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.
Rawleigh Williams III, RB, Dallas (Texas)
SEC SCHOOLS: Committed to Ole Miss
RANK: No. 48 RB nationally, No. 595 overall nationally.
THE SKINNY: Williams is from Dallas, and he plays against good competition. In a three-year prep career he already has rushed for 2,200 yards and 25 TDs and undoubtedly will add to that this year, and he’s also proven he can catch the ball out of the backfield, so he could be one of those multi-dimensional weapons on offense when he reaches Oxford. Williams is solidly built and has a physical running style, but he also has above average speed. He did battle some injury problems as a junior.
WILLIAMS TELLS SATURDAY DOWN SOUTH: “Coach (Hugh) Freeze is doing an outstanding job with his program, and I can’t wait to be a part of it. It was great to see the freshmen playing early there.”
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.