16 Elite Uncommitted Recruits That Could Really Be SEC Bound

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJune 18, 2012

16 Elite Uncommitted Recruits That Could Really Be SEC Bound

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    The South Eastern Conference is the marquee and premier college football league in the country. You know what, I'll go even further, it could be the mot competitive leagues in any North American sport.

    There's a reason why the national champion frequently comes from this conference and why NFL teams deploy their best college scouts to cover this territory: it has an embarrassment of wealth in talent.

    The talent comes from the programs recruiting well, which is what we're going to cover for this read. Here are 16 uncommitted recruits that likely will end up somewhere in the SEC.

16. Leon McQuay, S

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    McQuay could end up at Florida, but I think Vanderbilt should not be slept on. McQuay seems to me like a guy that really values education and I think the academics at Vanderbilt appeal to him greatly.

    A 6'1", 185-pound safety, McQuay can run and roam well on the back end, has great range and good hands. He should be among the interception leaders in the SEC should he play there.

15. Alvin Kamara, RB

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    Kamara is a 5'10", 195-pound RB prospect from Georgia that has the talents to standout in the SEC, especially in the passing game.

    Kamara is extremely agile, quick and shifty in space. He also has stronger legs than you think and can run with deceptive pop and power.

    I think he could very well end up at an SEC school like Alabama or Georgia.

14. Tim Williams, DE

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    Williams is an explosive edge defender from Louisiana that goes 6'4", 230-pounds. He's not far from LSU's campus and usually if you're a top player in Louisiana, the Tigers scoop you up.

    Yet, I also think a school to watch is Alabama and also Florida. Other schools are in the race surely, but Williams could opt to stay in SEC country.

13. Marquez North, WR

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    North is a big 6'3", 210-pound WR that has great speed and size. He can be inconsistent at times, but with college coaching and refinement, North could be a star.

    He could easily wind up in the SEC at a school like Florida, Georgia or Tennessee. If he comes into the SEC, with North's size and speed, he could do some damage.

12. Mackensie Alexander, CB

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    Alexander has been a bit tough to read, as if you would have asked me where I felt he was going earlier this spring, my pick would have been Clemson.

    While that could be the same, I think he could wind up at Florida. If Alexander chooses to stay in Florida, my gut says the Gators will win out for the 5'11", 185-pound cover corner.

11. Greg Gilmore, DL

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    Gilmore is from North Carolina and stands 6'4", 270-pounds. He's got good quickness and menace in the offensive front for four quarters.

    I think LSU is the favorite right now, but also he could end up at SEC rivals like Florida or Alabama. He fits in the SEC style of play as a great defensive lineman.

10. Hunter Henry, TE

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    A big 6'6", 240-pound TE from Arkansas, it's no secret Henry is the Razorbacks' top target this recruiting season.

    In fact, chances are pretty much a lock that Hunter stays in the SEC. I think he'll either wind up at Arkansas, Alabama or Georgia in the end.

9. Demarcus Walker, DL

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    Walker is a 6'4", 275-pounder that plays both DT and DE in a 40-front. He's got great snap quickness and is a very talented defensive trench player.

    I think it'll come down to Alabama vs. Florida for him. He's a Florida native, but 'Bama doesn't like losing to SEC rivals in recruiting.

8. Stacy Coley, WR

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    Coley has his number of options, as the Florida native is a 6'1", 175-pound WR with great speed and play-making ability.

    I've always maintained that I like Florida's chances in this race, but now I think LSU, Alabama and Tennessee could be thick in the race among SEC schools in the hunt.

7. Matthew Thomas, LB

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    Thomas is a Miami native, that is why I think The U could remain a prominent player in this race until the end.

    However, the 6'3", 210-pound OLB has SEC-caliber talent and could be a defensive standout in the league, should he opt to stomp with the big dogs.

    If Thomas comes into the SEC, I think he'll either surface at Alabama or Georgia.

6. Derrick Henry, RB

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    The 6'3", 240-pound Henry officially de-committed from his Georgia pledge last week and Alabama is thick in the picture.

    Henry likely is definitely SEC bound and he'll either re-commit to Georgia or sign with Alabama. Right now, I think the Crimson Tide are the favorites.

5. Vonn Bell, DB

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    I think if Bell doesn't end up in the SEC, he'll likely wind up at Ohio State. However, playing in the SEC could be a dream of his, as he's a Tennessee native that lives in Georgia now.

    A natural Southerner, Bell has choices of SEC schools. Alabama could be the pick, as could Tennessee, Georgia, Florida or LSU.

    Look for a top list to be released by Bell in the near future.

4. Antonio Conner, S

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    Conner probably won't leave the state of Mississippi, as I think more than likely it will be Ole Miss. Mississippi State will make a run, but the 6'2", 200-pound safety goes to a Rebel pipeline.

    In the event he does leave the state, he'll still be in SEC country as it could be Alabama or LSU. Yet, as I said before, it's likely going to be Ole Miss.

3. Montravius Adams, DT

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    I think Clemson is a big player in the Adams sweepstakes, but he also could choose to spurn the Tigers for the right to play in the SEC.

    I think Auburn would be the SEC pick right now, yet I also look for Georgia, Florida and Alabama to try to position themselves to receive his LOI on Signing Day.

2. Vernon Hargreaves III, CB

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    Hargreaves' options are vast and plentiful. It's like that when you are nation's best CB prospect. While many will continue to project him to South Florida, he does have offers from just about everybody.

    Including Florida.

    Per Scout.com, Hargreaves took a recent trip there and things went well. If Hargreaves is going to play in the SEC, it'll be in Gainesville in all likelihood.

1. Laremy Tunsil, OT

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    The SEC is more than likely going to be Tunsil's conference of choice, the only question is where?

    A 6'6", 295-pound Florida native, Tunsil is a wanted man by everyone around the country.

    Yet, look for Georgia, Florida, Alabama and LSU to be among the favorites and final selections for him when gets around to deciding and signing with a school.

    Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.