SEC Football Recruiting: Ranking the Top Recruiting Classes for 2013
The SEC is the lead dog conference in college football and is perhaps the most competitive football league in the sport. Recruiting is just as if not more competitive than the football games during the fall.
Some of the craziest and most outrageous recruiting stories I've ever heard stem from this conference.
This year, the SEC continues to be the standout group of schools that are among the top recruiting classes nationally. This read will shine some light on ranking the classes in the conference against one another.
I think you may be quite surprised to see which SEC schools are having great recruiting years this year. Come and check this out!
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Top Recruit: Kailo Moore, RB
Top Recruit: Chase Abbington, OLB
Top Recruit: Hunter Henry, TE
Top Recruit: Alvonte Bell, TE
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Top Recruit: Kameron Miles, S
Derek Dooley's squad has shown good improvement this year on the field, and their recruiting is starting to make strides. Scout.com lists the Vols inside their top 25 recruiting rankings right now, and this is a very solid class.
Tennessee reached into the JC ranks for big DT commit Ben Bradley, who stands 6'3", 315 pounds. The top player in the class is Kameron Miles, a 6'2", 212-pound athletic safety that will make his presence felt. If the Dooley can land stud safety Vonn Bell, then this may be his best class since he arrived in Knoxville.
9. Ole Miss
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Top Recruit: Devin Kincade, QB
The Rebels appear to be a program on the rise, and they are enjoying a great recruiting run in 2013. ESPNU ranks Ole Miss with the nation's No. 21 class, and this is almost stunning because the Rebels haven't been world-beaters the past several seasons.
Credit Hugh Freeze and his staff for attacking the recruiting trail fiercely. Kincade is a great dual-threat QB, and Ryan Buchanan will also challenge him. Look for Freeze to keep working on Antonio Conner, an elite safety, to sell him on staying home and being a Rebel.
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Top Recruit: Johnathon McCrary, QB
The Commodores have upgraded their talent via good recruiting over the past year, and this 2013 class is another solid haul. James Franklin, per ESPNU, has a top 25 class in the works, and considering the circumstances around Vandy, that is downright amazing.
From landing two great signal-callers in Johnathon McCrary and Chad Kanoff, to a good DL in Jay Woods and getting safety Landon Stokes, Franklin has been great this year on the trail.
7. South Carolina
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Top Recruit: Matt Rolin, LB
South Carolina has another good recruiting class this year that will help it continue to perennially compete for SEC East Division titles. Steve Spurrier will go down as one of the top recruiting head coaches of all-time, and its 2013 class will do nothing to diminish that claim.
The Gamecocks likely will finish in the top 25 recruiting rankings, and with talent like Matt Rolin, Larenz Bryant and Connor Mitch in this class, not many arguments can made for otherwise.
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Top Recruit: Jeryl Brazil, CB
One of the best recruiting programs in the country, just because LSU is ranked sixth here doesn't mean it does not have one of the best classes in the country. Nearly half of the class is in the ESPNU 300, and CB Jeryl Brazil is one of the fastest players in the nation.
Ethan Pocic is a big and nasty OT prospect from Illinois that can start in the SEC. Ricky Jefferson is a solid WR prospect, and John Diarse is one of the best ATH prospects this year.
5. Texas A&M
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Top Recruit: Derrick Griffin, WR/TE
The Aggies know that they will have to step their recruiting up since they are in the SEC now, and they have. ESPNU has them inside their top 15 recruiting class rankings, and Kevin Sumlin's program has 28 talented pledges.
The class is led by Derrick Griffin, a big 6'6", 220-pound catcher that plays WR now, but likely could grow into a TE. Speedy WR LaQuvionte Gonzalez is electric with the football, and I like DT Isaiah Golden a ton.
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Top Recruit: Shaq Wiggins, CB
Mark Richt's recruiting plan this year was to storm out of the gate and start fast, to which he did. That strategy has led to UGA having 27 commitments from some seriously talented players. Shaq Wiggins is a great defensive back that is athletic and smart.
Brice Ramsey has a very good chance to develop into a top-flight starter in Athens due to his arm strength and willingness to improve. ATH Tramel Terry can ball as a WR or CB, and his speed will impress anyone who sees him play.
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Top Recruit: 7
The Tigers have seven commitments from prospects that sit inside the ESPUN 300. The biggest prize is Reuben Foster, the top LB in the country and the No. 2 overall prospect on my board.
Jeremy Johnson is a QB that has big-time upside, and Carl Lawson and Dee Liner are two of the very elite DL prospects in America. Jordan Wilkins should be a very good SEC running back on The Plains, and DE Tashawn Bower will be able to set edges in his sleep for Gene Chizik.
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Top Recruit: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB
The Gators are on pace to land a top five recruiting class this year and will flirt with No.1 honors. Will Muschamp has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail.
Vernon Hargreaves III is the top CB in country and has excellent technique, smarts and awareness. Kelvin Taylor is the top rusher ever in Florida and is the son of former Gator great Fred Taylor. Daniel McMillan is a good LB, and Ahman Fulwood with his 6'4" frame will add size to the Gators' WR unit.
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Top Recruit: O.J. Howard, TE
With 21 commitments and 15 being inside the ESPNU 300, Alabama is king once again of SEC recruiting. The Crimson Tide recently have picked up fantastic talents in DeMarcus Walker, a big 6'4", 280-pound DL, and Derrick Henry, who's a 6'3", 245-pound running back.
O.J. Howard is a 6'5", 225-pound TE that has the athleticism, speed and ball skills to work a defense in the seams. QB Cooper Bateman is a top-level field general with tremendous arm talent, and DE/OLB Jonathan Allen, RB Altee Tenpenny, TE Josh McNeil, RB Tyren Jones, ATH ArDarius Stewart and CB Maurice Smith are all great prospects too.
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 and 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.