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Now that the 2014 class is in the books it’s time to take a look at which teams need to make a big splash in recruiting for the 2015 class. Below are five teams we feel have to perform well in recruiting to move forward and re-establish their programs among the college football elite. There are always peaks and valleys in recruiting, but there’s also an expectation level that some programs no matter what will always perform to a high standard and that’s not always realistic.

For these programs, it won’t just be about how good the players are that they sign in 2015; it will also be about what type of person that player is to represent the program and establish a new chemistry. These programs are laying down a new foundation, and it will be this class that will be looked back upon as one that got the ball rolling. These programs need to make the Tennessee-type splash of 2014. Just ask Ole Miss about its 2013 class and what one recruiting cycle can do to reenergize a program. We’ve closed the door on the 2014 class now, here’s to opening the door for the 2015 class. Let’s get off to a fast start shall we?


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SEC class rankings analysis 

January, 29, 2014
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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.


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UCF flips Vanderbilt DB commit 

January, 28, 2014
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After a recent string of negative recruiting news, UCF finally received some good news on Tuesday night.


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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Parts of the country that are normally known for their beaches and warm winters are going to get hit by a winter storm Tuesday, which could create for some hassles on the recruiting trail; sometimes it’s best to let coaches know you plan on looking around; and Nebraska fans have complained loudly about some of their recruiting misses, but the Huskers are on a nice roll.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

January, 27, 2014
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Less than two weeks remain until national signing day, and this was the second-to-last official visit weekend before Feb. 5. There were a couple of big decommitments, a few commitments and several key official visits. Here’s a closer look at all the latest recruiting news around the SEC.


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SEC class rankings analysis 

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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the SEC, check out our conference rankings:

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).


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Critical positions in SEC recruiting 

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Each year college coaches prioritize their recruiting needs. Whether it's offensive or defensive linemen or skilled positions, there always seems to be an area that needs more attention than others. Here's a closer look at the most important position for each SEC team in recruiting this year.


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SEC class rankings analysis 

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The Southeastern Conference, once again, is dominating in the Recruiting Nation team rankings. Ten of the top 25 teams hail from the SEC and all but one school (Missouri) is in the top 40. Three SEC teams, Alabama (No. 2), Tennessee (No. 3) and Georgia (No. 5), rank among the top five. There was some movement in the rankings this week, here's a closer look at how the SEC fared.

Trending up: With the addition of Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford), the Auburn Tigers jumped up two spots from No. 17 to No. 15. Thomas is the No. 5-ranked running back and the No. 34th-ranked player overall in the ESPN 300. With the commitment of Thomas, the Tigers have 14 commitments including seven in the ESPN 300. Vanderbilt also jumped up two spots from No. 25 to No. 23 by adding ESPN 300 safety Kyle Gibson (Seffner, Fla./Armwood). Alabama, Texas A&M and Ole Miss all moved up one spot each in the updated rankings.

Trending down: After losing ESPN 300 defensive back Chris Hardeman (Houston/Alief Taylor) LSU dropped from No. 8 to No. 10 in the rankings. With players such as Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine), Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) and Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) still on their radar, the Tigers still have a good chance to end up with a top five class. Tennessee also dropped one spot from No. 2 to No. 3 after losing four-star athlete Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach). Powell quickly switched his commitment to Miami after decommitting from the Vols last Saturday. Missouri is the only team in the SEC not represented in the top 40. The Tigers have 17 commitments but only one is ranked higher than a three-star prospect.

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Vandy scores ESPN 300 DB Kyle Gibson

August, 2, 2013
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Four-star safety Kyle Gibson (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) committed Thursday to play in the SEC for Vanderbilt, according to multiple reports. The ESPN 300 prospect, ranked No. 165 nationally, is now the highest-rated 2014 pledge for the Commodores.

Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, South Florida, Tennessee, UCF, UCLA, West Virginia and Wisconsin also offered the 6-foot, 169-pound defensive back.

Gibson registered 74 tackles and 4 interceptions during his junior campaign.

This spring, he posted an electronically timed 4.65 40-yard dash, 4.27 20-yard shuttle, 33.9-inch vertical, 28.5-foot power throw and 80.4 SPARQ at a Nike event.

Vanderbilt now has 18 players committed and the No. 25 class, according to ESPN RecruitingNation.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Some of the top prospects at the skill positions took to the fields at the IMG Academy over the weekend to participate in the 7-on-7 Southeast Regional. Here are 10 players who really stood out based upon their performances alone.

10. Kyle Gibson
Seffner (Fla.) Armwood | ATH | 6-foot, 180 pounds

The safety wasn't flashy over the course of the two-day event, but Gibson consistently seemed to be in good position to knock down pass attempts. The four-star prospect continually took the right angles on deep balls and came up aggressively on underneath routes. On day one, Gibson helped Team Tampa beat the South Florida Express Elite, which consisted of big-time wide receivers Ermon Lane and Florida State commit JoJo Robinson. Vanderbilt and Louisville are two schools standing out for Gibson. He has no timeframe on making a decision.


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The IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional Championship in Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday and Sunday will feature several ESPN 150 players. This star-studded event will feature the South Florida Express, one of the top 7-on-7 teams in the country, and Team Tampa, which won the IMG 7v7 National Championships last year. Here's a look at five things to watch at this weekends events.

1. Wide receiver position is loaded
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Derek Tyson/ESPNHomestead, Fla., wide receiver Ermon Lane will be one of several top prospects participating in the IMG 7v7 Southeast Regional Championship.
There will be a plethora of top wide receivers in Bradenton this weekend. Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead), the No. 1-ranked wide receiver in the country, will have a chance to showcase his abilities against some elite talent. Additionally, Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman), Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), Moral Stephens (Perry, Fla./Taylor County), Kenric Young (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville), Isaiah Ford (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian), Garrett Johnson (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) and 2015 wideout Da'Vante Phillips (Miami/Central) are scheduled to participate.


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ORLANDO, Fla. -- ESPN Watch List defensive back Kyle Gibson (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) had a big day Saturday. The 6-foot, 170-pound athlete won defensive back MVP at the Orlando NFTC while also earning an invite to The Opening in Beaverton, Ore.

Gibson, whom USF just recently offered, said that several schools stand out to him early on in the process.


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Lessons Learned: Orlando NFTC 

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videoORLANDO, Fla. -- The 2013 Nike Football Training Camp tour continued in Orlando on Saturday as several top players from the Central Florida area showcased their skills at West Orange High School. There were individual standouts at every position as well as several players who put themselves on the map with impressive performances.


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Here are five storylines to watch on Saturday.


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Florida home to 53 Watch List recruits 

September, 27, 2012
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There are several things that stand out about the 53 2014 prospects from Florida included on the ESPN Watch List.


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