What's Next for Eno Benjamin?
Eno Benjamin, a 5-foot-9 203-pound running back from Wylie (Texas) East recently made his decommitment from Iowa, so it will be very interesting to see what steps or what direction his recruitment travels going forward from here. Prior to his decommitment he made official visits to Missouri and Arizona State, and both of those programs will be a factor in his final decision making process. One school to keep an eye on in-state is Texas A&M which has started to get involved in his recruitment much more heavily. Benjamin has announced that he will make his final decision during the broadcast of the US Army All-American bowl in San Antonio Texas on January 7, 2017. He will be an early enrollee.
New No. 1 for Willie Gay
Willie Gay decommitted from Ole Miss late in October and he is a prospect with many eyes on him this month. Michigan has taken over the top spot for the Scout 100 linebacker out of Starkville (Miss.). When he decommitted from the Rebels, it was a day after he returned from his official visit from Michigan. The program right off his high school campus, Mississippi State has made a big move too — now Gay's No. 2 school. Can Jim Harbaugh get Gay out of the state of Mississippi? It is trending that way early in November. He may decide to later this fall. It could come at any time.
2018's Top Prospect Still Uncommitted
It is another month, and the No. 1 junior in the country, Trevor Lawrence is still uncommitted. As has been reported before, his recruitment is likely going to now go into 2017. The new news is he is expanding his list of schools. He has been focused on Clemson and Georgia since late in the spring, but he is visiting LSU November 5, then Alabama on the weekend of November 26. He has already tripped to Clemson this fall and he will be back at Georgia November 12. Florida is in this race as well. He is focused on his season as he tries to win his second state title, but these visits are very important for the five star out of Cartersville (Ga.).
Kam White on 'Flip Watch'?
Clinton (Miss.) safety Kam White may be on 'Flip Watch'. The Iowa State commit has already visited the Cyclones for his official visit and he plans to take official visits to Ole Miss and Minnesota in January. The in-state school, Ole Miss, has picked up their recruitment of White, and he plans to visit Oxford (Miss.) for two games in the month of November. There is some real chatter behind the scenes about his interest in Ole Miss.
OSU Commit Shaun Wade Taking Visits
It is a big month ahead for Ohio State commit Shaun Wade . The four-star cornerback out of Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy plans to take official visits to Ohio State (November 5) and Alabama(November 26). Do not be surprised if he takes an unofficial visit to Florida this month as well. The Buckeyes should be worried — at least a little. Wade is going to take his visits, host multiple coaches for in-home visits in December, and then make his final decision early in January before he enrolls into college.
Battle for the Nation's No. 1 Corner
The nation's top cover corner, Calabasas (Calif.) athlete Darnay Holmes has locked in his first two official visits. Holmes will visit Ohio State(Nov. 26) for Thanksgiving weekend when the Buckeyes host Michigan and he'll visit the Wolverines (Dec. 10). UCLA, the long time leader will get a visit in December as well and Miami, Nebraska and USC are battling for those last two open dates.
Holmes plans to commit at the Army AA Game January 7 and the Bruins will be tough to beat here. Holmes and his family have a longstanding relationship with UCLA DB coach Demetrice Martin and the lure of staying close to home has always been strong for him.
Can Ohio State go 4 for 4 at Bishop Gorman?
Could Ohio State land another player from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman? The Buckeyes already have commitments from three Scout 100 players out of Gorman, quarterback Tate Martell, receiver Tyjon Lindsey and defensive tackle Haskell Garrett. Bubba Bolden is taking his official visit to Columbus this weekend and there is plenty of speculation that he could pull the trigger. Bolden would be a very nice pickup for the Buckeyes. He has had an incredible senior year and is now rated the No. 2 safety in the country. Arizona State, Colorado and UCLA are all involved as well but the Buckeyes could be tough to beat.
JuCo Transfer Cole still looking
East Mississippi Community College safety Brian Cole, formerly of Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage and the University of Michigan, continues to move through his process. He just took an official visit to Oregon State, one that a source close to him said he "loved." Washington State offered and they will have a real chance with him because he has a good relationship with recruiter and fellow Saginaw native Roy Manning. He may visit Ole Miss soon as well as Western Michigan.
Who's trending for K.J. Hamler?
Brandeton (Fla.) IMG Academy wide receiver K.J. Hamler visited Oregon last week and Arizona State is this week. The school we hear is trending though is Michigan State. Hamler is originally from Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's and being closer to home may become more of a draw. Slot receiver is a key need for the Spartans in this class as well.
Will schools flip Ulmer?
Belleville (Mich.) safety Jordan Ulmer remains committed to Iowa State, but has been one of the hottest prospects in the Midwest this Fall, adding offers from Arizona, Missouri and Minnesota. We hear he is likely to take official visits to all of those schools along with possibly Penn State. He has taken unofficials to Michigan and Michigan State recently and either of those schools could receive one as well if an offer comes through.
Huskies Rising for Sarell
There is more and more buzz that Washington is making a big push for Foster Sarell, but we continue to hear that Stanford is the destination for the five-star. The Huskies have certainly passed Notre Dame on the biggest threat to the Cardinal chart and are making a loud case given their success this season, but folks close to the recruitment continue to say Stanford’s lead was so big that the Cardinal are still in the driver’s seat.
Stanford Still Lean for Molden?
On the flip side, there is still a chance the Huskies can turn a longtime Stanford lean in Elijah Molden, who is all but certain to leave Oregon and spurn his father’s alma mater. The Ducks had him in for an official visit, the same weekend the Huskies went into Autzen Stadium and routed the Ducks. The Friday before, Molden had Husky defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake at his game. Molden then visited Washington officially for the Oregon State game and was impressed on the trip. He’s still waiting on admission into Stanford which is giving the Huskies a chance at him.