Published January 20, 2014 - 8:30amNEW: Follow on facebook -
Mississippi State landed a new one, Florida’s about to add key ingredient to its class, and Alabama impressed a bunch of recruits.
Welcome to a January official visit in the SEC. In the first NCAA-allowed recruiting weekend since December, conference schools went to work. Alabama hosted a official visit contingent in the double digits, mostly current commitments. The Crimson Tide staff reinforced those recruiting bonds and also had a chance to impress uncommitteds Rashaan Evans and Matt Elam. Evans is considered an Auburn lean and Elam is also seriously considering Kentucky, his homestate school. The visitors have given good reports to various media outlets, and new assistant coach Lane Kiffin even belted out a karaoke version of Sweet Home Alabama, much to the delight of many of the recruits who were just meeting him. He actually got up and sang it with the mother of five-star commit Bo Scarbrough, making quite an impression with the athlete’s family. Florida is hard after Scarbrough and has plenty of playing time available for a player with his skills.
Elsewhere, Florida also hosted a large contingent and may earn a commitment out of it. Dual-threat QB/athlete Deiondre Porter is a player the staff wants now that the program needs depth at the signal caller position. With two quarterbacks transferring in December, it’s a huge need. Porter will make his announcement Monday at 6 p.m. on local cable television, and it’s expected he will make it official for Florida. Key WR Isaiah McKenzie and soft commitment J.C. Jackson also were reportedly impressed with the weekend–and both are key to the Gators’ class.
And Mississippi State was the lone SEC schools, as of Monday morning, to come away with a commitment based on its official visit weekend. Junior college tight end Darrion Hutcherson made it 19 commitments when the 6-foot-7, 260-pound prospect announced for the Bulldogs. He is a three-star prospect out of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi.
Two more official visit weekends remain before national signing day.