Wednesday, August 28, 2013
SEC class rankings analysis
By Derek Tyson
Once again 13 out of 14 SEC teams were ranked in the Recruiting Nation team recruiting rankings. Alabama, Kentucky and Missouri all picked up commitments but there weren’t many changes in this week's updated class rankings.
Trending up: Alabama strengthened its hold on the No. 1-ranked class with the addition of ESPN 300 wide receiver Cameron Sims (Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish). Sims, the No. 6-ranked wide receiver in the country, gives the Crimson Tide 13 commitments that are ranked in the ESPN 300.
Missouri picked up a commitment from three-star running back Trevon Walters (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) and Kentucky, the No. 16-ranked team in the class rankings, landed a commitment from wide receiver Blake Bone (Woodruff, S.C./Woodruff) but neither team moved up in the rankings.
Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida and LSU all remain in the top 10.
Trending down: Because of two other teams, UNC and Arizona, moving up in the rankings, South Carolina dropped from No. 28 to No. 30. Vanderbilt also dropped in the rankings, falling from No. 24 down one spot to No. 25.
Despite landing a commitment from Walters, Missouri continues to be the only SEC school not ranked in the class rankings.
One to watch: Five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./West Monroe) is set to make his decision between Alabama and LSU on Wednesday, Sept. 3. If Robinson chooses the Crimson Tide, he will certainly strengthen Alabama's already unbelievable class. If he selects the home-state Tigers, he could be the first of many top-ranked recruits to commit to LSU. Robinson was dominant at The Opening and is the clear-cut No. 1 left tackle in the country.
Bold prediction: The SEC West has been dominant on the field and in recruiting over the last several years, but the SEC East, top to bottom, could end up with the better recruiting classes this year. Six-of-seven Eastern division schools are ranked in the top 30 of the rankings. The West, however, is neck-and-neck with the East. All seven West schools are in the top 40 of the rankings, but only five are in the top 30.