Power Ranking 2015 SEC Recruiting Classes So Far
College football recruiting rankings are dominated by the SEC. The conference is packed full of powerhouses who get after it on the recruiting trail.
This year has not been any different, as several SEC schools are on pace to sign elite classes. The final national recruiting rankings will be littered with SEC programs, and many of the country's top uncommitted recruits will opt to sign with a school in the competitive league.
Alabama is near the top of the rankings, while Texas A&M is coming on strong. Even the bottom of the SEC recruiting rankings features strong classes.
Total commitments: Two
Vanderbilt checks in here, as the Commodores have just two pledges. Head coach Derek Mason has what it takes to become a solid recruiter in the SEC, but he needs to get going soon.
The top player in Vandy's class is 4-star cornerback Donovan Sheffield. At 5'11" and 170 pounds, the Tennessee native has solid cover skills and quickness. Josh Crawford is a 3-star running back who should add depth to the offensive backfield.
Total commitments: Seven
Usually among the top recruiting programs in the country, Florida is not off to a normal start. Seven prospects are currently set to head to Gainesville, but only athlete Marcus Lewis is considered a 4-star recruit.
However, 3-star safety Deontai Williams does warrant an extra star. Tyler Jordan is a 3-star center who should be fine for the Gators, while maximizing the potential of 3-star tight end Camrin Knight and 3-star cornerback Jalen Julius should bring head coach Will Muschamp big returns.
12. Ole Miss
Total commitments: Six
Although it is ranked in this slot, Ole Miss still is building one of the better recruiting classes in the country. The Rebels boast six commitments, with two being 4-star prospects.
The leader of the bunch is 4-star running back Eric Swinney from Georgia. The 5'10", 188-pounder is a smaller back who runs bigger than his listed size. At 6'5" and 233 pounds, Willie Hibbler is an intriguing 4-star athlete.
11. Mississippi State
Total commitments: 13
With 13 commitments already, Mississippi State has shot out of the gate. While only two pledges are 4-star prospects, head coach Dan Mullen's class should help the Bulldogs in a few seasons.
Shifty 4-star JUCO receiver Donald Gray is the top recruit in the class, while 4-star JUCO defensive end Timothy Washington is not far behind. MSU should love having 6'4", 200-pound 3-star receiver Dontea Jones around, and 3-star athlete Jay Johnson could get an extra star before the end of this cycle.
Total commitments: Nine
After a solid 2014 campaign, Kentucky is doing well for an encore recruiting performance. Head coach Mark Stoops has acquired nine commitments, with two being 4-star prospects.
The offensive class is led by 4-star tight end C.J. Conrad and 3-star receiver Alex Stump. Defensively, 4-star linebacker Eli Brown is the top player. The in-state pledge for the Wildcats is undersized at 6'2" and 195 pounds, but his range and speed are impressive.
Total commitments: Eight
Arkansas is not viewed as a recruiting juggernaut, but it is hanging with the big boys so far in 2015 recruiting. Half of the Razorbacks' class of eight commitments is made up of 4-star recruits.
The headliner so far is 4-star defensive lineman Hjalte Froholdt, who is originally from Denmark. However, the most important prospect in the class is 4-star quarterback Ty Storey, who will like tossing passes to 4-star tight end Jamario Bell.
The fourth 4-star commitment for Arkansas is 6'2", 297-pound guard Zach Rogers.
Total commitments: Seven
The rushing attack in Columbia will be in good hands with 4-star running backs Natereace Strong and Chase Abbington. AJ Harris is a 3-star guard who will help open holes for them, while 3-star safety Cameron Hilton is the lone defensive player in the group.
Total commitments: Eight
Another strong class is in the works for Georgia, as the Bulldogs are on a solid recruiting pace. They've secured eight commitments, and four are 4-star prospects.
However, all eyes are on 5-star athlete Terry Godwin. At 6'0" and 168 pounds, the Peach State native has the speed and athleticism to excel at cornerback or receiver. Should he play on the perimeter on offense, he'll form a great tandem with 4-star receiver Christian Owens.
6. South Carolina
Total commitments: 10
He'll be joined on the Gamecocks defense by 4-star linebacker Sherrod Pittman and 4-star cornerback Mark Fields. On offense, most of the attention goes to 4-star dual-threat quarterback Lorenzo Nunez, but 4-star athlete Jalen Christian is the one to watch.
Total commitments: 11
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones was magical on the 2014 recruiting trail, so he'll need a strong class to top what he did last year. So far, he is doing just fine.
The Volunteers have 11 commitments, including one from 5-star receiver Preston Williams. Offensive lineman Jack Jones, athlete Jauan Jennings and defensive end Andrew Butcher are the 4-star trio in the class.
Total commitment: 11
LSU has one of the nation's top classes, with 5-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II being the headliner. The 6'2", 185-pounder from Florida has prototypical size and cover skills to be a star in Baton Rouge.
The next 5-star commitment for the Tigers is offensive lineman Maea Teuhema. The Texas native is huge at 6'4.5" and 340 pounds, plus he has excellent strength and surprising agility. He'll be joined in the trenches by 4-star JUCO offensive tackle Jevonte Domond, and 4-star running back Nick Brossette is likely drooling to run behind both talented blockers.
3. Texas A&M
Total commitments: 11
His commitment gives head coach Kevin Sumlin two 5-star pledges, as defensive tackle Daylon Mack became an Aggie last fall. Trevor Elbert and Connor Lanfear are a 4-star tandem at offensive tackle, while Larry Pryor and Justin Dunning are both 4-star safeties.
Murray told the following to Taylor Hamm of Gigem247 on May 28: “I could see more jumping on real soon.”
Total commitments: 14
Auburn also has a pledge from 4-star athlete Kerryon Johnson, who can play several positions. Linebacker Darrell Williams, safeties Ben Edwards and Jordan Colbert and cornerback Tony Bridges are 4-star defenders who will be looking to play sooner than later.
Total commitments: 16
Alabama has 16 commitments, and only three players in its class are 3-star prospects. Head coach Nick Saban's group is headlined by 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, but the class doesn't stop with him.
High-end 4-star recruits such as safety Deionte Thompson, athlete Shawn Burgess-Becker, tight end Hale Hentges and receiver Calvin Ridley could be headliners of many other recruiting classes. 'Bama also boasts pledges from 4-star guards Lester Cotton, Richie Petitbon and Dallas Warmack.
The sleeper of the class may be 3-star defensive end/outside linebacker Christian Bell.
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.