A team-by-team look at the recruiting classes in the SEC.
The Gators signed arguably one of the best classes of all time on paper. The class features the No. 1 and No. 3 overall players in Ronald Powell (Corona, Calif./Rancho Verde) and Dominique Easley (Staten Island, N.Y./Curtis) respectively. Those two are just part of a fine defensive line haul, which also includes Sharrif Floyd (Philadelphia/George Washington) and Leon Orr (New Port Richey, Fla./Gulf). The Gators addressed a need by signing an outstanding defensive back class headlined by Under Armour All-American and five-star safety Jonathan Dowling (Bradenton, Fla./Southeast) as well as four-star cornerbacks Josh Shaw (Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale) and Jaylen Watkins (Fort Meyers, Fla./Cape Coral). Furthermore, five-star athlete Matt Elam (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) will likely play DB. Running back Mack Brown (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) could be the big-play feature back that has eluded Florida in the past. Coming into signing day with the No.1 class, the Gators continued to impress on the big day with the signature of one of the top offensive tackles in the country Chaz Green (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic).
This is Nick Saban's third straight top-three recruiting class, and it is a very well-balanced class with needs met on both sides of the ball. The defensive-minded head coach landed and will groom two of the nation's top four cornerbacks in DeMarcus Milliner (Millbrook, Ala./Stanhope Elmore) and John Fulton (Manning, S.C./Manning). The Tide signed a great pair of defensive ends in Under Armour All-Americans Adrian Hubbard (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) and Alfy Hill (Shallotte, N.C./West Brunswick). The duo will likely compete for playing time in that Jack role. Alabama also signed the premier quarterback in 2010 in the strong armed and athletic Phillip Sims (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith).