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Around the Mid-Atlantic: Hoke insurance

It seems as though everyone that follows college football is waiting for the official word that Brady HokeClick Looking aheadHere to view this Link. is out at MichiganClick Looking aheadHere to view this Link.. Amid all of this uncertainty, the current commits are growing restless. Rivals100 prospects Garrett TaylorClick Looking aheadHere to view this Link. and Chris ClarkClick Looking aheadHere to view this Link. have already scheduled official visits to make sure they have done enough research to find a place for them to continue their football careers. Taylor will be at Virginia TechClick Looking aheadHere to view this Link. on Thursday night for the MiamiClick Looking aheadHere to view this Link. game and has set up official visits to Ohio StateClick Looking aheadHere to view this Link. on Nov. 21 and Penn StateClick Looking aheadHere to view this Link. on Nov. 28.
Penn State plays Ohio State in prime time on Saturday night and it has become a very big recruiting weekend for the Nittany Lions. The seniors include Matthew Burrell Jr.Click Clark is a bit more difficult to read. He has said multiple times that he will stay committed to Michigan as long as Hoke is still the coach, but has set an official visit to North Carolina for Nov. 14. Clark originally committed to the Tar Heels while on a visit to Chapel Hill in March. Texas and USC will be getting official visits, but no date has been set yet and Notre Dame is finding their way back into the picture. Ole Miss and Tennessee are in hot pursuit of Clark as well.Here to view this Link., Ricky DeBerryClick Clark is a bit more difficult to read. He has said multiple times that he will stay committed to Michigan as long as Hoke is still the coach, but has set an official visit to North Carolina for Nov. 14. Clark originally committed to the Tar Heels while on a visit to Chapel Hill in March. Texas and USC will be getting official visits, but no date has been set yet and Notre Dame is finding their way back into the picture. Ole Miss and Tennessee are in hot pursuit of Clark as well.Here to view this Link., Tim SettleClick Clark is a bit more difficult to read. He has said multiple times that he will stay committed to Michigan as long as Hoke is still the coach, but has set an official visit to North Carolina for Nov. 14. Clark originally committed to the Tar Heels while on a visit to Chapel Hill in March. Texas and USC will be getting official visits, but no date has been set yet and Notre Dame is finding their way back into the picture. Ole Miss and Tennessee are in hot pursuit of Clark as well.Here to view this Link., Juwuan BriscoeClick Clark is a bit more difficult to read. He has said multiple times that he will stay committed to Michigan as long as Hoke is still the coach, but has set an official visit to North Carolina for Nov. 14. Clark originally committed to the Tar Heels while on a visit to Chapel Hill in March. Texas and USC will be getting official visits, but no date has been set yet and Notre Dame is finding their way back into the picture. Ole Miss and Tennessee are in hot pursuit of Clark as well.Here to view this Link. and Shareef MillerClick Clark is a bit more difficult to read. He has said multiple times that he will stay committed to Michigan as long as Hoke is still the coach, but has set an official visit to North Carolina for Nov. 14. Clark originally committed to the Tar Heels while on a visit to Chapel Hill in March. Texas and USC will be getting official visits, but no date has been set yet and Notre Dame is finding their way back into the picture. Ole Miss and Tennessee are in hot pursuit of Clark as well.Here to view this Link.. Burrell and Settle will be on official visits. This will be Burrell's fourth official visit. It seems like TennesseeClick Clark is a bit more difficult to read. He has said multiple times that he will stay committed to Michigan as long as Hoke is still the coach, but has set an official visit to North Carolina for Nov. 14. Clark originally committed to the Tar Heels while on a visit to Chapel Hill in March. Texas and USC will be getting official visits, but no date has been set yet and Notre Dame is finding their way back into the picture. Ole Miss and Tennessee are in hot pursuit of Clark as well.Here to view this Link. has all the momentum, but Ohio State and Florida StateClick Clark is a bit more difficult to read. He has said multiple times that he will stay committed to Michigan as long as Hoke is still the coach, but has set an official visit to North Carolina for Nov. 14. Clark originally committed to the Tar Heels while on a visit to Chapel Hill in March. Texas and USC will be getting official visits, but no date has been set yet and Notre Dame is finding their way back into the picture. Ole Miss and Tennessee are in hot pursuit of Clark as well.Here to view this Link. are very much in the picture. Settle will be taking his third official visit this weekend after already visiting Oklahoma StateClick Clark is a bit more difficult to read. He has said multiple times that he will stay committed to Michigan as long as Hoke is still the coach, but has set an official visit to North Carolina for Nov. 14. Clark originally committed to the Tar Heels while on a visit to Chapel Hill in March. Texas and USC will be getting official visits, but no date has been set yet and Notre Dame is finding their way back into the picture. Ole Miss and Tennessee are in hot pursuit of Clark as well.Here to view this Link. and Virginia Tech. He has a fourth official visit scheduled for next weekend to West VirginiaClick Clark is a bit more difficult to read. He has said multiple times that he will stay committed to Michigan as long as Hoke is still the coach, but has set an official visit to North Carolina for Nov. 14. Clark originally committed to the Tar Heels while on a visit to Chapel Hill in March. Texas and USC will be getting official visits, but no date has been set yet and Notre Dame is finding their way back into the picture. Ole Miss and Tennessee are in hot pursuit of Clark as well.Here to view this Link..
