Five-star 2018 S Tyreke Johnson said that he will not make a commitment until December of his senior season.
While some recruits are more than happy to broadcast the process on the internet, Johnson is keeping it more reserved. The 6-foot-1, 177-pounder has no visits on his current schedule and Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy referred to him as "a man of recruiting mystery." Johnson did offer a few words on Alabama, whom he visited earlier this offseason. "Alabama is Alabama," he said. "They put a lot of guys in the league. They just show me something new every time I visit." Little tidbits aside -- he seems to like USC and UCLA as well -- Cassidy calls Johnson "one of the hardest prospects in America to project [at] this early juncture."
Ohio State four-star 2017 CB Shaun Wade continues to consider five schools outside of the Buckeyes.
"[I'm considering] Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama, Virginia Tech and probably UCLA," said Wade, before adding, "but that’s it for now." He will definitely be making official visits to Ohio State and Notre Dame, with other potential officials yet to be determined. Scout.com's Greg Powers is of the opinion that the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder could flip on his Ohio State commitment, while Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy cautions the Buckeye faithful that Alabama is a legitimate threat, here.
Auburn AD Jay Jacobs said, "Auburn athletics [are] strong" despite the fact that the school's three major sports programs were historically bad over the last academic year.
The football, men's basketball and baseball teams at Auburn combined for a winning percentage of just .410 last season. Their in-conference mark was even more horrifying at .269. The three programs combined to go 15-41 within the SEC. "Absolutely we have to do better" Jacobs acknowledged, "but I can tell you this: we’re not sparing any resources to give each of those coaches — those three and the other 12 — an opportunity to be successful." To be fair, Auburn has found recent success outside of the aforementioned three sports, with the women's equestrian team winning the national championship and the softball team finishing as runner-up to national champ Oklahoma in the last academic year.
Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell noted that four-star 2017 RB D'Andre Swift struggled early before righting the ship in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.
"[Swift] fought the ball in the morning session and had some big drops," Farrell wrote, "but in the 7-on-7 games he seemed to catch everything within his reach and made some big plays." The recruiting guru believes the 5-foot-10, 208-pounder could slot in as Georgia's next stud running back when all is said and done. By all accounts, he is a bulldog of a back in his aggressive, rock-solid style of play.
Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell predicts that four-star 2018 WR Camron Johnson will commit to Tennessee.
"An in-state kid at a bit of a feeder program, you have to think the Vols win out here," Farrell wrote. The 6-foot, 185-pounder hails from Brentwood, Tennessee. He took a visit to Auburn earlier this month, but that was just a cursory feeler. Johnson has said that he doesn't plan on making a commitment until summer of 2017.
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared USC junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster to former Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd.
"Trojan fans won't like this," Jeremiah wrote, "but I see a lot of former Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd in his play. Both guys have thick, muscular builds and play a very physical brand of football." CBS Sports' Rob Rang has comped the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder to another physical receiver, one Mr. Terrell Owens, while ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. believes Dez Bryant comparisons are warranted.
LSU junior QB Brandon Harris suggested that WR coach Dameyune Craig accepted the position because of the presence of Brandon Harris.
"[Craig] recruited me at Auburn, and one of the reasons he came to LSU is a good reason — it’s because of me. He knew the talent I had, and I’m honored he’s on our side," Harris said. Craig jumped from the Tigers (Auburn species) to the Tigers (LSU species) in mid-February. Harris is not shy in expressing his affection for Craig as a coach, saying, "I love that dude, I love that dude to death. When he feels like I’m not doing something right, he calls me out on it — in front of anybody. He doesn’t sugarcoat anything. He’s flat-out honest with you." He indicated that Craig has helped him in adding touch to his passes this offseason, as well as his mechanics.
Four-star 2017 CB Tre Shaw released the list of the four finalists for his commitment.
Auburn, South Carolina, Clemson and North Carolina advance to Shaw's personal Final Four. Earlier in the process, Georgia showed him interest (which he reciprocated, always important), but after Kirby Smart took over as head coach, the 5-foot-11, 178-pounder fell out of contact with the Bulldogs, with communication on their end tailing off this winter. In late May, Shaw told Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Gorney that the North Carolina and South Carolina were the schools recruiting him the hardest.