Wednesday, October 16, 2013
SEC recruiting class rankings
Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings and its conference rankings.
The top class in the SEC is also the top class in the nation. Alabama leads a conference where 13 of the 14 members have classes ranked in the top 40 nationally. Tennessee, which recently added a verbal from in-state ESPN 300 DE Derek Barnett, joins Georgia in the top five of the national rankings. Those two are second and third in the SEC. As a conference, the SEC has more than 80 ESPN 300 prospects committed to its member programs.
1. Alabama, 21 commits: The Crimson Tide sit atop the RecruitingNation class rankings with a class that features 15 ESPN 300 prospects, including most recent commitment Ronnie Clark (Calera, Ala./Calera), the No. 96 overall prospect. Alabama remains in the hunt for several five-star prospects, including No. 1 overall Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) and No. 9 Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover).
2. Tennessee, 26 commits: The Volunteers are currently No. 3 nationally, with a class that includes 11 ESPN 300 prospects. The Vols have been dominant in-state, securing pledges from No. 39 overall Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech) and talented legacies No. 60 Todd Kelly Jr. (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School) and No. 103 Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra). Tennessee still has a number of top targets on the board, including in-state wide receiver Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) and No. 59 Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Il./Plainfield South).
3. Georgia, 17 commits : The Bulldogs check in with a top three class in the SEC, and No. 5 nationally. The class features nine ESPN 300 commitments, including No. 12 overall Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) and No. 18 Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage). Top targets remaining include No. 11 Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), No. 14 Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) and No. 15 David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School).
4. Florida, 14 commits: The Gators are currently No. 8 nationally in the 2014 class, and their class has nine ESPN 300 prospects. No. 23 Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central), No. 28 Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) and No. 36 Will Grier (Davidson, N.C./Davidson Day School) are the headliners. Florida will sign up to 22 with a number of top targets left on the board, including No. 6 Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra), Carter, Sharpe, and No. 65 Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman).
5. LSU, 15 commits: The Tigers check in at No. 10 nationally with a class that includes 10 ESPN 300 prospects led by No. 3 Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe), No. 49 Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway) and No. 54 Edward Paris Jr. (Mansfield, Texas/Timberview). More than any other team, LSU has the chance to rise up to the top of the rankings with prospects such as Fournette, No. 8 Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr High), No. 14 Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), No. 24 Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville), No. 26 Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis), No. 29 Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Edna Karr) and others still on the board.
6. Texas A&M, 14 commits: The Aggies signed a top-10 class in 2013, and look to be headed in that direction again in this cycle. With No. 69 Hoza Scott (La Porte, Texas/La Porte) and No. 74 Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Az./Desert Mountain) headlining the class, the Aggies sit at No. 11 in the current rankings. The class features nine ESPN 300 prospects, and the Aggies remain in the hunt for No. 7 Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/Martin), Noil, Brown, and others with five-star Garrett set to announce Saturday with things looking good for the Aggies.
7. Ole Miss, 21 commits: The Rebels made national headlines in 2013 inking a top 5 class and are backing it up with another strong effort in 2014. Ole Miss currently sits at No. 14 nationally with a class that includes four ESPN 300 prospects, including offensive linemen Rod Taylor (Jackson, Miss./Callaway) and Andy Bauer (St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit). Among the targets remaining are No. 64 Nyles Morgan (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee), junior college offensive tackle Avery Gennesy (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi Community College), defensive tackle Breeland Speaks (Jackson, Miss./Callaway) and cornerback Kendarius Webster (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge).
8. Auburn, 16 commits: Auburn currently resides at No. 15 nationally with a class that has room to move up. Of the 16 commitments, seven are ESPN 300 prospects including No. 34 Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford), No. 78 Tre' Williams (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s Episcopal School) and top juco prospect D'haquille Williams (Reserve, La./Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College). The Tigers remain in the mix for Rudolph, No. 150 Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), No. 83 Stephen Roberts (Opelika, Ala./Opelika High) -- currently an Alabama commitment -- among others.
9. Kentucky, 24 commits: The Wildcats’ No. 16-ranked class features five ESPN 300 prospects, including quarterback Drew Barker (Hebron, Ky./Conner Senior), four wide receivers and a pair of running backs. The top targets remaining on the board are four-star defensive tackle Matt Elam (Elizabethtown, Ky./John Hardin) and juco defensive tackle Jarran Reed (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi Community College), among others. The Wildcats are looking to finish in the top 25 for the first time in the RecruitingNation class rankings.
10. Vanderbilt, 18 commits: The Commodores’ class boasts five four-star prospects, including a pair of ESPN 300 recruits in safety Kyle Gibson (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and running back Dallas Rivers (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson). Vanderbilt, currently the No. 26-ranked class nationally, remains in the mix for ESPN 300 prospects Morgan and Trevon Lee (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons), and four-star wide receiver Jalen Brown (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe), among others.
11. Mississippi State, 18 commits: The Bulldogs’ class features a pair of ESPN 300 prospects, including newest commit and No. 93 overall Jesse Jackson (Petal, Miss./Petal) and Jamoral Graham (Decatur, Miss./Newton County Academy). Mississippi State remains in the mix for defensive linemen Speaks, Grant Harris (Clinton, Miss./Clinton) and Trey Brown (Ackerman, Miss./Ackerman), among others. The class is currently ranked No. 29.
12. South Carolina, 12 commits: A smaller class has the Gamecocks currently sitting at No. 30 nationally. The class boasts five ESPN 300 prospects, including No. 2 tight end Kevin Crosby (Bamberg, S.C./Bamberg-Ehrhardt) and most recent commitment No. 197 Donell Stanley (Latta, S.C./Latta High). The Gamecocks continue to pursue No. 40 overall prospect Dante Sawyer (Suwannee, Ga./North Gwinnett), No. 175 Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas) and No. 176 Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock), among others.
13. Arkansas, 17 commits: The Razorbacks’ first full class under Bret Bielema is currently ranked No. 37 nationally. The class features a quartet of four-star prospects, including quarterback Rafe Peavey (Bolivar, Mo./Bolivar) and defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson (El Dorado, Ark./El Dorado) as well as one of the top juco offensive tackles, Jermaine Eluemunor (Rockaway, N.J./Lackawanna College). ESPN 300 defensive tackle Joshua Frazier (Springdale, Ark./Har Ber) and juco cornerback Josh Keys (Seminary, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College) leads the list of top prospects on the board.
14. Missouri, 24 commits: The lone school outside the top 40 in the SEC is finding its footing recruiting in the Southeast after years of focusing on Texas. The Tigers have a combined nine commitments from Georgia and Florida, including four-star wide receiver Lawrence Lee (Pensacola, Fla./West Florida Tech). Junior college defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale Community College) is one of the top targets remaining on the board.