Top 2015 Recruits Who Committed Early to an SEC School

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IFebruary 17, 2014

Top 2015 Recruits Who Committed Early to an SEC School

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    The SEC is the dominant conference not only in college football, but also in college football recruiting. The hustle of luring talented players onto campus is uber-competitive around the league, so it's no shock that many SEC teams have already gotten some top 2015 recruits to commit.

    Examining the best 100 players in the 2015 247Sports composite rankings, it's time to take a quick look at the recruits who have already pledged to play in the SEC.

    LSU has an elite cornerback and talented running back already in the fold, Texas A&M has a stud defensive tackle, and Alabama also has a couple of talented commitments.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

Larry Pryor, S

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    Committed to: Texas A&M

    Larry Pryor is a 4-star safety from Texas who is 6'0.5" and 190 pounds. He plays well in the box, as Pryor displays terrific vision to track running backs.

    He also has enough speed and range to patrol the field in zone coverage, plus he appears to be a solid athlete. Look for Pryor to become a solid seam-defender in College Station.

Rico McGraw, CB

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    Committed to: Georgia

    Georgia has a commitment from 4-star cornerback Rico McGraw, who hails from Tennessee. A big cornerback who is 6'0" and 190 pounds, McGraw has excellent short-area quickness to close on the ball.

    He displays quick feet, plus he uses his deceptive strength and long arms to reroute receivers at the line. McGray, who has good vision and instincts, also can play safety.

Preston Williams, WR

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    Committed to: Tennessee

    Tennessee needs some more firepower at the receiver position, and 4-star recruit Preston Williams is going to give it to them when he comes to Knoxville.

    At 6'5" and 205 pounds, Williams combines terrific size with solid speed on the perimeter. He flashes great hands and a large catch radius, plus the Georgia native has a chance to be an effective blocker.

Rodney Anderson, RB

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    Committed to: Texas A&M

    Rodney Anderson is a 4-star move-the-chains type of running back who is not going to make many big plays. However, at 6'0.5" and 204 pounds, Anderson has the strength and power to beat up defenses when he carries the ball.

    He doesn't have great speed or elusiveness, but Anderson is a bell-cow runner who will excel in short-yardage situations.

Hjalte Froholdt, DT

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    Committed to: Arkansas

    Hailing from Denmark, Hjalte Froholdt is a 4-star defensive tackle who plays for Warren G. Harding High School in Ohio. He is a raw player with much to learn, but his 6'4", 282-pound frame has a ton of athleticism and power.

    Froholdt is quick off the ball at the snap, plus he has the strength to fight his way through blocks to make plays. Keep an eye on this guy, he has huge upside. 

Deionte Thompson, S

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    Committed to: Alabama

    Deionte Thompson is a 4-star safety with the hips of a cornerback. At 6'2" and 181 pounds, the Texas native is not afraid to mix it up with anyone on the field.

    Thompson has fantastic speed for a safety, but he's even more explosive in short areas. He flashes solid hands, plus he'll fill alleys versus running plays.

Nick Brossette, RB

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    Committed to: LSU

    At 6'0" and 207 pounds, Nick Brossette is a 4-star running back who is a bully with the ball in his hands. He has a no-nonsense running style that is based on attacking holes and alleys downhill with force.

    Brossette has solid buildup speed, but he's not going to wiggle around many defenders. He should form a power-running tandem with incoming freshman Leonard Fournette  in the coming seasons. 

Desherrius Flowers, RB

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    Committed to: Alabama

    Alabama doesn't need any more running backs, but don't tell that to 4-star recruit Desherrius Flowers. An in-state get for the Crimson Tide, Flowers is already 6'1" and 212 pounds.

    He has a powerful running style that is based on strength. Flowers has no issues challenging defenders at the point of attack, plus he also has the ability to carry defenders for extra yardage after contact.

Shameik Blackshear, DE

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    Committed to: South Carolina

    South Carolina is going to be trying to replace some guy named Clowney or something moving forward. That's where 5-star defensive end Shameik Blackshear comes into play.

    At 6'5" and 240 pounds, the South Carolina native is an explosive pass-rusher who has the first-step quickness to jump on top of blockers at the snap. Blackshear isn't the strongest guy around, but he has some fight and toughness in his game.

Mekhi Brown, DE

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    Committed to: Alabama

    Mekhi Brown is a 5-star defensive end from Georgia who can also stand up and play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. At 6'6" and 230 pounds, Brown has great athleticism and quickness to crash off the edge.

    He has quite a bit of explosiveness, plus Brown has impressive length. He'll need to get stronger, but he's an elite prospect in the 2015 class.

Maea Teuhema, OT

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    Committed to: LSU

    Maea Teuhema is a 5-star offensive lineman who best fits as a right tackle. The former Texas commit is now set to play for LSU in 2015, and he'll take great pride in opening holes in Baton Rouge.

    Teuhema, who is 6'4.5" and 346 pounds, has a college-ready frame right now. He possesses exceptional strength and power, but he also flashes enough agility to dance with rushers as a pass-protector.

Terry Godwin, ATH

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    Committed to: Georgia

    Hailing from Georgia, 5-star athlete Terry Godwin has decided to stay in his native state and be a Bulldog. His best position is receiver, as the 6'0", 165-pounder is a smooth athlete with great speed and hands.

    Godwin flashes excellent agility, which is why his route-running should improve over time. He's a future playmaker for the folks in Athens. (subscription required) said of Godwin on Feb. 14:

    The Georgia Bulldogs need a shot in the arm. They need a player who can score from anywhere on the field and can get people out of their seats in the return game. They certainly have a nice situation at running back and have set themselves up at that position for years to come, but Godwin's ability to play receiver or cornerback and his amazing special teams ability in the return game will be very welcome in Athens.

Daylon Mack, DT

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    Committed to: Texas A&M

    Everyone who watched college football in 2013 knows that Texas A&M needs to get better versus the run on defense. Well, although he can't help this year, 5-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack will chip in during the 2015 season.

    The 6'2", 310-pounder exhibits outstanding strength and power at the point of attack. Mack has above-average quickness at the snap, plus he flashes some range in pursuit.

    He can play in a 4-3 or 3-4 defense.

Kevin Toliver II, CB

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    Committed to: LSU

    At 6'2" and 185 pounds, 5-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II is a long-framed athlete who likes to press receivers. A good comparison for him is 5-star 2014 cornerback Jalen Tabor, who signed with Florida.

    Tolliver, who is from the Sunshine State, is a bit raw with his technique. However, he is a natural athlete who can flip his hips to run with receivers, plus he has good quickness out of transition.

    He should continue LSU's tradition of producing great defensive backs.


    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.