SEC Football: 12 2013 Recruits Bound for Stardom
The SEC is the king of college football right now. Recruiting is why this conference continues to dominate the game's landscape year after year.
The 2013 recruiting class will provide another year of highly skilled players to the conference, and these 12 recruits are bound to have star-studded careers once they land in college.
This list represents those players already committed to SEC programs, as National Signing Day will bring more talent into the fold.
A number of these players will contribute from day one as there teams need key contributors at specific positions. The SEC will again be at the front of the pack in college football with the elite talent found on the sideline. These 12 players will lead the way.
Derrick Henry: ATH, Alabama, 6’3”, 240 lbs.
Alabama is heading into the 2013 season looking for a third straight run at the crystal football. To get there the Tide will need Derrick Henry to show up ready to play.
Henry is a stud running back with the size of a starting linebacker. He has the athleticism to make him dangerous in the open field, and the speed to outrun defenses despite his near-250 pound frame.
The Crimson Tide have only one solid option returning at running back this year with T.J. Yeldon entering his sophomore season. Once Henry makes it to campus he should fall into the backfield as a compliment to Yeldon’s skills.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking Henry is the No. 1 athlete, and the No. 12 overall player in the country.
Cooper Bateman: QB, Alabama, 6’3”, 195 lbs.
The Alabama offense has relied on AJ McCarron to be a solid game manager in his three years on campus and he has yet to let down the offense. He is a one of the most efficient passers in the college game and it has paid dividends for the Tide offense.
Cooper Bateman will be the same type quarterback for Alabama. Bateman is a pocket passer with a live arm, and once given a year to study under McCarron he should become the starter for the Crimson Tide after next season.
Bateman is the future for Alabama at quarterback. This team doesn’t need flash, they need control. This quarterback brings that type of selective skill to the field, and should help Alabama continue its dominance of the college game.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Bateman is the No. 4 pro-style quarterback and the No. 80 overall player in the country.
Laquon Treadwell: WR, Ole Miss, 6’3”, 195 lbs.
Laquon Treadwell is considered one of the best receivers in the country in this class. He committed to Ole Miss on January 17, surprising some with his pledge to the Rebels.
Hugh Freeze is building a great program at Ole Miss based around his hurry-up, no-huddle spread attack. Treadwell will be a premier receiver in the offense, and should make an impact as early as this fall.
Treadwell is a rangy receiver that has the skills to outrun or out-jump the competition for the football. Look for Treadwell to set records for the Rebels in his four years.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Treadwell is the No. 1 receiver and No. 14 overall player in the country.
Kelvin Taylor: RB, Florida, 5’10”, 216 lbs.
The Florida Gators have been reliant on the ground game the past few seasons to churn up yards, and the coming season will be no different. The Gators are a ground-based team, and Kelvin Taylor has a bright future ahead in the offense.
With the graduation of Mike Gillisee the Gators have lost their leading rusher. There is talent on roster, but expect Taylor to challenge for time immediately.
Florida needs Taylor to be game ready this fall. Look for Florida to ease Taylor into games early, and by the end of 2013 be one of the primary backs in the Gators offense. He is already enrolled for spring, making his stock that much higher.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Taylor is the No. 2 running back and the No. 22 player in the country.
Alex Anzalone: OLB, Florida, 6’3”, 232 lbs.
The Florida Gators will face a major gap on defense heading into the 2013 season with the loss of key contributors at the linebacker position. Enter Alex Anzalone.
Anzalone is an early enrollee for the Gators, and has the build to hit the field for the Gators immediately. This spring will help acclimate him to the game and should prepare him for competition this fall.
Florida landed one of the best linebackers in the country in Anzalone and they are expecting immediate production. He may not lead the league in tackles in year one, but over the next few years he will become an elite linebacker in the conference.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Anzalone is the No. 4 outside linebacker and the No. 53 overall player in the country.
Nigel Bowden: ILB, Vanderbilt, 6’1”, 230 lbs.
Vanderbilt is no stranger to elite inside linebacker play. Chris Marve was a leader for the Vandy defense for years, but after the departure of Marve a year ago the Commodores have struggled at times to find consistent play from inside the defensive box.
Nigel Bowden could be a fix for that issue. Bowden is not a highly-rated recruit, but he is a sleeper for the Vanderbilt class. He has the ability to make an immediate impact for this Dore’s defense.
