Three-Point Stance: Demarcus Riddick, stocks up, Florida battles

Paragon National Recruitment Analyst John Garcia Jr. Elite linebacker shares his thoughts on the three-way SEC recruiting battle for DeMarcus Riddick, some players in the South who are seeing their stocks rise and whether Florida’s Power Five schools can house their elite in-state talent .

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1. Will it be champs or an Iron Bowl opponent for DeMarcus Riddick?

From the moment Demarcus Riddick committed to Georgia on in-state programs Alabama And many at Auburn State in November thought it was going to be a turning point between the three programs. More than eight months later, not only were those quick reactionaries right, but Riddick has become one of the most acclaimed defensive recruiters in the process, making his final decision even more compelling.

Rivals No. 2 linebacker in the Class of 2024, Riddick committed his final college July 26 to finalize the process between the 3 SEC programs and move on to his senior season at Clanton (Ala.) Chilton County High School Call is set. And talk is in full swing about the expected selection for both of Georgia’s challengers. Once news of Judgment Day broke, much of the recruiting world immediately began hoping for a change somewhere other than Georgia, for example. Recruits generally do not hold press conferences to be associated with the school they chose the previous year.

Naturally, many pro-Alabama notes began to flood the recruiting desk regarding Riddick’s impending decision. The Crimson Tide remains the favorite, but Auburn’s continued effort over the last week or so has paid off well, as rivals are starting to hear that confidence growing from there. hue freezeWe’ll be with the staff when it comes to July 26 nick saban And the company has been out for about a week, but Auburn is making this flip attempt much more interesting.


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2. Those stocks which are facing south facing upwards.

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The end of offseason camps and the combine circuit always affects the next batch of Rivals rankings, with plenty of work to do before the August release. But even before the intensive meetings take place, some possibilities are clear. These better impressions usually come in person, like with Elite 11 breakout quarterback prospect Trevor Jackson, but sometimes a verbal commitment and circling back on offseason progress can get the job done.

Mikahi Danzi is a big back with true track speed who blends his talents incredibly well on Friday nights as well as in the spring. Florida State There has been a commitment to a four-star bubble for some time now, but that should no longer be the case in August.

New Alabama Commitment Jameer Grimsley was recruited at wide receiver and defensive back on the basis of the program, and continued to flash at each position in each setting. With distinctive length and ball skills, he would be another no-brainer blue-chip bump.

Artavius ​​Jones demonstrated some basketball prowess by lifting over 300 pounds, and carried this weight well into his senior season. Now with a verified 6-foot-4 frame and even better wingspan, the next step in athleticism miami Pratigya’s own step on three to four stars.


3. Sunshine State Programs Struggling to Get the State’s Talent Off the Ground.

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So far, 14 of the highest-ranked 2024 recruits in the state of Florida have chosen to commit to out-of-state programs as of July 20, a public decision. Georgia, Ohio State And Texas – All programs that lead their current conferences in team recruiting rankings – This list already includes several additions. However, on top of that, only three of the top eight recruits overall in Florida have made their college decisions, so the effort is on to house that elite batch. But can the powers of the state exceed the caps on the table for the best available?

Defensive tackle David Stone (No. 2 in Florida) has long been considered one of oklahoma lean in spite of both miami And Florida push. Defensive back Jaquan Patterson (No. 4) has both Miami and Florida State Top of his list, but he likely has return trips to Michigan and Auburn to round out his offseason touring schedule. Charles Lester (No. 6) is considered Florida State’s strong tailback, but colorado And deon sanders Cornerbacks have been able to cause some stir with the recruit. Offensive linemen Jordan Season and Eddy Pierre-Louis (No. 7, 8) have in-state options but potentially more out-of-state attraction at this point, though no recruiting is expected to end anytime soon.

It’s never been a secret in the Sunshine State – keep talent at home and stability will follow. All four Power Five programs within the state are recruiting well, but the perception will be settled through results at the top of the state rankings, where out-of-state programs have fared better.

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