With only a matter of hours left in May, one can look back and see this was a busy month for SEC schools. As of Friday morning, 24 players committed to SEC schools in the month of May–which is a critical month on the recruiting calendar because it is an evaluation period and many offers go out. Also, quarterbacks tend to get very serious about picking around this time of the year–and three SEC schools found “their guy” for the QB position.
If you’re looking for a May winner in the SEC, it was Texas A&M, with South Carolina being a very close second and Kentucky third. All three schools landed four prospects apiece, and all three got at least one four-star prospect in the bunch. Below is a look at who got what in May:
NOTE: Arkansas, Mizzou, Tennessee and Vanderbilt did not add commitments in May.
THE BIG THREE
NO. 1 TEXAS A&M
THE SKINNY: The Aggies added their legacy five-star QB in Kyler Murray, and followed that up this week (within 24 hours) with four-star WR Kemah Siverand. Also joining were JUCO DB Justin Evans and hometown product Riley Garner from College Station.
AGGIES’ EVANS TOLD SDS: “It’s awesome, playing in the SEC has been my dream ever since I was a little boy, and now I have a chance to fulfill my dream. All the glory goes to my almighty Lord and Savior. They just want me to come in, work hard and do what I do best.”
NO. 2 SOUTH CAROLINA
THE SKINNY: The Gamecocks landed four players, including their future quarterback in coveted four-star prospect Lorenzo Nunez. Louisiana native Jozie Milton was another nice pickup, as LSU was very interested in him, while they also snagged four-star Jalen Christian from Maryland and Kyle Markway from Missouri. In all, they took four out-of-state players away from homestate schools that wanted them.
GAMECOCKS’ MILTON TOLD SDS: “Coach Adams is a cool guy and puts a lot of guys in the NFL. And I love they have a great shot at a national title every year. My family was hoping for a SEC West team just because of distance but I’ve converted them to Gamecock fans.”
NO. 3 KENTUCKY
THE SKINNY: Kentucky landed its second four-star prospect and three more Ohio natives as it added four players altogether in May. C.J. Conrad was the four-star gem, as Arkansas and Virginia Tech both made serious pushes for him, and Ohio State was definitely interested too. Conrad’s fellow Ohio natives Alex Stump and Jordan Jones came aboard, as did one of the nation’s better center prospects–Florida native Luke Hiers.
WILDCATS’ HIERS TOLD SDS: “(Head coach Mark Stoops) is very confident in what he is doing, and I like that. I see them winning seven games this year and in two years I see them in contention for the SEC East.”
THE REST OF THE BEST
NO. 4 AUBURN
THE SKINNY: The Tigers landed junior college’s top prospect in five-star back Jovon Robinson, and also four-star Darrell Williams. One could possibly make the argument that Auburn could crack the top three and take Kentucky’s spot. It would be a good challenge.
NO. 5 MISSISSIPPI STATE
THE SKINNY: The Bulldogs have been especially strong the past few months, and this month they landed their future quarterback in Texas Chason Virgil, as well as two other strong pickups in Tommy Champion and Jarvis Wilson.
NO. 6 ALABAMA
THE SKINNY: It’s been a relatively quiet month for the Crimson Tide, aside from them wrestling Missouri native four-star tight end Hale Hentges away from Mizzou. Getting Tennessee legacy Keaton Anderson was solid, too.
NO. 7 OLE MISS
THE SKINNY: The big news was landing four-star Georgia native Eric Swinney, but managing to get Memphis (Tenn.) native (and underrated) 6-foot-4 wide receiver LaMichael Pettway was huge for the Rebels, who are warming up..
NO. 8 GEORGIA
THE SKINNY: The Bulldogs kept a key one home in four-star defensive end and national Top 100 prospect Natrez Patrick.
NO. 9 LSU
THE SKINNY: Georgia and LSU could be interchangeable. The big addition for the Tigers was JUCO O-lineman Jevonte Domond, a true brawler after the snap who might suit up as early as this fall. Huge pickup.
NO. 10 FLORIDA
THE SKINNY: Gators picked up the younger brother of current DL Joey Ivie when in-stater Andrew Ivie committed to the school.