Southeast: Who's trending for the trio that decommitted Monday?
As the updated five-stars in the 2021 class were being rolled out throughout the day Monday, three Rivals250 members in the Southeast decided to de-commit and re-open their recruitment.
Starkville (Miss.) quarterback Luke Altmyer started it by de-committing from Florida State, then Miami (Fla.) Central linebacker Terrence Lewis de-committed from Tennessee, and to cap the night offer, Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville Armoni Goodwin backed off his pledge to Auburn.
Lets take a look at that trio and where they stand out.
RELATED: Altmyer no longer committed
This one was not a surprise. Altmyer committed to Florida State in February 2020, and he loved Mike Norvell, but over time, his feelings changed about the Seminoles. He still likes Norvell, he has respect for the ACC program, but a school in his home state really grabbed the momentum behind the scenes weeks ago.
Lane Kiffin has brought some excited to Ole Miss, especially on the offensive side of the ball, and that quickly caught Altmyer's eye this fall. The communication has been strong between Altmyer, Kiffin and offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby for months.
Alabama was in this before they landed a quarterback commit, but now, it looks like the Rebels will land a commitment from Altmyer in the coming days.
With Lewis, most that follow him knew he was talking to other schools, and that was always that chatter regarding the strength of his commitment to Tennessee, and on Monday evening he made that known. He has not come out and said that he is not considering the Vols, but after doing some checking, it doesn't look likely at this time that Lewis ends up in Knoxville.
So where will he land? Lewis is an early enrollee, so he will sign early, and there has been talk about that could announce before the Early Signing Period (December 16-18), on December 16, or even during the All-American Bowl special January 2.
Which hats could potentially be on the table? The easy pick could be Miami. The local school has had him on their campus much more than any other school, he knows multiple commits, and the Hurricanes have had some level of communication this fall.
The schools we are hearing most about though, a day after he de-committed, are Auburn and Texas A&M, two SEC programs. The Tigers on the Plains have the most buzz, and could be considered the favorite based on the intel we've gathered. The Aggies have a couple of his teammates committed, and if the Aggies were to push, they could be one to watch.
RELATED: Goodwin talks de-commitment
This was the biggest shocker (by a mile) of the Monday trifecta. Goodwin grew up an Auburn fan, he is extremely close to Carnell Williams, he committed to the Tigers a year and a half ago — and he just upped and de-committed. Not many, if any, saw this one coming.
Florida State did offer recently, and we know he has been in communication with LSU consistently as well, so there are some schools to keep an eye on, but we definitely cannot rule out Goodwin going back to Auburn.
That would be the safe choice. He is comfortable with the staff, he likes the Auburn offense for his skill-set, and the Tigers still want him, but the other Tigers may have a little momentum based on our intel. LSU is in this, and the two have had serious conversations in recent weeks, and although the LSU numbers are tight, there could be some movement there we are told.
Also, Goodwin is now saying he is leaning towards signing in February, so that gives LSU and other schools more time to recruit him and figure out the numbers.