Ranking the SEC’s 14 recruiting classes before National Signing Day


National Signing Day is Wednesday, where the SEC will close yet another chapter in the recruiting game.

Things are about to get crazy as we embark on another signing day, hopefully full of surprises and SEC media attention.

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The SEC is torching other conferences in the recruiting rankings right now, with seven of the top 10 classes. Kentucky is currently 20th in the country and ninth in the SEC, but the Wildcats would be ranked second in the Big Ten and second in the Pac-12.

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Here’s a look at the 14 SEC schools and how they stack up against each other and the rest of the country for the class of 2014 with just two days to go:

EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings, team or individual, are based on composite rankings from 247Sports.com.

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Commitments: 25
Early enrollees: 8
SEC: No. 1
Nationally: No. 1
Top committed prospect: OL Cameron Robinson
Headlined by: DE Da’Shawn Hand; DB Tony Brown, ATH Bo Scarborough
The skinny: Alabama will finish with this year’s top recruiting class, and some are saying it’s the best class ever on paper.

Related: SEC added 13 commitments over pivotal recruiting weekend

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Commitments: 22
Early enrollees: 5
SEC: No. 2
Nationally: No. 3
Top committed prospect: DE Myles Garrett
Headlined by: WR Speedy Noil, QB Kyle Allen, DB Nick Harvey
The skinny: Texas A&M is loading up on talent, and Kevin Sumlin is building incredible depth on both sides of the ball.

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Commitments: 19
Early enrollees: 2
SEC: No. 3
Nationally: No. 4
Top committed prospect: RB Leonard Fournette
Headlined by: DB Jamal Adams, LB Clifton Garrett, DB Edward Paris
The skinny: With Leonard Fournette now on board, the Tigers can finish with whoever they want and it would be deemed successful. Could Florida commit Gerald Willis flip to LSU?

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Commitments: 34
Early enrollees: 15
SEC: No. 4
Nationally: No. 6
Top committed prospect: RB Jalen Hurd
Headlined by: WR Josh Malone, DB Todd Kelly, LB Dillon Bates
The skinny: Vols are signing the largest class in the country. Thirty-seven signees is the largest class ever, and Tennessee could make a run at that record.

Related: Tennessee putting together a stellar recruiting class

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Commitments: 21
Early enrollees: 5
SEC: No. 5
Nationally: No. 7
Top committed prospect: RB Racean Thomas
Headlined by: LB Tre’ Williams, WR D’haquille Williams, DB Kalvaraz Bessent
The skinny: The Tigers signed three stud junior college transfers in December and have flipped four players from other SEC schools in recent weeks.

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Commitments: 19
Early enrollees: 1
SEC: No. 6
Nationally: No. 8
Top committed prospect: RB Sony Michel
Headlined by: RB Nick Chubb, QB Jacob Park, DB Malkom Parrish
The skinny: Georgia landed two commits recently, and they hope to finish with 5-star DE Lorenzo Carter Wednesday.

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Commitments: 21
Early enrollees: 6
SEC: No. 7
Nationally: No. 10
Top committed prospect: CB Jalen Tabor
Headlined by: DT Gerald Willis, QB Will Grier, OL David Sharpe
The skinny: Florida hopes to close strong with Adoree Jackson and Damian Prince, among others Wednesday.

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Commitments: 23
Early enrollees: 7
SEC: No. 8
Nationally: No. 13
Top committed prospect: OL Rod Taylor
Headlined by: DB C.J. Hampton, WR Markell Pack, DE Garrald McDowell
The skinny: How many tricks do the Rebels have up their sleeves come Wednesday? We’re going to find out.

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Commitments: 28
Early enrollees: 7
SEC: No. 9
Nationally: No. 20
Top committed prospect: QB Drew Barker
Headlined by: DT Matt Elam, DB Darius West, DE Denzel Ware
The skinny: The Wildcats are going to sign their best recruiting class ever.

