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Rivals100 DE gets SEC offers

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Pre-evaluation Rivals100 defensive end Sidell Corley of Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen recently picked up three scholarship offers from SEC programs and has an early top four.
Alabama, Florida and Ole Miss recently offered the 6-foot-4, 250-pounder.
The offers from the Gators and Crimson Tide mean that Corley has been offered by two of his top four schools. Auburn and Notre Dame round out his early top four.
"Those were big offers because they were from schools in my top four," he said.
Corley was excited about his offer from Florida. He took an unofficial visit to Gainesville for the Gators' 34-7 victory against rival Florida State on Nov. 25.
"I saw them play FSU," Corley said. "The Swamp was crazy."
Corley also got to meet Gators assistant head coach Charlie Strong on his trip.
"He's pretty down to Earth," Corley said. "He's the kind of coach that you could not only play for, but have a relationship with."
Corley also got a chance to meet with Gators co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.
The offer from the in-state Crimson Tide was equally important to Corley.
"That was a big offer not only because they are in my top four, but because I live in Alabama," Corley said. "So it was a big deal location-wise."
Like his trip to Gainesville, he visited Tuscaloosa during the season on the weekend of a big game. Corley took in Alabama's 6-3 victory against Tennessee on the third Saturday in October and enjoyed the atmosphere.
"The student body (at Alabama) goes crazy," Corley said. "They take losses very serious.
"I think (the Crimson Tide defense) played with a lot of energy during that game."
Corley got a chance to meet with Tide defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt and defensive coordinator Joe Kines during his trip to Tuscaloosa. He will return to Alabama March 4 for the Crimson Tide's Junior Day.
Ole Miss rounds out the recent SEC schools to offer.
"I don't really know too much Ole Miss," Corley said. "I know that some of their coaches came from Miami and I know that if they came from Miami then they had to have a lot of success. I am not as familiar with them, but I am interested in them."
With offers so far from half of his top four, does it matter to Corley which schools offer him early and which schools come in later?
"I think it's somewhat both ways," he said. "It's flattering to be offered by the teams that have offered me first and early, but at the same time I realize that some schools just have to take their time. I understand that."
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