Going to be a slow weekend, I might combine today and tomorrow's news in this post.
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— 2016 OL Erik Swenson to Land-Grant Holy Land
Clifton Garrett is one of the top linebacking prospects in the 2014 recruiting class. The 6'2, 228-pound outside linebacker has been a standout at Plainfield (Ill.) South High School and has drawn attention from almost every major program in the country.
Garrett is rated as a five-star prospect according to 247, and he is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals, Scout and ESPN. He is the consensus top-rated player in the state of Illinois and is rated as either the second- or third-best outside linebacker prospect in the entire country. 247 has him rated as the 25th-best player in the 2014 class, and every major service has him at least in their top 60.
As of early May, Garrett has scholarship offers from essentially every major program in the country, including but not limited to Alabama, LSU, Florida, Ohio State, Ole Miss, USC, Arizona State, Arkansas, Clemson and Florida State.
Jabrill Peppers is one of the top recruits in the country. Out of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High School, he holds offers from every major school in the country. Peppers stars at a number of positions, but is primarily looked at as a cornerback recruit. Peppers checks in at 6'1 and 205 pounds.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Peppers already looks like an NFL player and is one of the best players I'll scout this year.
Peppers is a physical man-to-man cover cornerback. He's bigger than most of his competition, and he knows how to use his power to dominate them.
Fort Worth All Saints running back Daniel Gresham, long considered a “soft” pledge to the Texas Longhorns, decommitted Saturday.
Texas’ 2014 class is now down to 13 players. Gresham’s teammate, offensive lineman Demetrius Knox, decommitted from Texas earlier.
“It was a very tough decision. I talked to my family and felt like I wasn’t being honest with myself and I was trying to please people around me by being a Longhorn. I want to thank them for everything but UT isn’t the place for me,” Gresham told Orangebloods.com.
The Longhorns do have a verbal from Houston Eisenhower running back Donald Catalon.
Erasmus Hall two-way star Curtis Samuel trims list of college choices to Alabama, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Ohio State and Miami (ny daily news)
Erasmus Hall football coach Danny Landberg routinely calls junior two-way star Curtis Samuel the best player he’s ever coached.
The 6-foot, nearly 200-pound Samuel led the Dutchmen to the school’s first ever PSAL city championship last fall, relying on a striking combination of size and speed.
But Samuel is not just the Dutchmen’s top player — he’s also their most highly-recruited. And last week, Samuel - along with his mother, Nicole, and Landberg - met at the Flatbush school to whittle down the player’s imposing list of possible college destinations to a final five.