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Football recruiting: What we’re hearing on the eve of the early signing period

Football recruiting: What we’re hearing on the eve of the early signing period

We’re less than 24 hours from the start of the early signing period and, as expected, rumors of players making late decisions or flipping are running rampant.

Here’s some of what we’re hearing (from credible sources) and keeping an eye on right now.

Shawn Russ celebrates with his Dunbar teammate, Nick Giordano after he scored on a big reception in the end zone. Action in the North Fort Myers at Dunbar football game Friday night, September 2, 2022.

Dunbar defensive back Shawn Russ could be leaning toward Arizona State after taking an official visit this past weekend. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Russ previously announced a top three of Arizona State, Florida State and Louisville.

Some at UCF are hopeful that Lakewood edge Isaiah Nixon, a Florida commit, could still end up in Orlando. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Nixon initially committed to UCF in April after taking an unofficial visit and then decommitted in June – just days after taking an official visit to Florida. Nixon has been committed to the Gators since June 21, but UCF has continued to recruit him.

Hawthorne Hornets Jailen Ruth (14) strips the ball from Wildwood Wildcats quarterback Jamari Dickens (10) causing a fumble. Hawthorne recovered. Hawthorne Hornets took on the Wildwood Wildcats in 1R Regional Semifinal at Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, FL on Friday, November 18, 2022. Hawthorne won 33-15.  [Doug Engle/Ocala Star Banner]

Hawthorne edge/linebacker Jailen Ruth will decide between USF, Washington State and Vanderbilt.  The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Ruth, who helped Hawthorne win a state championship earlier this month, initially committed to Washington State in July and decommitted on Nov. 14. Ruth took an official visit to Vanderbilt this past weekend. Ruth could silently sign this week and announce as late as next week.

Sam Singleton (2) runs the ball downfield during the first half of the game at Citizens Field in Gainesville, FL on Thursday, October 27, 2022. [Jesse Gann/Gainesville Sun]

Fleming Island running back Sam Singleton, a Florida State commit, could be waiting until February to sign. Linebacker Abram Wright, a Rutgers commit, was the only early period signee mentioned in an email from the school last week.

Lake Wales (0) Jaremiah Anglin Jr. signals a first down after making a catch against Vanguard defense during first half action In Lake Wales Fl  Friday November 18,2022.
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It could be a longshot, but UCF has reached out to Lake Wales safety Jaremiah Anglin in recent days to see if the 6-foot-1, 184-pounder is 100 percent solid to Kentucky. Anglin, who capped a monster season by helping the Highlanders win the Class 3S state championship last week, has been committed to Kentucky since August and took an official visit in October.

Miami and Florida State are trying to flip St. Thomas Aquinas safety Conrad Hussey. Hussey, along with fellow Raiders safety King Mack, have been committed to Penn State for months and the Nittany Lions had a trio of coaches – including defensive coordinator and former Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz – at the Class 3M state championship game last week.

John Carroll defensive end Wilky Denaud (52) celebrates a fourth down stop with a defensive coach during the first quarter against Cardinal Newmanin West Palm Beach.

John Carroll Catholic senior edge rusher Wilky Denaud is not wavering in his commitment to Auburn. New Auburn coach Hugh Freeze visited Denaud last week. Denaud did take a previously scheduled official visit to Indiana earlier this month.

Class of 2023 WR Micah Mays took a seat to take in being back in the atmosphere of preseason camp.

Benjamin wide receiver Micah Mays has been verbally committed to Wake Forest since August and loved his unofficial visit in September, but that hasn’t stopped other programs from recruiting him. N.C. State was able to get Mays in for an official visit earlier this month and Miami has been making a late push, too.


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