Most college rosters–even in the SEC–are full of kids who were three-star prospects coming out of high school. Missouri is full of them, and of course played in the SEC championship. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Arkansas … you name it, the majority of their rosters is made up of three-star kids, yet these programs are winning games in the toughest league in college football.
And don’t forget, more than half of the recruiting services had Johnny Manziel rated as a three-star QB coming out of high school. Three-star prospects go on to do big things, and we’re going to take a shot at naming a few in the 2015 class that we think will have great college careers in the SEC. Some are already committed, some are seriously considering SEC schools.
Here’s a look at who we think will still have a promising career, even though they don’t have a five-star ranking at this point.
Hanner Shipley, TE/OL, Marble Falls (Texas)
SEC SCHOOLS: Committed to LSU
RANK: No. 32 tight end in the nation
THE SKINNY: Shipley is a cousin of Jordan and Jaxon Shipley of Texas Longhorns fame, but he said he wanted to blaze his own trail in college. He also reports an offer from the Longhorns and one from UCLA, but he committed to LSU early this year. The prospect is a bit underrated as a low-end three-star prospect, probably thanks to where he began his prep career (he started in six-man football) but the Tigers’ staff likes what they see.
SHIPLEY TELLS SATURDAY DOWN SOUTH: “I’m so pumped to be a Tiger. I chose LSU because I fit into what they are doing offensively better than anywhere else I could have chose. They needed a big tight end who can block and catch and those are my two specialties. I love (assistant) coach (Steve) Ensminger and can’t wait to learn from him and help LSU win a national title.”
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects. These rankings can change almost daily, but as of this posting date, this was a three-star prospect.