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Report: Alabama to hire Penn State passing game coordinator Josh Gattis

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With the news that Alabama is reportedly set to name Mike Locksley as the offensive coordinator, Nick Saban also appears to have found his replacement for Locksley.

The Crimson Tide will reportedly hire Penn State passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Josh Gattis as the co-offensive coordinator  and wide receivers coach, according to Football Scoop.

Gattis has spent the past 4 seasons on Franklin’s staff at Penn State staff and he was with Franklin for the last 2 seasons at Vanderbilt.

Locksley held that role last season, and he appears to take the job held by Brian Daboll, who was Alabama’s offensive coordinator last season. Daboll left to take the offensive coordinator job with the Buffalo Bills.

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Bold predictions for South Carolina football, recruiting in 2018

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The calendar year is less than a month old, so it’s not too late to make some bold predictions for South Carolina football and recruiting in 2018.

Heading into Year 3 under coach Will Muschamp, expectations are high for the Gamecocks, and they’ll continue trending upward as the year grows older.

This will certainly help feed into the hype.

South Carolina football predictions

Jake Bentley will pass for 3,000 yards. He threw for 2,794 in his sophomore season, which had its share of ups and downs.

D.J. Wonnum hits double digits in sacks. After notching 1 1/2 sacks in limited playing time as a freshman in 2016, Wonnum led the team with 6 in 2017.

Rico Dowdle leads the team in rushing. OK, so this may not be so bold, considering he would have done it in 2017 had he not missed so much time with an injury. How about this one: Dowdle rushes for 1,000 yards in 2018.

T.J. Brunson finishes with 100 tackles. It wouldn’t be bold to suggest he’ll lead the team in tackles in 2018, because Brunson led the way for much of this past season. But with no Skai Moore, there will be plenty of tackles to be made.

Two Gamecocks finish among the top 10 in the SEC in total receptions. Bryan Edwards made it in 2017 and Hayden Hurst finished just outside of the top 10. Edwards should be back there again next season. And if he can stay healthy, Deebo Samuel will, too.

The team wins 10 games. To sweeten the pot, South Carolina will knock off at least two of the teams that beat the Gamecocks in 2017: Kentucky, Texas A&amp;M, Georgia and Clemson.

South Carolina recruiting predictions

Two 5-star prospects sign in December. Several have been offered, including running back Quavaris Crouch (Charlotte, N.C.) and defensive end Zacch Pickens (Anderson, S.C.). Those are the two most likely options, but others could emerge between now and December.

The in-state number will be the lowest it’s been under Muschamp. The Gamecocks signed four recruits from South Carolina in the 2016 class, a figure that was topped in 2017 and 2018. It won’t be higher in 2019. Quite frankly, it will be a down year in the state — Pickens, 4-star wide receiver Jamario Holley (Rock Hill-Northwestern) and 3-star running back Michel Dukes (Charleston-First Baptist) might be the only prospects who are takes for the Gamecocks.

South Carolina flips a Georgia commit. Though it may not necessarily be someone who’s committed to the Dawgs right now, there are some candidates, though one stands out: 4-star defensive tackle Rashad Cheney (Ellenwood, Ga.). His teammate, 5-star wide receiver Jadon Haselwood, also took multiple visits to Columbia in 2017, but he seems less likely to flip.

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Florida’s recruiting weekend could lead to new commitments

florida-florida football-florida gators-dan mullen Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s  daily Florida podcast with Gators reporter Zach Abolverdi and UF broadcaster Jeff Cardozo.

Florida coach Dan Mullen and his staff will host five recruits on official visits this weekend.

In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, Zach Abolverdi and Jeff Cardozo discuss the group of visitors and where the Gators stand with them heading into their trips. Florida beat writer Ryan Young of SECcountry.com joins Chomp Chat to discuss Florida basketball and Nick Savage’s offseason strength program.

You can listen to the  podcast on iTunes or below on SoundCloud.

