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Every SEC Team's Most Underrated 2014 Committed Recruit

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst INovember 21, 2013

Every SEC Team's Most Underrated 2014 Committed Recruit

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    In February, every coach in the SEC will hold a press conference to discuss his recruiting class. He'll talk about how great his haul is, but the elite recruits will draw most of the attention.

    However, each class has a couple recruits who deserve to be shown more love than they receive. These types of underrated recruits always go on to have better careers than many people expect.

    Alabama's class is so full of talent that a 4-star prospect is underrated among the group. Georgia has a big JUCO cornerback who will surprise some people, and South Carolina has a linebacker who will make a bigger impact than expected.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247 Sports and ESPNU.

Vanderbilt

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    Underrated recruit: Dallas Rivers, RB

    At 6'0" and 200 pounds, Rivers is a strong running back who can push piles with power. He has deceptive quickness and speed. The Georgia native has the potential to be effective at picking up blitzing linebackers.

    A 3-star prospect, Rivers truly deserves a higher rating. Vanderbilt has a solid class in the works, but the talented running back could make a bigger impact next season than many believe.

Texas A&M

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    Underrated recruit: Josh Walker, OLB

    With a class full of talented players such as 5-star defensive end Myles Garrett, 5-star quarterback Kyle Allen and 4-star linebacker Hoza Scott, it's easy for a player like Walker to get lost in the shuffle.

    However, he could find his way on the field in 2014. At 6'1" and 220 pounds, he shows explosiveness at the snap to attack the pocket as a rusher. Walker also is a talented running back who has good speed and power. 

    He'll be fine in College Station.

Tennessee

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    Underrated recruit: Cory Thomas, DE

    At 6'6" and 270 pounds, Thomas has the strength and power to work on the strong side. His great size and long arms also could help him become a good defensive tackle in Knoxville.

    Thomas plays big at the point of attack after showing a solid surge at the snap. The 3-star recruit's height and length should also allow him to bat down a pass or two during his time at Tennessee.

South Carolina

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    Underrated recruit: Joe Blue, LB

    Although he is only 5'11", Blue has a squat and stout 235-pound frame. He displays good athleticism, plus he has the short-area quickness to scoot to running backs in the box to make stops.

    Blue is a tough and physical 'backer who doesn't back down from bigger offensive linemen. The 3-star prospect will help the Gamecocks stop the run at an impressive rate during his tenure in Columbia.

    Don't be shocked if Blue also gets a rep or two as a fullback.

     

Missouri

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    Underrated recruit: Kendall Blanton, TE

    Blanton is a 3-star tight end who has the potential to develop into a complete player at his position. He has great size at 6'6" and 227 pounds, and he displays soft mitts to snatch passes.

    Blanton knows how to use his size and his adequate strength to lean on defensive ends and linebackers as a blocker. Once he gets seasoned by the coaches at Missouri, he should become a key contributor to the Tigers offense.

Mississippi State

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    Underrated recruit: Dontavian Lee, RB

    Lee is going to be a force on offense for Mississippi State. He's a 3-star running back who can also help out at receiver.

    At 6'1" and 210 pounds, Lee has the strength and subtle quickness to consistently run inside. Yet he also has the speed to get to the edges to make plays in space. Lee flashes good hands in the passing game, and he appears to be more comfortable than most running backs are when lined up on the perimeter.

Ole Miss

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    Underrated recruit: Jamiyus Pittman, DT

    Pittman is a 3-star defensive lineman from Georgia who doesn't have the best ball-location skills. Yet if Ole Miss can simplify his responsibilities, he should make his presence felt in the trenches.

    At 6'2" and 282 pounds, Pittman has some explosiveness at the snap. He can shoot gaps or challenge blockers with strength. The Peach State prospect has a powerful playing style that should help the Rebels combat running plays in the SEC.

LSU

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    Underrated recruit: Tony Upchurch, WR

    Although he is a 4-star prospect, Upchurch routinely gets overlooked in LSU's class due to the other high-end 4-star recruits such as defensive back Edward Paris and receiver Trey Quinn.

    Yet the big Texan deserves more attention.

    Upchurch is a physical receiver who is 6'2" and nearly 230 pounds. He has the strength to bully his way through press coverage. Plus, he does a great job of shielding defenders away from the ball.

    He has a shot to get some playing time as a true freshman for LSU.

Kentucky

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    Underrated recruit: Dorian Baker, WR

    Thaddeus Snodgrass gets most of the love when it comes to discussing the top receivers in Kentucky's class. Yet the 4-star prospect will be joined by Baker—a fellow Ohio native—in Lexington.

    At 6'3" and 205 pounds, Baker is a 3-star receiver who has the size and athleticism to become a productive player for head coach Mark Stoops. He will need to refine his technique, but he has the potential to develop into a top-flight receiver for Kentucky.

Georgia

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    Underrated recruit: Shattle Fenteng, CB

    Fenteng has outstanding size for a cornerback at 6'2" and 200 pounds. He's spent most of his career at receiver, but the JUCO prospect's future is in the secondary.

    With his size and speed, Fenteng has the ability to develop into a great press-cornerback in Athens. He plays with solid instincts. Plus, he can be moved to safety if things don't work out on the perimeter.

     

Florida

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    Underrated recruit: Quincy Wilson, DB

    Depending on the scheme, Wilson can play safety, linebacker or cornerback. The 4-star Florida native is a versatile player who can play on all three levels of the defense.

    Wilson, who is 6'1" and 196 pounds, has the speed and instincts to roam various parts of the field versus passing plays. He does a good job of rolling into the box to stop the run, and he has the strength to anchor versus tight ends when asked to jam them at the line of scrimmage.

    Wilson is going to be one of the Florida's best defensive players in a few years.

Auburn

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    Underrated recruit: Kamryn Pettway, RB

    Pettway is a big running back who is 5'11.5" and 221 pounds. He attacks the line of scrimmage downhill with violent intentions.

    Pettway has solid speed, but he is at his best when he can absorb hits and push piles. He may not be an ideal fit in Auburn's spread offense, but he should serve the Tigers well as a short-yardage specialist.

Arkansas

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    Underrated recruit: Dwayne Eugene, S

    Eugene is not the most athletic or fastest safety in the country, but the 3-star prospect is tough and smart. He has great instincts, evidenced by his ability to quickly react to plays.

    At nearly 6'1" and 215 pounds, Eugene has the size to hold up in the box. He does a great job of attacking the line of scrimmage to challenge running backs, and he will deliver a big hit to anyone who gets in his way on the field.

    Eugene isn't going to be great in coverage for the Razorbacks, but his toughness and ability to help combat running plays will be assets.

Alabama

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    Underrated recruit: Shaun Hamilton, LB

    Alabama's class is downright silly, so it's easy for a great player like Hamilton to get overlooked. Yet he's going to be terrific in Tuscaloosa in a few years.

    Hamilton, who is a 4-star linebacker, is 6'0" and 240 pounds. He has a thick frame, and he possesses an impressive work ethic. The Alabama native has terrific short-area explosiveness in the box, which allows him to generate great force when making contact with opponents.

    He may not get talked about much due to the other talented players in the class, but Hamilton fits very well as an inside 'backer in Bama's defense.

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Use the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map to track the top prospects all over the country!

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.

     

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