Wednesday, August 21, 2013
SEC class rankings analysis
By Derek Tyson
There wasn't much change among SEC schools in the latest recruiting class rankings update. LSU moved up one spot, giving the conference six teams in the top 10. Alabama held on to its No. 1 spot for the second week in a row. Here's a closer look at how the rankings break down:
Trending up: With the addition Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe), the No. 37-ranked player in the country, LSU jumped up one spot to No. 10. Nine of the Tigers' 14 commits are included in the ESPN 300 rankings and an impressive 11 commits are four-star prospects.
South Carolina also jumped one spot to No. 28. The Gamecocks received a bump because of a commitment from four-star athlete Terry Googer (College Park, Ga./Woodward). Five of South Carolina's 13 commitments are ranked in the ESPN 300.
Trending down: Only one team in the SEC, Arkansas, moved down in the rankings. The Razorbacks fell one spot to No. 39. The fall wasn't because of anything they did, but more because Arizona State moved into the top 40. Arkansas did, however, miss on athlete Kevin Shorter (Newton, Texas./Newton), who committed to Texas over Arkansas over the weekend. Not all was bad news for the Razorbacks this weekend, however. Arkansas picked up a commitment from 2015 tight end Jamario Bell (Junction City, Ark./Junction City).
One to watch: Four-star wide receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish) is set to announce his decision on Saturday. Ole Miss and Alabama appeared to be the teams to beat for the Under Armour All-American, but Sims tweeted that FCS school Southern University was his leader, followed by Alabama and then Ole Miss. If Sims chooses Southern, it would be quite a coup for the Jaguars.
Bold prediction: The SEC potentially could have all 14 schools in the rankings by signing day. Missouri is the only conference school that is not ranked in the top 40 currently. If the Tigers can land some of their top targets, such as former LSU linebacker commit Sharieff Rhaheed (Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central) and coveted offensive tackle Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central), the Tigers could find their way into the top 40.