Miss a previous edition? Find every episode of SEC Country’s daily Florida Gators  podcast right here.

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Florida’s recruiting weekend could lead to new commitments

florida-florida football-florida gators-dan mullen Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s  daily Florida podcast with Gators reporter Zach Abolverdi and UF broadcaster Jeff Cardozo.

Florida coach Dan Mullen and his staff will host five recruits on official visits this weekend.

In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, Zach Abolverdi and Jeff Cardozo discuss the group of visitors and where the Gators stand with them heading into their trips. Florida beat writer Ryan Young of SECcountry.com joins Chomp Chat to discuss Florida basketball and Nick Savage’s offseason strength program.

You can listen to the  podcast on iTunes or below on SoundCloud.

Miss a previous edition? Find every episode of SEC Country’s daily Florida Gators  podcast right here.

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Kentucky Wildcats podcast: Previewing UK vs. Florida showdown from both sides

Kentucky basketball-UK basketball-Kentucky-Wildcats-Florida-Gatos-Zion Williamson-recruiting-podcast-preview LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky basketball has a  large Saturday on tap: the Wildcats host SEC rival Florida and 5-star recruit Zion Williamson makes his college decision. So it could be a thrilling night for Big Blue Nation … or a disastrous one. We break it all down on the latest episode of Wildcat Country, your daily Kentucky podcast presented by SEC Country. Host Curtis Burch is joined by Cats beat writer Kyle Tucker and Gators beat writer Ryan Young to preview a huge weekend. Kyle says he doesn’t really get the fuss about ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg’s “spoiled” comment about Kentucky’s 5-star freshmen — although he was really speaking about high-level freshmen across college basketball — because it isn’t unlike what John Calipari has said about his own team (this year and in the past) and it isn’t really untrue. The way he said it might’ve been a little harsh, but dealing with the reality of entitled young stars and coaching it out of them by the end of the season is one of the secret’s to Calipari’s success. Speaking of 5-stars: One of the top three players in the Class of 2018, Williamson, will announce where he’s playing in college at 8 p.m. on Saturday (and UK-UF tips off at 8:15). All of the buzz lately has been about Clemson, but is Kyle hearing that Cal and the Cats have a shot to pull another Kevin Knox-level surprise? Ryan talks about why Florida has had such an up-and-down season. After a double-OT win over No. 13 Gonzaga and nearly taking out No. 5 Duke, the Gators lost three straight. Then they beat No. 12 Cincinnati, then lost to No. 20 Clemson, then won six straight, then lost to Ole Miss (No. 79 in the RPI). And then pounded a good Arkansas team (No. 24 in the RPI) on Wednesday. Which Florida team is coming to Rupp Arena? We also get Ryan’s thoughts on the Gators’ loaded backcourt — but shaky frontcourt — and why KeVaughn Allen hasn’t lived up to the preseason hype. He’d averaged just 4.3 points in the four previous games before finally busting his slump with 28 against the Razorbacks. If he’s back on track, Kentucky’s task Saturday just got tougher. Where Mike White fits among SEC coaches and how former UK associate AD Scott Stricklin is doing as the new boss in Gainesville.

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Tim Tebow invited to the New York Mets’ spring training team

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It looks like Tim Tebow’s major league baseball dreams are very much alive.

On Friday, the New York Mets announced that Tebow would be 1 of 9 minor league players joining the Mets spring training team.

We’ve invited nine players to major league #SpringTraining including: Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Kevin Kaczmarski, Patrick Mazeika, Drew Smith, Corey Taylor, Tim Tebow, David Thompson and Adonis Uceta. #Mets — New York Mets (@Mets) January 19, 2018

Tebow spent last year in the Mets minor league system playing A-ball for the Mets. The former Florida quarterback hit 8 home runs and had 52 RBI while hitting .226.

When he wasn’t playing baseball this fall, he was broadcasting for ESPN, serving as an analyst for the SEC Network.

Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winner and 2-time national champion at Florida. The former Florida quarterback was taken in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Tebow played for the Broncos, Jets, Patriots and Eagles in his short career, though he did lead the Broncocs to playoffs and lead them to an upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Mets first Spring Training game is set for Feb. 23.

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Tim Tebow invited to the New York Mets’ spring training team

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It looks like Tim Tebow’s major league baseball dreams are very much alive.

On Friday, the New York Mets announced that Tebow would be 1 of 9 minor league players joining the Mets spring training team.

We’ve invited nine players to major league #SpringTraining including: Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Kevin Kaczmarski, Patrick Mazeika, Drew Smith, Corey Taylor, Tim Tebow, David Thompson and Adonis Uceta. #Mets — New York Mets (@Mets) January 19, 2018

Tebow spent last year in the Mets minor league system playing A-ball for the Mets. The former Florida quarterback hit 8 home runs and had 52 RBI while hitting .226.

When he wasn’t playing baseball this fall, he was broadcasting for ESPN, serving as an analyst for the SEC Network.

Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winner and 2-time national champion at Florida. The former Florida quarterback was taken in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Tebow played for the Broncos, Jets, Patriots and Eagles in his short career, though he did lead the Broncocs to playoffs and lead them to an upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Mets first Spring Training game is set for Feb. 23.

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Auburn defensive back target Roger McCreary adjusts official visit schedule

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Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Auburn Tigers  football recruiting notebook with Auburn recruiting beat writer Benjamin Wolk. It’s Friday, and SEC Country discusses a few official visit changes — for targets and for Auburn. Also, here are the 5-star 2019 prospects the Tigers have visited.

Change of plans for Auburn DB target Roger McCreary

For a moment, it looked like in-state defensive back target Roger McCreary would commit on his official visit last weekend.

He spent last-minute time with coach Gus Malzahn in his office, often an indication of a commitment, but it didn’t happen. Whether that decision was on Auburn’s end or McCreary’s side is unknown at this time. Still, the Tigers finished the weekend as the team to beat. First, however, McCreary wanted to take his official visits to Alabama and Tennessee.

According to McCreary, neither of those official visits will take place anymore.

The Mobile, Ala., cornerback was scheduled to officially visit Alabama this coming weekend. He was going to officially visit Tennessee the following weekend. McCreary expected to make a college decision soon after that visit.

After family discussions, McCreary decided not to take official visits to two schools who hadn’t offered him yet. He has added two new programs to the mix, ones he mentioned after leaving his Auburn official visit last weekend.

McCreary will go to North Carolina State next weekend when he originally planned to visit Tennessee. That’s the only other official visit he has in place right now. However, Duke offered him a scholarship on Thursday, and McCreary needed to receive that offer before considering a visit there. Now that the Blue Devils have offered, McCreary has been in contact with that staff about officially visiting the final weekend of the cycle.

These offers by the ACC schools don’t change much for Auburn. McCreary is likely to end up in the Tigers’ class over those programs if Auburn wants to add him. It’s possible Auburn works to close this recruitment in a hurry, which would negate those visits elsewhere. It’s also possible the Tigers let it play out to see what the cornerback outlook is like following the final official visit weekend.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele went to see McCreary earlier this week. Auburn’s message hasn’t shifted since his official visit.

“They still want me; I’m still they’re guy and they’re still going to be in contact,” McCreary told SEC Country.

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Auburn is recruiting Florida OT commit Richard Gouraige. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)
Auburn won’t host official visitors this weekend

Here’s a strange recruiting twist three weeks from National Signing Day: Auburn won’t host any official visitors this weekend.

That’s the word I’ve received from multiple sources, all of whom have cited weather as a preventative obstacle. It’s odd timing given the swift offensive line coach change, and you know, the fact National Signing Day is less than a month away. But if you dig deeper into it, it makes some sense.

