Four-star 2017 S Grant Delpit will make his commitment on July 9 or July 10.
Delpit plans on revealing his commitment at The Opening during the second weekend of July. He is already planning out his hat routine and revealed to SEC Country that the five finalists for his pledge are Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida and LSU. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder said that he might add Florida State to that bunch, too. Don't expect this to be settled next month, though. Delpit still plans on making use of all five of his official visits, saying, "I’ll be committed, but at the same time I’ll be open to see if anything changes."
Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell predicts that four-star 2018 WR Brian Hightower will commit to Clemson.
"Hightower hails from the west coast," Farrell wrote, "but I think the IMG standout wants to play in the Southeast and Clemson is the offer he wanted the most." The analyst admitted that any prediction at this juncture is at least something of a house built on sand, just because the 6-foot-3, 196-pounder won't actually be signing until February of 2018 and much can change over the coming months.
Four-star 2017 S Devon Hunter released a list of the 11 finalists for his commitment.
Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech all made it past the velvet rope, though it remains to be seen who will have a chance to dance with the 6-foot-1, 204-pound Hunter. While he plays both offense and defense at Indian River High in Virginia, safety is his most comfortable fit for the collegiate level. He ranks as Rivals' No. 48 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Former Baylor four-star 2016 RB Kameron Martin is visiting Auburn and TCU this weekend.
Martin is one of five members of the 2016 class to receive releases from their letters of intent on Friday. He wasted no time in beginning to explore his options, with an official trip to Auburn on Saturday and another official to TCU set for Sunday. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder initially committed to Baylor in the summer of 2014, but asked for a release from his NLI at the end of May after Baylor announced their intent to terminate HC Art Briles. 2017 QB Kellen Mond, who backed off his commitment from the Bears last month, is also eyeing Auburn, so the Tigers could be picking up a few nice pieces if both players end up in their paws.
Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell predicts that four-star 2017 WR Mike Harley will commit to USC.
Harley does not actually hold an offer from USC at this juncture, but Farrell sees one coming later this summer. The analyst was all a-flutter over Harley at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta earlier in June, tagging him as the prospect with the best footwork -- regardless of position -- among that loaded collection of future stars. Farrell loves his ability to cut and change direction. The 5-foot-10, 153-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 222 prospect for the 2017 cycle. He will need to pack on a few pounds once he hits college.
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah noted that USC junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is "not efficient with his footwork at the break point when he's working back downhill."
Jeremiah absolutely loves Smith-Schuster's physicality, his aggression and his blocking. He oozes those positives. Still work to be done, though, and the analyst offered a few points of emphasis for the 6-foot-2, 215-pound wideout. In addition to lowering his hips to improve his footwork when working back toward passes, he could stand to improve on his drops. Jeremiah doesn't see concentration as a crippling deficit in Smith-Schuster's game, just an aspect in which there remains room for improvement.
Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell predicts that five-star 2018 WR Jalen Hall will commit to USC.
"I think some of this depends on where teammate [five-star 2017 WR] Joseph Lewis goes, but a big-time wide out so close to the USC campus, it’s hard to bet against the Trojans," Farrell wrote. The 6-foot-3, 182-pound Hall's recruitment is in its embryonic stages, but the Los Angeles native has already received offers from the likes of Arizona, Florida, Michigan and Ole Miss.
Former Baylor four-star 2016 T J.P. Urquidez signed with Texas.
It begins. Urquidez was one of five members of Baylor's 2016 class to receive releases from their letters of intent on Friday. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder ranked as ESPN 300's No. 164 prospect for 2016. Now heading to Texas, he will join another former Bear in four-star WR Devin Duvernay. Duvernay did not technically receive a release from his own NLI, but that is only because Baylor did not file it in time to begin with. There have been rumbles that stud tackle Patrick Hudson will also be heading over to the Longhorns in this NLI shuffle. Texas might be the only winner to come out of the whole mess at Baylor.