enrolling at Pima CC in Arizona. Peat plans to enroll at UCLA in the winter and be a part of spring practice and will play for the Bruins next fall.
Ahmed was offered by Washington not long after Chris Petersen took over with the Huskies, one of the longest standing in-state offered prospects. Ahmed had offers from all over, and narrowed his final five down to Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington, but the longtime leaders were the hometown Huskies and at a ceremony at his school, Ahmed picked the Dawgs.
Hardimon is a versatile DB, able to play corner and safety and he's also an excellent student, so the opportunity to leave the South to head West and play in Berkeley was one he couldn't pass up. Hardimon had a slew of offers but a visit to Berkeley in the spring pushed the Bears high on his list and he ultimately committed to Cal.
Swift is a national recruit with national offers, but when he made his decision, he was looking regional and to the south. He committed to Georgia over Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Penn State.
Smith had been considered an in-state lean for some time, and in the end, the four star out of Mt. Pleasant (S.C.) Wando committed to South Carolina over Clemson. Georgia was another school involved.
Webb took a hard look at Penn State, an in-state school and Alabama was in this race too, but he and his cousin D'Andre Swift plan to play together between the heads at Georgia.
Bailey was down to Arizona State, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech before committing to the Vols. He made the decision a little earlier than expected by many, but felt he had found the right fit for him.
Richardson camped at Mississippi State over the summer, the two parties liked each other a lot and early in September the Peach State offensive lineman committed to the Bulldogs. He committed to Mississippi State over Georgia State.
National recruiting analysts Allen Trieu, Brian Dohn, Chad Simmons, Greg Biggins and Greg Powers contributed to this report.null