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Power Ranking 2014 SEC Recruiting Classes Post High School All-America Games

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJanuary 2, 2014

Power Ranking 2014 SEC Recruiting Classes Post High School All-America Games

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    It's about that time when some of the best high school players in the country announce where they will play college ball. They take advantage of the national spotlight that high school All-American games offer and make certain fanbases happy with their decisions.

    The Under Armour All-America Game is in the books, and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl kicked off on Saturday. Both games featured commitments from some of the most talked-about recruits, including running backs Leonard Fournette and Joe Mixon, wide receiver Speedy Noil and cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

    Many of those names are strongly considering SEC schools. In other words, these games are going to drastically change the recruiting rankings and how each team's class stacks up.

    Let's take a look at where each SEC team currently ranks.

14. Mississippi State

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Offensive lineman Jocquell Johnson, athlete Jamoral Graham, athlete Gerri Green and running back Aeris Williams

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: None. 

    What This Means: The good news is that Mississippi State wasn't expecting anybody to commit. Well, that may be bad news, depending on how you look at it. Anyway, the Bulldogs still have playmakers in Green and Graham, as well as a running back in Williams, who could make an impact rather early. This class may be last in the SEC, but it's still a solid group of players when compared to the rest of the country. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None. 

    What This Means: Mississippi State has to step it up?

13. Missouri

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Offensive tackle Andy Bauer, outside linebacker Brandon Lee, wide receiver Nate Brown and cornerback Raymond Wingo

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: None.

    What This Means: Like a few SEC programs, Missouri wasn't expecting any surprises during the game. And for what it's worth, the 13th-best class in the SEC isn't too shabby. There are a few solid players in this class who will help the Tigers continue to move in the right direction. One name to keep an eye on is wide receiver Frank Iheanacho, who is expected to commit during the Army All-American Bowl. Missouri is a finalist. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None. 

    What This Means: Missouri didn't get any love despite an incredible 12-win season. That should change once we get closer to national signing day. 

12. Vanderbilt

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, safety Kyle Gibson, safety Emmanuel Smith and defensive tackle Michael Sawyers

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: None. 

    What This Means: You didn't expect Vanderbilt to snag any of the top-tier players in this game, did you? The Commodores already have a few terrific prospects, so asking James Franklin and company to do much more would be insane. However, they will have their chance to shock college football on Saturday, as linebacker Nyles Morgan is considering Vandy, along with Notre Dame. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None. 

    What This Means: Vanderbilt had an outside shot at Morgan, but the star linebacker picked Notre Dame. Go figure. 

11. Arkansas

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson, offensive tackle Jovan Pruitt, tight end Ravian Pierce and quarterback Rafe Peavey

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: None. 

    What This Means: Arkansas continues to build a solid class in the trenches. Unfortunately, there weren't any big men in this game who gave the Razorbacks a chance. However, the sky isn't falling just yet. Arkansas is still sitting with a respectable class and has guys such as Brian Wallace and Frank Iheanacho, who are considering the school during the Army All-American Bowl. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: Offensive lineman Brian Wallace

    What This Means: The SEC team that made the biggest jump was Arkansas. Wallace turned down Alabama for Arkansas, which has to feel great if you're a Razorbacks fan. He has elite size at 6'6" and nearly 300 pounds and possesses a nice combination of power and strength. He's strong at the point of attack and has a bit of a mean streak to his game. He should thrive under head coach Bret Bielema

10. South Carolina

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Wide receiver Shaq Davidson, defensive end Dante Sawyer, offensive lineman Donell Stanley and linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: None. 

    What This Means: It's hard out here for South Carolina. Don't get me wrong, the Gamecocks' recruiting class has done a lot better than expected early on. But very few recruits are playing in these games who are considering them. Well, at least the guys who are ready to commit. The goodies for Steve Spurrier and company will likely come when Derrell ScottDamian Prince and D.J. Smith are ready to commit. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None. 

    What This Means: South Carolina will make its push as we get closer to national signing day.

9. Kentucky

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Quarterback Drew Barker, safety Darius West, defensive end Denzel Ware and running back Stanley Williams

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: None. 

    What This Means: Head coach Mark Stoops and his staff continue to impress. Barker is a program changer at the quarterback position, and West and Ware are legit players on the defensive side of the ball. But let's be honest: Any recruit in this game giving Kentucky a fair shot would have turned the world upside down. However, defensive tackle Matt Elam (who might commit in the Army All-American Bowl) would move this team up the rankings. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None.

    What This Means: Elam didn't make his decision, which should worry Kentucky fans. Anytime you give Nick Saban extra time to sway a young man, the odds are against you. Elam is expected to make his decision on national signing day. 

8. Ole Miss

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Offensive lineman Roderick Taylor, safety C.J. Hampton, wide receiver Markell Pack and defensive end Garrald McDowell

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: None. 

    What This Means: The recruiting class isn't nearly as top heavy as last year's, but it has a good amount of depth. Unfortunately for Hugh Freeze and his staff, nobody committing in this game gave the Rebels much of a chance. Ole Miss fans should have their eyes glued to the television on Saturday when defensive tackle Elisha Shaw commits. He's seriously considering the program. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None. 

    What This Means: Ole Miss had a chance to land Shaw, but he didn't announce his decision as expected. If the Rebels land him on national signing day, they'll move up the rankings a couple of spots. 

