ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. - Eight top prospects made their future colleges known Wednesday night in the Under Armour High School All-America Game at Tropicana Field. Rivals.com analyst Chris Nee has all the recruiting news covered from the Red Team's 24-22 victory.
Bray picks Auburn
Lagrange (Ga.) Troup athlete Quan Bray made a verbal commitment to Auburn on Wednesday night. Of course, we need to strongly stress the non-binding nature of the verbal commitment here.
Bray acknowledged this week that he still intends to take more official visits in January.
The 5-foot-11, 178-pound athlete included Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Florida among his other finalists.
Bray, a four-star recruit, is the No. 16 ranked athlete in the country, No. 120 overall.
Bray, who has taken an official visit to Auburn and Georgia, plans to see his other three finalists before he signs in February.
"I will take all of my visits," Bray said earlier this week. "I have only taken two so why not take the rest of my visits and see? I want to see something new. Maybe I will see something that changes my mind; you never know."
Bray is considered the No. 16 athlete in the nation.
Blackmon to Oregon
Fontana (Calif.) Summit athlete Devon Blackmon announced he was headed to the University of Oregon on Wednesday night.
"When I went there on my trip, it felt like a family and I knew (assistant coach) Scott Frost would take care of me," Blackmon told the ESPN broadcast.
The announcement ended one of the more interesting recruitments.
Blackmon had plenty of fun along the way, talking about each of his finalists on Twitter and in interviews, leading to rampant speculation of him going here or there. In the end, Oregon won out over UCLA and USC.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder is ranked as the No. 6 athlete in the country and No. 46 overall recruit.
Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace defensive back Jabari Gorman verbally committed to Florida.
"It's a new program (under first-year coach Will Muschamp) and I want to be part of an upcoming program, and win a national championship," he told the TV audience.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back narrowed his choice to Florida and Ohio State.
Gorman decided on Gainesville after an official visit to the Florida campus in mid-December, when he met Muschamp.
"I have talked to him a good bit," Gorman said previously. "I talked to him right after he was hired, when they announced it, because I was on my visit (to Florida). He is a secondary guy. That is good for me going in there because he is a secondary coach who wants secondary players. He wouldn't be recruiting me if he didn't think I was fit for him program."
Gorman also cited distance from home as one reason he opted to remain in the Sunshine State for his collegiate career.
Gorman is ranked the No. 10 safety in the nation and No. 174 prospect overall.
"They have a great coaching staff and I think I fit in just fine with their program," Dickson said during the ESPN broadcast.
Whether he eventually signs there remains to be seen. Dickson, a 6-3, 238-pounder, said earlier in the week that he was planning on taking a visit to Auburn later this month. Georgia also was considered to be a finalist.
For now, the pick is Alabama.
"Great school," Dickson said earlier this week. "Great coaching staff; great surroundings."
The four-star prospect is ranked No. 135 overall and No. 3 at weak-side defensive end.