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.
Montavious Atkinson, LB, Fairburn (Ga.)
SEC SCHOOLS: Committed to Auburn
RANK: No. 24 inside linebacker in country.
THE SKINNY: Atkinson named Auburn his leader several weeks before actually going official, so this was not a big surprise. Along with the national runner up Tigers, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Mizzou, Tennessee and Texas A&M had also extended offers to this inside linebacker out of Georgia.
ATKINSON TELLS SATURDAY DOWN SOUTH: ““Getting to play for a team like Auburn has to be the best feeling right now, just from watching them on TV and the style they play. It has to do a with a lot of passion that they’ve got to win. It’s unbelievable and they like my aggressiveness and the speed I have. And the way I’m around the ball all the time.”
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.