Milan Richard is a 6-foot-3, 229-pound tight end from Savannah, Ga. and is the nephew of former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker. His recruitment seemed pretty clear: his uncle’s school, Georgia, had offered, so most believed that Richard would wind up in Athens.
But when the Bulldogs accepted the commitment of Jeb Blazevich a few weeks ago, they no longer were in the market for a tight end. As a result, Richard recently committed to Clemson. ESPN ranks him as the nation’s No. 2 Tight End-Y and as the No. 15 player in the state of Georgia. Richard also considered offers from Oklahoma, Florida State, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Auburn fans have not enjoyed the recent dominance of Alabama, but this week the Tigers scored a major recruiting victory over their heated rival. 6-foot-2, 217-pound inside linebacker Tre Williams selected Auburn over the Crimson Tide. ESPN lists him as the nation’s No. 5 inside linebacker and No. 74 overall prospect. Williams has already been selected to play in the 2014 Under Armour All American Game. The Mobile, Ala. native also held offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU, and USC.
Of course, there is no weeping in Tuscaloosa because the Tide picked up their own highly ranked inside linebacker in Zach Whitley of Houston, Texas. At 6-foot-2, 220-pounds, Whitley is a complete player that is especially effective in shutting down opposing running games. Alabama beat out Texas A&M for Whitley, who also had offers from LSU, Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma.
A couple of sons of former NFL players made college decisions in the past couple of weeks. Orlando Brown Jr., son of the former Browns and Ravens offensive tackle that passed away in 2011, decided to become part of Tennessee’s impressive recruiting class. Orlando Jr. is a big guy, standing 6-foot-8 and tipping the scales at 348-pounds. The Duluth, Ga. product is a consensus three-star prospect but had offers that included Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Texas, and USC.
Ed McCaffrey was an All American wide receiver at Stanford before starring in the NFL with Denver. His son, Christian, is a running back that will follow his father’s footsteps to Palo Alto. The 6-foot-0, 195-pounder from Valor Christian High School in Highland Ranch, Colo. is a versatile back that can not only run with the ball, but catch it as well, something that is not a surprise to those that saw his father play. Due to the family ties, Stanford was always considered the favorite but he did have offers from Oregon, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida State, Michigan, and many other top programs.
Despite the massive sanctions that will strap the Penn State program for the next several years, Bill O’Brien and his staff put together a nice recruiting class in 2013. 2014 is starting off pretty strong too with seven solid prospects already committed. The most recent commit is a good looking athlete that could help out on either side of the ball.
Daquan Worley is a 5-foot-10, 171-pounder from Coatesville, Pa. that could play running back or corner for the Nittany Lions. In 2012, Worley rushed for 1,779 yards and 20 touchdowns while picking off three passes and registering 45 tackles. Worley selected Penn State over Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Massachusetts.
Michigan is one of the finalists to land top cornerback Jabrill Peppers out of Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, N.J. Recently, the Wolverines accepted the commitment of one of Peppers’ teammates: offensive tackle Juwan Bushell-Beatty. ESPN lists Bushell-Beatty at 6-foot-7, 330-pounds and have him as the class of 2014’s No. 120 prospect and No. 10 tackle. He also considered Boston College, Rutgers, Florida, Florida State, and Miami.