Related: Kentucky will have their best recruiting class ever

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Commitments: 17
Early enrollees: 1
SEC: No. 10
Nationally: No. 23
Top committed prospect: WR Shaq Davidson
Headlined by: DE Dante Sawyer, OL Donell Stanley, LB Bryson Allen-Williams
The skinny: Expected to be a small class, the Gamecocks still have a nice group. And it looks like they’ll hold onto LB Bryson Allen-Williams.

Related: Will SC suffer any recruiting flips?

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Commitments: 23
Early enrollees: 4
SEC: No. 11
Nationally: No. 31
Top committed prospect: DT Bijhon Jackson
Headlined by: OL Brian Wallace, OL Frank Ragnow, OL Jovan Pruitt
The skinny: Bret Bielema is building a big-time offensive line for the future.

Related: Hogs drop two commits, HS coach angry

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Commitments: 21
Early enrollees: 2
SEC: No. 12
Nationally: No. 36
Top committed prospect: ATH Jamoral Graham
Headlined by: RB Aeris Williams, CB Tee Shepard, ATH Gerri Green
The skinny: MSU is making a little noise down the stretch, and the Bulldogs landed three commits over the weekend, including stud JUCO CB Tee Shepard.

Related: MSU fans will love Tee Shepard

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Commitments: 27
Early enrollees: 5
SEC: No. 13
Nationally: No. 37
Top committed prospect: OL Andy Bauer
Headlined by: LB Brandon Lee, WR Nate Brown, DB Raymond Wingo
The skinny: This is a sleeper class, meaning it isn’t getting the respect it deserves–just like the team this fall.

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Commitments: 15
Early enrollees: 0
SEC: No. 14
Nationally: No. 69
Top committed prospect: DB Emmaunel Smith
Headlined by: OT Andrew Mike, ATH Dallas Rivers, DB Trent Sherfield
The skinny: Derek Mason added six commits over the weekend. How strong can he close Wednesday?

Related: Vandy wins fierce battle for OT

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  • Bryson Allen-Williams just tweeted thanking UGA fans for all the love but that he will be signing with the gamecocks on Wednesday. This guy will be on the field next year and will be a stud. Huge that USC was able to hold on to him after he went to Bama and UGA the last few weeks on official visits. Hoping for more good news Wednesday with the two 4* CBs (Wesley Green and Chris Lammons) that are expected to sign and join the other (DJ Smith) that has already committed. 4* DT Dexter Wideman is also considering a flip from FSU to USC. This was going to be a small class as USC was very young, and reloading on defense was by far the biggest need. USC usually hovers around #20 in the recruiting rankings and with another few key adds should end up somewhere between 12-15. Perfect spot for the HBC. Can’t wait for next season to get here.

  • Another massive class for the SEC. It’s hard to look closely at ALL these prospective groups before they actually sign, but here are some thoughts about Missouri. I think Missouri will get more help next year from their 2013 class than a lot of SEC programs. If they move Hosick to one of several places where he can use his size and skill it will make that class even more of an impact, but this class has some big bodies/ skill anyway. The 2014 class does look like a sleeper to the data shufflers but I don’t think anybody around the Missouri program has the slightest reservation. The class has a lot of competitors. Psychologically they will have big expectations.
    I like Tennessee and Arkansas to improve a lot. I don’t expect big changes in anyone else, except a leveling out at Auburn, and Alabama. Maybe a Johnny hangover at aTm, but they have good newcomers too. Vandy will rise again but not before a very short re-learning curve. Florida will have great athletes but they might still be looking for formula. LSU very physical again but wondering if they can balance with skills on both sides. Kentucky will gain some momentum, if the coaching staff can teach smart football. The SEC is going to be great in 2014, AFTER ANOTHER OVERWHELMING BOWL SEASON FOR THE SEC, (thanks brothers), I hope media can curb their odd need to call as many teams as possible,’ bad’ football teams. Even some of the worst football conferences in the NCAA have a number of very interesting teams that execute well. So common sense should dictate a more respectful tracking of teams like MS-ST, Vandy, ARK, because anybody in the SEC could get on a role and wind up the season playing top 15 quality football.

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