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Recruiting focus changes daily

January 15, 2014 

TIME TO DIP into the mailbag and anwer your questions:

Question: Jim, I keep hearing and reading that Dexter Wideman is de-committed from Florida State and is going to go to South Carolina. Is that rumor or fact?

Answer: Saluda defensive lineman Dexter Wideman is committed to Florida State and has been since the summer. The question is how strong the commitment is. He plans on visiting South Carolina this weekend and has said his family will be involved in his decision.

To me, if you are committed to a school, there is no decision to make. That makes me believe he is very soft on that verbal to the Seminoles and that South Carolina isin the picture. I believe that defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt leaving Florida State for Georgia could sway the some favor toward the Gamecocks.

While we are on the topic of “flippers”, recruits that flip their previous commitments, I want to mention Spring Valley linebacker Christian Miller. This four-star player is committed to Alabama. This past week, his recruiter, Chris Rumph, accepted a position on Charlie Strong’s staff at Texas. Miller and Rumph had astrong relationship, one that had influence on his decision.

The question is whether Rumph will go hard after Miller to follow him to Texas. And Pruitt going to Georgia might have an impact on Miller, because he had Georgia in his top three.

Question: Can you give us a few players that may be unknowns coming up in the next class of recruits?

Answer: We always read about guys with all the stars by their names; what about the kids who aren’t ranked but are prospects?

One must determine whether the player is unknown because he’s not a prospect, or is not a prospect because he is unknown (lack of exposure). Here’s a few we might hear of:

Jordan Carr, defensive back, Lexington: He’s physical, has great instincts, transitions well and breaks fast to the ball.

Matt Colburn, running back, Dutch Fork: Everyone in the Midlands knows who this kid is. He’s got all of the skills, including speed, strength, vision, and explosiveness. What he lacks is size at 5-foot-7.

I believe he could be a third-down back at the FBS level, or a back in a flexbone offense that uses the A-back types, like a Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, or The Citadel.

Dominique Lemon, defensive back, Blythewood: Lemon is a solid corner. He’s got good coverage skills and attacks the ball well. He is tough in run support and dishes out punishing tackles.

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