For starters, SEC Country had only confirmed three prospects who planned to officially visit this weekend:

  • 4-star WR Ja’Marr Chase, Metairie, La.
  • 4-star OL Richard Gouraige, Tampa, Fla.
  • 3-star DB Joe Foucha, New Orleans.

Chase looks destined to land in LSU’s class. This is the second time in the last two months that a Chase official visit was derailed by unforeseen circumstances. He wasn’t able to attend an Auburn game late in the season because of an injury sustained during his Friday night game.

Gouraige is the real head-scratcher. He’s been slated to take an official visit to Auburn this coming week. It made sense that the Herb Hand-to-J.B. Grimes coaching change would’ve resulted in an in-home visit in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday. Instead, Gouraige’s official visit will need to be rescheduled. All of this is quite inconvenient timing for this specific recruitment.

As for Foucha, the 3-star defensive back will officially visit Arkansas this weekend instead. He told SEC Country he still fully plans to take an official visit and that the Tigers remain his leader.

 

Auburn target Matt Alaimo landed a big offer Thursday. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)
Tight end target picks up new Pac-12 offer

UCLA is a new team to watch in the Matt Alaimo recruitment.

The 3-star tight end from Montvale, N.J., officially visited Auburn last weekend. He’ll head to College Station to visit Texas A&amp;M this weekend. Now, look for UCLA to receive a visit after the Bruins offered Alaimo on Thursday.

Alaimo was a potential commit-on-the-visit candidate. He didn’t end up doing that, though he left saying the Tigers were the No. 1 team on his list.

The Tigers will try to hold off the Aggies and Bruins — both led by new coaches. Some of this will come down to what Auburn’s final plan is with its last three or four spots. If Auburn thinks it’s ready to welcome a tight end right away, Alaimo could be pulled into the class quickly. If the Tigers feel like there’s another option, or that the 2019 class is the best way to go, that would probably open the door more for Texas A&amp;M or UCLA.

Until that point, I still see Auburn as his final destination.

Auburn OL target Clay Webb has some pregame fun in the Iron Bowl. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)
5-star prospects in 2019 class who Auburn has visited

Auburn’s last week of recruiting has been solely dedicated to the 2018 class. The Class of 2019 has been at the forefront of the Tigers’ recruiting agenda as well. Coaches have hit the road to see several prospects as National Signing Day approaches.

Along the way, Auburn’s assistants have made a few key stops to see a trio of 5-star prospects in the 2019 class:

  • 5-star WR Jashawn Sheffield, Saint Simons Island, Ga.
  • 5-star RB Noah Cain, Bradenton, Fla.
  • 5-star OL Clay Webb, Oxford, Ala.

Kodi Burns traveled to coastal Georgia on Thursday to visit the school of 2019 wide receiver Jashawn Sheffield. He’s one of the more versatile athletes in the class. At one point last fall, Sheffield was poised to join Florida State’s class, but that took a major turn through the coaching change. A source close to Sheffield said Auburn has as much of a chance as anyone and will likely visit the Tigers later this year. Sheffield is a big fan of Burns. Interesting side note: That area was previously Hand’s recruiting turf.

Prior to adding Harold Joiner in 2018, running backs coach Tim Horton went to see IMG Academy star Noah Cain. Cain will be recruited by anyone and everyone in the country. LSU, Ohio State, Florida State and Clemson are the early front-runners. A source told SEC Country, however, that it appears Cain is taking legitimate early interest in Auburn. It’s a long way to go and the Tigers will have to bring him on campus for a visit, but Cain’s a name to remember.

Auburn has seen Webb as often as possible. The Hand move shouldn’t be a huge blow for this recruitment since most of his conversation was with Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. The Tigers will undoubtedly get Grimes in front of Webb as soon as possible. This will be an Alabama, Georgia and Auburn battle where the Tigers will be serious contenders.

