Recruiting Notebook: Georgia rolling; Michigan lands top LB
Despite picking up offers from USF, Syracuse, West Virginia, East Carolina and Temple early in the recruiting process, Averett managed to stay out of the national limelight. No longer. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder picked up an offer from Alabama last week, a likely harbinger of major BCS attention to come. As a junior, Averett amassed 21 touchdowns and 68 defensive tackles.
A four-star prospect out of Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood, Bateman has quickly become one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country. He threw for 2,484 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior and holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU and Washington, among many others. One of Utah's most highly touted players in recent memory, Bateman has said that it's still too early to name definitve leaders. Quarterbacks traditionally commit early, however, and he could well follow that trend.
Always known as an imposing presence in the middle at 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds, Chevis is quickly gaining a reputation as a premier athlete. He's starred on Houston Sharpstown's track team and the offers are starting to pile up: His double-digit list includes Baylor, LSU, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, among others. If schools are convinced that he can keep his weight down and avoid having to switch to defensive end, Chevis could be in even greater demand because of the scarcity of inside linebackers.
Jones has transformed from an under-the-radar talent to an unmistakably prized commodity within a span of just a few weeks. He's gone from no offers to five, with Auburn, Florida International, Georgia and Tennesee following behind Louisville's initial invitation. With a great combination of size, speed and athleticism, Jones is likely to draw plenty of additional top-tier attention throughout the spring and summer. Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and USF are among those keeping tabs on the 6-foot-4, 210-pound wideout.
O'Fallon High is gaining traction as one of the more consistent talent producers in downstate Illinois, and the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Mosely is the gem of its 2013 class. He collected 50 tackles and four interceptions for last year's 10-2 squad, and is rapidly establishing himself as one of the Midwest's top prospects. Blessed with the speed and athleticism desired at cornerback, Mosely also boasts the size necessary to be effective in run support. His growing offer list includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Northwestern, Purdue and Vanderbilt.
After picking up two four-star recruits at the end of February, the Nittany Lions continued their roll by adding coveted Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff tight end
February was a big month for Georgia, with the Bulldogs picking up Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek cornerback
It was a relatively quiet week out West in terms of commitments, but two teams that made a mark were UCLA and Boise State. The Bruins locked up Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita offensive lineman
• Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon's
• Boston College became the first BCS school to offer for to Eden Prairie (Minn.) linebacker
• Delaware is not known as a recruiting hotbed, but this is shaping up to be a banner year in the Blue Hen State. While most of the early interest has gone to the prospects out of Red Lion Christian Academy -- five-star defensive end
• Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer cornerback