SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 6 Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (SR)
2013 stats: 112 catches, 1,477 yards, 7 TDs, 113.6 YPG, 13.19 YPC
Why he’s No. 6: Jordan Matthews is the perfect star buster in the recruiting rankings. Largely ranked a three-star exiting high school, Matthews completely surpassed all expectations and became one of the greatest receivers in SEC history.
Matthews set the SEC’s career reception record with 262 and the career receiving yards record with 3,759 yards. And he played like a complete animal as a senior, refusing to come out of games and making big play after big play.
With the whole country watching opening week against Ole Miss, Matthews delivered one of the best performances of the season. Injured earlier in the game and puking on the field, Matthews caught a total of 10 passes for 178 yards and one TD, making one of the more memorable grabs down the stretch on fourth down.
Matthews’ 112 receptions in 2013 were good for fourth most in the country, and his 1,477 yards were also good for fourth most…playing on a team with an average passing game where everybody knew who was going to get the football.
He was the Commodores’ leader, and he’ll be a leader in the NFL to whichever team makes him a big part of their organization.
Top 25 player rankings:
- No. 7: LSU RB Jeremy Hill
- No. 8: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews
- No. 9: Georgia QB Aaron Murray
- No. 10: Texas A&M WR Mike Evans
- No. 11: Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves
- No. 12: Auburn OT Greg Robinson
- No. 13: LSU WR Odell Beckham
- No. 14: South Carolina RB Mike Davis
- No. 15: Missouri DE Kony Ealy
- No. 16: South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles
- No. 17: Missouri RB Henry Josey
- No. 18: Alabama QB AJ McCarron
- No. 19: South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney
- No. 20: LSU WR Jarvis Landry
- No. 21: Ole Miss DB Cody Prewitt
- No. 22: Missouri CB EJ Gaines
- No. 23: Georgia LB Ramik Wilson
- No. 24: Missouri WR Dorial Green-Beckham
- No. 25: LSU QB Zach Mettenberger
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