Week Nine of the college football season was another great one that had some close games mixed in with some blowouts. Of course, there is always some recruiting news that comes out. So let's take a look and see what information came out.
Names in the News
–5- star EDGE Nyckoles Harbor, Archbishop Carroll High School, Washington, D.C.
Nyckoles Harbor is the No. 11 prospect in the 2023 class, and he will be taking an official visit to Maryland on the weekend of December 9. Harbor said about his upcoming visit,
"People need to start putting Maryland in the mix," and that the visit with the Terps, "Is not just a courtesy one to the local school."
Harbor has already visited the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Michigan Wolverines. He also has a visit to LSU scheduled for the weekend of December 2-4. However, that could change if his team is still playing at that time. The Wolverines and Gamecocks look like the favorites, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Terrapins land him and he stays close to home.
–4- star 2024 DT T.A. Cunningham, Los Alamitos High School, Los Alamitos, California
T.A. Cunningham, the No. 21 ranked prospect overall and No. 2 defensive line in the 2024 class, was at Kyle Field on Saturday to see the Texas A&M Aggies host the Ole Miss Rebels. It was his second trip to College Station, as he was there in June for a camp. Regarding his visit, he said,
"He loved the atmosphere at Texas A&M!"
Cunningham has over 50 offers and has narrowed his list down to a group of schools. That list includes the Florida Gators, Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans, Oklahoma Sooners, Penn State Nittany Lions, Tennessee Volunteers, and USC Trojans. The Sooners, Trojans, and Volunteers are the schools he says he has strong relationships. I believe those are his top three schools and the ones to watch closely.
–4- star TE Lawson Luckie, Norcross High School, Norcross, Georgia
Lawson Luckie is the No. 2 tight end in the 2023 class. He has been committed to the Georgia Bulldogs since January. However, despite his commitment, the Alabama Crimson Tide is still a team with a chance to flip him. Lawson officially visited both schools in June and was at Tuscaloosa when Alabama beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs on October 22. He will return to Athens this weekend to see the Bulldogs host the Tennessee Volunteers. So Luckie's recruitment is a two-team race between the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide. He is committed to the Bulldogs, where he will end up.
–4- star IOL D.J. Chester, Eagles Landing Christian Academy, McDonough, Georgia
D.J. Chester, the No. 55 overall and No. 7 offensive tackle prospect in the 2023 class, has announced he will commit on Thursday, November 3. His top six schools are the Auburn Tigers, Florida A&M Rattlers, Florida State Seminoles, LSU Tigers, Michigan Wolverines, and Ole Miss Rebels. The On3 Recruiting Machine Predictor and 247 Sports Crystal Ball have him selecting the LSU Tigers. I also agree with those predictions and say he chooses LSU.
–3- star LB Christian Brathwaite, Cy Ranch High School, Cypress, Texas
Christian Brathwaite, an in-state prospect, had been committed to the Baylor Bears since January. However, last Wednesday, he flipped to the LSU Tigers. Defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Dave Matt House was a big reason Brathwaite flipped to the Tigers. About the Tigers, he said,
"LSU fits me because of the culture. The love I feel is different from any other place."
The Tiger's gain is the Bear's loss. LSU has the nation's 6th best-recruiting class, while the Bears have the 16th. It is a tough loss for them because Brathwaite could move up the rankings to a four-star, and it is a position of need. The Bears will need to find someone to help replace him.