DeBerry will be the biggest senior unofficial visitor. He has take an official visit to Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas A&M and they are likely his leaders at this point. He still has an official visit scheduled to Michigan State on Nov. 7, but Alabama could make a big play for DeBerry down the line. The Nittany Lions need to have a good showing on and off the field if the hope to land a commitment from DeBerry.
Juwuan Briscoe's recruitment has become very interesting lately. The Waldorf (Md.) Thomas Stone star committed to Clemson in May, but hasn't taken many visits. Within the last week, Penn State, Ohio State and Florida all offered Briscoe and he is looking to get out to some schools to see what he was missing. Many people are wondering what he will think about his commitment after a couple of visits.
Penn State is also hosting a very impressive group of underclassmen, led by 5-star Rashan Gary, 2016 Rivals100 prospects Jordan Fuller and Jauan Williams, 2016 Rivals250 prospects Ron Johnson, Michal Menet, Trevon Diggs, Damar Hamlin, Jovani Haskins and Parker Boudreaux.
With commitments to from Rivals100 defensive tackle Shy TuttleClick Top of mindHere to view this Link. and four-star Darrell TaylorClick Top of mindHere to view this Link., plus heavy consideration from Rivals250 prospects Burrell Jr., DeBerry, Adam McLeanClick Top of mindHere to view this Link. and many others, Tennessee's influence in the Mid-Atlantic is gaining strength. That's a scary thought, since nearly 20 percent of Tennessee's signees in the Butch JonesClick Top of mindHere to view this Link. era have come from North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland.
By all accounts, Jones and his staff did an excellent job of keeping and building a very respectable class when they arrived in Knoxville late in the 2013 recruiting cycle. In that first year alone, Rivals100 wide receiver Marquez North from North Carolina and four-star wide receiver Paul Harris from Maryland signed with the Volunteers. Kendal Vickers and Riley Ferguson, both from North Carolina, joined them in that same class.
Recruiting success at Tennessee took a big leap in Jones' first full year at Tennessee. The Volunteers signed a whopping 31 players. Some of the highest rated players in that class were Rivals250 running back Derrell Scott from North Carolina, Rivals250 cornerback D'Andre Payne from Washington D.C., Coleman Thomas from Virginia and Neiko Creamer from Maryland. Another Tar Heel state product, Emmanuel Moseley, was in the class as well.
The 2015 class in the Mid-Atlantic has been very good to the Volunteers and there is a good chance it could get even better. The Volunteers have commitments from Tuttle, Taylor, Rocky Reid, Stephen Griffin and Chance Hall out of Virginia. Of the uncommitted seniors in the Mid-Atlantic, the Vols still have a good shot at landing Burrell Jr., DeBerry and Rivals250 running back Bryce Love. If Jones and his staff can flip a few players, this class will be jumping up the team rankings. Florida State Rivals250 commit Johnny Frasier, Georgia Rivals250 commit Allen and Penn State commit McLean have visited recently or have scheduled a visit to Tennessee.
