Good morning! Good morning! Good morning! It’s the holiday season folks and from where I’m sitting there’s snow abound, there’s coffee brewing, and there’s absolutely no work getting done until the new year.
Fortunately for all of us who love college football, there’s a few closers out there that never take a day off. Coaches were out visiting last week and with National Signing Day tomorrow there’s plenty of action on the boards.
Pour a cup because we’ve got your updates on who committed, who decommitted, a couple flips, and as always, the hottest takes from our Message Board Geniuses. It’s closing time.
Ohio State Gets Top Recruit Jeremiah Smith (2024 5 Star – #2 Overall, #1 Wide Receiver)
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Ohio State gets another five star wide receiver recruit.
Smith is an incredibly gifted receiver out of the Miami, Florida area. He’s 6’3 with track speed to boot.
Brian Hartline is a magician and the Columbus fans know it.
And this isn’t the only action going on for Ohio State.
Lincoln Kienholz Also Picks the Buckeyes (2023 4 Star – #205 overall, #14 Quarterback)
South Dakota Buckeye fans rise up. All eight of you. Lincoln Keinholz is out of Pierre, South Dakota and the number one prospect in the State.
He’s a strong athlete. Lincoln averaged 20/7/3 on the basketball court and on the baseball diamond he batted .472 with six HR while going 3-0 with a 1.24 ERA on the mound.
Under recruited and athletically raw QB? This one has Ohio State fans remembering another such recruit.
Is there anything Buckeyes love more than reminding you Joe Burrow once went there?
Dylan Raiola Passes on Ohio State (2024 5 Star – #1 overall, #1 Quarterback)
Speaking of Ohio State Quarterbacks, top overall recruit Dylan Raiola decommitted from the Buckeyes. This one came as a pretty big shock.
Maybe he was scared off by Keinholz?
Or maybe it was NIL money?
Nebraska seems to have other ideas about why Raiola decommitted.
Hiring family as coaches is a tale as old as time.
Javien Toviano Commits to the Tigers (2023 4 Star – #58 overall, #6 Cornerback)
LSU and Brian Kelly landed a big-time player last week. Javien Toviano is out of Arlington, TX and picked LSU over Texas, Texas A&M, Georgia and Michigan.
LSU has built a strong reputation as “DBU” and Javien himself confirmed it. “DBU is the mantra you can’t really deny,” Toviano said. “I didn’t really pick it. LSU called me to be part of it.”
LSU fans were really excited to add some top end talent as it gave them the class bump into the top 5 and over Texas.
Anthony Hill Calling Austin Home (2023 5 Star – #19 Overall, #1 Linebacker)
Good things never last, do they Tigers? A couple hours after Toviano announced his commitment to LSU, Anthony Hill committed to the Longhorns.
Texas did indeed jump to number 3 in the 247 rankings and they sit at number 5 in the On3 and Rivals class rankings.
Anthony Hill is the number one linebacker in the country which gives Texas the number 1 quarterback in Arch Manning, number 1 running back in Cedric Baxter, and now number 1 linebacker.
Coffee’s for Closers and Sark is earning his.
Hill’s commitment comes a few weeks after he decommitted from Texas A&M. Safe to say the time didn’t heal those wounds in College Station.
You hate to see it.
Dante Moore Flips to UCLA from Oregon (2023 5 Star – #11 overall, #5 Quarterback)
Oregon has been cleaning up on the recruiting trail and in the transfer portal, but they couldn’t hold on to this one. Dante Moore announced he was taking his talents to Chip Kelly’s squad instead.
Oregon knows exactly why he flipped.
That’s okay though. They don’t really need Moore ever since Bo Nix announced he’s returning.
Lot of coping going on.
Miami Double Dips
Samson Okunlola (2023 5 Star – #20 Overall, #3 Offensive Tackle)
Samson (which is just an incredible name for a large offensive lineman) is out of Brockton, Massachusetts and will be taking his talents to South Beach. He’s already 6’5, 305 but moves well, finishing 9th at the National Prep Wrestling Championship.
Okunlola should be an early starter for the Canes and has fans excited about the holes he’ll open on the offensive line.
Well speaking of…
Mark Fletcher (2023 4 Star – #243 Overall, #15 Running Back)
Turns out Running Backs do want to come to the U and Mark Fletcher is one of them. Fletcher has good size at 6’1, 230 and runs right at defenders.
Fletcher had been considered a Florida lean at one point so this one feels just a little bit better in Miami.
Kedrick Reescano Goes to the Sip (2023 4 Star – #167 Overall, #8 Running Back)
Reescano is from New Caney, Texas and while on the smaller side at 5’10, 190 he has great athleticism as a track athlete. He placed 2nd in the state in the triple jump as a junior and high jumped nearly six feet as a sophomore.
This one is even more fun for us here at message board geniuses because Reescano comes to the Sip with a little bit of drama. Kedrick had originally been a Michigan State commit earlier this year before decommitting back in October. The Spartans thought they had a good shot at getting him back into the fold but the game is the game in recruiting and only one thing talks.
Is any of this true? Who knows. But honestly who cares.