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Recruiting Notebook: Blue-chip buzz out of IMG Academy

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BRADENTON, Fla. – There is a ton of news, notes and blue-chip recruiting buzz coming out of the first day of spring practice at IMG Academy, home of the defending National Champs.

The No. 1 athlete prospect in the 2022 class in five-star Keon Sabb, who his position coach and former long-time NFL player Cris Dishman compared to a nine-time Pro Bowl selection Steve Atwater, is looking strongly at “Georgia, Clemson, LSU, Penn State, Alabama, Oregon, those are the ones right now.

From that group, Sabb tells 247Sports he’ll take an official to Penn State on June 11 and head over to Georgia on June 18.

“I’m working on LSU right now and Clemson,” he said of future officials.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Sabb is the No. 8 prospect overall in the Top247.

The No. 5 cornerback in the Top247 in Daylen Everette has a short list or programs he has great interest in as well

“Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Florida State, they’re the ones in the most contact and showing the most love right now so those are the schools I’m going to focus on,” Everette said.

Everette will join Sabb in Athens the weekend of June 18 for an official. He wants to decide before his senior season and plans on taking an official to every program mentioned.

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The No. 4 offensive tackle in the Top247 Tyler Booker dropped his top five earlier this month of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State and Oregon with all five set to get an official in June.

Booker’s best relationship of the process is with Eddie Gordon in Athens.

“He is around my age so he understands what I am going through, he’s like a big brother to me,” Bookers said.

The Gators and Buckeyes are making a interesting push in this one.

“I’ve heard the most about NIL from the University of Florida, because the law in Florida is already in place and goes into effect this summer. But I do think a federal law will be passed so that you don’t have programs having an unfair advantage. It’s a plus, it’s important, but I won’t make my decision solely on that. And Ohio State is also pitching it hard with their social media presence. Aloui Bah is making a logo for my personal brand.”

The top uncommitted quarterback in the country is AJ Duffy. The four-star signal-caller visits Michigan State this weekend as the Spartans look to make a move on long-time favorite Arizona State and recent riser Florida State in this one. Duffy says if he can’t make a decision within a week of this trip to East Lansing he’ll more than likely hold off till he takes officials.

The Sun Devils and Seminoles have also recently had Duffy on campus who ranks as the 247Sports Composite’s No. 6 pro-style passer and No. 79 prospect overall.

Outside linebacker Jihaad Campbell is quickly becoming one of the more-sought after edge players in the country.

His official visits are set for Florida on June 4, Oklahoma on June 11, Georgia on June 18, Texas A&M on June 25 and a mid-week to Clemson on June 8. The Tigers were considered the early favorite but this one has certainly tightened up.

Center Dylan Lopez said that he wanted to open his recruitment back up following the coaching changes at USC and explore his options as he has some relationships with coaches at other schools.

The Golden State native doesn’t have any official visits set up at the moment, but is communicating frequently with the staffs at California, Oregon State, and Michigan State. Colorado is also involved and Florida State is pushing too.

2022 quick hitters.

Georgia remains in a great spot for the No. 1 safety in the Top247 in Kamari Wilson. Their competition includes Miami, LSU and Texas A&M.

Top247 running back Kaytron Allen said that Florida and Georgia are doing the best job recruiting him.

Four-star tight end Jack Pedersen says he’s locked in with his pledge to UCLA but that Duffy is trying to recruit him to the school he chooses.

Top247 offensive tackle Drew Shelton says he’s solid to Penn State but that he also has dialogue with Florida.

Schools are very busy recruiting the 2023 class as well.

A top group of schools isn’t coming anytime soon for five-star lineman Francis Mauigoa as the massive lineman, who is originally from American Samoa, wants to focus on his junior season before he narrows things down. The No. 5 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite, Mauigoa might be taking things slow but he did reveal that he’s a distant cousin of Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell and likes the Ducks a lot. He also has some ties to Washington State as his brother, Franciso Mauigoa, signed with the Cougars back in December. The younger Mauigoa also mentioned Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee and Florida as schools that he has had some contact with over the past few months. Mauigoa worked with the defensive line in practice, that’s where his heart is at but many feel he ultimately projects best as an offensive tackle including several at IMG Academy.

The 247Sports Composite’s No. 2 weak-side defensive end in five-star Malik Bryant’s recruitment still has a ways to go, but he noted that Georgia Tech is doing a nice job making him feel wanted. The edge rusher is set to go on bus tour with his uncle this summer and is expected to check out Georgia, Clemson, Florida and Miami along with the Yellow Jackets. Bryant has called UGA a dream school in the past. He’s also intrigued by Alabama and is set to speak with Nick Saban at some point later this week.

The 247Sports Composite’s No. 1 athlete Samuel M’Pemba could play tight end or defensive end on the next level. He’s playing offense for IMG. Alabama likes him on defense. That’s the school he grew up rooting for, he was wearing Crimson Tide bracelets on his wrist and talks to several coaches on staff including Saban. Arizona State, Notre Dame, Washington and Clemson are a few other early contenders.

The school recruiting the No. 5 cornerback in the Top247 Malik Muhammad the hardest is Alabama. He also hears a lot from Texas A&M, Ohio State, Tennessee and Oregon. It’s Jay Valai leading the charge with the Crimson Tide and he plans to visit Tuscaloosa among others in June.

The No. 4 athlete in the 247Sports Composite Joenel Aguero looked terrific in the IMG secondary. He says “Ohio State, Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Florida are doing the best job recruiting him early in his process and that he knows the most about the Buckeyes. He plans to visit Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia and LSU soon and he added he grew up rooting for the Tigers.

The No. 6 wide receiver in the 247Sports Composite Carnell Tate said that Notre Dame and Texas are recruiting him the hardest and that Illinois is picking it up. He’ll be back home in the Chicagoland this weekend and will attend Northwestern’s spring game. Michigan is another heavy in the mix and he was wearing a Wolverines bracelet.

Top247 defensive end Cameron Lenhardt is hearing the most from Notre Dame, Clemson and USC. If the Tigers or Irish offer that would be big. Penn State is another school that has made an impression on him.

Top247 defensive end Justin Benton talks a lot with Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and Penn State. It seemed like he was very excited about the Bulldogs and Buckeyes early in his process.

In the 2024 class running back Stacy Gage has 10 early offers and is extremely excited about USC. Florida State is another he talks to a lot.

247Sports will have full updates on these prospects over the next day. National Analysts Andrew Ivins and Bud Elliott contributed to this report.

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