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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
SEC class rankings analysis

By Derek Tyson



For the fourth straight week, there is very little change in RecruitingNation's class rankings. Thirteen of the 14 SEC teams are ranked in the top 40, including nine of the top 16, and top-ranked Alabama is holding a big lead over any and all pursuers.

Trending up: While Missouri still remains the only SEC team not ranked in the top 40 of the team rankings, the Tigers received big news on Tuesday night as two three-star prospects wide receiver Nate Brown (Suwannee, Ga./North Gwinnett) and athlete Thomas Wilson (Buford, Ga./Buford) made their pledge to the Tigers.

Missouri continues to go out-of-state to find missing pieces to its recruiting puzzle, as 16 of 22 verbal commitments are from outside the state.

Brown said on Tuesday night that Missouri's offense was a big factor in his decision to commit. "I took an unofficial visit two weeks ago and was really impressed with how hospitable the coaching staff, fans and players were," Brown said. "I was also surprised how much they threw the ball, which is an ideal offense for a wide receiver given we run the spread at my high school. Their business program is also Top 25 in the nation, which is a field I want to major in."

For a team that has been listed in the "trending down" category for several weeks, Missouri appears to be heading in the right direction.

Trending down: Though Kentucky remains in the top 20 of the class rankings, the Wildcats lost a commitment from wide receiver Tyre Brady (Homestead, Fla./South Dade) last Friday. The loss of Brady, combined with a 1-2 start to the season and a tough gauntlet of Florida, South Carolina and Alabama coming up, and this may be a very rough stretch for the Wildcats. Head coach Mark Stoops will have to find a way to maintain the recruiting momentum he has worked so hard to get.

Vanderbilt was the only SEC team to move down in the rankings, dropping one spot from No. 25 to No. 26.

One to watch: Florida is hosting several ESPN 300 targets for its game against Tennessee on Saturday. The list will be led by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). Carter has Florida in his top three with Alabama and Georgia. In addition to Carter, the Gators will also be bringing in safety Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), and linebacker Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield).

Five-star athlete Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and his defensive tackle teammate Gerald Willis III were planning to visit this weekend but instead will now visit Florida during the Arkansas weekend. Three-star tight end Deandre Goolsby (Derby, Kan./Derby) will also be on his official visit for the game. The Gators could make an impression on several top recruits with a victory over Tennessee on Saturday.

Bold prediction: The SEC will sign at least nine, five-star prospects this year. Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe) and Lamont Gaillard (Fayetville, N.C./Pine Forest) are the only SEC five-star commits at the moment, but SEC teams are in the running for all nine remaining uncommitted five-star prospects.