Wednesday, September 4, 2013
SEC class rankings analysis
By Gerald Hamilton
New week, same story. Thirteen of 14 SEC teams are ranked in RecruitingNation class rankings this week. While Alabama and Mississippi State both picked up commitments, there weren't any changes in the updated class rankings.
Trending up: Same song, different verse. Not only did Alabama win its season opener, but the Crimson Tide also strengthened their hold on the No. 1-ranked class with the addition of five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe High). Robinson, the No. 3 prospect overall and the No. 1 offensive tackle, gives the Crimson Tide 14 commitments who are ranked in the ESPN 300. Alabama has a near-stranglehold on the No. 1 class, because a number of five-star prospects still are slated to visit Tuscaloosa.
Like last week, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida and LSU remain in the top 10.
Trending down: In a week without movement in the class rankings, it's difficult to identify a team as trending down. But Mississippi State looks like it could be moving down. With the continued momentum of Ole Miss in the state, and the potential of programs ranked behind the Bulldogs in the class rankings ascending in future weeks and months, Mississippi State is the choice.
Due to smaller class numbers, South Carolina may also trend down over time -- despite putting together a class that fills needs.
Missouri continues to be the lone SEC program not ranked in the class rankings, but it did pick up a commitment last week from athlete Tavon Ross (Cochran, Ga./Bleckley County High).
One to watch: While a commitment isn't scheduled until January, the recruitment of five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County High) is one to watch. With official visits set for Georgia on Sept. 27, Clemson on Oct. 18, Ohio State on Oct. 26, Alabama on Nov. 8 and Florida on Nov. 29, three SEC programs will get to take one final shot at upsetting longtime favorite Ohio State and trending Clemson.
Staying on the subject of future commitments, let's go with two to watch this week. Three-star defensive tackle Charles Mosley (Brighton, Tenn./Brighton High) is set to announce his decision on Oct. 4, and Tennessee is considered the favorite over Alabama for the two-way line prospect who is likely to end up as an offensive guard.
Bold prediction: In the 2011 class, eight of the 14 five-star prospects in the ESPN 150 signed with SEC programs. The Class of 2014 also has 14 five-star prospects, and there is a very good chance that the SEC will equal or better that number. While only two five-star prospects are currently committed to SEC programs, let's go ahead and set the number at nine.