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July 4 fireworks in football recruiting

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There was an unusual amount of fireworks in the recruiting world over the July 4 weekend.

Here’s the latest:

The state of Georgia produced lackluster crops of offensive linemen prospects over the last two years, but the 2015 class is spectacular. Another one is headed out of state after Milton High School’s Nick Wilson committed to Stanford over Duke, while also considering UNC, Auburn and Florida State. What made Wilson turn down ACC and SEC football utopia for Stanford? “I would explain it that Stanford has the same exact kids as I’m looking for — They are a lot like me,” he said. “When I visited there, I got to hang out with some of the kids for a while. They have the same kind of personality. They like the same things as me. That was really unique from all of the other schools. So I really liked the locker room environment and the coaches. Stanford is just a special and unique place that you can’t really find anywhere else in the country.” Wilson went ahead and committed for two reasons: He said he improved his already outstanding SAT score to pretty much assure his admission to Stanford, and he’s aware that spots are filling up at colleges with the rush of summer commitments. I’ve always felt like that if Stanford could promise early admission to as many prospects as other colleges, the Cardinal would finish with a top five recruiting class every year. Wilson is rated as the state’s No. 31 overall prospect.

Flips are very common in recruiting these days. We researched it a couple of years ago, and nearly a third of the Georgia’s D1 prospects switched their college decision at least once. And before you blame the kids, don’t. Most of the time is the fault of college coaches who pressure kids into committing early by saying things like “We’ve offered two middle linebackers, and we’re only signing one. We prefer you, but the other guy wants to commit now. What do you want to do?” Anyways, this is a long way of me telling you that Quentez Johnson, a 3-star defensive tackle from Cedar Grove High School, committed to N.C. State over Tennessee. He had originally committed to Miami but backed off that because he felt like he rushed his decision.

Check back for more updates as they happen over the weekend

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