How the 25 best SEC players ranked as recruits


Over the last month, SDS has been counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013. And I’m sure you all had some qualms about the ranking, but that’s what makes the SEC so great – everyone is passionate about their team and their team’s players.

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It’s always interesting to see how the best SEC players ranked as recruits. Five former three-stars made the cut, along with Denzel Nkemdiche, who went unranked according to

MSU’s Gabe Jackson, Georgia’s Keith Marshall, Florida’s Marcus Roberson and Vanderbilt’s Andre Hal were the first four out, and I included them on the chart below. Jeremy Hill did not make the ranking because of his suspension. All five are worthy to be in the top 25, and we’ll see how the season plays out for each:

No. Player Po. Team Stars
1 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina *****
2 Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M ***
3 Todd Gurley RB Georgia ****
4 AJ McCarron QB Alabama ****
5 TJ Yeldon RB Alabama *****
6 Aaron Murray QB Georgia ****
7 CJ Mosley LB Alabama ****
8 Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee ****
9 Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama *****
10 Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M ****
11 Amari Cooper WR Alabama ****
12 Dominique Easley DT Florida *****
13 Adrian Hubbard OLB Alabama ****
14 Jordan Jenkins OLB Georgia ****
15 Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt ***
16 Loucheiz Purifoy ATH Florida ****
17 Mike Evans WR Texas A&M ***
18 Anthony Johnson DT LSU *****
19 Denzel Nkemdiche LB Ole Miss NR
20 HaHa Clinton-Dix S Alabama *****
21 Travis Swanson C Arkansas ***
22 Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss ****
23 AJ Johnson MLB Tennessee ****
24 Craig Loston S LSU *****
25 Chris Smith DE Arkansas ***
Gabe Jackson OG Miss State ***
Marcus Roberson CB Florida ****
Andre Hal CB Vanderbilt ***
Keith Marshall RB Georgia ****

Photo Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports



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  • Great job Jon. Manziel and Mathews, the two best players in the SEC, 3 stars. So much for star ratings, recruit the high school players that fit your scheme and want to represent your program, and want to win.

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