It truly is very, very early in the class of 2015 recruiting cycle–but the early returns are in: Nine of the SEC’s schools are in the early national top 20, and surprisingly, Florida and Ole Miss aren’t among them. The Gators and Rebels probably will be though, once they really get rolling.
Oh, and Texas A&M fans? You’re going to love where your team is ranked below … guarantee that.
Here’s a look at the 14 SEC schools and how they stack up against each other and the rest of the country for the class of 2015:
EDITOR’S NOTE: All rankings, team or individual, are based on composite rankings from 247Sports.com.
SEC: No. 1
Nationally: No. 1
Top committed prospect: DT Daylon Mack (No. 11 ranked overall individual prospect in the nation)
Headlined by: RB Rodney Anderson (No. 80); DB Larry Pryor (No. 106).
The skinny: The Aggies have had a firm grasp on the No. 1 spot for most of this year so far. They have a load of other top recruits on the way, too. Could Texas A&M unseat Alabama for the mythical title this year? Time will tell.
SEC: No. 2
Nationally: No. 2
Top committed prospect: DE Mekhi Brown (No. 35 in nation)
Headlined by: RB Desherrius Flowers (No. 54); DB Deionte Thompson (No. 56).
The skinny: Tide landed another good one earlier this month in DE Anfernee Jennings. The machine known as Bama recruiting just keeps on producing.
SEC: No. 3
Nationally: No. 5
Top committed prospect: DB Kevin Toliver (No. 2 in nation).
Headlined by: OL Maea Teuhema (No. 22); RB Nick Brossette (No. 64).
The skinny: Once that flood of in-staters starts flowing the Tigers’ way, they’ll push Alabama and Texas A&M for that No. 1 spot in the country.
SEC: No. 4
Nationally: No. 8
Top committed prospect: WR Preston Williams (No. 75 in nation)
Headlined by: OL Jack Jones (No. 158); DE Andrew Butcher (No. 298).
The skinny: Think the 2014 signing class was impressive? Wait until this class is all sewn up and delivered. Butch Jones has turned the Vols into a recruiting powerhouse.
SEC: No. 5
Nationally: No. 9
Top committed prospect: DT Hjalte Froholdt (No. 79 in nation).
Headlined by: QB Ty Storey (No. 141); DE Jamario Bell (No. 170).
The skinny: This is already one of the Razorbacks’ top recruiting starts in a long time. They have a great in-state class this year too, and they keep them all home–watch out.
SEC: No. 6
Nationally: No. 10
Top committed prospect: DE Timothy Washington (No. 272 in nation).
Headlined by: WR Dontea Jones (No. 365), WR Donald Gray (No. 17 JUCO prospect in country).
The skinny: The Bulldogs are tied for the second-largest recruiting class in the country so far. They are turning heads in the same way Arkansas is.
SEC: No. 7
Nationally: No. 11
Top committed prospect: ATH Terry Godwin (No. 20 in nation).
Headlined by: DB Rico McGraw (No. 97); DE Chauncey Rivers (No. 151).
The skinny: The Bulldogs added in-state DT Justin Young earlier this week, as well as swaying Chauncey Rivers over from South Carolina since our last ranking.
SEC: No. 8
Nationally: No. 12
Top committed prospect: DE Shameik Blackshear (No. 23 in nation).
Headlined by: DB Mark Fields (No. 115), LB Sherrod Pittman (No. 202)
The skinny: Five-star Blackshear is the No. 1 prospect in America at weakside defensive end, and he’s the No. 1 prospect in South Carolina. Gamecocks landed two more good ones over the weekend.
SEC: No. 9
Nationally: No. 19
Top committed prospect: ATH Jason Smith (No. 6 JUCO prospect in nation).
Headlined by: DB Tony Bridges (No. 7 JUCO), QB Tyler Queen (No. 270),
The skinny: Since our last ranking in early February, the Tigers have added three more commitments and Queen has been quite a leader through the whole process.
SEC: No. 10
Nationally: No. 26
Top committed prospect: DB Deontai Williams (No. 539).
Headlined by: WR Tristan Payton (No. 584), OL Tyler Jordan (No. 706)
The skinny: The Gators have warmed up quite a bit since February, and they’ll bring in a boatload of in-state elite–many of the five-star variety–before this is all said and done.
SEC: No. 11
Nationally: No. 27
Top committed prospect: ATH Willie Hibbler (No. 249 in nation).
Headlined by: DB Ugo Amadi (No. 425), RB Rawleigh Williams (No. 593).
The skinny: Once the in-state talent starts finding its way to Ole Miss, its ranking is going to rise–exponentially. This is a good year for talent in state.
SEC: No. 12
Nationally: No. 44
Top committed prospect: RB Chase Abbington (No. 11 JUCO prospect nationally)
Headlined by: RB Ryan Williams (No. 648).
The skinny: Having running back Abbington back in the program after his JUCO hiatus is a big deal for the Tigers. He was clearly their best recruit in 2013.
SEC: No. 13
Nationally: No. 45
Top committed prospect: DB Donovan Sheffield (No. 216)
Headlined by: RB Josh Crawford (No. 905).
The skinny: The Commodores added two commitments in the past week, including the reacquiring of Sheffield–who stepped back for a few months after the coaching change.
SEC: No. 14
Nationally: No. 48
Top committed prospect: DB Marcus Walker (No. 426).
Headlined by: DB Montrell Custis (No. 673in nation).
The skinny: Mark Stoops has proven he can go into Ohio and get superb talent, and with Custis and Walker, he’s proven he can go to Georgia and Florida, too. It’s only a matter of time before this class gets rolling.