Coffee’s for Closers

It might be the end of the regular season but recruiting season is always in full swing. Your favorite team might not have made the conference championship and your playoff dreams were dashed, but there’s always next year. And isn’t it fun to dream about next year’s possibilities when you grab a top player before signing day?

With just a few weeks until National Signing Day Part 1, things are picking up and we here at Message Board Geniuses have got you covered. We’re giving you the best in commits, decommits, and flips. So pour a cup and let’s see who is really closing.

Caleb Lomu Commits to the Utes  (2023 4 Star – #232 overall, #20 Offensive Line)

Out of Gilbert, Arizona, Caleb Lomu is the 16th recruit in Utah’s 2023 class. Listed at 6’5, 260 he’s a tad undersized but with college level training facilities that should change quickly once he gets on campus. 

Ute fans are feeling good with this one.

Utah secured a spot in the Pac-12 Championship this weekend so this was icing on the cake.

Lomu picked the Utes over Michigan and USC. 

Anytime you can steal a recruit and enjoy the misery of USC it’s a good day.

Daevin Hobbs Joins the Volunteers (2023 4 Star – #95 overall, #11 Defensive Line)

Hobbs is out of Concord, North Carolina where he ranks as the number 2 overall prospect out of the Tar Heel State. 

Though if you try hard enough, you can always find something wrong.

Josh Heupel was able to steal Daevin away from Alabama and Georgia. Georgia fans took the news in stride.

Oregon Lands Three Big Time Prospects

Fox Crader (2024 4 Star – #344 overall, #23 Offensive Line)

The first of the three commits came last week on Monday when the Ducks landed Fox Crader. 

Fox is from Vancouver, Washington and Ducks fans are happy to keep talent close to home.

Tyseer Denmark (2024 4 Star – #87 overall, #14 Wide Receiver)

Tyseer was next. He’s from Philadelphia, PA but it is a big pickup for the Ducks and Lanning. In today’s game getting speed on the edges is a winning formula.

Denmark announced his commitment on Thanksgiving. The Duck fans were very thankful.

Johnny Bowens (2023 4 Star – #295 Overall, #41 Defensive Line)

Bowens made it a second commitment on Thanksgiving Day and third of the week overall.

Bowens is 6’3, 265 out of Converse, Texas. He had grabbed attention from Texas A&M but ultimately chose the Ducks.

Georgia Tech Keeps Jakhari Williams Home (2024 4 Star – #256 overall, #19 Quarterback)

Jakhari Williams is a fast rising quarterback prospect out of Macon, Georgia.

Jakhari is a tad raw but QB coach Chris Weinke will have plenty of tools to work with.

With Georgia Tech’s coaching search up in the air, Williams had this to say about the program and his relationship with the staff.

“I appreciate all that Coach Key has done and Georgia Tech is a great place,” Williams said in his interview. “But I have confidence that who would and could come whether its Key or not would be able to put Tech into bowl games soon.”

Tech fans may have read too much into the comments, but ultimately level heads would prevail.

And speaking of coaching searches…

Cincinnati Loses Three Recruits from 2023 Class After Luke Fickell Exits

Amare Snowden (2023 4 Star – #226 Overall, #32 Cornerback)

Ayden Greene (2023 3 Star – #458 Overall, #62 Wide Receiver)

Jonas Duclona (2023 3 Star – #1044 Overall, #100 Cornerback)

Cincinnati got picked apart early this week. They lost Amare Snowden, the number one recruit in their class before losing Ayden Greene, the 4th highest ranked recruit in the Bearcats class. 

Is there any silver lining?

Misery loves company. What about long term outlooks? Any good news there?

All hail the Transfer Portal. And if the Portal doesn’t work, you can always just hire Deion.

Flip Season Nets Seminoles Brock Glenn (2023 4 Star – #380 Overall, #23 Quarterback)

Glenn is out of Memphis, TN and had originally been committed to the Buckeyes. Brock Glenn committed to the Seminoles before taking a visit, but was on campus for Florida State’s game against the Gators.

Don’t get so excited y’all.

Ok seriously. Maybe don’t get so excited.

Oh good call. Let’s see what the Buckeye boards are saying.

Just not good enough for the Buckeyes I guess.

Anthony Evans Goes from Sooners to Dawgs (2023 4 Star – #284 Overall, #39 Wide Receiver)

Another star player out of Converse, Texas, Anthony Evans committed to Oklahoma before the season started. Apparently he was not too impressed with the first year Brent Venables put together and this past weekend he flipped his commitment to Georgia.

Evans is the full package in a wide receiver. He’s got great speed on the outside and also showed out in blocking on the edges.

Though not everyone is thrilled with a kid who has had a fairly active and wild recruitment process.

Sure you don’t, bud.

Join us tomorrow for Part 2 of our Recruiting Coverage where we dive into the beloved Transfer Portal.

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