Marquel Harrell and Eli Brown decommitted a while ago. Brown was on board with Vanderbilt until late last October and Harrell was only on board with Ole Miss for a matter of weeks in February.
Late Monday, they both rejoined the SEC ranks.
Harrell is a Fairburn (Ga.) native who pounced on his first SEC offer in early February–when Ole Miss offered, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive lineman was on board the next day. What Harrell couldn’t have imagined is that Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn and Kentucky would follow suit with offers within days, as well as defending national champion Florida State. By the end of February, he stepped back from that Ole Miss commitment and decided to evaluate his SEC options. Tennessee looked like a possibility for a short time, but in the end it was Auburn that landed the lineman.
“I just realized it was home for me,” Harrell texted Saturday Down South this morning. “It was a whirlwind of great experiences (when all the offers starting flooding in). It was great realizing that I now have a chance to play football at some of the best in the country. It was like, ‘I must be good’.”
Auburn has seen a flurry of activity in recent days. The Tigers landed five-star athlete Kerryon Johnson on Apr. 15, then added former Ohio State pledge Ben Edwards and offensive lineman Bailey Sharp over the weekend. They now have nine commitments and have the No. 8 ranked class in the nation.
As for Brown, with his commitment he immediately vaults to the top-ranked spot in Kentucky’s 2015 class. The RB/LB (most likely will play LB in college) is rated the No. 2 overall prospect in the state of Kentucky behind five-star RB Damien Harris, who the Wildcats obviously would love to get, too. It wasn’t a huge surprise that the Bowling Green (Ky.) native ended up with the Wildcats. He is a four-star prospect and rated the No. 186 overall prospect in the nation. Brown is 6-foot-3, 200 pounds and also reported offers from Ohio State, Southern Cal and Penn State–where former Vandy coach James Franklin currently resides.
“Guess its time to get the word out i am now committed to University of Kentucky!!,” Brown Tweeted to the world late Monday night.
Brown is Kentucky’s fifth commitment for 2015.