Notebook: FSU pipeline, 14-year-old QB, and GT Junior Day

LB Brian Bell (12thmanproductions)

LB Brian Bell (12thmanproductions)

Remember that vaunted Lowndes-to-FSU pipeline that sort of died out when Josh Harvey-Clemons put on an UGA baseball camp?

That pipeline is flowing again after Lowndes High School linebacker Brian Bell said he committed to FSU over Clemson and UGA, although he didn’t have an offer yet from the Bulldogs.

Bell said he pledged after FSU coach Jimbo Fisher “was looking at me like he wasn’t going to let me leave until I committed,” according to Noles247’s Chris Nee. “I wanted to (commit). I love this place. Pretty much every kid that went D-I from my high school went here.”

It was a good Junior Day for FSU with Georgia targets: Coffee High School offensive lineman Cole Minshew also pledged to the Seminoles.

Minshew told the Orlando Sentinel that he lives on his grandfather’s farm where they raise black angus cattle.

“Every day after school I have to feed them hay,” Minshew told the website.

This is the busy time of year for the state’s high school juniors. One of Atlanta’s top linebackers, Tucker High School’s Elijah Sullivan, committed to Auburn. Sullivan also reported offers from Georgia Tech, Marshall, Georgia State and Florida.


The 14-year-old nephew of former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer has committed to LSU.

Zadock Dinkelmann is an eighth-grader at Somerset (Texas) Junior High School and committed to LSU after getting an offer on Friday from Tigers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Dinkelmann is a Class of 2018 prospect.

“LSU is a top program, and Zadock has liked LSU for a long time,” his father told ESPN’s Jeremy Crabtree. “What kid at his age with dreams and aspirations wouldn’t commit to a program like that? It’s a tremendous opportunity. It was an opportunity that we, as his parents, wouldn’t let him pass up if that’s what he wanted.”

It is the earliest known commitment in college football since 13-year-old David Sills committed to USC in 2010, according to the website.

LSU created the same type of buzz in 2012 when it became the first school to offer Dylan Moses before he began the eighth grade. Moses is a Class of 2017 prospect and committed to the Tigers last summer.


Georgia Tech had one of its biggest Junior Days over the weekend. The Yellow Jackets didn’t get any public commitments but had the opportunity to make an impression on some of Atlanta’s D1 prospects.




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