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Notes on top college football recruits at 2016 Under Armour All-America week

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Bud Elliott

A hundred of the top college football recruits in the country will be competing over the next few days at the Under Armour All-America week, leading up to the game on January 1.

Tuesday, players began checking in at the Orlando Marriott World Center, and spoke with SB Nation to update their recruitments. I’ll be adding more updates as well.

  • Ryan Johnson, a 6’3 defensive end out of Alabama will be taking official visits to Stanford on January 13, Auburn on the 20th, Texas on the 26th, and Alabama on the 30th. Johnson is a four-star defensive end, rated No. 217 nationally on the 247Sports Composite. He will not play in the game due to an ankle injury.
  • Four-star cornerback C.J. Henderson, of Miami (Fla.) Columbus says that his best relationships are with Florida and Miami. Henderson has several friends committed to the Gators, including tight end Kemore Gamble.
  • Five-star cornerback Stanford Samuels said that he is heavily recruiting five-star defensive tackle Marvin Wilson and four-star linebacker Levi Jones to the Seminoles. He will room with four-star safety commit Cyrus Fagan.
  • Daniel Wright, a four-star safety from South Florida recently flipped his commitment from Florida State to Alabama. Wright said that the visit to Alabama really wowed him, and was unlike anything he had seen elsewhere.
  • Guard Tyrese Robinson, of McKinney (Texas) Boyd High remains solid in his commitment to Oklahoma, and Texas’ hiring of Tom Herman has had no impact on his recruitment.
  • Four-star running back A.J. Davis, of Lakeland (Fla.), has Louisville, UNC and Pitt standing out.
  • James Robinson will visit UF, Bama, and Ole Miss. UF is tops for the 4-star WR from Lakeland (Fla.). He says could start as a freshman since Gators need size at WR.
  • Four-star cornerback Chevin Calloway has three schools out front: Texas, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. Calloway is from Arkansas, and Texas has made a major push. He has already visited Ole Miss. Stay tuned for the complete interview.
  • Louisville four-star cornerback Russ Yeast says that schools understood he had shut down his recruitment. He believes it took a while for his recruiting profile to gain traction because he missed several games as a junior. Yeast is a former Kentucky commitment, and his father Craig played for the Wildcats.
  • Louisville safety commit C.J. Avery, from Grenada (Miss.) said that he never considered flipping to Ole Miss, and that the only option would have been Auburn, had coach Wesley McGriff stayed with the Tigers and not accepted the defensive coordinator job at Ole Miss. He believes Ole Miss media made up the rumors.
  • Tennessee five-star offensive tackle commit Trey Smith tells me that the Travis Haney article on 247Sports, which was highly critical of Butch Jones and the Volunteers, would’ve had zero impact on his recruitment had it been published prior to his commitment. Smith’s sister works for Tennessee.
  • Four-star linebacker Cameron Wooten is not considering any schools, and is 100-percent locked in to Auburn. He is enrolling early, will be rooming with four-star guard commit Nick Brahms, and wants to wear No. 14.
  • Florida State four-star running back commit Klahon Laborn, of Virginia, says that he won’t be scared off if five-star Cam Akers commits to FSU. In fact, he has been recruiting Akers to pick FSU over Ole Miss, LSU, and Tennessee. But Laborn has not yet set an official visit to Florida State, and does not yet have a qualifying test score. He took the SAT in October, but said he does not know his score. He has scheduled another test in the coming weeks.
  • Michigan center commitment Cesar Ruiz, of IMG Academy, said that he was silently committed to Michigan for more than two months, and that he worries about people who thought he was going to a school other than Michigan.
  • FSU defensive end commitment Josh Kaindoh said that the player recruiting him the hardest to the Seminoles was Stanford Samuels III.
  • Florida has a connection with four-star linebacker Levi Jones, of Austin (Texas) Westlake — his father played for linebackers coach (and potential defensive coordinator hire) Randy Shannon at Miami. However, Jones says that FSU is on top for him, and that his dad prefers the Seminoles. But watch out for Texas A&M. Jones has some friends on the Aggies. Official visits to Gainesville and Tallahassee are set, with A&M, and either UCLA or USC as other options.
  • Oklahoma, Florida, and South Carolina are in the mix to get visits from Tony Gray, the four-star offensive lineman from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson.
  • Georgia commit Robert Beal, a four-star defensive end from IMG Academy, will take an unofficial visit to FSU in January, but says he is 100-percent solid to the Bulldogs.
  • 5-Star DT Marvin Wilson, of Houston, announces top 5: USF (Charlie Strong connection), LSU, FSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
  • Linebacker Nathan Proctor, of White Plains (MD) Lackey, will commit Sunday during the game. I expect him to pick Virginia Tech over Pitt and Penn State, but he likes things about all of his finalists. His only official visit has been to Virginia Tech, but he does plan to visit Pitt and Penn State after deciding.
  • It’s LSU and Alabama for Todd Harris, with Ole Miss having an outside shot with the Plaquemine (La.) four-star safety. And those three schools, in order, will be getting his official visits.
  • I believe Alabama will sign LaBryan Ray, a four-star defensive end out of Madison (Ala.) James Clemens. However, he will also be taking visits to Tennessee on January 13, Alabama on the 20th, and Florida on the 27th.
  • I expect Bridgeton (NJ) safety Markquese Bell to pick Maryland over Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Ohio State when he decides at the game Sunday.
  • Some media covering Alabama and Georgia believe that the Tide have significantly closed the gap on Loganville (Ga.) Grayson four-star defensive back Deangelo Gibbs. Others believe Kirby Smart will close and lock Gibbs down. The consensus is that UGA and the Tide are the only true contenders.