Welcome back to the OFD Big Board for December 30, 2014.
Some shock waves were sent down in Texas when Daylon Mack left Texas A&M's class on December 19th. He quickly named LSU and TCU among his top two and will be taking official visits to Baton Rouge and to Austin to see Texas next month.
Major loss for Aggies recruiting class: 5-star DT Daylon Mack decommits from Texas A&M http://t.co/DdD0WxodhM pic.twitter.com/S0kBKQbeyF— SportsDayDFW (@SportsDayDFW) December 19, 2014
My top two schools are LSU and TCU #NoOrder #GeauxTigers #GoFrogs— THEE MACK TRUCK (@DaylonMack) December 20, 2014
One of the top players in the west is down to four teams. Rasheem Green has narrowed his list to Arizona State, Miami, Oregon, and USC. He'll be visiting USC and then Arizona State right before National Signing Day.
Rasheem Green Announces Top Four Schools, #USC is the Mix http://t.co/qlDZxPVhO3— USC Football News (@USCFootballNews) December 17, 2014
The elite player with the strangest top five has to be Tim Settle with Virginia Tech, USC, Washington State, Oklahoma State, and Louisville as his finalists. He'll be deciding on Friday at the Under Armour All-Star Game.
4-star DT Tim Settle names Top Five after Louisville official visit http://t.co/HQffW5DmBu via @247Sports— Mike Hughes (@ITVHughes) December 15, 2014
Suffield Academy's Christian Wilkins made his fourth official visit to Ohio State a couple weekends ago and looks to be narrowing things down to the Buckeyes along with Penn State, Clemson, and Stanford. No word yet on when he plans on committing or if he'll take a final official visit somewhere.
It appears we can scratch Joseph Wicker off the list for Notre Dame.
Touched base w/ DL Joseph Wicker of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, and #NotreDame is officially off the table as an option for him.— Anna Hickey (@AnnaHScout) December 26, 2014
He's taken official visits to Texas Tech, Arizona State, plus recent OV's to Oklahoma and Arizona. Wicker will be playing in the U.S. Army Game later this week.
The plan moving forward for Byron Cowart is to attend the Under Armour Game and then take official visits to Auburn, Florida, and Florida State with a decision likely to come on National Signing Day. Cowart nearly killed a lineman in practice yesterday.
5-star DE Byron Cowart toting a Chucky doll while rocking #FSU shorts #UAALLAMERICA #Noles #Gators pic.twitter.com/14GMBJF0yu— Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp) December 28, 2014
Byron Cowart flattens Keenan Walker #UAAllAmerica https://t.co/dK8A8B3yMS— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) December 29, 2014
CeCe Jefferson is down in San Antonio getting ready to play in the U.S. Army Game. He's mentioned he might take a few more trips to LSU, Auburn, and Ole Miss. In addition Alabama, Florida, and Florida State are still heavily in the mix.
Texas received some great news as (TX) Malik Jefferson .993 spurned UCLA and Texas A&M to give a pledge to the Longhorns. The country's top outside linebacker will surely see his first game action in South Bend next year.
http://t.co/HPlbFlNvPG's exclusive one-on-one with 5-star Texas commit Malik Jefferson ($) " http://t.co/d5z2zVVI8w pic.twitter.com/EVldEnPmRH— Orangebloods.com (@OBWire) December 19, 2014
Let’s just say there are high expectations for 5-star Texas signee Malik Jefferson: http://t.co/4bpadKKK8p pic.twitter.com/GtvVUNaLvq— SB✯Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) December 28, 2014
Everything remains quiet for Porter Gustin who is mulling official visits to Ohio State and Arizona State. He'll also likely get back to Los Angeles to see USC which would be his third visit since summer.
Look for Jeffery Holland to come down to a battle between Florida and Auburn.
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The Gators were always presumed to lead and new head coach Jim McElwain paid Holland a visit before Christmas. However, with former Florida head coach Will Muschamp taking the DC position at Auburn it may be the Tigers who have a slight lead now.
There are no uncommitted inside linebackers left on the Big Board however some drama continues to swirl around Irish verbal pledge (FL) Tevon Coney .877 who is in St. Petersburg this week for the Under Armour Game.
I'm Thankful For This Opportunity pic.twitter.com/mLUz9irOFy— Tevon Coney9⃣ (@TevonConey) December 28, 2014
LB Tevon Coney says he will likely visit Florida soon after the #UAALLAMERICA game.— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) December 28, 2014
#NotreDame LB pledge Te'von Coney says he's 100% committed, but admits to keeping communication open w/ #Florida ($) http://t.co/dVeAZ79zOH— Irish Sports Daily (@ISDUpdate) December 29, 2014
Welcome to recruiting! One interesting note is that Coney told Rivals Irish Illustarted site that he is 100% committed to Notre Dame ($$$) but that he was set on going to Florida before Will Muschamp was fired.