Don't look now, but the KentuckyClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link. Wildcats are trying to carve out a niche in the Mid-Atlantic. It started quietly in the 2014 class with the signing of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel linebacker Kobie WalkerClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link.. From there, it has started to snowball. Kentucky holds commitments from Jabari GreenwoodClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link. and Levon LivingstonClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link., but four-star defensive end Darius FullwoodClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link. originally committed to the Wildcats before flipping to Virginia Tech. With these players, Mark StoopsClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link. and his staff have plugged into a close group of friends in the Washington D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area and it could pay dividends down the line. Highly rated juniors like five-star Rahshaun SmithClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link., Rivals100 tight end Devante BrooksClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link., Rivals250 linebacker Keandre JonesClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link. and others may have Kentucky on their radar. The Wildcats have convinced Rivals100 defensive back Marcus LewisClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link. to take an official to Lexington and they grabbed a commitment from defensive end Kengera DanielClick Also, don't forget about Tennessee's great start to the 2016 cycle. They already have commitments from Rivals100 quarterback Austin Kendall and Rivals250 cornerback Marquill Osborne.Here to view this Link. on Wednesday night.
As expected, Raleigh (N.C.) Millbrook defensive end Kengera Daniel committed to Kentucky on Wednesday night. He had a top five that included LouisvilleClick It's looking like Lewis' recruitment is actually wide open for the first time. Virginia Tech led all the way up until his commitment to the Hokies last November and Florida led from the time he de-committed from Virginia Tech until he committed to the Gators in April. Lewis de-committed from Florida following a visit to Michigan in late July. The Wolverines led for Lewis for a very long time but their recent struggles have made Lewis pump the brakes, leaving the door open for programs like Kentucky, Georgia, Washington StateClick In case you missed itHere to view this Link. and others. Here to view this Link., N.C. StateClick It's looking like Lewis' recruitment is actually wide open for the first time. Virginia Tech led all the way up until his commitment to the Hokies last November and Florida led from the time he de-committed from Virginia Tech until he committed to the Gators in April. Lewis de-committed from Florida following a visit to Michigan in late July. The Wolverines led for Lewis for a very long time but their recent struggles have made Lewis pump the brakes, leaving the door open for programs like Kentucky, Georgia, Washington StateClick In case you missed itHere to view this Link. and others. Here to view this Link., Alabama and VirginiaClick It's looking like Lewis' recruitment is actually wide open for the first time. Virginia Tech led all the way up until his commitment to the Hokies last November and Florida led from the time he de-committed from Virginia Tech until he committed to the Gators in April. Lewis de-committed from Florida following a visit to Michigan in late July. The Wolverines led for Lewis for a very long time but their recent struggles have made Lewis pump the brakes, leaving the door open for programs like Kentucky, Georgia, Washington StateClick In case you missed itHere to view this Link. and others. Here to view this Link., but the Wildcats had been his leader for months. Daniel, the 16th member of Kentucky's class, last visited Lexington for the South CarolinaClick It's looking like Lewis' recruitment is actually wide open for the first time. Virginia Tech led all the way up until his commitment to the Hokies last November and Florida led from the time he de-committed from Virginia Tech until he committed to the Gators in April. Lewis de-committed from Florida following a visit to Michigan in late July. The Wolverines led for Lewis for a very long time but their recent struggles have made Lewis pump the brakes, leaving the door open for programs like Kentucky, Georgia, Washington StateClick In case you missed itHere to view this Link. and others. Here to view this Link. game and came away impressed with the big win.
RutgersClick Kentucky needed to add another defensive end to their class after Fullwood de-committed. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Daniel should serve as a nice replacement and could end up being a better fit. Kentucky is currently ranked No. 20 in the team rankings. Here to view this Link. added a commitment from three-star wide receiver Freddie SimmonsClick Kentucky needed to add another defensive end to their class after Fullwood de-committed. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound Daniel should serve as a nice replacement and could end up being a better fit. Kentucky is currently ranked No. 20 in the team rankings. Here to view this Link. on Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights were the first major program to offer the Bethlehem (Pa.) Bethlehem Catholic star last year. Simmons' familiarity with the Rutgers program and relationships with the coaching staff were major factors in his commitment.
It seemed as though Simmons was on his way to a commitment months ago but slowed the process when he received offers from California and San Diego State. He hoped to receive more interest from teams on the west coast, but decided that it was better to stay near home. Simmons also held offers from Wake Forest, Virginia, West Virginia and others.
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