As the next few years unfold Bowden will be a name that will be easily recognized. He will be a key piece of the Vandy defense for the next four years.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Bowden is the No. 25 inside linebacker and the No. 410 overall recruit in the country.
Ricky Seals-Jones: ATH, Texas A&M, 6’5”, 230 lbs.
Ricky Seals-Jones was one of the most sought after recruits in the 2013 class. He is a big-bodied receiver that has the skills to walk in immediately and contribute to any team in the country.
Once a Texas commit, Seals-Jones decommitted and joined the Aggies class in December. The Aggies have talent at receiver and have a class full of talent at the position, but Seals-Jones will be the headliner at the position.
There is a lot of opportunity for Seals-Jones to make an early impact and to become one of the country’s best receivers over the next four years.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking Seals-Jones is the No. 2 athlete and the No. 25 overall recruit in the country for 2013.
Tramel Terry: WR, Georgia, 6’0”, 192 lbs.
Georgia lost a key contributor on the outside this year with the departure of Tavarres King. The Bulldogs have talent throughout the receiving corps, but having Tramel Terry enter school this spring brings another contributor to the fold.
Terry is considered to be one of the best receivers in the country and is listed as the No. 1 player out of South Carolina. This was a huge pickup for Georgia and will help keep the passing game at the top of the conference for the next four years.
Once the fall hits expect Terry to be a common name swirling around camp. Even as a freshman he has a great shot at cracking the lineup this fall and getting his stardom kick started.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Terry is the No. 12 receiver and the No. 96 overall player in the country.
Leonard Floyd: OLB, Georgia, 6’5”, 240 lbs.
The Georgia Bulldogs lose two starting linebackers to the NFL draft this coming April and will be looking for players to step in right away and make plays for the defense. Floyd is that guy.
Floyd is a linebacker that took the prep school route and is currently at Hargrave Military Academy. This fall he will bring his skills to Georgia and will have four years to make an impact.
At 6’5” and 240 pounds, Floyd is a physical beast. He will have some adjustment time once he makes it to campus, but his size and year at prep school should have him ready to make a dent in opposing offenses from day one.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Floyd is the No. 1 prep outside linebacker and the No. 5 overall prep player in the country.
Kelsey Griffin: DT, South Carolina, 6’2”, 290 lbs.
Kelsey Griffin is one of the most talented defensive linemen in the 2013 recruiting class. The Gamecocks landed an immediate impact guy when Griffin decided to commit to South Carolina, and he will be a great fit for the Gamecocks defense.
Griffin has the ability to make a long career out of his time in Columbia. He may not earn immediate playing time along the defensive line, but over the next four years he will become one of the elite linemen that continue to fall out of the South Carolina program.
Recruiting talent on the interior defensive line is very difficult, but Carolina landed as close to the sure thing at the position as you can in Griffin.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Griffin is the No. 6 defensive tackle and the No. 84 overall recruit in the country for 2013.
Carl Lawson: DE, Auburn, 6’3”, 240 lbs.
Carl Lawson is an immediate impact player at the defensive end position. Auburn is losing some talent along the defensive line and needs a spark as they transition into the new 4-2-5 Ellis Johnson defense.
Lawson would be a player that could step in from day one and earn time. He may not be a listed starter to lead the year, but over the next four years he will be a leader in college football at the defensive end position.
Over the summer and fall Lawson’s stock has risen exponentially. He is now considered one of, if not the, best defensive ends in the country. If Auburn can keep him in the fold and land his signature on signing day he will help the Tigers usher in a new era of successful defense.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Lawson is the No. 1 weakside defensive end and the No. 21 overall recruit in the country for 2013.
Chris Jones: DE, Mississippi State, 6’5”, 250 lbs.
Chris Jones is as good as they come at the defensive end position. Mississippi State needs help along the defensive line immediately and Jones is a guy that can fill that need this August.
Considered to be an elite defensive end, Jones will bring a unique blend of size and speed to the position for the Bulldogs and will begin to wreak havoc on opposing backfields as soon as this fall.
Mississippi State has talent on defense that returns, but for the next four years Jones will be the leader. The Bulldogs are just a few playmakers away from contending for the SEC West. Jones fills one of those glaring needs.
According to 247Sports.com Composite Ranking, Jones is the No. 2 strongside defensive end and the No. 18 overall player in the country.