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.
J’Mar Smith, QB, Meridian (Miss.)
SEC SCHOOLS: Offered by Mississippi State
RANK: No. 29 dual-threat QB nationally, No. 658 overall nationally.
THE SKINNY: Smith is the son of former Alabama and New Orleans Saints player Kenny Smith, and he remembers watching him play in the NFL after he was drafted in 2001. Alabama hasn’t offered the younger Smith, but the world of QB recruiting is an interesting one–especially this time of year–so stay tuned. Bloodlines are obviously not a problem here.Smith threw for 1,915 yards and 16 TDs last fall and also rushed for 9 TDs, showing his dual-threat capabilities.
SMITH TELLS SATURDAY DOWN SOUTH: “It’s pretty good just to know that I have an SEC offer and that they’re very interested in me as a quarterback … I’m appreciative of the offer and I’d like to thank State. I’ve watched tape with their coaching staff and they run the same thing we do (at Meridian). We call it in different ways, but we run it with the same type of players. A three steps and out, basically do the same thing they do.”
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.