Top 8 Uncommitted 2014 Recruits from SEC Country
The SEC rarely allows premier players from its region to depart for other conferences, setting up rival showdowns between squads that typically tango on the football field. This recruiting cycle is stacked with talented recruits from the southeastern region.
While many have already announced their collegiate intentions, several top targets remain uncommitted. We take a look at those players here, with a peek at the programs who remain in the mix for their services.
8. 5-Star DT Gerald Willis (New Orleans, La.)
Ranking: No. 30 player nationally, No. 2 defensive tackle, No. 6 player from Louisiana
Key Offers: LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Texas A&M
What Sets Him Apart from the Pack: Gerald Willis is one of two Edna Karr stars to grace this list. The monstrous defensive lineman can be utilized in both interior and exterior roles along front.
He has a motor that defensive coordinators crave and can get after the quarterback from any gap. The 6'3", 275-pound battering ram racked up 10 tackles and two sacks in his most recent contest, according to 247Sports.
7. 5-Star S Laurence Jones (Monroe, La.)
Ranking: No. 24 player nationally, No. 3 safety, No. 5 player in Louisiana
Key Offers: Ohio State, LSU, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma
What Sets Him Apart from the Pack: Laurence Jones is a balanced safety prospect capable of covering the opposition's top receiver, while still willing to get down and dirty in run support. He has tremendous hips and makes the open field tackles on runners who would leave most in their wake.
Jones is a savvy blitzer off the edge and creates matchup nightmares for stay-home tight ends. He attended a camp at LSU in July, per 247Sports.
6. 5-Star WR Speedy Noil (New Orleans, La.)
Ranking: No. 23 player nationally, No. 3 wide receiver, No. 4 player in Louisiana
Key Offers: Texas A&M, LSU, Florida, Alabama, USC
What Sets Him Apart from the Pack: Speedy Noil stars in a variety of roles for Louisiana powerhouse Edna Karr. He currently lines up at quarterback, but routinely beats teams with his quickness in the rushing game.
The 5'11", 175-pound speedster is an ideal slot receiver at the next level. He will flourish in space and can kill opponents off bubble screens and seven-yard slant patterns. Noil can create significant yardage after the catch.
5. 5-Star WR Malachi Dupre (New Orleans, La.)
Ranking: No. 13 player nationally, No. 1 wide receiver, No. 3 player in Louisiana
Key Offers: LSU, Clemson, Florida State, UCLA, Alabama
What Sets Him Apart from the Pack: Though he remains a slightly raw prospect, Malachi Dupre demands attention for the highlight-reel plays he delivers on a regular basis. The 6'3", 190 pound-playmaker is the premier offensive weapon for John Curtis Christian, the reigning national high school football champions.
He's a tireless worker and torches opponents in the red zone. No receiver in the country displays better ability to adjust to a ball while its in mid-air and come down with a catch. He visited both Alabama and LSU in July, per 247Sports.
4. 5-Star LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville Ga.)
Ranking: No. 12 player nationally, No. 1 inside linebacker, No. 2 player in Georgia
Key Offers: Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, Georgia
What Sets Him Apart from the Pack: Raekwon McMillan is a complete inside linebacker prospect who could anchor a variety of defensive schemes. He would fit nicely in Nick Saban's four-back set, but seems best suited to be the man in the middle of the 4-3 front.
McMillan is able to cover backs and tight ends alike in the flat, but he can also drift back and provide secondary support. He comes off a game in which he tallied 15 tackles and four sacks, per 247Sports.
3. 5-Star DE Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga.)
Ranking: No. 6 player nationally, No. 1 weak-side defensive end, No. 1 player in Georgia
Key Offers: Florida, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida State, Oregon and Notre Dame
What Sets Him Apart from the Pack: The 6'5", 235-pound Norcorss defender is a freight train off the edge of a defensive front. He can thrive in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme due to extreme versatility.
Lorenzo Carter is capable of taking on a rushing attack, sprinting after the passer or dropping back to support pass coverage in the flat. He made an official visit to Gainesville last weekend, per 247Sports.
2. 5-Star CB Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala.)
Ranking: No. 5 nationally, No. 1 cornerback, No. 1 player in Alabama
Key Offers: Alabama, Florida State, Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Clemson
What Sets Him Apart from the Pack: Marlon Humphrey spends most of his high school contests unchallenged in the passing game because of his reputation as an elite ball hawk. He is a shutdown secondary star who uses his 6'1", 180-pound frame to shade receivers.
Humphrey is also a very dangerous return man on special teams. He visited campuses at Mississippi State and Florida State this summer, per 247Sports.
1. 5-Star RB Leonard Fournette (New Orleans, La.)
Ranking: No. 2 player nationally, No. 1 running back, No. 2 player in Louisiana
Key Offers: Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Florida, USC, Auburn, Florida State, Texas &M
What Sets Him Apart from the Pack: Loenard Fournette is everything an offensive coordinator could look for in a backfield weapon. The 6'1", 225-pound St. Augustine standout is already the size of a grown man and runs with powerful aggression.
He's an excellent receiver in the passing game, displaying sure hands and open field awareness. Fourette's recruitment battle may come down to another showdown between SEC rivals LSU and Alabama.