Who were the big football recruiting winners in July?

Who were the big football recruiting winners in July?

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Who were the big football recruiting winners in July?

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Scout looks at the biggest commitments by conference for the class of 2017 during the month of July.

ACC

WR Tee Higgins – Clemson

Clemson hasn’t had a problem landing elite wide receivers in recent years, and Higgins is one of those. Plenty of schools gave it a shot, he had been a Clemson lean for some time.

RB Khalan Laborn – Florida State

Florida State loves to recruit Virginia. Levonta Taylor. Josh Sweat. Derrick Nnadi. This are just a few of the top prospects the Seminoles have signed out of Virginia in recent years. Laborn will be next. He chose FSU over Auburn, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Running was a position of need for FSU, and Laborn is currently one of two four stars committed to them at that position.

CB Tre Shaw – North Carolina

North Carolina loves to recruit the state of Georgia. They landed one of the top two-way stars in the Peach State in Shaw. He will end up in the secondary, and he could move around on the back-end for the Tar Heels. Auburn, Clemson and Ole Miss were the other schools in his final four.

Big Ten

DE Chase Young – Ohio State

The five-star defensive end nearly committed to Ohio State in the spring, but he wanted to make a visit to Alabama before deciding on a school. Well, during a week in mid July, the Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha standout visited Alabama and then appeared at Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights. By the time FNL ended, Young was part of the Buckeyes’ 2017 class. The 6-foot-5, 226-pound brings tremendous athleticism and quick hands to the table. He gets off the ball well, and he covers a lot of ground in his first three steps. He can cover in the flat but his best attribute is as a speed rusher off the edge.

CB Amir Riep – Ohio State

Riep was the second Top 100 player to commit to the Buckeyes the weekend of Friday Night Lights and was the fifth in-state commit for the Buckeyes in the 2017 class.  He also was the 10th Scout 100 prospect to commit to Ohio State in the 2017 class and the third in the secondary.

CB Deon Jones – Maryland

The No. 2 cornerback in the East and the No. 8 cornerback nationally, Jones was a big in-state pickup for D.J. Durkin and the Terps.  The Terps were able to beat several national powers to land the in-state standout and keep their momentum in local recruiting going strong.

Big 12

WR CeeDee Lamb – Oklahoma

The lone four-star to commit to the Big 12 conference in all of July. Lamb made an initial commitment to OU to only decommit and then recommit again. It does not happen often, but for Lamb OU was the best fit not once, but twice. He has the size and skills to be a No. 1 option.

CB Josh Thompson – Texas

After earning an offer from the Longhorns following a successful showing at the Under the Lights Camp Thompson switched his commitment from TCU to UT. He will once again play in the same defensive backfield as former Nacogdoches (Texas) High teammate Brandon Jones. Thompson is a big add because he is a versatile defender in the defensive backfield.

OT/OG Marquis Hayes – Oklahoma

Hayes is an interesting offensive lineman on tape. He plays tackle and seems to have very good arm length and seems to be able to get extension with power that fends off defensive ends or linebackers. He also has the mass and power of an interior lineman. He is rated as a three-star prospect.

Pac-12

CB Demetrius Douglas –Oregon

The Ducks landed one of the top defensive prospects in the Northwest and their second from in-state with the commitment of Douglas, who’s been an anchor in state powerhouse Jesuit’s secondary.  Douglas had a number of Pac-12 offers as well as Minnesota, where his father played, before picking the Ducks.

Brandon McKinney – Washington

The top overall safety prospect in California, and No. 4 in the West, McKinney had offers from just about every Pac-12 program, including the two local schools, USC and UCLA, but kept the Trinity League-to-Montlake pipeline going in this class, the third member of the Trinity League, the best football league in the country, to pick the Huskies and the second defensive back.

CB Wylan Free – USC

Free starred at USC’s camp last month but wasn’t offered until a few weeks after the camp.  He thought on it and then picked the Trojans on Saturday.  The rangy corner is the lone defensive commit from the Southland on USC’s commitment list.

SEC

DE Robert Beal – Georgia

Kirby Smart and the new staff at Georgia got this deal done. Alabama and Florida State were going to be tough to beat under the old staff. Smart wants pass rushers and Beal could be an impact there year one.

S Maleik Gray – Tennessee

This was a huge pick up for Tennessee. Gray grew up a Florida State fan, and he was close on a couple of occasions to committing to the Seminoles. Alabama was very much involved too, but UT convinced him that staying home was best for him and his family.

RB Toneil Carter Jr. – Georgia

There are some big needs at Georgia, and running back is a big one in 2017. The Dawg’s must land at least two, so Carter leaving Texas for Athens (Ga.) is extremely important. He has great speed and Georgia beat out Texas A&M.

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