When Missouri was a member of the Big 12, much of the Tigers’ recruiting focus was centered on the state of Texas. But now they are in the SEC East and that change has opened up some doors in the southeast. On September 17th, the Tigers received commitments from two talented Georgia prospects.
Thomas Wilson is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete from Buford who could play running back or defensive back at the next level. A quick player that is also a star on the Buford High School track team, Wilson chose Missouri over North Carolina, West Virginia, and Tennessee.
Just before the Wilson commitment, Gary Pinkel and his staff received word that wide receiver Nate Brown would be coming to Columbia. Brown is a big target at 6-foot-3, 210-pounds. The Suwanee native visited Missouri for their game against Toledo and was impressed enough to make a public commitment shortly thereafter. Brown picked Missouri over Vanderbilt and also had offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, and Minnesota.
At 210 pounds, Ryan Izzo of Sparta, N.J. is a bit light for a collegiate tight end. But once he gets in a college weight program, his 6-foot-6 frame will allow him to add all the size he will need. This week, Izzo announced that the weight training program he will follow will be the one at Florida State. While there aren’t a lot of stars beside his name on most of the recruiting services, his offer list included USC, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Iowa, Rutgers, and Boston College.
When defensive end Jaylen Johnson set his commitment date for the Monday following his trip to Oregon for the Tennessee game, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder would be a Duck. However, Johnson (pictured) stunned everyone by committing to Boise State. The Broncos were seen as an early leader, but when Oregon, USC, and Notre Dame became involved, most thought Boise had no shot. But Johnson never forgot the Broncos’ early interest and will be moving to Idaho next year.
Stanford has had a stingy defense over the past few years and the Cardinal have added a chip for future success. 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end Nifae Lealao of Sacramento, Calif. is now committed to the Cardinal. A consensus Top 100 prospect, Lealao had 87 tackles, with 20 resulting in lost yardage, in 2012. Stanford was considered the heavy favorite throughout the process, but he also considered Wisconsin, California, Ole Miss, and UCLA.
Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas has two coveted defensive products in safety Connor Wilson and linebacker Sam Sizelove. In April, the pair committed in tandem to Kansas State. Last week, the 6-foot-0, 200-pound Wilson backed off his K-State pledge and committed to Texas Tech. Sizelove is now saying that while he is still committed to Kansas State, he is going to give Texas Tech another look as well. No one will be surprised if/when he flips to the Red Raiders, too.
September has been a slow month for commitments from the top high school players. Of course it stands to reason that the best prospect to make a decision this month picked the best program of the past five years. 6-foot-5, 330-pound Cameron Robinson of West Monroe, La. announced that he will be spending his college years in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Robinson is ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by at least one scouting service and is in the Top 3 in all the others. He chose the Tide over the home-state Tigers and had offers from just about every school that fields a football team.
Finally, LSU got a jumpstart on a future recruiting cycle. No, they did not get a commitment for the Class of 2015 or even the Class of 2016. The Tiger staff accepted the commitment of 6-foot-1, 220-pound high school freshman Dylan Moses. The 2017 prospect plays both linebacker and running back at University Laboratory School in Baton Rouge, but projecting his future position four years down the line is pretty much impossible.