The upcoming Early Signing Period is quickly approaching, and coaches are gearing up for the contact period which begins this Friday. As the recruiting process for the 2024 class enters its final stage, key in-home visits, crucial decisions, and important visits are taking place.
On3’s Director of Recruiting, Chad Simmons, provides the latest buzz on some notable recruits.
4-star CB Cai Bates is reportedly getting ready to make a decision “very soon,” with Florida State and Tennessee being heavily involved in his recruitment. The buzz has been favoring Florida State in recent weeks, although Tennessee is still in the running. Sources indicate that a decision could be made as early as this week.
4-star RB Jason Brown’s decision process may be shifting toward another Pac-12 school after initial interest from Michigan State. Oregon and Washington have emerged as the frontrunners, with Arizona State now making a significant push for Brown. The Seattle O’Dea four-star running back will be taking an official visit to Arizona State, with the Sun Devils being described as the team recruiting him the hardest.
Ole Miss is in a strong position to secure the commitment of 4-star WR Braylon Burnside, despite his roots in Starkville. Ole Miss receivers coach Derrick Nix has been maintaining regular communication with Burnside, and an official visit to Ole Miss is on the horizon. Burnside’s ties to Mississippi State may not be enough to sway his decision in their favor.
Florida appears to be in the lead for 4-star RB Jaden Baugh, who has been highly impressed with the program. Baugh’s upcoming in-home visit with Florida will precede an official visit in December, and while Alabama remains in the picture, the Gators are currently in the best position to secure his commitment.
As for 3-star CB Amare Sanders, Nebraska is gaining traction in his recruitment. Sanders is close to narrowing down his list and making a decision, with Nebraska being a strong contender despite competition from Duke, Louisville, and Miami.
In summary, the latest recruiting updates point to significant developments for Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, and Ole Miss, as the Early Signing Period draws closer. The recruitment of these high-profile prospects remains dynamic and noteworthy for college football fans and stakeholders alike.