Wednesday, January 29, 2014
SEC class rankings analysis
By Gerry Hamilton
With one week left until national signing day, 13 of the 14 schools in the SEC have spots in the ESPN class rankings. As expected, Alabama continues to have a stranglehold on the top spot with Texas A&M sitting at No. 2. All told, the conference has four schools ranked in the top five, seven in the top 10 and nine in the top 20.
Trending up: Despite being ranked 10th in the conference (27th overall) and losing out on No. 109 prospect Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock) to Tennessee, South Carolina is in position to ascend if it adds prospects such as No. 86-ranked Chris Lammons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation), No. 120 Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King High), No. 179 Dexter Wideman (Saluda, S.C./Saluda), who is committed to Florida State, and others.
It's hard not to include Auburn in a trending-up conversation as well. While the Tigers' ranking hasn’t changed in the last week, they are clearly trending up as signing day approaches. Auburn has another key visit weekend approaching.
Trending down: This one is Vanderbilt. After losing ESPN 300 safety Kyle Gibson (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) on Tuesday, the Commodores are down to just eight commitments a week from signing day. While they are in on ESPN 300 wide receiver Trevon Lee (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons), their class looks bleak when measured against the rest of the conference.
One to watch: No. 174 prospect Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy). While his recruitment has been trending toward Auburn for a while, the 6-foot-4, 251-pound defensive end took an official visit to Clemson on Jan. 24 and Georgia might not be out of it yet.
Behind the numbers: The SEC has 109 commitments in the ESPN 300 with the ability to reach as high as 120 by national signing day. The conference also has nine five-star prospects committed with 10 of 15 likely, and 11 not out of the question.
Bold prediction: Auburn could end up with the No. 5 class in the country. That means the Tigers would have to get Williams, No. 52 prospect Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn), flip No. 163-ranked Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington), who is a Florida State commit, and land a surprise or two.