10 key commitments during biggest weekend of spring games

10 key commitments during biggest weekend of spring games


10 key commitments during biggest weekend of spring games


With a third of the Football Bowl Subdivision programs hosting spring games Saturday, there was ample opportunities to host recruits, and that meant picking up some commitments from prospects on campus or from afar.

Here is a rundown of a number of the Power of 5 teams that picked up commitments:

William Poole III to Georgia

Ranked as the No. 100 player in the 247Sports Composite, the four-star cornerback opted to remain in his home state after strongly considering Florida. Poole told 247Sports that he was a silent commit to the Bulldogs but then wanted to visit Gainesville. Instead, he determined that his initial instincts were correct.

“To be honest, when I looked at the plusses and minuses closely, there were no minuses for Georgia,” he told 247Sports. He cited his relationship with new Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and also said going to Georgia means his family could attend the games.

Poole, from Hapville in Atlanta, is ranked as the No. 12 cornerback in the nation and the No. 9 player in Georgia.

Marlon Tuipulotu to Washington

The top-ranked player in Oregon and the nation’s No. 5 defensive tackle committed to the Huskies. He chose Washington over in-state Oregon, USC and other a group of others but wanted to remain on the West Coast.

The 6-2, 275-pounder from Independence (Ore.) is ranked as No. 90 overall in the 247Sports Composite.

Austin Williams to Mississippi State

Ocean Springs (Miss.) wide receiver Austin Williams gives the Bulldogs an important in-state addition. Williams is a three-star prospect, according to the 247Sports Composite, which also ranks him as the No. 24 player in Mississippi. Williams has more than a dozen offers, including ones from Tulane, Wake Forest and Harvard. He also has interest from Stanford. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 202 pounds, Williams made 56 catches for 928 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He had 38 receptions for 618 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore.

Mississippi State also gained a commitment from three-star offensive tackle Paul Gainer from Gautier (Miss.).

Edward Ingram to LSU

The No. 7 offensive guard in the class committed Friday night. A four-star recruit, he had planned to visit LSU on his way to the Alabama spring game Saturday, but instead remained in Baton Rouge. Ingram, 6-4 and 325, is from DeSoto (Texas), joining former DeSoto teammate Dee Anderson, a wide receiver who is a member of the Class of 2016.

Tommy DeVito to Syracuse

A three-star prospect from Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), DeVito was attracted to the spread attack that will be emplyed by new coach Dino Babers. According to NJ.com, he threw for 1,689 yards, 17 touchdowns and five interceptions last season for the Non-Public Group 4 state champions. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 58 pro style quarterback.

CJ Thorpe to Penn State

The ninth-ranked guard in the nation, he will be a legacy player at Penn State. His father Chris played for Joe Paterno in the 1980s. CJ is 6-3 and 318 pounds and helped lead Pittsburgh Central Catholic to the PIAA AAAA title last fall.

KD Nixon to Tennessee

Days after naming the Vols as his leader, the four-star wide receiver from DeSoto (Texas) committed during the Tennessee spring game. He is ranked as the No. 34 wide receiver in the class by the 247Sports Composite.

The Vols also landed a commitment from Cheyenne Labruzza, a three-star cornerback from Albany, La. He is ranked as the No. 15 player in the state.

Jordan McNair to Maryland

McNair, from McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Md., is the No. 6 player in the state of Maryland and decided to remain in-state. He had offers from Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Michigan State and continues to help build an offensive line that had two four-star tackles in the Class of 2016.

Isaiah Robertson to Notre Dame

While his college position is unclear, Robertson is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Illinois out of Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.). Two weeks after visiting South Bend, he committed the day before the Irish spring game.

Randal Grimes to Southern California

Ranked as the No. 6 player in the state of Nevada, Grimes is an athlete who committed during Saturday’s visit. He had visited USC a month ago and received an offer.

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