Published December 3, 2013 - 8:30amNEW: Follow on facebook -
In the end, Auburn tight end commitment Chris Laye pulled away from the field, sort of like his future school did during the season.
Laye went 8-1 in his picks during rivalry week–including, of course, the big upset pick of Auburn over Alabama–to capture Saturday Down South’s inaugural recruit picks contest.
His reward? Bragging rights … and that’s all these guys really want anyway.
Laye made a big move late in the season, pushing past Mizzou’s Finis Stribling and Georgia’s Jeb Blazevich to take the championship. Stribling and Blazevich tied for second behind Laye. Tennessee commit Chris Weatherd and Texas A&M’s Jermaine Eluemunor--both junior college players–tied for fourth.
Blazevich had held the lead most of the year, but it was the final three weeks that settled it. Not surprisingly, Laye picked Auburn every chance he got.
“I couldn’t have won without Auburn having such a great regular season,” Laye told SDS after winning the title. “We were all really close in the picks halfway through the season and I didn’t want to come in second. I chose to pick some of the upsets and it turned out to work in my favor.”
Here’s a look at how our five SEC commitments fared during rivalry week and the entire season.
|THIS YEAR’S PICKERS
||RIVALRY WEEK||SEASON FINISH|
|Chris Laye, Auburn||8-1||58-17|
|Jeb Blazevich, Georgia||7-2||55-20|
|Finis Stribling, Mizzou||6-3||55-20|
|Jermaine Eluemunor, Texas A&M||6-3||50-25|
|Chris Weatherd, Tennessee||5-4||50-25|