Spotlight on Late Bloomers Making Waves in the Southeast

Late Bloomers in the Southeast Region Making Waves in College Football Recruitment

In the world of college football recruiting, it used to be common for prospects to see their recruitment explode as their senior seasons got underway. While this phenomenon is not as prevalent now, rising seniors are still able to make waves during the offseason camp circuit. In the Southeast region, several late bloomers have emerged as hot prospects, catching the attention of top college programs.

Kicking off this series of late bloomers on the East Coast and in the Mid-South, we take a closer look at some standout players from the Southeast who have seen their recruitment pick up speed in recent months.

The first player on our list is a well-traveled defensive back who moved from the Midwest to Tampa and has since changed schools. Littleton, known for his speed and strong showings in coverage, is among the fastest verified sprinters in the state of Florida. His impressive performance has led to a surge in offers this year, with over 30 new offers coming his way since January. Schools like Alabama, Miami, Florida, Penn State, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, and UCF are just a few of the programs that have extended offers to Littleton. With visits to Ole Miss and Miami under his belt, Littleton plans to cut his list and set official visits in the coming weeks as his recruitment continues to heat up.

Next up is Penson, a versatile athlete with plenty of speed to his name. Playing quarterback in high school, Penson has showcased his talents as a wide receiver, running back, and defensive back. A state champion triple jumper, Penson has clocked sub 4.5 seconds in football workouts this spring, attracting double-digit offers since February. With top-10 marks in Georgia in the triple jump and 110-meter hurdles, Penson’s athleticism has caught the attention of programs like Notre Dame, Missouri, North Carolina, and Duke. His recruitment has taken off, with offers pouring in following a standout 2023 season and spring performance.

Another standout on the rise is Robinson, a do-it-all athlete who excels at quarterback on Friday nights. Running for over 1,000 yards and passing for over 1,000 yards as a junior, Robinson has drawn interest from SEC schools like Georgia, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Florida State, and USC. At 6-foot, 190 pounds, Robinson has the versatility to play running back and defensive back, showcasing his speed with a sub-11-second 100-meter dash time and reaching 23 miles per hour in a recent workout. With a growing list of offers, Robinson is taking his time with the recruitment process as he explores his options.

Sellers, a pass rusher at the beginning of his recruitment, has seen interest pick up in recent months. Securing his first offers in April, Sellers has since added more offers and visited Georgia, with upcoming trips planned to LSU and Mississippi State. A late-bloomer with a basketball background, Sellers has made a name for himself as a twitchy edge rusher, drawing comparisons to his older brother, former Alabama great and NFL linebacker Mark Barron. With a big spring ahead, Sellers is poised to make a splash in the recruiting world.

Finally, Williams, a wide receiver from Riverview (Fla.) Sumner, has made a name for himself as a rising senior. With an influx of offers in 2023, Williams’ recruitment took off after receiving an offer from Oregon in January. As his list of offers grew, Williams recently released his top 13 contenders, showcasing his national recruitment profile. Visiting schools like Ole Miss, Georgia, and Alabama, Williams has already set up official visits to UCF and Miami. With a bright future ahead, Williams is poised to make a mark in the college football recruiting landscape.

As these late bloomers continue to make waves in the Southeast region, college programs are taking notice of their talent and potential. With offers pouring in and official visits on the horizon, these rising seniors are poised to make a significant impact at the next level of competition. Stay tuned for more updates on their recruitment journeys as they navigate the college football landscape.

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