A look at how 2013 first-team All-SEC players were rated as recruits

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With bowl games just around the corner and National Signing Day only a couple months away, I love to take a look at how the SEC’s first-team All-SEC was rated as recruits.

Related: AP All-SEC team

Here’s a look at the first team and how they were rated as high school prospects, using 247Sports Composite Rankings.


Pos. Player School Stars Pos. Rank
QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M *** #14 Dual-threat QB
RB Tre Mason Auburn **** #21 RB
RB Jeremy Hill LSU **** #16 RB
WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt *** #169 WR
WR Mike Evans Texas A&M *** #87 WR
TE Arthur Lynch Georgia **** #3 TE
OL Gabe Jackson Miss State *** #56 OG
OL Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama ***** #1 OT
OL Jake Matthews Texas A&M **** #5 OT
OL Justin Britt Missouri *** #83 OT
OL Greg Robinson Auburn **** #12 OT
OL Anthony Steen Alabama *** #31 OG
C Travis Swanson Arkansas *** #7 OC
K Marshall Morgan Georgia *** #4 K
AP Odell Beckham LSU **** #19 WR

Related: SEC Bowl Game Schedule


Pos. Player School Stars Pos. Rank
DE Michael Sam Missouri ** #49 DE
DE Dee Ford Auburn *** #14 DE
DT Kelcy Quarles S. Carolina **** #13 DT
DE Jadeveon Clowney S. Carolina ***** #1 DE
DE Kony Ealy Missouri **** #15 DE
LB CJ Mosley Alabama **** #3 ILB
LB Ramik Wilson Georgia *** #16 ILB
LB AJ Johnson Tennessee **** #7 DE
CB EJ Gaines Missouri *** #36 CB
CB Vernon Hargreaves Florida ***** #1 CB
S Cody Prewitt Ole Miss *** #25 ATH
S Kenny Ladler Vanderbilt *** #70 S
P Cody Mandell Alabama NA NA

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  • Of the 28 total players on the first team, there was one unranked player in punter Cody Mandell and one two-star in the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam.
  • Michael Sam was the lowest rated player in the entire first team, and that speaks to the development of Gary Pinkel and his coaching staff.
  • There were 13 three-stars, nearly half of the first team.
  • There were 10 four-stars and three five-stars.
  • The SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year in Tre Mason was a four-star and the #21 rated back out of high school.



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  • Pinkel is a great talent evaluator as well. He seems to always recruit just the right kids to develop into what he wants.

  • Great stuff! Any chance you can edit that to show that Kenny Ladler plays for Vanderbilt?

    • Of course! Honest mistake.

    • Ha, that’s funny. I think Jordan Matthews is a great example of why the star rankings coming out of high school don’t always matter. It is usually a good indicator of talent, but it certainly doesn’t guarantee production in college. I remember a smallish 2-star LB from the state of Tennessee that committed to Ole Miss in 2003 that Fulmer didn’t want. He is now the best LB in the NFL…..Patrick Willis. You never know with recruiting.

  • I know Mandell is a walk-on but did he not play in High School or was he just not ranked?

  • Jordan Matthews was only given a Scholarship Offer by Vanderbilt and Arkansas State, two. And, he attended camp at Auburn. One might have thought they might have noticed then at Auburn Camp ? If I had to choose between Vanderbilt and Arkansas State, were I Jordan Matthews, I would have taken the Vanderbilt Scholarship Offer too, and gone out to beat Florida and Georgia, both in my senior year catching over 100 passes my senior season to set The SEC All-Time Record, and thumb my nose at the entire country and all the schools, even those whom I attended camp at, who never even considered offering me a Scholarship to play at their school, while I put my name up there for the Fred Biletnikoff sticky hands award. Great job of it Jordan Matthews, future NFL star. I also note Jordan Matthews was the worst-ranked recruit of all the All-SEC Selections. Just think and he set The SEC Record All-Time. Congratulations to Jordan Matthews, who certainly beat my beloved Georgia Bulldogs this season and Florida for the 1st time ever in Vanderbilt history. Many great accolades for this fine young man in the future. I hate it, but I honor the man for all this I say.

  • That moment when you realize that most All-SEC players were a 3-star or lower.

    • Was just thinking the same thing. We get so caught up in who has the most 4 and 5-stars without realizing those guys don’t necessarily pan out. On the other hand, you have the Bama’s and LSU’s of the world, which consistently recruit awesome (mostly 4 and 5-star) classes and, likewise, compete for SEC and national championships every year. So, at the end of the day, we’re still left asking “do stars really matter?”


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