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Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman writes that Michigan "seems to be in the best position" for four-star 2018 DT Tyler Friday.

Friday (6'3/263) named a top five of Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA and Miami earlier this autumn. Expect more noise from the Ramsey, New Jersey, native now that his senior season of high school has wrapped up. To whit, he has yet to take any of his official visits this year. Friedman does not believe the outlet's No. 60 overall prospect will make his pledge until February's signing day is on the imminent horizon.
Source: Rivals
Nov 15 - 8:31 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2018 DE K.J. Henry took an official visit to South Carolina over the weekend.

In addition to South Carolina, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Henry has also taken official visits to Georgia, Virginia Tech and Clemson. Alabama will likely receive his fifth and final official. As for who might hold the edge for the Clemmons, North Carolina, native's heart, Clemson is probably the heaviest of contenders. Rivals ranks Henry -- he's drawn comps to former Missouri DE Charles Harris -- as the No. 23 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Nov 15 - 7:19 PM

Kentucky four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Jarren Williams reopened his recruitment.

Williams (6'2/206) has now twice decommitted from Kentucky since initially pledging himself to the Wildcats back in 2016. This most recent jump back to the 2018 pool is a potentially concerning one for UK, as it comes on the heels of the Lawrenceville, Georgia, native taking an official to Miami. It's a tough blow for the Wildcats, as Williams would have finished as a jewel in their class. This is the second consecutive year that Kentucky has landed a four-star quarterback only to then lose him.
Source: Rivals
Nov 15 - 6:42 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 DE Jeremiah Martin said that Texas A&M and Oklahoma were "neck-and-neck" for his commitment.

Outside of the Aggies and Sooners, Martin is planning on an official visit to USC for this weekend's tilt against UCLA and is also eyeing official trips to Utah and Washington. Alabama -- whom Martin visited in unofficial capacity in August -- is also worth monitoring for the -foot-6, 220-pounder's pledge. Martin has made big jumps in the rankings over the past few months, rising to No. 189 overall on Rivals after sitting outside the outlet's top 250 altogether as recently as July.
Source: Rivals
Nov 15 - 5:38 PM

Florida State four-star 2018 Marquez Ezzard reopened his recruitment.

Michael Langston of Rivals refers to the loss of Ezzard from FSU's cupboard a "significant loss," while Langston colleague Chad Simmons cautions that this decommitment could be a precursor to other recruits taking a step back. Miami, Oregon, Utah and Florida (among others) now have an opportunity to get into the thick of things, here. Ezzard (6'1/180) ranks as Rivals' No. 205 overall prospect in the 2018 class. ESPN's Tom Luginbill has compared him to Indiana WR Simmie Cobbs.
Source: Rivals
Nov 14 - 8:55 PM

Tennessee four-star 2017 verbal ATH commit Alontae Taylor reopened his recruitment.

Taylor is at least the second Tennessee commit to open things back up following the firing of Vols HC Butch Jones earlier on Sunday. This stands in stark contrast to the reaction to Florida's firing of Jim McElwain, which was greeted with almost across-the-board solidarity from the recruiting class. That Tennessee is already bleeding pledges speaks to Jones' one universally agreed upon positive -- his ability to connect with young men in the living room. As to where the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Taylor might turn next, he released a top-five of (in no order) Louisville, Georgia, Alabama, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.
Nov 12 - 1:44 PM

Tennessee three-star 2018 ATH Shocky Jacques-Louis reopened his recruitment.

Well that didn't take long. A little over an hour after the Vols fired HC Butch Jones, Jacques-Louis opted to reassess the landscape. For all of the flak fired in Jones' general direction, he was a consistently successful recruiter at Tennessee and we would be none too surprised if a few more pledges peel off in the coming weeks. The 6-foot, 170-pound Jacques-Louis ranks as Rivals' No. 23 ATH prospect in the 2018 class.
Nov 12 - 1:32 PM

Oregon five-star 2019 WR Arjei Henderson has reopened his recruitment.

Not only did Henderson open things back up, we might have to wait a while before we hear just where the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is going to land. He indicated that he has no plans to commit prior to one of the signing periods in 2019. That could change, of course, but it would appear that the Texas native is going to take his time. Rivals ranks Henderson as the No. 7 overall prospect in the 2019 class. He's predictably being pursued by just about every big-name program on the map and already holds offers from Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC. Among many, many others.
Nov 12 - 1:13 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Woody Wommack ranks Georgia as the No. 1 contender for uncommitted five-star 2018 T Cade Mays.

