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.
Ugo Amadi, DB, Nashville (Tenn.)
SEC SCHOOLS: Committed to Ole Miss
RANK: No. 33 cornerback in the nation
THE SKINNY: Amadi is one of four commitments for Ole Miss in the 2015 class, and Tennessee and Vanderbilt very much wanted to see this intelligent cornerback stay closer to his Nashville home. He was on campus again this weekend to take in Ole Miss. As a junior, he had 49 tackles, five interceptions and nine passes broken up at Overton High School.
AMADI TELLS SATURDAY DOWN SOUTH: “It’s going to feel great for me to come in early, adjusting to the game speed. Overall the coaches like my game, tempo like … causing turnovers, being able to trust me to go against the best wide receivers during crunch time. I love Ole Miss football.”
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.