Published January 27, 2012 - 9:36am
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We are officially less than a week away from National Signing Day. Then, all the trials and turmoil you are experiencing right now will soon go away. Imagine how all the recruits and their families feel? They are worn out too. However, it will all be over soon.
Here are the biggest recruiting needs in the SEC East:
Offensive Line: Florida virtually returns its entire offensive line in 2012, but this line has to get better because it was terrible in 2011. The Gators need a ton more talent and greater depth. They are getting just that in commits DJ Humphries and Jessamen Dunker. The Gators could very well add another one on National Signing Day, and Humphries looks to be a future all-SEC tackle. Things are looking up along the offensive in Gainesville.
Offensive Line: The Bulldogs lose three starters along the offensive line in Cordy Glenn, Justin Anderson and Ben Jones. There is also a ton of youth and unproven depth in Athens, but Georgia currently has three offensive linemen committed, with the star recruit being John Theus. Georgia is addressing this need.
Defensive Back: Kentucky loses four starters in the defensive backfield in Winston Guy, Taiedo Smith, Randall Burden and Anthony Moseley. The Wildcats need depth very quickly, and they currently have seven defensive backs committed to play corner and safety for next season. This will be a youthful secondary, but from a numbers standpoint, the Wildcats are getting what they need.
Defensive Line: To play in the SEC, you have to have upperclassmen along the defensive line to compete with the SEC’s power running games. Missouri, unfortunately, is losing three starters along the defensive line heading into next year, and they need talent and depth fast. And right now, the Tigers only have three defensive linemen committed heading in to Signing Day on Wednesday. This has go to get better and pick up for the Tigers to play for any SEC championships in the near future.
Defensive Back: The Gamecocks lose two starters at corner, with Stephon Gilmore leaving early for the NFL Draft, and will lose two players in DJ Swearinger and DeVonte Holloman after the 2012 season. There is little depth here, and this has been a point of weakness for this defense over the last couple of years. While this secondary did pick its game up last year, they need more depth in the defensive backfield. Thankfully, the Gamecocks have five defensive backs coming in who are committed right now, with Jordan Diggs the most highly rated prospect.
Running Back: The running back position is by far the biggest gaping hole in the Tennessee offense. The only proven starter is Marlin Lane, and he needs to pick up his game. Tennessee is always known for their good running backs, but last year, there just was nothing to hang their hat on in this department. Tennessee currently has two running backs committed in Alden Hill and Quenshaun Watson. Also, athlete commit Davante Bourque will play running back once he gets on campus.
Defensive End: The Commodores lose their two starting defensive ends in TJ Greenstone and Tim Fugger. Both are graduating seniors. This is definitely a position of need for the Dores, and they have two highly rated ends committed right now in Caleb Azubike and Josh Dawson. Both look like they can be book ends in the near future in Nashville.