"At first, not gonna lie, I was gonna go to Florida," Coney said. "I was 100 percent committed to Florida in my mind. When the whole coaching situation happened with coach (Will) Muschamp, me and my family had to reevaluate some things and to think about if I really wanted to get to know a new coach."
But of course Coney committed to Notre Dame on October 23rd a full 24 days before Muschamp was fired at Florida. Not that the ax coming down was a big surprise, though. At any rate keep in mind that the NCAA dead period--which forbids any in-person contact--began on December 15th and extends through January 14th. Coney can keep receiving phone calls from Florida but he will not be able to visit Gainesville prior to his scheduled arrival at Notre Dame as an early enrollee on January 11th with classes beginning for the spring semester on January 13th.
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We now have a decision date for Frank Buncom who will make a college decision on January 28th. Nothing has changed to move the experts off their picks for Stanford.
#Rivals250 DB Frank Buncom IV (@BeastNamedFrank) will announce a college decision Jan. 28 at school, per @chrisgesell. #NotreDame target.— Jake Brown (@Jake_Brown) December 23, 2014
Coming from Long Beach Poly the nation's top corner Iman Marshall has long been considered a USC lock. However, if he ultimately chooses the Trojans he's sure making them sweat and work for it.
5-star Iman Marshall in-depth on visits & if Jim Harbaugh to #Michigan would affect decision http://t.co/dEnjftcoiC pic.twitter.com/ppFDyL8lVs— Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp) December 28, 2014
Marshall is taking an official visit to Florida State next month and may also make the trek to Ann Arbor now that Jim Harbaugh is their new coach.
If you haven't heard yet Notre Dame landed the committment of (IN) Mykelti Williams .873 back on December 19th. The Irish waited quite a long time to offer the Warren Central product but did so a few days before he gave his verbal. He now provides much needed depth at the safety position.
ICYMI: A huge commitment for the #Irish. #NotreDame lands #Rivals250 DB Mykelti Williams http://t.co/WqMGGsg3zi pic.twitter.com/LUGipDLd1N— Rivals.com (@Rivals) December 21, 2014
Our @jamieuyeyama broke down ND safety commit Mykelti Williams and says the Irish are getting a playmaker http://t.co/0X2NRw8lfS— One Foot Down (@OneFootDown) December 23, 2014
A must-read from @TomLoy247 on new #NotreDame commit Mykelti Williams. The kid is a really impressive young man http://t.co/NKATjp5f4M (VIP)— BlueandGold.com (@BGInews) December 24, 2014
Notre Dame is still looking for another safety and offered Justin Reid shortly before the Holidays. He gives the Irish yet another focused target in Louisiana and is lining up an official visit on January 23rd.
Officially offered full grant scholarship to Notre Dame— J Reid ✨ (@justinreid_1) December 9, 2014
A very Notre Dame style recruiting tweet from safety Justin Reid. Visiting next month. RT @justinreid_1: 30 on the ACT❗️— Irish Illustrated (@NDatRivals) December 24, 2014
While only a 3-star keep in mind that Reid does hold a LSU offer and will be visiting Baton Rouge the week after he comes to Notre Dame. He'll also be visiting Stanford the week before South Bend so this will not be an easy recruit to swing in Notre Dame's favor.
One quality safety prospect came off the board recently as (TX) Kahlil Haughton .891 gave a verbal to Oklahoma on December 19th. The Irish looked to make a move during the fall after an offer but just couldn't do enough to get an official visit out of the Midway High School star.
ICYMI Safety @Kahlilhaughton committed to the #Sooners this afternoon #OU http://t.co/JzK5GEqojs— CC Machine (@CCMachine) December 20, 2014
The top true safety target left was (FL) Ben Edwards .890 who had been narrowing things down to Notre Dame and Stanford. Then Florida came on real strong after McElwain was hired. Apparently the Cardinal put the pressure on because last night Edwards joined Stanford's class.
Today I am proud to say that I have committed to Stanford University! #GoCard— Ben Edwards (@Ben_Edwards_) December 29, 2014
"Stanford, they stayed loyal to me." #Rivals250 DB @Ben_Edwards_ discusses his decision to commit to the Card: http://t.co/ItBmUyGWRF (FREE)— Andy Drukarev (@StanfordRivals) December 30, 2014
Edwards' commitment to Stanford really puts a lot of pressure on Notre Dame to close with another defensive back.
Also remember that (CA) Ykili Ross .974 and (VA) Gary Jennings .838 are still being recruited as safeties by Notre Dame but are not listed at those positions by the Composite rankings.