The Gibbons Report: Day 3 Recruiting Update

The Southeastern Conference continues to accumulate top signees during this November 10-17 fall recruiting period. Today, Auburn, Mississippi, and Tennessee received signed letters-of-intent from previously committed prospects.
Mount Zion Christian Academy athletic director Donald Fozard told that two nationally rated prospects at his talent-filled Durham, N.C., high school program had signed national letters today.
6-foot-4 second guard, Jarvis Hill, a resident of Starkville, Miss., who recently transferred to Mount Zion from Central Park Christian School in Birmingham, Ala., as expected signed with Coach Jeff Lebo’s Auburn Tigers. Hill had made an earlier commitment to Tennessee, but, later switched to Auburn.
Another native of Mississippi, 6-foot-5 wing forward Bobby Clarke, from Jackson, re-signed with Mississippi, the program that he signed with last year as a senior at Calloway High School. Clarke was an academic non-qualifier.
Coach Buzz Peterson’sTennessee Volunteers added their third recruit for the Class of 2005 with the signing of massive 6-foot-10, 275-pound center Damien Harris, of Greenville, S.C., and now repeating his senior year at Pickens, S.C. Prince
Avenue Prep School. Harris signed with the Vols last year, but did not qualify academically. Reportedly, he may have to attend prep school again next year.
We have also learned that Tennessee does not plan to make an offer at this time to 6-foot-9 center/forward David Palmer, now at Mouth of Wilson, VA, Oak Hill Academy. reported yesterday that Illinois was unable to sign Palmer during this fall recruiting period because of his academic standing. It now appears that Palmer will likely delay his decision until spring.
Don Fozard told that another top Mount Zion Christian prospect, 6-foot-9 center/forward Shawn Taggert, is committed to Iowa State, but will not sign early. And, an athletic Louisiana resident, now at Mount Zion, 6-foot-7 wing forward Lamar Roberson, is unsigned and still available.
Coach John Windham of Virgina Episcoplal School in Lynchburg, Va., called to report that his talented big man, 6-foot10, 250-pound center, Josh Linthicum, has signed with Bucknell University.
Linthicum was an all-state performer as a junior at Farmington, N.M., High School. He played very well in the Southern Invitational Tournament in Charlottesville, Va., last spring. Linthicum chose Coach Pat Flannery's Bucknell Bisons over offers from William&Mary, and Pennsylvania.
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