Time to catch up on what’s going on here, there and everywhere. Some afternoon links and notes . . .
It looks like defensive end Brandon Willis of Duncan, S.C. — one of the subjects in the Tennessee hostess flap — is considering backing out on the Vols to commit to Miami, according to PalmettoSports.com’s Phil Kornblut. Willis and his teammate Corey Miller were the players the members of the Orange Pride hostess outfit were visiting at a Byrnes game back in September. Meanwhile, teammate and fellow defensive end Corey Miller says he’s still 100 percent committed to the Vols. Miller also told ESPN.com the whole “hostess-gate” thing is overblown.
“All they did was come down for a football game. They got them a little place or whatever and went back to Tennessee the next morning. People are trying to say people can’t come to a football game. It’s the same situation like saying a guy from Byrnes like (Florida State safety) Justin Bright can’t come back. That is the situation. They came and watched the game and went back to Tennessee. People have all their opinions. Yeah we took pictures together and everything, but there was no sign that said come to Tennessee, as the photo showed.”
Lassiter quarterback Hutson Mason has made up his mind on his college choice and he’ll make an announcement tomorrow. That’s the good news. The bad news is the public won’t know until Tuesday night. Mason told me he is informing the coaches of the lucky team tonight (Wednesday). He’ll reveal that choice to Rivals.com’s Jamie Newberg on Thursday afternoon while taping the show “In the Huddle” for CSS-TV. But Mason has made an agreement with Newberg and CSS not to go public with the decision until the show airs Tuesday night. So you can expect to hear the news from me right around the same time. It’s between Georgia, Clemson and Mississippi State. . . .
Georgia Tech recruit Kareem Martin hasn’t answered my calls or texts for a month and, reading a Scout.com spotlight story on him in advance of the Shrine Bowl I see why. It seems he has eliminated the Yellow Jackets and has narrowed it down to Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Duke. Martin, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound defensive end, didn’t say anything specifically about Tech but reporter Don Callahan did in this paragraph: “Martin recently narrowed his list of schools under consideration to three: Duke, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. Martin officially visited Duke in October and Virginia Tech in November. He also took an official visit to the now-eliminated Georgia Tech.” Oh well. Guess winning ACC championships didn’t entice him much. . . .
Gainesville wide receiver and Notre Dame commitment Tai-ler Jones is considering the possibility of making yet another switch, according to TigerSportsDigest.com. The one-time Stanford commitment switched to Notre Dame, where his father played ball, late this fall. But Jones hasn’t heard much from the Fighting Irish since Charlie Weis got fired and Brian Kelly hired. Meanwhile, he’s been hearing from LSU a lot and the Tigers say they now have a spot for him if he wants it. Tough call, but good problem. Jones’ 1,394 receiving yards this season were 11th most in state history. . . .
You serious recruitniks probably already know this but for novices that don’t pay as close attention top-rated running back and Tennessee hostess observer Marcus Lattimore eliminated North Carolina and decided to take an official visit to South Carolina in January, even though he has been there many times. Lattimore will visit Georgia on Jan. 29. He has already been to Penn State and will visit Oregon on Jan. 22. Most think he’s a Gamecocks lock. . . .
A lot of junior college news since Wednesday was the first day JUCOs could sign scholarships. Leading the way . . .
That’s all for now. There’s much more out there and I’ll add more when I get a chance. As always, check back for breaking news.