Wommack likes Georgia's tract with Mays for a number of reasons. Perhaps the factor working most in the Bulldogs' favor is the fact that Athens will see the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder's final official visit (Dec. 15) just days before he plans on making his commitment public. Never discount the effect of recency bias. As for contenders beyond the Bulldogs, Wommack ranks Clemson, Tennessee, Ohio State and Notre Dame in that order. The analyst's outlet ranks Mays as the No. 14 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Nov 10 - 8:50 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 CB Max Williams plans on taking a visit to Notre Dame this offseason.

The Irish are far from alone in their coveting of the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Williams. He indicated that he has been receiving interest from around the FBS as he begins to gear toward his final season of high school play. The Gardena, California, native doesn't possess prototypical corner size, but he's a feisty defender who plays up bigger than his frame. He also offers strong closing speed once the ball's in the air. Rivals ranks Williams as the No. 54 overall prospect in the 2019 class. Nothing is imminent in terms of a commitment.
Source: Rivals
Nov 9 - 6:02 PM

Florida four-star 2018 verbal WR commit Ja'Marr Chase reopened his recruitment.

This one stings for the Gators. Chase (6'2/195) had been pledged to Florida since July and even after the team parted ways with HC Jim McElwain, he vowed to stick by his pledge. That was not to be, though. This marks the Metairie, Louisiana, native's second decommitment, as he had also been previously been committed to Kansas before jumping to Florida. With his recruitment opening back up this week, Georgia, TCU, Michigan and LSU are all programs to watch. Chase is planning on an official visit to the Bulldogs later this month. Rivals ranks the wideout as the No. 50 overall prospect in the 2018 class. He's already built up to take the rigors of collegiate play on a physical level and could be a potential impact performer right out the gates as a freshman next season depending on where he ultimately lands.
Nov 9 - 4:19 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 WR Nikia Jones plans on taking official visits to Kansas, Wyoming and Iowa State.

Jones (6'3/210) is intrigued by both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State -- he has taken unofficial visits to both -- but has yet to receive offers from either program. Scout.com's Bob Przybylo notes that the Wagoner, Oklahoma, native "as solid and consistent as a player you’ll find on the field" and believes that he's deserved a little more love on the recruiting trail. Rivals ranks Jones as the No. 13 receiver prospect in the state of Oklahoma.
Source: Rivals
Nov 9 - 3:04 PM

Uncommitted five-star 2018 T Cade Mays said that he plans on making his pledge in the week after he takes his official visit to Georgia on December 15.

Mays (6'5/300) made big waves when he decommitted from Tennessee earlier this week following a lengthy stay in the Vols' corner. While some recruits are still sorting out their official visit schedules, the Knoxville native already has his dates ironed out -- he will take an official to Clemson on Nov. 18, to be followed by trips to Tennessee (Nov. 25), Notre Dame (Dec. 8) and Georgia (Dec. 15). First up on the docket, though, an official visit to Ohio State this weekend for the Buckeyes' showdown with Michigan State. Mays ranks as Rivals' No. 14 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Nov 9 - 1:58 PM

Uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Nikko Hall visited Arizona State over the weekend.

"The offense looked good. They’re in need of some playmakers and I think that’s where I come in. I feel like I'm a playmaker," said the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Hall. Oregon State, Purdue and USC are also among the programs that the Calabasas, California, native is hoping to visit before he makes his decision. Rivals ranks Hall as the No. 61 receiver prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Nov 8 - 5:32 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Chad Simmons and Woody Wommack compared uncommitted five-star CB Patrick Surtain Jr. to Alabama CB Minkah Fitzpatrick.

"Surtain is a little longer, while Fitzpatrick is stronger, but both are elite defensive backs who can line up anywhere," the analyst write, noting that both players have a similar "do it all" quality. Surtain (6'2/183) could potentially land with Alabama, too, though the Tide will have to fend off LSU, FSU and Clemson (among others) if they're to emerge victorious. Surtain has been comped to Seminoles CB Tavarus McFadden and ranks as Rivals' No. 3 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Nov 7 - 9:44 PM


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