10 SEC Teams Who Will Finish in the Top 25 Recruiting Class Rankings

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 6, 2014

10 SEC Teams Who Will Finish in the Top 25 Recruiting Class Rankings

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    The SEC is generally viewed as the best conference in college football. It's extremely competitive not only on the field, but also on the recruiting trail. The final top 25 recruiting rankings are always dominated by SEC schools, and this year will be no different.

    Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and Texas A&M have their eyes on the No. 1 spot. Auburn's magical season has helped it surge up the rankings, plus Florida and Georgia are up to their old recruiting ways.

    Also, underdogs like Ole Miss and Kentucky are constructing impressive recruiting classes.

    Note: All ranking information, star ratings and commitment totals are based on 247Sports' recruiting rankings

South Carolina

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    South Carolina has another solid class in the works thanks to head coach Steve Spurrier and his staff. The Gamecocks have 16 commitments, with five being 4-star prospects.

    The top players in the class are 4-star receiver Shaq Davidson, 4-star guard Donell Stanley and 4-star linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams, among others. Look for Spurrier to close with pledges from 4-star cornerback D.J. Smith and 4-star running back Derrell Scott


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    Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops has quickly turned the Wildcats into a respected school on the recruiting trail.

    Stoops has five 4-star prospects in his 24-man class, led by 4-star quarterback Drew Barker. Other notable 4-star recruits include safety Darius West, defensive end Denzel Ware and running back Stanley Williams.

    The biggest priority for Kentucky right now is 4-star defensive tackle Matt Elam.  

Ole Miss

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    Last year wasn't a fluke, as Ole Miss is currently putting together another impressive recruiting class. Head coach Hugh Freeze has assembled a group of 24 pledges that features six 4-star recruits.

    Guard Roderick Taylor, receiver Markell Pack and safety C.J. Hampton lead the class. Freeze is aiming to put the final touches on his 2014 class with pledges from 4-star defensive lineman Elisha Shaw, 3-star tight end Sammie Epps and 3-star cornerback Terrence Alexander


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    Sitting at No. 11 in the 247Sports recruiting rankingsGeorgia is set to bring another talented recruiting class to Athens.

    Head coach Mark Richt and his staff have done a great job on the trail this year, as UGA's 16-man haul is led by 5-star running back Sony Michel. Quarterback Jacob Park, defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard and running back Nick Chubb are notable 4-star recruits.

    Georgia's top remaining targets include 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, 4-star cornerback Wesley Green and 4-star defensive lineman Elisha Shaw.  


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    Florida's offense will look different in 2014 under new coordinator Kurt Roper, but the Gators are still recruiting well like they always do.

    Florida has a class of 20 players scheduled to come to Gainesville, as of now. Receiver Ermon Lane, quarterback Will Grier and defensive lineman Gerald Willis are 5-star recruits who are the group's best players.

    Head coach Will Muschamp is still holding out hope for uncommitted recruits such as 5-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson, 5-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and 4-star JUCO receiver Eric Lauderdale


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    Auburn will play for the BCS National Championship, but it also will sign a great recruiting class. Ranked No. 8 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings, the Tigers have 21 commitments.

    Racean Thomas, a 5-star running back, leads the way. Auburn also has nine 4-star commitments, including JUCO receiver D'haquille Williams and linebacker Tre' Williams

    Rashaan Evans, a 4-star linebacker/defensive end, is head coach Gus Malzahn's top recruiting priority right now.


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    Tennessee has 33 commitments, and 16 of them are 4-star prospects. Athlete/running back Jalen Hurd, safety Todd Kelly, receiver Josh Malone and linebacker Dillon Bates are 4-star recruits who are the pillars of the class.

    Head coach Butch Jones, along with his staff, have been wizards on the recruiting trail. Not much room is left, but the Vols are No. 6 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings right now. 


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    With three 5-star recruits, LSU's 18-man class is one of the best in the nation. The 5-star trio is made up of running back Leonard Fournette, safety Jamal Adams and linebacker Clifton Garrett.

    Notable 4-star pledges such as defensive back Edward Paris, quarterback Brandon Harris and receiver Trey Quinn are also terrific prospects. 

    The Tigers still hope to land 5-star receiver Malachi Dupre, 5-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson and 4-star linebacker Kenny Young.

Texas A&M

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    At No. 3 in the 247Sports recruiting rankings is Texas A&M. Head coach Kevin Sumlin has established the Aggies as a bully on the recruiting trail.

    Quarterback Kyle Allen, receiver/athlete Speedy Noil and defensive end Myles Garrett are 5-star recruits who lead the Aggies' 20-man class. 

    Sumlin is still aiming for 4-star offensive lineman Braden Smith, 4-star safety Steven Parker and 4-star linebacker/safety Edwin Freeman


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    Alabama has the No. 1 class in the country, via the 247Sports recruiting rankings. With four 5-star prospects, and 14 4-star recruits, its 24-man group is simply loaded.

    Offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, defensive end Da'Shawn Hand, cornerback Tony Brown and running back/athlete Bo Scarbrough are 5-star players who are the headliners. However, the list of elite 4-star recruits in this class is ridiculous.

    Marlon Humphrey, a 5-star cornerback, along with 5-star athlete John Smith, 5-star defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, 5-star guard Damien Mama and 4-star defensive tackle Matt Elam are among 'Bama's top remaining targets.

    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.