7. Florida

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Wide receiver Ermon Lane, quarterback Will Grier, offensive lineman David Sharpe and wide receiver J.C. Jackson

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: Defensive lineman Gerald Willis

    What This Means: The Gators were losing momentum and looked to be the big losers of the day. They lost out on wide receiver Travis Rudolph and safety Jamal Adams. However, Willis was a big get to balance things out and put a smile on Florida fans' faces. He is a versatile lineman who can play anywhere on the line. He has terrific explosion off the ball and jaw-dropping athleticism. Florida has had great success with defensive linemen in the past, and Willis should be no exception. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None. 

    What This Means: Florida watched Nyles Morgan pick Notre Dame with a Gators hat on the table, but the team wasn't a serious contender for his services. The program has to pick it up a bit. 

6. Georgia

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Running back Sony Michel, running back Nick Chubb, quarterback Jacob Park and cornerback Malkom Parrish

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: None. 

    What This Means: With a running back combination of Michel and Chubb, as well as the potential quarterback of the future in Park, Georgia shouldn't be too disappointed that it didn't land anybody during the Under Armour Game. With an already solid class put together, the Bulldogs will have a chance to make it even better on Saturday when defensive tackle Elisha Shaw announces his decision. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None.

    What This Means: Shaw backed out of making his decision, so Georgia goes home empty. However, Michel did play well in the All-American Game. 

5. Auburn

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Running back Racean Thomas, linebacker Tre' Williams, cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent and defensive end Justin Thornton

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: None. 

    What This Means: Despite being in the national championship, Auburn wasn't mentioned much during the game. Wide receiver Travis Rudolph was considering the Tigers, but he ended up picking Florida State. So much for that, huh? Still, Auburn has an incredibly loaded class and could get better if defensive tackle Elisha Shaw makes a surprise pick during the weekend.  

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None. 

    What This Means: The only player who was considering Auburn was Shaw. However, he postponed his decision and won't announce until national signing day. Maybe that's good news for the Tigers?

4. Tennessee

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Athlete Jalen Hurd, wide receiver Josh Malone, safety Todd Kelly and outside linebacker Dillon Bates

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: None. 

    What This Means: Nobody was expected to show Tennessee any love in this game, but who cares? Don't expect much in the Army All-American Game, either. The Volunteers still have one of the top classes in the entire country, never mind the SEC. Several players in this class will see the field rather early in the upcoming season. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None.

    What This Means: As expected, Tennessee wasn't in the running for any of the recruits making a decision. Still, a sweet class is heading into national signing day. 

3. LSU

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Outside linebacker Clifton Garrett, safety Edward Paris, quarterback Brandon Harris and wide receiver Trey Quinn

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: Safety Jamal Adams and running back Leonard Fournette.

    What This Means: LSU continues continues to rebuild at the safety position. After the Tigers recently watched Brandon Taylor and Eric Reid go into the NFL, Adams projects to have similar success at the collegiate level. He's a ball-hawking player who can play center field and make game-changing plays. He covers a lot of ground and is a tough hitter when given the chance. He'll add versatility, as he can also play cornerback and special teams. 

    The Tigers also landed Fournette, who is arguably the best running back in this class. He's a grown man at 6'1", 226 pounds and is pretty much the complete package. Acceleration, speed, power, vision—he has it all. LSU has been a running back by committee over the years, but that may change once this guy steps on campus. He's a huge land for the team in Baton Rouge. 

    The bad news is that LSU missed out on cornerback Tony Brown, but that's a moot point, right?

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None.

    What This Means: LSU falls one spot after not landing anybody in the game. Still, great class and solid pickups in the Under Armour Game. 

2. Texas A&M

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Defensive end Myles Garrett, quarterback Kyle Allen, cornerback Nick Harvey and safety Dylan Sumner-Gardner

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: Wide receiver Speedy Noil

    What This Means: It means whoever is playing quarterback for the Aggies will have a superfast wide receiver to play catch with. Johnny Manziel, please come back. Noil runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and is elusive in the open field. His playmaking ability will make any quarterback better and gives the Aggies an elite offensive weapon who is a threat to score anytime he is on the field.  

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: Wide receiver Frank Iheanacho.  

    What This Means: Texas A&M continues to land great receiver after great receiver. My goodness. Iheanacho is originally a basketball player, so he has terrific hops and a large frame at 6'7". He's an elite pass-catcher and does a wonderful job of high-pointing the football. Texas A&M continues to win in the recruiting field every time you turn around. 

1. Alabama

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    Top Recruits Already Committed: Offensive lineman Cameron Robinson, defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, athlete Bo Scarbrough and outside linebacker Christian Miller

    Commitments During Under Armour Game: Cornerback Tony Brown

    What This Means: Brown was expected to go to LSU, which makes this pickup that much sweeter for Alabama. It's like finding a few dollar bills in your pocket that you had completely forgotten about. Anyway, he is a defensive back who can do a little bit of everything. He played safety in high school but is expected to play corner. He's insanely fast and athletic and already has great size at 6'0", 188 pounds. My goodness, the Tide keep winning. 

    Commitments During U.S. Army All-American Game: None.

    What This Means: Alabama missed out on cornerback Marshon Lattimore and offensive lineman Brian Wallace, but the Crimson Tide are still sitting comfortable with the top overall class.

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