SEC Football Daily: February 27th

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Early verbal commitments in the recruiting cycles usually do mean a recruit stays with that particular school. Recruits who commit midway through the year or football season sometimes have a tendency to change their minds regularly. JC Shurburtt of 247Sports.com estimates that 70 percent of juniors who commit prior to signing day of their 11th grade year stick with that pledge. So, if your particular team is racking up commitments early on this recruiting year – Alabama and Florida – they will generally have a better chance of sticking. Right now Florida has 10 commitments for 2013, and Alabama has nine. [Al.com]

Arkansas recently added a home-and-home series with Rutgers University because of a vacancy in the schedule due to playing in what is now an in-conference matchup with Texas A&M. However, when Texas A&M and Florida State filled their recent vacancies with cupcakes, it makes Arkansas look pretty good for not scheduling a 1-AA program. Sure, the 1-AA gets exposure and make some money while getting their heads beat in, but Arkansas takes on a formal opponent (when compared to A&M’s or FSU’s!) this coming season. It’s not too often we get to see an SEC program beat the snot out of a Big East program. [Arkansas Sports 360]

At the close of the 2012 recruiting cycle, Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs was considering both Auburn and Florida when he made his decision. However, as we all know, he chose to play at Maryland and not in the SEC. Enough said. Well, he recently made headlines again for making an offensive tweet about Knicks star Jeremy Lin, saying”Everybody need to get off Jeremy Lin egg roll and dumplings he’s that good though”. Not only is that superb grammar, but also very offensive. Diggs has since deleted his twitter account. Both schools will probably be glad he chose neither school. [Al.com]

Florida head coach Will Muschamp’s contract has been extended one year through 2016, but it does not include a raise in salary. Not bad for a head coach who was barely above .500 this past season. I know, those were Urban Meyer’s recruits. Muschamp’s original contract was for five years and $13.75 million that ended after 2015. I really think Muschamp can build a winning program if given the time to do so. However, at Florida, there is no time for waiting. There is a lot of work to do in Gainesville. [The Gainesville Sun]

Former Georgia offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant enters real life, away from Athens and the spotlight of college football. Sturdivant was injured most of his early promising career at Georgia. While most of his teammates are at the NFL Combine, Sturdivant has to enter the real world and hopefully find a job. It’s really a disappointing ending to what some thought would be a surefire first-round pick out of college. However, the injury bug – three torn ACLs – simply would not leave him during his time in Athens. Good luck to him and his future. We’ll miss you in the SEC. [The Telegraph]

Kentucky defensive back Daylen Hall was recently dismissed for “violation of team rules” by Joker Phillips. Hall’s father says he still does not know how or why his son was dismissed, and no one has contacted him about an explanation. Hall was set up to compete for playing time in the Wildcats’ depleted secondary. [Courier-Journal]

Former Mississippi State star running back Vick Ballard recently stumbled on his 40-yard dash and ran into an electronic timer. I’m sure he was not injured, but I’m sure his pride was destroyed. I love Ballard’s physical running style, and I certainly don’t think his stumble in the 40 will hurt him at all in the NFL or his draft position. [Clarion Ledger]

The top overall rated high school player for 2013 visited the Ole Miss Rebels this past weekend, and he has ties to the school, which bodes well for the future. Defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche is 6’5, 260lbs of athleticism. And he recently visited Ole Miss’ Junior Day. He is the younger brother of Ole Miss freshman defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche. Their parents want the kids at the same school together. Could you imagine the No. 1 overall prospect heading to Oxford? Eat your heart out, Houston Nutt. You leave, and the Rebels land the top prospect. There is still a long way to go for recruiting, though. [Clarion Ledger]

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