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SEC programs closing in on five big ones

By JC Shurburtt | 247Sports

Five major targets for Southeastern Conference programs could be on the verge of making decisions. Here's what to expect out of each.??

David Sharpe, OT, Jacksonville (Fla.) Providence

Sharpe, a U.S. Army All-American and one of the most athletic offensive tackle prospects in the country, made an official visit to Florida this past weekend and the Gators continue to be the team to beat. His father told 247Sports National Recruiting Insider Kipp Adams that there could be an announcement Thursday and mentioned early playing time as a factor. While it's unlikely that Sharpe, who has tremendous upside but spends a lot of time on his second sport of basketball, will play in his first year (or maybe even his second) regardless of which program he picks, he's a prospect that has future NFL written all over him provided he takes the steps in college to get there. Florida has been considered the team to beat for most of the process and the Gators recent offensive staff moves only served as a positive. Expect Florida to land a big commit (247Sports Crystal Ball says Gators) if he follows through with the Thursday decision. Sharpe is the No. 11 offensive tackle prospect nationally according to 247Sports Composite rankings.

Clifton Garrett, LB, Plainfield (Ill.)

Garrett, the No. 1 outside linebacker prospect in the 2014 class and a five-star prospect, told 247Sports National Recruiting Insider Steve Wiltfong that he will announce his decision on Dec. 16, which also is his birthday. LSU, where Garrett visited officially on Nov. 22, has been the clear team to beat for most of the process and the Tigers continue to be “sneaky good” in the Midwest. Tennessee and Florida made a little run here and there, but Garrett has been Baton Rouge-bound for some time and while anything can happen, it would be a huge upset to see him pick another school two weeks from today.

Josh Malone, WR, Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp??

Malone is one of two key in-state targets for Tennessee remaining on the board and he's expected to announce his decision Wednesday. The U.S. Army All-American signed financial aid grant-in-aid papers with four schools (you are able to do this as an early enrollee, which Malone is): Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and the Vols. While the other programs have been in good shape at different points in the process and the Tigers in particular have been making noise as of late, there are strong indications that Malone will elect to stay in-state and play for the Big Orange. This is one that you can't rule out a surprise decision with, but right now UT is definitely trending. Malone is the No. 5 wide receiver prospect nationally.

Charles Mosley, DT/OG, Brighton (Tenn.)

The massive 6-foot-4, 345-pound Mosley is down to two- Tennessee and Alabama- and is supposed to announce on Friday. He's another that the Vols have been trending big time for and while the Crimson Tide could always make a late run and land the West Tennessee big man, most of the indicators, including Mosley's Crystal Ball, point to Butch Jones and staff going 2-for-2 in-state this week with Mosley being even more likely than Malone. Mosley is the No. 25 defensive tackle prospect in the 2014 class nationally.??

Rashaan Evans, LB, Auburn (Ala.)

Evans does not have a scheduled announcement time, but the Under Armour All-American told Adams that a decision could come “at any point”. He visited Auburn this past weekend for the Iron Bowl (one of the most exciting games in the history of the series and an Auburn win) and has strong family ties to his hometown school. While the Tigers haven't always been in the driver's seat here- they are now. He's a player that their defensive staff loves and is the type of rangy, athletic linebacker prospect (he plays on the defensive line in high school out of necessity, but college coaching staffs feel he will have no trouble transitioning to playing in space) that could develop into an All-Conference or All-American type. Evans is the No. 3 outside linebacker prospect in the 2014 cycle nationally.

 
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