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Nation’s No. 3 2021 WR commits to Alabama over Florida

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Alabama had been lagging somewhat on the football recruiting trail.  The keyword there, though, is “had.”

Earlier in the week, Alabama held the No. 54 2021 football recruiting class in the country.  Right behind Rice.  And right ahead of UTSA.  That, however, is about to change as Jacorey Brooks committed to the Crimson Tide Friday.

Prior to Thursday, it was thought that Florida was a near-lock to land the highly-touted wide receiver.  Miami was in the mix as well.  Instead, Brooks gave his verbal to Alabama football via Twitter.

Last season, Alabama hosted Brooks on a visit during the Tennessee football game.

“With All That I’ve Accomplished… My Road To My Mission Doesn’t Stop Here!!” Brooks wrote. “To Every Collegiate Coach Who Spent Your Time & Energy Recruiting Me, I Will Always Remember You & Thanks For Believing In Me. …

“With The Lord Above Blessing Me To Be In This Position, I Will Be Committing To The University Of Alabama. #RollTide”

Brooks now becomes a four-star member of the Alabama football Class of 2021.  The Miami high schooler is the No. 3 receiver on the 247Sports.com composite.  He’s also the No. 5 prospect regardless of position in the Sunshine State.

Of the four commits that currently make up the Tide’s class, Brooks is the highest-rated.

Speaking of that class, Brooks’ commitment has moved it up to No. 43 nationally.  Alabama is also eighth in the SEC.

Report: South Carolina to hire ex-NC State aide Des Kitchings

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Des Kitchings is set to join the South Carolina football staff, according to a report Thursday from Gamecock Central.

Kitchings spent the past eight years at NC State, primarily coaching running backs, though he spent 2019 as the Wolfpack’s co-offensive coordinator. He became the odd man out in Dave Doeren‘s game of musical chairs upon the hiring of Tim Beck as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Will Muschamp will now play his own game of musical chairs on his offensive staff. He hired ex-Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo to coordinate the offense and coach the quarterbacks, which will cause Bobby Bentley to move elsewhere. Bryan McClendon coordinated the offense and coached wide receivers last year, but he’s off to Oregon with Bobo now running the offense.

With Kitchings on staff to coach running backs, per the report, Bentley could move back to tight ends and Joe Cox, who joined Bobo from Colorado State and was hired to coach tight ends, could shift to wide receivers, the position he coached in Fort Collins.

A South Carolina hiring is a homecoming for Kitchings, who grew up in the Palmetto State and is a member of the Furman athletics hall of fame.

Alabama, Georgia, Texas, WVU finalists for Cal transfer Demetris Robinson

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One Power Five football program is shortly going to be on the receiving end of a very talented gift a couple of weeks before summer camp kicks off.

Over the weekend, Demetris Robertson announced that he has whittled his transfer to-do list down to four schools — Alabama, Georgia, Texas and West Virginia. The gifted wide receiver will announce his new college of choice this coming Saturday.

This announcement comes a little over two weeks after Robertson took to Twitter to confirm that he would be transferring from Cal.

A five-star member of the Golden Bears’ 2016 recruiting class, Robertson was rated as the No. 1 receiver in the country; the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Georgia; and the No. 13 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. Robertson’s initial recruitment was an unusual one as he didn’t sign until May 1, nearly three months after National Signing Day, and then stunned the college football recruiting world by picking Cal over Notre Dame and home-state Georgia.

Given the fact that he’s from the state and described “personal matters” as his reason for leaving the Golden Bears, the Bulldogs are viewed by some as the favorite to land one of the fastest players in college football.

At Cal, Robertson, at least initially, lived up to the recruiting hype as he was second on the team as a true freshman with 50 receptions for 767 yards and seven touchdowns. His 15.3 yards per catch were tops on the team. After catching seven passes for 70 yards the first two games of the 2017 season, however, he was sidelined for the remainder of the year by what turned out to be a season-ending lower-body injury.

Robertson will have to sit out the 2018 season regardless of which school he ultimately chooses. He would then have two years of eligibility at his disposal beginning with the 2019 season.

Trial date pushed back for suspended Michigan WR Grant Perry

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The status of one Michigan wide receiver appears it will be up in the air for a little while longer.

Suspended wideout Grant Perry was originally scheduled to go to trial on May 15th in a case stemming from an incident last year but, according to MLive.com, that trial date has been pushed back and a new timeframe has not yet been announced. He faces two counts of sexual assault as well as an additional count of minor in possession and a felony count of resisting a police officer.

The charges stem from a mid-October incident last year in which Perry was accused of groping the groin and buttocks of a female Michigan State student.

Perry was initially given a two-game suspension by head coach Jim Harbaugh and wound up returning to action to post up 13 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown last season. After charges were filled however, the receiver was suspended indefinitely prior to the Wolverine’s bowl game against Florida State.

MLive.com notes that Perry has remained suspended from team activities this spring, including practice and the team’s trip to Italy. Michigan is replacing a lot of production at his position heading into next season but it seems that with his trial pushed back, they likely are not going to be able to count on Perry being part of the equation in 2017 until the legal system runs its course.

 

Lane Kiffin flips wide receiver previously committed to Memphis

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Lane Kiffin is having a productive morning in his first signing day at FAU. On the heels of learning Kiffin managed to flip a JUCO wide receiver from heading to UCLA, Kiffin has apparently managed to flip another talented wide receiver to come play for the Owls.

Willie Wright of Jacksonville, Florida was heading to Memphis to play for the Tigers in the AAC, but now he will be lining up to catch passes in Kiffin’s offense in Boca Raton. Rivals rates Wright as a two-star prospect, although other recruiting services have him as a three-star prospect. Regardless, this is a decent addition to Kiffin’s first recruiting class at FAU.

In addition to handling wide receiver duties, Wright also has experience as a kick returner, which could be a role he takes on at FAU early on. Wright was one of the first players to receive an offer from Kiffin once he took over the head coaching job on a full-time basis, and he made an official visit in mid-January. He made one final official visit to Memphis on Jan. 27 as the recruiting battle went down to the wire.