Bonus: Along those lines, Auburn has also stayed in contact with Alabama offensive line commit Pierce Quick. He’s only listed as a 4-star prospect, but he’s a 5-star talent in my book. Auburn coaches have been out to see him during the contact period. That doesn’t necessarily separate the Tigers. He’s received offers from several other perennial power programs in recent weeks. Still, it’s not going to be easy to pull the lifelong Crimson Tide fan away from Tuscaloosa.

Miss a previous Auburn recruiting notebook? Find every daily recap of Auburn Tigers recruiting  right here.

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Report: Current Auburn analyst, former OC Al Borges leaving for UTSA

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Gus Malzahn will have reload even more on his support staff, as veteran coach Al Borges is reportedly leaving Auburn football’s staff after one season for another coordinator job.

According to Bruce Feldman, Borges is expected to be the next offensive coordinator at UTSA. Borges, who was Auburn’s offensive coordinator from 2004 to 2007, spent the 2017 season as an offensive analyst for the Tigers.

SOURCE: #UTSA is expected to hire #Auburn staffer Al Borges as its new offensive coordinator. Borges is a two-time Broyles award finalist and was in the mix for some NFL coaching opportunities this winter. — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 19, 2018

Last season was Borges’ first outside of an offensive coordinator role since 1985. He spent time calling plays and coaching quarterbacks at a variety of schools, including Oregon, UCLA, California, Indiana, Michigan, San Diego State and San Jose State.

MORE:  Who is Allen Greene? 5 things to know about Auburn’s new athletics director

If Borges makes the move to UTSA, Auburn will have to replace both of its analysts from the 2017 season on the offensive side of the ball. Earlier this week, Brian Blackmon became the tight ends coach at Troy.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is set to meet with the media Friday morning, following the introduction of new athletics director Allen Greene.

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Florida recruiting: Gators hosting 5 official visitors this weekend

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Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the  latest Florida recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.

Recruiting weekend for Florida

The Gators will host five official visitors this weekend.

The top prospect coming to town is Justin Watkins, a 4-star wide receiver from East Ridge High School (Clermont, Fla). Florida has emerged as the favorite for Watkins after he postponed his decision between Alabama and LSU.

Florida coach Dan Mullen and running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider had an in-home visit with Watkins last Friday. The Under Armour All-American grew up a half hour away from Gainesville and will be on commitment watch this weekend.

The Gators will get their shot with Maryland cornerback commit Noah Boykin and Miami defensive tackle commit Nesta Silvera. Mullen and his assistants conducted in-home visits with both prospects this week.

Florida has a better chance to flip Boykin than Silvera, who has been committed to the Hurricanes for almost a year. Boykin visited other schools during the fall and does not appear to be solid with his pledge.

The Gators will also host a pair of pass rushers from Georgia in Caleb Johnson and Caleb Tannor. Both prospects could play outside linebacker in Florida’s 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Tannor is a former Georgia commit and fresh off his trip to Nebraska, while Johnson officially visited UGA last weekend and has Auburn scheduled for Jan. 26.

UF targets visiting elsewhere

Alabama is hosting 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., 5-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, and 3-star defensive end Malik Langham. Petit-Frere and Langham will officially visit Florida next weekend.

Texas A&amp;M will have 4-star wide receiver Jacob Copeland and junior college defensive end Dorian Gerald on campus. Both prospects are scheduled to visit the Gators on Feb. 2.

Ole Miss is bringing in Apopka linemen William Barnes and Ed Montilus, 4-star wide receiver Tommy Bush, 3-star defensive lineman Fabien Lovett and 3-star tight end Glenn Beal.

The UF staff saw all five prospects this week. Barnes, Montilus and Lovett plan to officially visit Florida, while Bush and Beal are considering a trip to Gainesville.

Florida State plays host to 4-star defensive end/linebacker Andrew Chatfield, and Auburn defensive tackle commit Coynis Miller travels to Oregon. Miller plans to visit Florida on Feb. 2 and the Gators will likely land an official from Chatfield, as well.

Miss a previous Gator Chomps notebook? Find every daily recap of Florida Gators recruiting  right here.

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