Saturday was check-in day at Under Armour All-America Game week, and quite a bit of recruiting information came of it. Here are the important things to know.
LSU could land five five-stars Thursday
Recruiting fans have known throughout the 2014 cycle that LSU's recruiting could be amazing. On Thursday at the Under Armour All-America Game, the rest of the country could see that materialize. Here are five who could decide for the Tigers.
Five-star running back Leonard Fournette confirmed Saturday to multiple outlets that Alabama and LSU are still the two schools in contention for his commitment, which will happen Thursday during the game. Fournette is an incredible prospect, and I compared him to a supercharged Willis McGahee from McGahee's Miami days. Here is what I said about Fournette in Predicting where the top-10 uncommitted recruits will sign.
I've long thought Fournette would head to LSU. The Tigers did not take a running back in the 2013 class, and Fournette would immediately contend for a lot of carries if he picks LSU. The other contender is Alabama. Alabama is one of the only teams which I might pick to sign a top player out of Louisiana at a position of need for LSU, but I don't see that player being Fournette.
Five-star cornerback Tony Brown of Beaumont (Texas) Ozen High School will also decide during the game. His final five is LSU, Alabama, USC, Texas and Ohio State. Here is what I recently said about Brown's likely destination:
LSU recruits very well in Texas. Brown's sister runs track for the Bayou Bengals. Little drama is expected in this one, as Brown has been considered a very strong lean to the Tigers for over a year.
Five-stars Gerald Willis (defensive line) and Speedy Noil (receiver), both of Edna Karr in New Orleans, are also likely to be LSU-bound. Willis is down to Florida and the Bayou Bengals, while Noil is down to LSU and Texas A&M. Of the two, the buzz is more confident about Willis than Noil to LSU, but both are likely headed to Baton Rogue.
The final five-star who could be headed to Baton Rouge is safety Jamal Adams, of Carrollton (Texas) Hebron. Adams is a great player with range and physicality, and he is down to LSU, Florida and Ole Miss, after recently eliminating Texas. Again, the feeling is strong for LSU, although some still believe he could head to Gainesville.
Tide set to pick up five-star cornerback and four-star receiver?
In keeping with the dominance of the SEC West, the Tide could be picking up two elite players Thursday.
As tough as it is to believe, Maryland appears to be out for five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor, of Washington (D.C.) Friendship Academy, as he says Alabama and Arizona are his leaders. Of those, Alabama is the heavy favorite.
"With Alabama, it's just being a part of an NFL type program. With Arizona, I can be an impact player right away. Work hard and be the guy at that program," detailed Tabor to Charles Power.
The Tide badly need cornerbacks and can offer early playing time after a disappointing and uncharacteristic year from Nick Saban's prized position group.
Alabama is also now apparently the leader for Travis Rudolph, the four-star receiver from Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman. This is a bit of a surprise, since most believed Rudolph was headed to Florida State,
Is Rudolph, a recruit who doesn't enjoy talking with recruiting media all that much in my experience, serious about Alabama being his No. 1? Or is he trying to set up some drama for Thursday?
Lorenzo Carter knows visit dates
Five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter of Norcross (Ga.) High School, gave a new lead group ($), and Alabama was conspicuously absent after landing fellow five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand.
"LSU, Georgia, Florida and Florida State are the schools I'm looking at," Carter said while at check-in for the Under Armour All-America Game. "I can't name a leader. LSU has some ground to make up, but that's as much as I can put it as."
"I'm visiting LSU on the 17th, FSU on the 24th and Georgia on the 31st," Carter said.
Florida State is more in the picture than ever for Carter, thanks to the recruiting work by coaches Sal Sunseri and Charles Kelly, but most still feel Georgia is in the best position, with Florida in the second group with the Seminoles and Tigers.
Carter has always planned to be a National Signing Day decision.
Florida back in it for Holley if Bill O'Brien leaves Penn State?
Thomas Holley was open with Luke Stampini about his feelings for Florida if Bill O'Brien were to leave Penn State for an NFL position. Here's what the 5-star defensive tackle from Brooklyn had to say ($):
"It definitely factors in a little bit, because if he leaves that meas a new coach is coming in and you don't know what's going to happen with their program, whether it's going to be firing coaches or bringing new people in," Holley said. "I don't want to go into a program cold, not knowing anybody. So it definitely plays a factor."